Top 400 trance tracks of all time

  1. _These are the rules for posting recommendations. If you break one, I will ignore you. Read them before making a suggestion:

  2. 1.If you suggest even one track that is already on the list, I will ignore all other tracks in your suggested list. Use edit/find (on this page), or hit control-f to search out tracks before recommending them. Don't just whip your playlist off into the comments, I want you to make sure it's a)better than some of the tracks on this list, and b)NOT ALREADY ON IT, before you suggest I add it. This list is massive, and the base of tracks it was selected out of is even bigger. I don't mean to be a jerk about it, but I don't have the time to sift through records that are already on the list. Plus, that tells me you didn't think about your suggestion.
  3. 2.If you've been listening to trance for less than 9 months, you have a DJ Mystik track on your computer anywhere, or you still (seriously) find tracks by typing "trance" or "techno" into a file sharing program, then please don't suggest anything. Your recommendation is going to be stupid. No, trust me. It is.
  4. 3. Don't post "I can't believe [insert probably stupid and derivative track here] isn't on the list! What gives?!?!?" or anything even remotely close to that comment. What gives? If it's really such a masterpiece and it's not on the list, then I probably haven't heard it, dumbass (Or I've heard it, it sucks, and you just have no taste). If you make that comment, I will ignore you. In fact, if you even think about making that comment, don't bother posting, your suggestion is going to be stupid. There are literally millions of trance tracks, and there is no possible way anyone could listen to them all (I've only heard tens of thousands). Although the best tracks tend to bubble up into underground recognition (and no further), there are likely dozens of masterpieces that have gone unnoticed - this is what I'm looking for. However, there are hundreds of thousands of piles of derivative crap that directly steal from classics and never go anywhere. These appeal to newbies who haven't been around long enough to hear the originals (and to E-tards who have no memory of any tracks they've heard at any events), which is why no one who hasn't listened to trance for over 9 months should post here. If you don't know enough about trance to know that more records are released than could ever possibly be listened to, you don't know enough about trance to make an intelligent suggestion, and you're wasting your time.
  5. 4. If you have ever, EVER in your life shouted "TIIIIEEEESSSSTTTOOOOO!!!!" or said anything along the lines of "OMG OMG OMG Tiesto is such a God OMG!" don't post here, because you're an idiot. He can play records. Calloo, calay, he belongs on Mount Olympus.
  6. 5. Do not write a post stating something like "that's just your opinion! [boring derivative crap] is a masterpiece, you just won't open your ears!" [Stupid derivative crap] is not a masterpiece. You just haven't heard enough trance to know that [stupid derivative crap] doesn't have a shred of originality in it.
  7. 6. If you don't like at least five trance tracks produced before 1995, don't bother posting a suggestion, as you know absolutely nothing about trance. Come back when you're older, sonny.
  8. 7. If you don't like acid, or don't know what acid is (and weren't knocked out by rule number 2), you're an idiot, don't post.
  9. 8. If you don't listen to at least 3 other kinds of electronic music that are not mainstream hip-hop genres or played on the radio, you have no perspective, don't post a suggestion.

  10. _Here's a torrent of the first 50 songs:
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  12. Many thanks to AsColdAsIce for making this. I'm not sure if it works, but it's worth a shot.

  13. Final note: there are going to be songs on here that aren't perfectly 100% trance. If you see this tag beside a track:
  14. {arguable},
  15. then the track is disputable (or disputed) in some way.
  16. The genres essentially represented are ibiza trance, epic trance, psytrance/goa trance, anthem trance, classic trance, acid trance, ambient trance, tech-trance, and progressive trance. I am liberal with these categories, and what has also ended up on here is some trancier ambient house, acid techno, progressive house, tech-house, "minimal," and breaks. There is a limit, but it's blurry. For example, you won't find funky house, breakbeat hardcore, or aggrotech on here.

  17. Humate - Love Simulation (Paul van Dyk's Love mix) [1993] [Ibiza trance]
  18. It's amazing how little this track loses its loveliness with repeat listens. I've had it for 6 years now, and I still love it just as much as I did when it floored me on the first listen. Even the other top 10 tracks (while still amazing) have diminished in some ways with compulsive listening, but this one remains the shining gem at the top of the trance genre. This perfectly captures the beauty of a tropical sunset on a peaceful deserted island, and to this day never fails to evoke such a scene.

  19. The Age of Love - Age of Love (Jam & Spoon's Watch out for Stella mix) [1992] [classic trance]
  20. This is often erroneously called the first trance tune of all time, including by me for a very long time. Well, it wasn't. There was no "first trance tune." It seems to have slowly coalesced out of the Belgian new beat, acid house, techno, and euro-house miasma around at the time. You can look for related tracks in each of these early scenes, but none of them are "trance" per se, they clearly fall into their respective styles. And the first artists who actually set out to make "trance" were mimicking a genre that was already defined. So where do you draw the line? You don't. There was no big bang.
  21. Also, the so-called "original mix" available pretty much everywhere is almost universally actually the (admittedly superior) Jam & Spoon remix. I finally found the real original mixes, and they're not trance at all - they're inarguably new beat. You can almost hear some trance in there, but it's a seed, at best.
  22. That said, this version is a fantastic track, and still one of trance's first. It's beautiful, ethereal, and above all, entrancing.

  23. Energy 52 - Cafe Del Mar (Three N' One mix) [1998] [anthem trance/ibiza trance]
  24. The track that defines everything that an ibiza anthem is, full of all of the excess and bombast of the island: pure dancable joy. The track's central hook is a long, arpeggiated melody looping such that the beginning and end melt together into an endless sphere. It sounds like sped-up 70's minimalism run through a 90's dark trance synth with a sub-tribal feel (it's the beats that do this). I'll admit, the build-up is a little bit cliche by now, but it wasn't really at the time, and for second-wave trance, it's as creative as it's going to get, and more than compensated by the spot-on anthem. In a not so surprising twist, this was initially written by one of the fathers of modern trance (Cosmic Baby), back in 1993 (they were always better at trance than the bedroom nerds and the corporate pop machine). It has gotten another remix every single year since 93, most of which are picked up by trance jocks and many of which go back on the club charts (the best is undoubtedly 1997's chart-topping Three N' One remix (although some prefer the 1998 Nalin & Kane version, and classic trance addicts will love the original)).

  25. Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea [1991] [ambient trance/classic trance]
  26. Released in 1991, this song wasn't even intended to be trance - no one even used the word yet (although there was a fledgling sound growing in the underground house, rave, and techno scenes). It was meant to be ambient breaks, but "Papua New Guinea's" atmosphere was like little other electronic dance released at the time - ethereal, spacy, almost angelic, but still dancefloor-worthy, catchy, and even relaxing. The song instantly became a trance classic once the genre was brought into official existence in 1993, and deservingly so. Like it's predecessor "Age of Love," even today it can be played without sounding the slightest bit dated.
  27. {arguable - ambient breaks}

  28. Underworld - Born Slippy (NUXX). [1995] [classic trance/hard trance]
  29. A melodic trance tune with stream-of-consciousness lyrics that become stranger with each listen, mainly beacuse they never really had any actual internal logic to begin with. The melody is unforgettably catchy, and contains a nice twist in the middle, in which it goes from being a wistful and pretty little ambient trancer, to a hard and abrasive swedish techno stormer, and pulls both off better than just about anything in either genre. Surprisingly, especially with this being, you know, actually good, this was a huge hit in Europe (it went to number 2 on the world chart in 1996-97), and gets at least two new remixes every year, at least one of which always goes back on the club charts (hopefully 2006 will be an exception? Honestly, they're never going to top the original). So, not only is it one of the best, it's also the most popular to still retain credibility.
  30. {arguable - melodic techo(?)}

  31. Sasha - Xpander [1999] [progressive trance]
  32. Perfect progressive trance. A melody that, like the last 2 tracks, is atmospheric, loops on itself, and endlessly contagious, without seeming repetitive. This song is absorbing - the feeling throughout is impossible to describe, since like I said before...dancing about architecture. Just download the track. It's incredible. (Was another mega-European hit. I don't know the details specifically, but it doesn't matter).

  33. Nalin & Kane - Beachball [1996] [ibiza trance]
  34. Gorgeous, elegant, and never tiring. It's quite possible that I've listened to this track more times than any other, probably my personal favorite. Built out of tribal, yet melodic beats (the "Nalin and Kane sound"), relaxing and inobtrusive vocals, and a slow, subtle build that takes its time to breakdown. When it does breakdown, air strings and seagulls wash and flow around each other as if musically taking flight to a Mediterannean sky over a sunset-golden beach. When the breakdown ends, "Becahball" slowly floats back to earth, before spending the remainder of the track rippling back and forth between the sky and the sand.
  35. {arguable - ibiza house}

  36. Paragliders - Paraglide [1993] [classic trance]

  37. DnTel - (This is) The Dream of Evan and Chan (Superpitcher Kompakt remix) [2002] [minimal trance]
  38. This is probably the only trance track ever created with vocals worth listening to. But it doesn't rest on them, just allowing them to sparsely resonant in a minimal nothing, it raises them, gently bringing them to soaring heights with gorgeous melodies that slowly drown out the surreal beauty of the evocative lyrics. Eventually the glistening bells overtake the words entirely, taking the already flying track into the stratosphere. It's the perfect representative of minimal trance.
  39. {arguble: tech-house/progressive house/microhouse}

  40. Hardfloor - Acperience 1 [1992] [acid trance/classic trance]
  41. {arguable - acid}

  42. Hybrid - Symphony [1997] [orchestral trance]
  43. Wow. Forget Adagio for Strings, forget Protect Your Mind, forget ****ing Airwave, symphonic trance was created and destroyed with this track. Everything trance is supposed to make you feel, and almost everything classical is supposed to do can be found here in this amazing song. Easy to dance to, creative beats (breaktrance, so they actually put some thought into them), more melodies than you can possibly count, and all this without sounding crowded or overstuffed; all of it original. They even did it without overusing the breakdown. Fantastic, it completly lives up to its title.

  44. Aphex Twin - Didgeridoo [1992] [acid trance]
  45. This track is simultaneously hard, twisted and beautiful, which is something I would have considered a nearly impossible feat until I heard this, and despite being over 15 years old, it still sounds innovative and fresh today. Built on a foundation of Basic Channel-esque foggy acid lines, Didgeridoo manages to build and break like trance, while meandering and wandering like ambient and relentlessly pounding and squiggling like acid techno without sounding forced or mashed together. A didgeridoo sets the bassline resulting in a simultaneously relaxing, funky and dark atmosphere. It can sound like a trance anthem, a techno monster, or an ambient chilldown depending on how you listen, and it's all of those together and more, and it grows greater with each listen. Didgeridoo is undoubtedly one of the greatest trance tracks of all time. Whether or not it's in the genre of "trance" per se is questionable (though a connecting thread is certainly there), but in the most elastic sense of entrancing dance music, it comes out pretty close to the top.
  46. {arguable - ambient acid techno(?)}

  47. Orbital - Halcyon On & On [1993] [ambient trance]
  48. {arguable - ambient techno}

  49. Chicane - Offshore [1996] [ibiza trance]
  50. {arguable - ambient house/ibiza house}

  51. Banco De Gaia - Heliopolis [1993] [classic trance/acid trance]

  52. Choice - Acid Eiffel [acid trance]
  53. {arguable - acid techno}

  54. Ame - Rej [2005] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  55. {arguable - "minimal"}

  56. L.S.G. - Netherworld [1997] [progressive trance]

  57. Balil - Parasight [1993] [classic trance/acid trance]

  58. Salt Tank - Eugina [1996] [ibiza trance]

  59. The PQM - You Are Sleeping (Luke Chable Vocal mix) [2004] [progressive trance/deep trance]
  60. {arguable - progressive house}

  61. LSG - Hearts [1994] [classic trance/acid trance]

  62. Dance 2 Trance - We Came in Peace [1990] [classic trance]
  63. Another contender for first trance song ever created. Whether this track came first, or Age of Love is questionable, but the quality of this little masterpiece is indisputable. Almost like minimal goa, mixed with James Holden-esque progressive (but of course, it predates all of that). It's reminiscent of being on the moon, or on the surface of an alien world: exactly the way trance should sound.

  64. Underworld - Dark Train [1994] [classic trance]

  65. Infected Mushroom - Mush Mushi [goa trance/psytrance]

  66. Gabriel Ananda - Ihre Persönliche Glücksmelodie [2005] [minimal trance/neo-trance]

  67. Paul Van Dyk - For an Angel [1994] [epic trance]

  68. Metal Master - Spectrum [1992] [classic trance]

  69. Push - Strange World [2001] [anthem trance]

  70. Humate & Rabbit In The Moon - East (Opium Den Mix) [1995] [classic trance/acid trance]

  71. The MFA - The Difference it Makes [2004] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  72. {arguable - progressive house}

  73. Cybernaut - Hydroponix [1997] [goa trance/psytrance]

  74. Datura - Yerba Del Diablo [1992] [classic trance/acid trance]
  75. {I find it's a lot like psytrance/goa trance, but this isn't a bad thing.}

  76. Three Drives - Greece 2000 [1997] [progressive trance/anthem trance]

  77. PHD - Summer Storm (Leisure Lounge Edit) [1994] [classic trance/acid trance]

  78. Jam and Spoon - Stella [1992] [ibiza trance]

  79. Hallucinogen - LSD [1994] [psytrance/goa trance]

  80. Commander Tom - Are Am Eye? [1995] [classic trance/dark trance(?)]
  81. {arguable - rave}

  82. Phobia - Phobia (DJ Hell mix) [1991/2007] [classic trance/acid trance]
  83. What actually makes the DJ Hell 2007 mix different from the 1991 original is pretty minimal (ha. ha. no.), but it seems to do the trick, elevating what was already a trance classic into the neo-trance masterpiece it was always meant to be. Really though, everything that made the track so incredible to begin with is there, and everything added on could have been created back in 1991. But it rounds it out perfectly.
  84. It's rather dark trance. The anchoring melody is simply a two note depth charge interspersed with a transmission-like voice ("let me have silence") and a strangely affecting diva wail, held down by a circular acid line that eventually dissolves into quasi-anthemic territory (a la Acid Eiffel, which it actually transcends). Everything here is simple and effective, and reminiscent of floating in space past a rocky wasteland moon, no power in the ship, unable to navigate, fleeing alien depth charges. Or perhaps it's like being under the ocean on an alien planet in almost complete blackness and silence but for the occasional bursts of extraterrestrial explosives seeking to destroy your submarine, hidden in the deep, the power.
  85. This is also a flagpost of what seems to be a classic trance revival of sorts brought about by an adoring minimal community (some of whom floated out of classic trance-land in the first place, fleeing the epic anthem boom of the late 90s. You know who I mean. Sven Vath. Stephan Bodzin.)

  86. Etnica - Moon Influence [1996] [goa trance/psytrance]

  87. Yahel - Voyage [2000] [psytrance/epic trance]

  88. Binary Finary - 1998 [1998] [anthem trance]
  89. Note: 1999 and 2000 are the same track, re-released for more guiltless radioplay and club spinning. Although why this odd norm exists at all is beyond me. If you still like the track, just keep playing it. Don't buy it again with a different date stamped on the cover, just so you can label yourself "upfront."

  90. Union Jack - Red Herring [1995] [acid trance]

  91. Beanfield - Tides (Carl Craig mix) [2004] [minimal trance/neo-trance]

  92. Cybordelics - Adventures of Dama [1993] [classic trance]

  93. The Thrillseekers - Synaesthesia [1999] [epic trance]

  94. Leftfield - Phat Planet [1999] [deep trance]
  95. {arguable - progressive house}

  96. Atlantic Ocean - Waterfalls [1993] [anthem trance]
  97. {arguable - anthem house}

  98. DJ Tiesto - Suburban Train [2001] [epic trance]

  99. James Holden - Nothing (93 Returning mix) [2003] [progressive trance]

  100. Roland Appel - Dark Soldier [2007] [minimal trance/neo-trance]

  101. Efdemin - Lohn & Brot [2007] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  102. "Minimal" has gotten so trancy this year that almost all of the best new tracks warrant (high) places on this list.
  103. This is the only trance track on the entire list that I fell in love with during the opening bar (Those first three notes are actually truly beautiful, and even if the track didn't go anywhere from there it would still warrant a place somewhere on this list as the best filler of all time). I don't even cut this track up in my iPod playlist.
  104. {arguable - minimal. But argue with me that it's really minimal and not trance at all and I'll actually beat you down. I will find out where you live, and I will beat you down. It's got breakdowns, dammit, BREAKDOWNS. Yeah, minimal. Right.}

  105. Orbital - Belfast [1992] [ambient trance]
  106. Art of Trance - Madagascar (Cygnus X mix) [1998] [epic trance/anthem trance]
  107. Gus Gus - Purple (Sasha vs. The Light mix) [1998] [progressive trance]
  108. James Holden - Horizons [1999] [progressive trance]
  109. Cygnus X - Superstring [1994] [classic trance]
  110. Patrick Chardronnet - Eve By Day (Ripperton mix) [2006] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  111. The Field - Over the Ice [2006] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  112. {arugable - minimal techno(?)}
  113. Banco De Gaia - Last Train to Lhasa [1995] [classic trance/ambient trance]
  114. {arguable - ambient house/progressive house}
  115. Astral Projection - Aurora Borealis [2000] [psytrance/goa trance]
  116. PPK - Resurrection [2001] [progressive trance/anthem trance]
  117. Shakta - Lepton Head III [1996] [goa trance/psytrance]
  118. Way Out West - Mindcircus (Gabriel and Dresden mix) [2001] [progressive trance]
  119. {arguable - progressive house}
  120. Astral Projection - Mahadeva [1996] [psytrance]
  121. Like an ancient tribal ceremony, plus aliens.
  122. {arugable - psy. But really, think about it. Psy...trance. PsyTRANCE.}
  123. Petter - These Days [2004] [deep trance/neo-trance]
  124. {arguable - progressive breaks}
  125. Zyon - No fate (No Fate edit) [1992] [classic trance]
  126. Paul Van Dyk - Words [1997] [progressive trance]
  127. Stefan Goldmann - Sleepy Hollow [2006] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  128. {arguable: minimal techno/deep house. Supposedly.)
  129. William Orbit - Water from a Wine Leaf (Xylem Flow mix) [1992] [classic trance/ambient trance]
  130. {arguable - progressive house/ambient house}
  131. Nathan Fake - The Sky was Pink (James Holden mix) [2005] [progressive trance/minimal trance/neo-trance]
  132. {arguable - progressive house/"Border Community techno" [which is generally called neo-trance, any dispute here is silly]}
  133. 4Voice - Eternal Spirit [1992] [classic trance]
  134. Lost Tribe - Gamemaster [1997] [progressive trance/anthem trance]
  135. Rabbit In The Moon - Out Of Body Experience (Phase One - First Contact) [1994] [classic trance]
  136. Heartthrob - Baby Kate [2006] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  137. {arguable: minimal techno, although I think it's really too melodic for that}
  138. Cydonia - Haunted World [1999] [goa trance/psytrance]
  139. Paragliders - Oasis [1995] [classic trance]
  140. Ascension - Someone (Slacker's Rolling mix) [1998] [progressive trance/anthem trance]
  141. Pob - Boiler (Humate mix) [1998] [progressive trance]
  142. Shakta - Silicon Trip [1997] [goa trance/psytrance]
  143. Underworld - Two Months Off [2002] [progressive trance/deep trance]
  144. {arguable - Progressive house}
  145. Armin Van Buuren - Blue Fear [1996] [progressive trance]
  146. Jurgen Paape - Mit Dir [2002] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  147. {arguable - melodic minimal house/microhouse}
  148. Claude Vonstroke - Who's Afraid of Detroit? [2006] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  149. Astral Projection - Dancing Galaxy [1997] [psytrance/goa trance]
  150. Art of Trance - Octopus [1994]
  151. Moby - Go [1992] [classic trance]
  152. Ronald Klinkenberg - Inner Laugh (James Holden mix) [2004] [deep trance/progressive trance]
  153. {arguable: progressive house}
  154. Clanger - Seadog [1994] [classic trance/acid trance]
  155. Solar Stone - Seven Cities [1999] [ibiza trance]
  156. Technique - Sun is Shining (Mash Up Matt mix) [1999] [anthem trance/epic trance]
  157. Circuit - Transport Of Love [1994] [classic trance]
  158. Gouryella - Gouryella [1998] [anthem trance/epic trance]
  159. Etnica - Spheric Concept [1996] [goa trance/psytrance]
  160. Pulser - Cloudwalking [1999] [anthem trance/epic trance]
  161. Moogwai - Viola (Armin Van Buuren mix) [2001] [anthem trance/epic trance]
  162. Tilt Vs. Paul Van Dyk - Rendezvous [1997] [anthem trance]
  163. Way Out West - The Gift [1995] [ambient trance/breaktrance]
  164. {arguable - ambient breaks}
  165. Goldenscan - Sunrise (DJ Tiesto mix) [1999] [anthem trance/epic trance]
  166. DJ Misjah & DJ Tim - Access [1995] [hard acid trance/classic trance]
  167. Union Jack - Two Full Moons and a Trout (Caspar Pound mix) [1993]
  168. Genlog - Airwalk [1995] [classic trance/hard trance]
  169. Pantha Du Prince - Walden [2006] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  170. {arguable - "minimal"}
  171. Push - Universal Nation [1999] [anthem trance]
  172. Art of Trance - The Colours (Indigo mix) [1993] [classic trance]
  173. Schiller - Das Glockenspiel (Humate mix) [1998] [progressive trance]
  174. Bedrock - Heaven Scent [1999] [progressive trance]
  175. {arguable: progressive house}
  176. Leama - Requiem For a Dream [2003] [ambient trance]
  177. Motorcycle - As The Rush Comes [2003] [deep trance]
  178. {arguable - progressive house}
  179. Nathan Fake - Outhouse [2004] [deep trance/progressive trance/neo-trance]
  180. {arguable - progressive house}
  181. Airwave - Alone in the Dark [2000] [progressive trance/anthem trance]
  182. X-Tracks - Plan 94 (The Voyage) [1994] [classic trance]
  183. I love this song: it's like the musical equivalent of piloting a flying saucer. That melody at the end makes me feel like I'm falling to earth through an atmosphere of endless clouds.
  184. Barbarella - My Name is Barbarella [1992] [classic trance/ambient trance]
  185. {arguable - Ambient techno}
  186. Alibi - Eternity [2000] [anthem trance/tribal trance]
  187. York - The Reachers of Civilization [1999] [epic trance/anthem trance]
  188. Caucasuss - Our Dream [1994] [classic trance]
  189. Cydonia - Cactus [1999] [goa trance/psytrance]
  190. DJ Taucher - Atlantis [Phase 3] [1998] [anthem trance]
  191. The Visions of Shiva - How Much Can You Take? (Physical) [1993] [classic trance]
  192. Drum Club - Sound System (Underworld Mix) [1995] [classic trance/progressive trance]
  193. Man With No Name - Silicon Trip [1996] [psytrance/goa trance]
  194. Chicane - Salt Water [1999] [epic trance/ibiza trance]
  195. Ultraviolet - Kites (Fantasy Flite Part 1) [1995] [progressive trance/ambient trance/epic trance]
  196. {arguable - ambient breaks}
  197. Efdemin - Bergwein [2007] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  198. Starecase - Faith (Loafer mix) [2002] [epic trance/progressive trance]
  199. Lost Tribe - Angel [1997] [progressive trance]
  200. {arguable - ambient breaks/progressive breaks}
  201. Signum - Solar Level [1999] [epic trance]
  202. Dove Beat - La Palorma [1998] [epic trance/ibiza trance]
  203. Art of Trance - Deeper Than Deep [1993] [classic trance]
  204. Booka Shade - Mandarine Girl [2005] [neo-trance/minimal trance]
  205. {arguable - electro-house}
  206. Above and Beyond - No One on Earth (Gabriel and Dresden mix) [2004] [progressive trance]
  207. Riva - Stringer [2001] [progressive trance]
  208. Claude Vonstroke - Who's Afraid of Detroit? [2006] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  209. Hardfloor - Lost in the Silver Box [1993] [acid trance/classic trance]
  210. {arguable - acid}
  211. Johnny Shaker - Pearl River [1997] [anthem trance]
  212. Groovezone - I Love the Music [1998] [epic trance]
  213. Coincedentally, another lost treasure that no one has ever heard of.
  214. Dominic Plaza - Sounds Rushing (David West mix) [2005] [epic trance]
  215. James Holden - A Break in the Clouds [2002] [neo-trance/minimal trance]
  216. {arguable - progressive house}
  217. DJ Tiesto - Dallas 4 PM [2001] [anthem trance]
  218. Kamaya Painters - Wasteland (DJ Hitchhiker mix)[2000] [epic trance]
  219. Blue Planet Corporation - Alidate [1999] [psytrance/goa trance]
  220. Chicane - Lost You Somewhere [1998] [Ibiza trance]
  221. Kaito - Soul of Heart [2004] [neo-trance]
  222. {arguable - tech-house(?)}
  223. Aztec Mystic - Night of the Jaguar [1999] [tech-trance]
  224. {arguable - detroit techno}
  225. James Holden vs. Ben Pound - Kaern Turned [tech-trance]
  226. Arpeggiators - Discover Your Innerself [1993] [classic trance]
  227. Juno Reactor - Samurai [1994] [goa trance/psytrance]
  228. Libra Presents Taylor - Anomaly - Calling Your Name [AKA BT ft. Jan Johnson] [1995] [classic trance/progressive trance]
  229. Ramin - Brainticket [1993] [classic trance]
  230. Pole Folder - Apollo Vibes [2001] [deep trance]
  231. {arguable - progressive house}
  232. Free Radical - Surreal (En-Motion Remix) [2001] [anthem trance]
  233. M.I.K.E. - Sunrise at Palamos [2000] [anthem trance]
  234. Blue Planet Corporation - Crystal [1999] [psytrance/goa trance]
  235. Solid Globe - North Pole [epic trance/anthem trance]
  236. Chimera - Hypnotising [2002] [progressive trance/deep trance]
  237. {arguable - progressive house}
  238. Spicelab - Amorph [1992]
  239. L.S.G. - Train of Thought 1.2
  240. Joker Jam - Innocence [2001] (progressive trance/anthem trance)
  241. Cosmic Baby - Fantasia (Airplay) [1994] [classic trance]
  242. Rui Da Silva - Touch Me [2001] [deep trance]
  243. {arguable - progressive house}
  244. Guy Gerber & Shlomi Aber - Sea of Sand [2007] [neo-trance/minimal trance]
  245. {arguable - "minimal"}
  246. VDM - No Hesitation
  247. James Holden - One For You (Avus One For Heads mix) [2001]
  248. Petter - All Together [2004] [deep trance/neo-trance]
  249. {arguable - minimal techno/progressive house}
  250. Cherry Bomb - Eclipse [1994]
  251. Vernon - Wonderer [1993]
  252. Moonbeam - Sunshine [2007] [neo-trance/minimal trance]
  253. {arguable - "minimal"}
  254. Blank and Jones - Nightclubbing [2001]
  255. Filterheadz - Yimanya [2004]
  256. Faithless - Insomnia [1996] [anthem trance]
  257. {arguable: stadium house}
  258. Minilogue - Elephant's Parade [2007] [neo-trance/minimal trance]
  259. {arguable - "minimal"}
  260. Evolution - Phoenix
  261. Quench - Dreams [1993]
  262. AFX - VBS.Redlof.B
  263. Partial Arts - Trauermusik [2007] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  264. {arguable - minimal}
  265. Gypsy - I Trance You [1998]
  266. Breeder - Tyrantanic (Slacker's Kingdom Come Mix)
  267. {arguable - progressive breaks}
  268. Man With No Name - Teleport
  269. The Light - Expand The Room [1997]
  270. {arguable - progressive house}
  271. Odyssee of Noises - Troya [1993]
  272. Bille Ray Martin - Honey (Chicane club mix) [1999]
  273. Dynamic Maniax - Calling Middle Earth
  274. {arguable - hardcore(???)}
  275. Agnelli & Nelson - El Nino [1998]
  276. Alex Smoke - Chica Wappa (Mejor edit) [2005]
  277. Juno Reactor - Samurai [1994]
  278. Marmion - Schoneburg (Man with No Name mix) [1994]
  279. Yahel - Going Up (trance mix) [1999]
  280. Chicane - Don't Give Up
  281. Albion - Air
  282. 030 - Midnight in Europe
  283. {arguable - progressive house}
  284. LSG - Into Deep
  285. LN Movement - Golden Desert [2000]
  286. The Visions of Shiva - Perfect Day [1992]
  287. Perpetuous Dreamer - Future Funland
  288. ATB - 9 PM (Till I Come) [1998] [ibiza trance]
  289. West & Storm - Porpoise
  290. {arguable - hardcore (apparently)}
  291. Solar Stone - Solarcoaster
  292. Juno Reactor - Feel the Universe (Kox Box mix) [1994]
  293. Airwave & Markus Schulz - Angelica [2006]
  294. Oliver Klein - Rheinkraft (Ian Wilkie remix) [2001]
  295. {arguable - techno}
  296. James Holden - I Have Put Out The Light [2002]
  297. {arguable - progressive house}
  298. Space Manoeuvres - Part 1
  299. {arguable - progressive breaks}
  300. Max Graham - Airtight [2001] [progressive trance]
  301. Transa - Supernova
  302. Aril Brikha - Winter [2007] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  303. {arguable - "minimal"}
  304. Aura - Energy Transpose
  305. {arguable - acid}
  306. Atlantis - Fiji (Cequenza mix) [1998] [epic trance]
  307. Extrawelt - Soopertrack [2005] [minimal trance/neo-trance/psytrance]
  308. {arguable - progressive house/minimal}
  309. Kamaya Painters - Summerbreeze [2000]
  310. Blue Minds - Aquapunch (3 In One Mix)
  311. Paul Van Dyk - Columbia (PvD mix) [1999] [anthem trance/tech-trance]
  312. The Green Martian - Industry [2001] [anthem trance/tech-trance]
  313. Catcher - Destiny Sunrise [2003] [ambient trance]
  314. Paul Van Dyk - My World [1994]
  315. This is a really gorgeous track, that was completely overshadowed by Van Dyk's other 1994 masterpiece: For an Angel. Understandably overshadowed, but this one is pretty good too.
  316. Caunos - Herzsprung 1 [1993] [classic trance]
  317. Resistance D - Cosmic Love [1991] [classic trance]
  318. Veracocha - Carte Blanche [1998]
  319. Tiesto & Junkie XL - Obsession
  320. Lazy Fat People - Club Silencio [2007] [minimal trance/neo-trance]
  321. X-Cabs - Neuro [1995]
  322. Juno - A Force Beyond [1995] [classic trance]
  323. Cygnus X - The Orange Theme [1994] [anthem trance]
  324. Jam & Spoon - Find Me (Odyssey to Anooya) [1993] [ibiza trance]
  325. Listen to it beside Love Stimulation, and you'll notice...similarities. But I don't know which came first, and this track is pretty good anyway.
  326. Airwave - Escape From Nowhere
  327. Marc Vision - Time Gate (Original Mix) [1999]
  328. Ticon - We Are the Mammoth Hunters [2001] [psytrance/goa trance/minimal psy/psytekk]
  329. Blue Alphabet - Cybertrance
  330. Y Traxx - Mysteryland [1999] [ibiza trance]
  331. Blank and Jones - Watching the Waves [2002]
  332. Jon the Dentist - Global Phases
  333. {arguable - acid}
  334. Cortex Thrill - Deep Infinity
  335. Moby - Porcelain [1999]
  336. {arguable - ambient breaks}
  337. Sven Vath - Ritual of Life (The Spicelab mix)
  338. Quivver - She Does
  339. Berlin Inc - Berlin (Peace Mix)
  340. {arguable - hardcore???}
  341. William Orbit - Barber's Adagio for Strings [1999]
  342. Jones & Stephenson - Gummiringe [1998]
  343. Agnelli & Nelson - Everyday
  344. Morgan King - I'm Free
  345. {arguable - progressive breaks/ambient breaks}
  346. Sasha - Belfunk
  347. {arguable - progressive house}
  348. Mash Up - Liberation (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  349. Mekka - Diamondback
  350. Legend B - Lost in Love [1993]
  351. Minimalistix - Close Cover
  352. BT - Flaming June [1997]
  353. Lucid - I Can't Help Myself
  354. Dawnseekers - Gothic Dream (Jon Johnson Remix) [2001]
  355. Sasha - Cloud Cuckoo (Luke Chable mix) [2004]
  356. Paul van Dyk - Reflections [2003]
  357. Nalin & Kane - Open Your Eyes [2000]
  358. Lange - I believe (DJ Tandu mix) [1999] [epic trance]
  359. The Swimmer - Purple Cloud
  360. Mauro Picotto - Komodo
  361. Union Jack - Cactus
  362. Cygnus X - Positron [1993]
  363. The Quest - C Sharp [1999]
  364. Moonstruck - Lunar Outbreak [1998]
  365. Max Graham - Airtight [2001]
  366. The Ambush - Sun
  367. Ayla - Ayla [1996]
  368. Blaze - My Beat (Ambassador Remix) [2002]
  369. Andain - Summer Calling [2002]
  370. {arguable - progresive house}
  371. Sensient - File Not Found [psytrance/minimal psy] [2003]
  372. Push - The Legacy
  373. Oceanlab - Clear Blue Water [2001]
  374. Ferry Corsten - Punk [2002]
  375. Dance 2 Trance - Power of American Natives
  376. Andain - Beautiful Things [2003]
  377. {arguable - progressive house}
  378. Odysee of Noises - Circe [1991]
  379. Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation
  380. {arguable - electro-techno???}
  381. Da Hool - Meet Her at the Love Parade
  382. Deep Dish - Say Hello [2005]
  383. {arguable - progressive house}
  384. Alici - Silver Clouds In A Yellow Sky
  385. The Roc Project - Never (Tiësto vs. Filterheadz Remix)
  386. BT - Godspeed
  387. Synergy - Hello Strings
  388. Psychic TV - Infinite Beat
  389. BT - Dreaming (Lucid mix)
  390. Jan Johnson - Flesh (Tiesto mix)
  391. Airscape - L'Esperanza
  392. Ridgewalkers - Find (Andy Moor mix)
  393. {arguable - progressive house}
  394. Robert Gitelman - Things 2 Say (Push mix)
  395. Josh Wink - Higher State of Consciousness
  396. {arguable - acid breaks}
  397. Andy Ling - Fixation
  398. Cascade - Transcend
  399. Fragma - Toca's Miracle [2000] [[epic trance]]
  400. DJ Yanny - Initialize
  401. Demonic Emotions - Stuck on a Space Trip
  402. {arguable - acid}
  403. Gouryella - Walhalla
  404. Mauro Picotto - Proximus
  405. Der Dritte Raum - Hale Bopp
  406. Cass & Slide - Perception (Vocal Mix)
  407. Allure - When She Left [1998] [epic trance]
  408. This is a lost treasure - many of you will have never heard of this. An earlier Tiesto track, but it's epic, melodic, gorgeous, and everything Tiesto wishes he could now do. If a bit too fluffy.
  409. Jericho - Personal Reflexion
  410. Three Drives - Air Traffic [2003]
  411. Gabriel & Dresden - Arcadia
  412. Alphazone - Rockin [2003]
  413. Ballroom - 4AM (Marc O'Tool Remix)
  414. Tekara - Breathe in You [1997]
  415. L.S.G. - I'm Not Existing
  416. Flutlicht - Icarus (The Flight)
  417. Plummet - Damaged
  418. Darude - Sandstorm [1999] [anthem trance]
  419. This track is not a sellout, and it deserves much of the popular support it got. There is not one element to this track that panders to the masses any more than the rest of the anthem trance. I'll admit, there are better tunes that should also be imported to the mainstream, but this track is still pretty good.
  420. Apoptygma Berserk - Kathy's Song (Ferry Corsten mix)
  421. Digital Express - The Club
  422. Three Drives - Sunset on Ibiza
  423. Mono Culture - Free
  424. Fluke - Zion
  425. Underworld - Dinosaur Adventure 3D
  426. Spoiled and Zigo - More and More
  427. Paul Van Dyk - Connected
  428. Nikola Gala - Swing 2 Harmony
  429. {arguable - progressive house}
  430. 808 State - Colony [1992]
  431. Hi-Gate - Pitchin'
  432. Solid Sessions - Janeiro
  433. Fascinated - Totally Fascinated [which is another Push/M.I.K.E alias] [2004]
  434. Evolution - Phoenix
  435. Cloud 69 - Sixty-Nine Ways
  436. Tastexperience - Tantrix
  437. Marco V - Simulated
  438. Steve Morley - Reincarnations
  439. Push - Till We Meet Again
  440. White Room - White Room
  441. Utah Saints - Lost Vagueness (Oliver Lieb mix)
  442. Miro - Paradise
  443. Tiesto - Sparkles
  444. Micah - Grammer Lesson
  445. Coast 2 Coast ft Discovery - Home
  446. 4 Strings - Diving (Cosmic Gate mix)
  447. Sasha - Wavy Gravy [ambient trance]
  448. Juno Reactor - Pistolero (Man With no Name mix)
  449. Tin Tin Out - Strings for Yasmin (Matt Darey mix)
  450. Art of Trance - Easter Island (Cygnus X mix)
  451. Electrique Boutique - Revelation
  452. Gouryella - Ligaya
  453. Tranquility Base - Surrender [2004]
  454. Yahel - Waves of Sound
  455. Telepopmusik - Breathe
  456. Dirty Vegas - Days Go By
  457. Dirt Devils - The Drill
  458. Neum - Meet You At the Milk Bar
  459. Mike Koglin - The Silence
  460. Tomaz vs. Filterheadz - Sunshine [2002]
  461. {arguable - techno}
  462. Tilt - The World Doesn't Know
  463. {arguable - progressive}
  464. Gouryella - Tenshi
  465. Tastexperience - Summersault
  466. Solid Globe - Sahara
  467. Super8 - Alba
  468. Transa - Enervate
  469. Sash! - Encore Une Fois {I'm sorry to everyone I grilled on this - it is definitely, inarguably, trance, I've decided on another relisten. I have no idea how I could've possibly thought this to be eurodance.}
  470. Underworld - Cowgirl
  471. Jen - Loops and Tings
  472. Voodoo & Serano - Blood is Pumping
  473. Cosmic Baby - Space Track
  474. De Niro - Mind of Man
  475. BT - Mercury and Solace
  476. Oliver Lieb - Subraumstimulation
  477. Baracoa - Delirio (Venus Mix)
  478. Armin Van Buuren - Communicate
  479. Accessive Rhythm - Activate
  480. Fridge - Paradise
  481. Lightforce - Take Your Time
  482. Ambush - Ambush 2
  483. Mesh - Purple Haze
  484. Refekt ft. Deline Bass - Need to Feel loved [2004]
  485. Cosmic Gate - Exploration of Space
  486. Effective Force - Diamond Bullet [1992]
  487. Sunflower - Cold Turkey
  488. Drax Limited 2 - Amphetamine
  489. BBE - Seven Days and One Week
  490. Slacker - Looky Thing (Daisy)
  491. Space Manoevres - Quadrant 4
  492. Robert Miles - Children [1996] [dream trance]
  493. {arguable - dream house}
  494. Mainstream success or not, I still think it's a pretty good track.
  495. Amnesia - Ibiza (Not really trance, it's actually EBM - the direct predecessor, but this track was so influential that it at least gets this much mention)
  496. Blank and Jones - Electric Circus [2001]
  497. Cabala - Dark Blue [1999]
  498. Coca + Villa - La noche
  499. Brainbug - Rain
  500. World Clique - Don't Do It
  501. Vector 7 - Air of Love [2002]
  502. Underworld - Thing in a Book [1992]
  503. Astral Projection - Aqua Line Spirit
  504. Jonas Steur - Castamara [2005]
  505. Commander Tom - Attention! [2004]
  506. Rapid Eye - Circa Forever [2002]
  507. Tim Deluxe - Choose Something like a Star
  508. Quivver - Space Manoevres part 3
  509. Chiller Twist - Stringz Ultd. (Shelley Mix)
  510. Faithless - God is a DJ
  511. Lightforce - Join me
  512. Rank 1 - Beats at Rank 1 dot com
  513. Storm - Storm
  514. Society London - Spqr
  515. Lustral - Everytime
  516. DJ Tiesto - Theme From Norejfell
  517. Emmanuel Top - Acid Phase
  518. Blank and Jones - Cream
  519. Arrakis - The Spice
  520. Chicane - Sunstroke
  521. Kyau vs. Albert - Velvet Morning [2003]
  522. T-Scanner - Trip To Heaven
  523. Lio - Rapture
  524. Sander Kleinenberg - Sacred (Sunrise Mix)
  525. Paul Van Dyk - Nothing But You
  526. The Dream Traveller - Time
  527. Paragliders - Bagdad (Humate mix)
  528. ATB - Don't Stop
  529. Lord of Tranz - Sanctificum
  530. Kaycee - Escape
  531. Carlos - The Silmarillia
  532. Dance 2 Trance - Take a Freefall
  533. Warrior (ft. Imogen Bailey) - If You Want Me
  534. Fathers of Sound - Water
  535. Tiesto - Flight 643
  536. Kuffdam - Summerdream
  537. The Voyager - Back on Earth

  538. _Note: "Not trance at all, but excellent tracks" removals:
  539. The Orb - Little Fluffy Clouds [1991] [ambient trance]
  540. This is ambient house, and not even slightly definable as trance. I foolishly left it on the list for so long that I didn't want to remove it. I was quite foolish.).
  541. This is one of only 3 ambient anything tracks to ever reach the top 40 charts (correct me if I'm wrong on this one). It was a runaway hit when released in 1990 (although I don't know if it ever reached North America), Little Fluffy Clouds was another major influence on the formation of the trance genre. Catchy melodies, ambient synths, and an interesting vocal sample, combined with the trademark Orb atmosphere make this another incredible classic.
  542. 808 State - Pacific State [1989] (it's actually house)
  543. Orbital - Chime [1990] (rave)
  544. Layo & Bushwacka! - Love Story [2002] (progressive house)
  545. Ulrich Schnauss - Kneuddelmaus (very melodic IDM)
  546. Force Legato - System [1989] (EBM)
  547. DJ Hooligan - Hear You Now [2002] (Note: I had this track confused with Starecase - Faith (Loafer mix) for 4 years, and only discovered it today. I heard the actual track. I don't really like it. Besides, it's not even close to being trance. More like ambient pop, the sort of thing I always imagined when I heard the term [the actual genre sounds nothing like this, it's really just ambient/chillout with yet another flashy title] )
  548. Cass & Mangan - Green Eggs [2005] (progressive house/tech-house)
  549. Felix da Housecat - Watching Cars Go By (electro-house/electroclash)
  550. Orbital - One Perfect Sunrise
  551. Ian Van Dahl - Castles in the Sky
  552. P.O.S. - Remember [2003]
  553. Paul Van Dyk - Forbidden Fruit
  554. The Horrorist - One Night in New York City (it's seriously just techno)
  555. Sander Kleinenberg - The Fruit [2004] (Electro-house, inarguably)
  556. Dark Suite - Dark Sweet Piano (Wally Lopez mix) (not trance at all)

  557. Recent Removals: [derivative, cheesy, annoying, undanceable, and/or undeniable not trance/entrancing, it all goes in here]
  558. Pulp Victim - The World [1998]
  559. Rank 1 - Airwave
  560. Delerium ft Sarah Machlachlan - Silence (Tiesto mix) [2000]
  561. Benny Benassi - Satisfaction [2003]
  562. {arguable - electro-house}
  563. Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone [1998]
  564. Planet Perfecto - Bullet in the Gun
  565. Ferry Corsten - Rock Your Body Rock [2003]
  566. DJ Shog - Another World {Quite possibly one of the worst producer names of all time. Besides the fact that putting "DJ" before your alias is ****ing idiotic, "Shog" is probably the stupidest slang term ever invented. Totally inappropriate too, considering it's an ebonic word: this is about the equivalent of a trance artist named DJ Murda-Thug. Only "shog" has no street cred as a colloquialism (ie: only wiggers say it), so it's like calling yourself DJ Fuzzy Street Soldja, playing fluffy trance, and thinking you're pretty hardcore. The track is also terrible.)
  567. Delerium - After All (Svenson & Gielson mix) [2004]
  568. Aquagen - Summer is Calling
  569. Oakenfold - Southern Sun (Tiesto mix)
  570. 4 Strings - Sunrise
  571. Tenth Planet - Ghosts
  572. System F - Out of the Blue
  573. Kamaya Painters - Endless Wave [2000] [epic trance]
  574. Oceanlab - Satellite
  575. White Room - Someday
  576. Adam White - Ballerina
  577. System F - Indian Summer
  578. Johan Kivi - Clouds
  579. Orson W - Ilse
  580. Minimalistix - Struggle for Pleasure

  581. Note: the 447 original comments were erased due to bandwidth problems on listology. They can be downloaded here for anyone who really cares.
Author Comments: 

For (another) particularly good trance list on listology, check out
Blind's list

For another alternate opinion on the best trance music, check out: TranceAddict's list. His ideas are very different from mine, I don't agree with quite a few of his top tracks, but if he thought exactly what I did, what would the point be of making a list? Worth checking out.

Here's 2 of my favorite songs so far...
Benny Benassi - Turn me up
Tiesto - Elements of life

Turn me up by benny benassi is my favorite song of all time. it was the song i was listening to when we got caught by the cops for bustin the song in my car at 3am. =(

Listen to

"Turn Me Up" - Benny Benassi

I think you'll like it =)

Oh my god!
Listen to Morgan Page - The Longest Road!
Let me know what you all think.

That's my list: (includes tracks that are not trance but very good too)

4 Strings - Sunrise (original mix)

Above & Beyond pres. Tranquility Base - Surrender (Original mix)
Above & Beyond - No one on earth (Gabriel & Dresden remix)
Above & Beyond vs. Andy Moor - Air for life (Airwave remix)
Above & Beyond ft. Zoe Johnston - Good for me (Thomas Datt remix)
Above & Beyond - Home (Club mix)

Albert Vorne - Formentera what (Gareth Emery remix)

Alex Gaudino - Destination Calabria (Original mix)

Aly & Fila - Lost language

Andain - Beautiful things (Gabriel & Dresden remix)

Andy Moor - Halcyon (Alex M.O.R.P.H. remix)

Armin van Buuren ft. System F - From the heart
Armin van Buuren - Sail
Armin van Buuren & DJ Shah ft. Chris Jones - Going wrong (Original mix)
Armin van Buuren ft. Justine Suissa - Burned with desire
Armin van Buuren ft. Justine Suissa - Burned with desire (Rising Star remix)
Armin van Buuren - Communication part 3
Armin van Buuren ft. System F - Exhale
Armin van Buuren - Face to face
Armin van Buuren ft. Jan Vayne - Serenity (Original mix)
Armin van Buuren - Shivers
Armin van Buuren - The sound of goodbye (Dark Matter remix)
Armin van Buuren ft. Airwave - Sunspot
Armin van Buuren vs. Rank 1 ft. Kush - This world is watching me (Cosmic Gate remix)

Basshunter - Now you're gone (extended mix)

Benny Benassi - California dreaming (remix)
Benny Benassi - Satisfaction (Isak original)

Binary Finary - 1999 (DJ Tiesto remix)

BREAKfAST - The sunlight

Chris Lake ft. Emma Hewitt - Carry me away

Cosmic Gate ft. Denise Rivera - Body of conflict (Extended vocal mix)

Darude - Sandstorm

Dash Berlin - Till the sky falls down (vocal mix)

Deep Dish - Say hello (Paul van Dyk remix)

DJ Antoine - This time (Klaas remix)

DJ Tiesto - Bright morningstar
DJ Tiesto - A tear in the open
DJ Tiesto - Adagio for strings
DJ Tiesto - Athena
DJ Tiesto - Nyana
DJ Tiesto - Walking on clouds
DJ Tiesto & Ferry Corsten - Dreamtime
DJ Tiesto - Driving to heaven
DJ Tiesto - Elements of life
DJ Tiesto ft. Christian Burns - In the dark
DJ Tiesto - Suburban train
DJ Tiesto - Traffic

Ferry Corsten - Beautiful
Ferry Corsten - Holding on

Filo & Peri ft. Eric Lumiere - Anthem

First State ft. Anita Kelsey - Falling
First State - Evergreen

Fridge vs. The Hitmen - Angel 2008 (The Hitmen club mix)

Gouryella - Gouryella

Global Illumination - Tremble (Original mix)

Humate - Love simulation (Paul van Dyk mix)

Jose Amnesia ft. Jennifer Rene - Louder (Original mix)
Jose Amnesia ft. Jennifer Rene - Louder (Robert Nickson remix)

Kleerup ft. Robyn - With every heart beat (Pete Tong & Dave Spoon Wonderland remix)

Kyau vs. Albert - Naked angel
Kyau & Albert - Always a fool

Leama - Requiem for a dream (Leama's dream mix)

Lost Witness vs. Sassot - Whatever (Aly & Fila remix)

Mark Eteson & John Prior - Dynamic stability (Aly & Fila remix)

Markus Schulz ft. Dauby - Perfect (Agnelli & Nelson remix)

Members Of Mayday - 10 in 01 (Original mix)

Michael Dow - Ascent

Mike Foyle - Shipwrecked (Sean Tyas remix)
Mike Foyle - Shipwrecked (John O'Callaghan vs. Mike Foyle mix)

Moogwai - Viola (Armin van Buuren remix)

Motorcycle - As the rush comes

Oceanlab ft. Justine Suissa - Satellite (Above & Beyond remix)

Paul Oakenfold - Southern sun (DJ Tiesto remix)

Paul van Dyk - Another way
Paul van Dyk - For an angel
Paul van Dyk ft. Saint Etienne - Tell me why
Paul van Dyk - We're alive (Vocal radio mix)
Paul van Dyk ft. Wayne Jackson - The other side

Rank 1 - Airwave (Sean Tyas remix)
Rank 1 - Airwave (Breathing) (Club mix)

Robert Miles - Children

Robert Nickson - Spiral (A state of trance 2004)

Salt Tank - Eugina (DJ Tiesto remix)

Sean Tyas - Lift (Original mix)
Sean Tyas pres. Logistic - One more night out (A state of trance 2007)

Solar Stone - Seven cities (Armin van Buuren remix)
Solar Stone - Solar coaster
Solar Stone vs. Sirocco - Destination

Styles & Breeze - You're my angel (Scott Brown remix)

Sunlounger - White sand

The Blizzard - Kalopsia (Original mix)

The Egg - Walking away (Tocadisco remix)

The Thrillseekers ft. Sheryl Deane - Synaesthesia (Fly away) (Paul van Dyk dub mix)

Ultra Djs - Me and you (Carl Ryden remix)

Vincent de Moor - Fly away (Cosmic Gate remix)
Vincent de Moor - Fly away (Sean Tyas remix)

Yahel ft. Eyal Barkan - Voyage (DJ Tiesto Magikal remake vinyl)

N.B: It's not in order of preference but by artists names

Just a couple songs that I really think should make the list--

1. mentioned once in may 08, The Beloved and Nathan Fake - Sweet Harmony (Kosmas Epsilon and Zorz Northern People Remix)
-The mix is another one of those rare deep songs with vocals that work in slowly but really drive the track.

2. Sven Vath - Beauty and The Beast (Eric Prydz Mix)
-Deep, dark, classic in my opinion.

3. John Digweed - Gridlock (Muir's Extended Mix), 25 min.
-Incredible, a powerful song to start off a trance/prog mix. Definitely should be mentioned, it's quality and length in a killer song with dirty bass.

Hope these songs cater for you all...

Just throwing it out there cause of all the discussions about the death of trance: Carey Brothers - Ride (Tiesto Mix)/ Thoughts darktremor??

i really beleive that 'iio - Smooth' should be on the list
its good, aye.

Speaking of Iio, the Armin Van Buuren remix of Iio's "Rapture" is completely excellent. What do you say darktremor?

Please help me find the name of song and artist.

It was given to me around 1999, deep-house style techno/trance

hey, opened up my folder full of trance music(well not all trance but majority are, or house) and all my favourite songs i was gonna suggest wer pretty much up here Lol... guess these pplz are on the right page.

heres a decent one thou... more of an electronika but ill let ya make up your own mind about it: I feel love(yaminos mix) by kluster :)

143 and 181 are both Samurai by Juno Reactor

Darktremor, don't take this as criticism but we definitely have different tastes in Trance. You seem to think Trance was best pre-1995, while I think it's just become so much better post-1999. Your old trance is so monotonous, featuring simple (and tasteless) melodies and simple beats. Most new trance, on the other hand, consists of several epic melodies PER SONG, complex drum beats, and most important of all, generally new sounds.

Though I have never in my life shouted "TIIIIEEEESSSSTTTOOOOO!!!!", the man deserves his credit. Obviously being crowned the #1 DJ in the world must mean something. His 'In Search of Sunrise' mixes are excellent and all of his albums (discounting 'Elements of Life') are great.

What bugs me more than 'Didgeridoo' being number 2 on your list, is 'Cafe Del Mar' being number 3. That song sucks. And then, you have the audacity to remove the Tiesto mix of Delerium's "Silence" and Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone". Wow...

I actually think what is missing from the top most songs on your list are vocals. In my opinion, once vocals started being more widely used (post-1999), Trance music became loads better. What do you think?

But feel free to censor this post. You did it once before, so don't take this personally.

Forgive me for replying as your post wasn't directed at me, but allow me to counter some of your points.

1. You seem to miss the whole point of classic trance - it's entrancing. It's a lot like some techno, in that it is minimalistic and subtle in its changes, rather than blasting cheesy new melodies after a predictable build up. It also focuses on timbre, not just melody, I fail to see how an irritating synth compares to the complex hypnotic sound of say, the 303. Also, a simple melody is not what most classic trance has, a simple melody is that of a cheesy Armin or Ferry song.

A few more things I have to point out from your first paragraph -

consists of several epic melodies PER SONG

I think just one epic melody does my head in enough, several could be awful.

complex drum beats

Examples? Complex to me suggests 4Hero, Amon Tobin or Squarepusher...Tiesto isn't particularly known for his rhythmic powers, though he sure is good at beatmatching.

generally new sounds

Once again any examples Point me to a trance song made post-2000 that has new sounds that doesn't have a strong minimal or techno influence.

2. Being 'crowned' number one in the world means nothing, popularity does not equal musical greatness, all being 'number one in the world' tells us is that he is the most popular. These same inane stupid lists that place him this high have people such as Derrick May and Juan Atkins hundreds of places down, with most of the top twenty being Trance djs, so I'm inclined to not take their opinion too seriously.


And then, you have the audacity to remove the Tiesto mix of Delerium's "Silence" and Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone". Wow...

WOW. Darktremor has the sheer audacity to remove such critically acclaimed masterpieces such as Tiesto's mix of Silence or Alice Deejay's better off alone. I hope that paragraph was intended as witty sarcasm, but something tells me it wasn't.

How did he censor posts? Only an admin can do that. If you would like to find a list worthy of your obviously knowledgable tastes in trance, just check out this guy called Ishkur, he loves all the modern stuff, as it completely represents what trance is about. :)

Haha, thanks for the reference. I'll be sure to check that guy's list out.

We just have different tastes, and that's respectable. But your last statement (popularity vs. "greatness") sums up my point quite nicely. In every genre, there are always those mainstream artists that are criticized by those that favor the classic or underground style. And this criticism, in my opinion, is mostly caused by bitterness.

Seriously though, why would an artist be popular if he wasn't great? Tiesto makes great music, which is why he's popular. People listen to his songs, buy his songs, download his songs, and play his songs more than those which you say possess "musical greatness". But really, what's the point of music? It's meant to entertain, and so -- if the music's not popular, the consensus is that it's generally not entertaining, and therefore, not very good...

It's very logical thinking, in my opinion. :)

I respect the fact you haven't resorted to insults and are keen to discuss rather than argue, which makes it much more pleasant. I apologise if I came across as being harsh, but the vast majority of new trance fan boys are idiots.

However, contrary to your thinking, I find your argument to be quite obviously illogical.

I'm not bitter, there have been successful talented musicians (Tom Waits, The Doors, Bob Dylan) who I respect musically and enjoy listening to.

Why would an artist be popular if they weren't great?

Well, there are a number of reasons, most obvious being that the majority of people simply don't know enough about said genre or music as a whole, and warm to easy-to-listen-to catchy melodies accompanied by professional editing and production.

Secondly, marketing. Once labels get ahold of a musical craze (be it Rock n Roll, Punk or Trance) they want to make the maximum profit possible from the most accessible artists for the mainstream, and pump millions of pounds/euros/dollars into making them popular and fashionable. It idolises the DJs, and in turn their music.

But really, what's the point of music? It's meant to entertain, and so -- if the music's not popular, the consensus is that it's generally not entertaining, and therefore, not very good...

Most of that thinking is logical, but your basic premise isn't, and so the rest in turn is also incorrect. Why assume entertainment is the point of music? The point of great music is to communicate an aesthetic emotion, and as all art is subjective, those who are most knowledgable are the ones we should put our faith in, if any.

How much Classic Trance have you heard? For that matter, how much Minimal, Ambient, Techno, Jungle, IDM, Avant Garde, Hardcore, House etc have you heard? What about rock, folk, classical, jazz? Darktremor has heard a vast quantity of these different genres, and he (like many long term electronic fans) changed his tastes over time, starting with more epic/anthem trance and moving over time to his current tastes.

By the way, the Ishkur thing was sarcasm, just in case you aren't familiar with him. Check out his guide if you haven't already, but don't take it too seriously and bear in mind its quite old now.

ROFL, I'm not sure if you're trolling or not. If you're not trolling, you need to improve your taste =P I mean "consists of several epic melodies PER SONG, complex drum beats, and most important of all, generally new sounds." "you have the audacity to remove the Tiesto mix of Delerium's "Silence" and Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone". Wow..." "once vocals started being more widely used (post-1999), Trance music became loads better" Really?

well said! be honest im getting sick of tending to listen to more techno/tech house/minmal/electro house.

Actually, im going to have to get some goa/psy trance becasue thats the only area of trance i havent investigated fully yet. I wonder who might have a good goa list....?! :-D

Can't say who would have one =p Btw the image isn't present anymore on the 1st page of that thread, so someone re-uploaded it on the last page.

does anyone listen to much happy hardcore stuff or know of any good lists you can point me to?

Ok so I believe that

you should put

some of these songs on your list.
You can put these songs in any order you want obviously and these are only a few of the best. Only a few. Enjoy them.

1. Minimalistix - Magic Fly should be on here.

2. Ayla - Angel Falls should be on here.

3. Blank & Jones - The Nightfly

4. Armin Van Buuren - Exhale

5. 3rd Moon - Diving In The Sky

Well don't get mad at me because I don't know the artist of this song because I looked it up and couldn't find it

6. Unknown Artist - Worlds Apart
Although I don't know the artist you can type in Worlds Apart youtube and get a video that says techno trance and then you can learn the song.

7. Unknown Artist again - The Secret
Same as above.

8. Nathan Profitt - Protostar

9. Inner State - Changes (John O'Callaghan Remix)

10. John O'Callaghan - Exactly

11. Paul Van Dyk - In Circles

12. Aimee B - Breaking Free (Digital Dreamscape Mix)

13. Angel Ace - receptance

14. Ian Van Dahl - Try (Alphazone Remix)

15. Kirsty Hawkshaw - Fine Day

16. DJ Toxic - Light A Rainbow (Mystical Remix)

17. D-Wave ft. Alyssa - Never Be Afraid To Cry

18. IIO - Smooth (Airbase Remix)

19. Keenan & Anderson - Runaway (Matt Zo Vocal Remix)

20. Oceanlab - Beautiful Together

21. Saltwater - The Legacy (Alphazone Remix)

First off... thank you for the anti- dj mystik and tiesto rules... finally someone to speak out against the popularity flood!!

secondly... suggestion

Dj Mangoo- Judgement

good overall tune. fair beat, little over cliche for trance but still fun at that

Can anyone suggest any songs similar to the styles of:
Santiago Nino and Damien Heck - Red Sky (Vocal Mix)
Under Sun - Capoeira (Airbase pres Scarab Mix)?
I know Red Sky probably isn't original enough deserve a spot in the top 400, but I feel like Capoeira deserves consideration? (Even though its by sebastian brandt trying to be south american...)

Jackal & Hyde - Darkstar *unf*

That's totally jungle, nothing trancey about it at all. I love jungle, but don't know enough about it to make a jungle list - although I do have a lot of favorites.

I was first introduced to techno when i was 16 (11 years ago), i had skipped a class and was in my HS parking lot with my new found friend chad.
Ill never forget the cd he was called Acid Resistant. It was unlike anything i had ever heard and i was shocked at how much i longed to hear more. Anyhow to make a long story short I have been on this endless journey for that one melody.And it will never end///

ps. "remember how dope icey was..."

For the song by Motorcycle (As the Rush Comes) I was wondering what remix or edit it was....or if it was all of them. I checked out the song online and was bombarded by almost 6 different songs, and I want to get "the best" one, unless they are all worth DL. Thanks for the amazing list by the way, it will take me many many months (if not years) to scour through and listen to these songs, and figure out which ones (if not all) to love.

You've got:
#74 Shakta - "Silicon Trip"
#117 MWNN - "Silicon Trip"
Do both artists have songs under this title or is that a typo?

Discogs is a great way to resolve questions like this :) Both MWNN and Shakta have songs under the same name.

Great list indeed.I've been into trance for almost 4 years and in my country (Albania) is very difficult finding trance stuff and most of the people don't even know any electronic genre except for house.It's good to know that there are still smart people who listen to this wonderful electronic genre.I'd like to give a few recomendations:
Element 4 - Big Brother
Mystica - Bliss (Mystica Mix)
Matt Darey - Blueskies
Faithless - Buddha Bar (great piano trance)
Yahel - Eurotrance
Yahel - Soul
Solar Stone - Flood
DJ Liquid - I Close My Eyes (it has a cool effect when u listen to it carefully)
Pink Bomb - Indica
Junk Project - Miralaca
Tone Depth & Soultan - Moments
Blackwatch - Northsky
Sergio Del Rio - Parazar (I don't know if it's considered trance but it's cool)
Propulsion - Pressure
RA - R.O.M. (Reign Of Madness)
Scooter - Return Of The Future
Scooter - Zebras Crossing The Street (I know Scooter are chesy but this tracks are softer especially Zebras Crossing The Street)
Ferry Corsten - Right Of Way (u've put Punk there and that this one is better than that)
Three Drives - Signs From The Universe
Veit - Sky
Antibazz & Sunstarz Feat. Goombay Dance Band - The Spirit
ATB - The Summer (this one should replace Don't Stop which is a stupid remake of Till I Come)
Infinity Project - Superbooster (full of acid and psy effects)
Genetic - Trancemission
Astrix - Visions
Yahel - We Know
Also I'd Like to ask for a track that I've found accidentally on Limewire that has the words "Greek-DANCE,FREESTYLE,HOUSE,EURO,TRANCE,TECHNO - Techno - Greece 2001 - 2000 + One (Club Mix)".Feedback would be appreciated.Anyone who liked the list also check my recomendations as I've chosen the most similar to the list's tracks.They are good tracks but I'don't know why they've gone unnoticed.Greetings to all.

There is a track called Greece 2000 - Three Drives, might be it. Its a fairly good track too :)

2.If you've been listening to trance for less than 9 months, you have a DJ Mystik track on your computer anywhere, or you still (seriously)find tracks by typing "trance" or "techno" into a file sharing program, then please don't suggest anything. Your recommendation is going to be stupid. No, trust me. It is.
Uh-oh, you betrayed your infringement of THE RULES! =p

No no its not greece 2000.I dont search music by typing stupid terms like dance or techno or trance.I found this while searching for greece 2000 and downloaded it first because it had more sources than the others.I've red the rules carefully,I dont know who the f### is dj mystik and I'm into trance for almost 3 years.I told you that I may not have too much trance "culture" because of where I live but this doesn't mean that I don't appreciate a good track.I've seen the list carefully and have more than 100 of them thanx also to Soulseek.that track 'greece 2001 dance,freestyle etc.' doesn't mean too much too me but I just don't like having unknown tracks and I thought this was the place for it.

Hey there, darktremor. First of all i would like to congratulate you because of this list. I found very many tracks that I wasn't aware of, and many were sources of inspiration. Second of all, i really like that attitude (especially the one from the rules), i really laughed when i read them for the first time, and i'm still laughing. I thought i was the only one with that attitude towards many users on the net.

Even I listen to trance for some time (some years), I am still learning things, especially about subgenres & stuff. I totally agree with most of your choices, but one is still bothering me. PPK - ResuRection shouldn't be epic trance? Why is it considered as being anthem trance? It sounds to me like it hasn't that explosion regarding the anthem and it's more sad, making it more epic. I am hoping for an answer on this issue. Thanks.

I will post later a series of tracks (for the moment I haven't thought of many) to aid you for this list. And I don't want to be like those gardeners listeners to post some shity pop-housey-trance tracks. I wont.


Activation - 17 km from the Sea

I can't believe such awesome tracks are still produced in 2007 (hope I'm not wrong about the year), but not many know of this's absolutely beautiful, and all my friends/DJs that I know have no knowledge of this beautiful ibiza track. It reminds me of Humate - Love Stimulation or Salt Tank - Eugina, awesome

and another recommandation would be:

Vincent De Moor - Fly Away (Original Mix i guess), good old epic classic track

See you later.

hey, about that PPK track.... just had a listen to it again and i think its down as Anthem Trance becasue it only has the one big breakdown with the snare role out of it before the track "explodes" so to speak. Epic trance is structured much more like a pop song with 2 or more breakdowns like it has verses and choruses. Listen to "For An Angel" as thats a good example of epic trance.

The border between what is Anthem and what is Epic is very undefined. Lots of tracks cross both sides such as "Pearl River" has full vocals which is common to Epic...but the "harder" sound and big snare rolling breakdown associated with Anthem Trance.

Without being anal and getting into stupidly small details, "Resurection" has more in common with Anthem, but it does have some Epic qualities. Its probs easier not to worry too much, you could put it under the title "Anthem/Epic Trance" to avoid problems??? I consider it to have a whiff of Progressive Trance about it too.....

Hope thats helped you a bit!

BTW, have you heard "Space Track" by Cosmic Baby??? Predates Resurection by years but uses that "space" sound in ressurection...or more accurately, PPK used that space sound from "Space Track"

I know what you're saying, I said I'm a little bit newer to this subgenre classification (I've been learning those for about a year, still I'm pretty ok now, but always could be better, and always will be persons better than me).

I listened to For An Angel once again and I understood what you're meaning in terms of structure. And I know the border between epic and anthem is very very slippery, for that reason I considered for a long time that Orjan - Arctic Globe is anthem, in fact a person knowing more than me argued that it is epic. Still i associate the PPK sound to the one in Tiesto - Suburban Train, and I found it more sad than the exploding anthem. That's all.

There are many representative tracks: Suburban Train, Fly Away, For An Angel, Synaesthesia, Endless Wave etc.

So by PPK track you mean the Space Club Mix(8:01) or Perfecto Edit(7:33)?

By the way, thank you very much for your explanation and details, I am still looking forward to darktremor's reply (if he has still time for this list)

I listened to Space Track on youtube, and you are damn right. This sound is used in resuRection.

After a point, its not worth arguing whether a track is epic or anthem. Just enjoy the music! =) Imo, Anthem is the breakdown formula, and epic uses those characteristic uplifting sounds, and many tracks can be both epic and anthem, so it gets complicated (and irritating) to classify a track as epic or anthem.

I know, I totally agree with you. Still, it is very interesting this subgenre classification ;) Many told me that the hardest part is to identify modern ibiza from modern uplifting. But that boundary sounds very logical to me. Anthem/epic is worse.

It's not worth worrying about such divisions. There's really no such thing as "uplifting trance," that's just epic trance or dutch trance that someone has felt the need to further break into hairsplitting minutiae. No one can hear the difference, and people who claim to hear the difference don't agree on what it is.

Also, progressive/anthem/epic/dutch trance simply marks a community of producers slowly making their breakdowns longer and the song structures more codified. It started with progressive, and slowly went down the line (downhill) to dutch. So, arguing whether something is anthem versus epic, or epic versus dutch is silly. Odds are it just sits between them on the continuum if you can't tell right away, and usually you can't. Plus, it doesn't really matter, and no one should care.

Yeah, it gets too anal all the classification after a point. I just see "uplifting trance" as a blanket term for Anthem/Epic/Dutch as thats thier primary objective....which of course makes you wonder whether they should even be classed as "trance music" if they are not even focused at being "entrancing".....

I use anthem for anthem, epic for epic, and uplifting for that "dutch" thing. And nowadays, mostly all producers that create "uplifting trance" songs make them sound very dutch (just like Rank1 - Airwave and so on), so that's the reason I make that decision.

But in the end, I reached the point that makes me scream: "who the hell cares, it's all abot 2 types of trance songs - trance music (very rare in these days) and shity-pop-trancey music...good trance songs and not so good trance songs."


I have just discovered your list, and I find it very interesting for me for many reasons.
I think I should say I am a newcomer in the trance life. I have discovered this kind of music around 1999, and I have progressively enjoyed it. Yet, my culture about trance is quite weak: even if I know most of the songs on the list, I should confess I have never understood quite precisely all the differences between epic/progressive/goa/minimal/neo... (never heard of that one) trance. I have always been listening to Trance, and that's all. So your list is very interesting for me because I can have a first idea of what each type of trance can be (by considering the tracks), and it would be easier to make my research (to improve my culture!).

As I'm still a novice about trance, there are some things I don't understand about the trance not listed in your list, the specialist you are may be able to help me:
1) some Paul Van Dyk's tracks are on your list (the contrary would have been surprising), but you consider "Forbidden Fruit" as "not trance at all, but excellent tracks", why so? (I'm not suggesting to put in on the list). After all, it's still a PvD track.

2) same question about "out of the blue" by System F: some of Ferry Corsten's songs are on the list, why not this one? it is surprising for the novice I am as I always hear that this song is one of the trance classics.

3) I could ask this question for the Delerium remixes, but the answer may be the same as question 2.

4) I think there are some mistakes:
* Commander Tom "Are NOT Eye?" isn't it "are am I?"
* Lio - Rapture; think it is iio (Iio), not Lio, who's French singer (but not worth knowing her, believe me!)

Finally, I would like to have your opinion about these tunes. I am not suggesting to put them on the list, I juts would like to know why you wouldn't add them in your list instead (don't think you will ;-) ):
* Ian Van Dahl - Reason [Hemstock & Jennings remix]
I don't consider Ian Van Dahl's songs are trance as such (even if I like many of them), yet many remixes make them more trancy (I think), especially this one

* Madonna - What it feels like for a girl [Above & Beyond remix]
of course it's not about Madonna, but the remix; it's very interesting to note how a pop tune can have a different impact when it is remixed by a trance artist (and be more pleasant to hear)

* Schiller - A Beautiful Day [Kaycee remix]
* Orion - Eternity [Darren Tate remix]
* Hemstock & Jennings vs Adam White - Reverence [original/Darren Tate remix]

Well, think will stop here, if you can consider my long message without sleeping, that would be great.
Again, greta job for making this list.

P.S.: it's been a long time since I last spoke/wrote English, hope there are not too many mistakes!

It seems you started listening those many years before I did, but still you have many questions that I previously had :D

Probably, the boundary between the subgenres coud be explained better by examples (that's what i always do - i have a teacher degree in my country so i like it very much that way).

Epic sounds more like uplifting, pop trance, default beat, default breakdown, but more fragmented in submelodies in breakdown like the uplifting, but more sad. Most of the eurotrance tracks in the '00 and nearby years are epic. Nowadays, most of the eurotrance producers make uplifting.
Ex: Arksun - Arisen, Tiesto - Suburban Train, Vincent de Moor - Fly Away etc

Progressive is the easiest subgenre to identify (even still nowadays could be more difficult), it has a typical bassline, it has a LOWER bpm than the others.
Ex: tracks by Gabriel&Dresden (watch out for the progressive house/trance barrier), Gareth Emery, Cosmic Gate (in those day, not the previously ones as they were hard trance) + Nic Chagall, Markus Schulz, even Armin/Tiesto/PvD. Most of the nowadays producers are progressive.

Goa it's far more complex than the others, I couldn't be more precisely, it has the most complex bassline and theme. And it sounds very hippy, very oriental.

Ex: listen to Astral Projection, you will find high quality goa there and i think it would be easier for starting learning goa

Minimal/neo i think are the same thing, i don't know more of this subgenre(s), i know Kyau & Albert are minimal/neo trance, and that's all.

Search google for Ishkur's Guide to EDM (or simply Ishkur), you will find there a very good trance sub-genre classification (still not completed).

1. I really don't know that, even Rank1 - Airwave which is an uplifting trance classic is there. Still, if it is PvD it's not necessary to be trance. Lately, PvD has released a series of house tracks. In fact his all album In Between it is 80% house.

2. It is on the "excellent tracks removal" list :D

Congratulations, I think you wrote quite correctly for a person that haven's used English for a long period.

thanks a lot for answering - and for the contragulations :D

I have looked at some other lists and commentaries, and it seems I have been more listening to eurotrance, epic, ibiza, classic, progressive, uplifting. Actually, I have realised the differences without being able to explain them, your commentary makes things clearer in my mind.

thanks again

Not to start an argument here but I ahve to disagree with 2 things you have said....

1) What minimal tracks have Kyau & Albert made...I listened to everything by them I have and not a single track is Minimal???

2) Which brings me onto my second point....Progressive is NOT the easiest sub genre to ID! Its infact one of the hardest to say what is and what is not becasue so many tracks fall under it.

It was originally the bridge between old skool Classic Trance and '98/'99 Anthem Trance. i.e. Progressing from old to new, hense "Progressive Trance". Thats fine. This basically meant that anything produced in 1996-1997 was classed as Progressive. These tracks are best described as having a clearly defined breakdown giving Progressive relation to what was to come (Anthem) but also contained multi, relitviely complicated layers building on top of each other sometimes with acid elements showing Progressive Trance's link to its roots in Classic & Acid Trance. "Gamemaster" by Lost Tribe is a perfect example of this with its clear breakdowns allowing tension to be built in a single song but has the acid sample from "Dreams" by Quench and other electronic sounds melded together to create a still relitively entranceing piece of music.

Since then though Progressive turned into a genre itself rather than a temporary style during a movement from one genre to another as a way for artists to establish themselves away from sell out Anthem/Epic. The irony is that Progressive Trance is still being made to day making it anything BUT Progressive!

So you see me point that its very hard to say what "Progressive Trance" is.....

Flaming June is Progressive becasue it was made in 1996....but sounds very much like Epic Trance.

Stringer is Progressive Trance but sounds like Anthem Trance with that big Snare role and was made in 2001.

I know I have gone on a bit there but can you see my point on how confused the whole genre is and how hard it is to identify Progressive Trance....?

1) I agree with you, but in all classifications that I've read K&A are considered to be neo-trance (still I don't consider this a subgenre), and since neo-trance & minimal-trance walk understand. From my point of view I would give them the melodic trance sound (something between progressive and uplifting - about the same thing as Above & Beyond)

2) You're right. But nowadays the "progressive" sound (hope you'll notice the "") is the easiest to discover: Markus, Gareth, Cosmic Gate, G&D, Armin, Tiesto, Andy Moor, Bolier, Darren Tate, Lange etc. I think about 3/4 of the top trance artist are progressive. That what I'm saying, that the music that existed about 10 years ago is not the same.

Let's just say I thank darktremor for this list that partially helped me to discover good non-shity music.

1) Kyau and Albert are unquestionably not neo-trance, and neo-trance is not somewhere between progressive trance and melodic trance at all. It's somewhere between classic trance, progressive trance, electro-house, and minimal techno. Listen to the neo-trance examples, and I don't think you'll find any similarity at all with Kyau and Albert. In fact, neo-trance is simply a semi-teasing descriptor of a certain strain of more melodic minimal techno that came out in the last few years, and has no links at all to the trance community. I'd call Kyau and Albert epic trance, which is pretty much the furthest removed style of trance from neo-trance. Also, the wikipedia definition is completely incorrect.

Start with these tracks, and try to tell me that they sound anything like Kyau and Albert:
Claude Vonstroke - Who's Afraid of Detroit
Ame - Rej
Efdemin - Lohn & Brot
Gabriel Ananda - Ihre persönliche Glücksmelodie
Booka Shade - Mandarine Girl

I said that just because I read on many sources that Kyau & Albert are considered to be neo-trance. Although (I don't know if I said), I consider them as being melodic trance up to epic trance.

As for Who's Afraid of Detroit I can't find any trance part...and Ame Rej sounds really trippy, but more to the house part, could be considered trancey just because it goes up and down in energy, up and down, but that's the only thing that I see. The rest of the tracks I really don't know them.

P.S: You really should check Activation - 17 From The Sea [2007]

There isn't really much of a trance part to any minimal trance/neo-trance tracks, because minimal trance/neo-trance is not really trance at all. Basically, about 4 or 5 years ago some minimal producers started making tracks with real, full melodies in them. The minimal community at the time was used to clicks + cuts with very little (if any) melody, so they started calling these tracks "trance" (more as a joke), because at the time there was no melody in minimal, and trance was heavily associated with melody. They were just teasing, but the label stuck, and actually attracted the attention of some tranceheads, who then discovered that "dance" isn't actually spelled T-I-E-S-T-O and began listening to decent music (see James Holden).

So no, it's not trance, but I include it here because I really like minimal, and want to introduce people to it, and it's a nice stepping stone for tranceheads to start getting into better electronic music. Besides, minimal is way more entrancing than any trance produced after about 2001, and arguably all trance ever, actually.

I checked out that Activation track, but I didn't like it. I found it to be very cliched trance, especially for 2007.

I really like that debate about the minimal thing, but I think in my country (Romania), that thing is overrated. And I won't agree with you in many aspects of your post.

And about "entrancing", I think progressive house like Sasha is more entrancing than many trance tracks produced nowadays.

Abot the Activation track, there is also a good part...if you found it, it seems that it really exists (because no one could find it, excepting the person that gave it to me). But that's ok, although I find it having that old 90's sound.

And by the way, I was saying about melodic trance that is somewhere between progressive and uplifting (dutch). Nothing about minimal/neo-trance.

"I agree with you, but in all classifications that I've read K&A are considered to be neo-trance (still I don't consider this a subgenre), and since neo-trance & minimal-trance walk understand. From my point of view I would give them the melodic trance sound (something between progressive and uplifting - about the same thing as Above & Beyond)"

Yes, you're right. I misinterpreted your comment.

I've listened more carefully to Orange Bill and it sounds very minimal to me (it reminds me of Booka Shade's Mandarine Girl)

My suggestion would have to be NOSTRUM - BRILLIANT [1998]. Great tune & hard to find on record, but very worth it!

Sure, I'll download it.

Hi you have probably got invol2ver but I would like to know whether there is room for Colouers by M83 on the list near the bottom as I think you might find it nice

I wouldn't call Colouers trance by any stretch whatsoever, or any of m83's work, for that matter.

Another awesome track that I've recently found, you should give it a try:

Robert Gitelman - Children Of The Sun [2004]

Very obsessive riff...

What genre would you put Colouers in then? How about elpe by Royksopp or Cafe de Flore by Dr Rockitt, very nice ambient tracks.

Depending on the track, I'd put m83 in nu-gaze (basically electronic-only shoegaze), ambient, or IDM. And Royksopp is chillout, not trance. I haven't heard the Dr. Rockitt, but you're saying it's ambient, which means it doesn't fit here.

Sundown, The Overlords.

Great track! It's actually a really nice marker of the transition between new beat and goa trance. It's going to have a place up there, for sure. Thanks a lot!

A great track indeed...and one that will never fade (in this humble mind, at least).

Bt- Godspeed (Hybrid Dub)

One of the most gorgeous breakdowns in all of trance.

hey darktremor i love offshore and beachball was wondering if u cud tell me what mix of each soung u tink is best like what length is ur one coz i want 2 make sure i have the best version

What about Fake awake By Andy Moor? Does that song qualify in your list?

A magnificent progressive track with lyrics and vocals that just melts the hardest of hearts:

Andy Duguid Feat. Leah - Wasted [2008]

I'm sure most of you would have heard of it.

commercialpopcrapshit - couldn't be done worse

Alot of people have mentioned Oliver Lieb and I would check into Lieb's The Ambush album as well, its sort of a tribal/trance mix very unique and outstanding, especially Sun.

Also, checkout Quickstar off Liebs L.S.G. Into Deep album, it is beatless, but wholly trance, an epic, excellent track....

Sorry I did not use the find function properly I see you do have Sun up there.

Dammerung by frontside is absolutely gorgeous dust the cobwebs off NEII East Coast and have another listen! Also wanted to ask about two artists Gus Gus and The Light what other good tracks have they done?

I know you love acid trance, most real trance fans do but I dont think you give Ibiza trance enough credit! Its so uplifting and so much better than most epic/anthem tracks! I think you should give it more credit! I really like acid trance too but considering 3 out of your top ten tracks are Ibiza more plaudits are maybe necessary

Ibiza Trance (from my knowledge) isnt a particularly big sub genre so there wont be too much of it floating around to put in lists. Plus by 1998 tracks that, at least I, consider Ibiza Trance are a cross between Ibiza and Anthem/Epic (e.g. El Nino, Saltwater, 9pm etc)

I still think acid deserves more praise though, nothing quite as entrancing as some pure TB 303!!!!


How can the Grid ][ Trance Mix (originally known as Matrix ][ Trance Mix) not be included !! It is pure trance bliss

you have just broken rule #3

Claude Vonstroke - Who's Afraid of Detroit? is listed twice ;)

Yahel & Miss T - Skywalker
Posted that as Eurotrance but now i found the real title.Very very nice

I thing you should check these names (I had difficulties in finding Digeridoo, just because I thought it is called Didgeridoo):

Humate - Love sTimulation instead of Humate - Love Simulation
Aphex Twin - Digeridoo instead of Aphex Twin - diDgeridoo
Kuffdam & Plant - Summer Dream instead of Kuffdam - Summerdream

I'll check for other misnames. Could be confusing, in fact this was even confusing for me when I searched for Digeridoo. Indeed, that australian instrument is called diDgeridoo, but the track is called Digeridoo, without that "D". I hope I was useful to you. Cheers.

Yup ! Firstly i would like to point out that its iio not Lio . Im 15 years of age . i have been listening to trance for less than 5 months . Do not stereoype me . Happy hardcore boils my blood !! I think Perfect Blue by Akesson and Lost Connection by Jochen miller would be great additions to the list , i know they are recent but still...
Also i feel you have too much a presence of acid in this list , no offence .

No, they aren't great additions :) They are passing tracks...the tracks are released and are erased in a few months. Recent very good tracks are Castamara, Another You Another Me, YearZero etc (although I'm NOT a progressive fan, there tracks are one of the best in the last 3-4 years)...ahhh, I found one great track:

Arksun - Arisen [2006 i guess] (epic trance)

No, they aren't great additions :) They are passing tracks...the tracks are released and are erased in a few months. Recent very good tracks are Castamara, Another You Another Me, YearZero etc (although I'm NOT a progressive fan, there tracks are one of the best in the last 3-4 years)...ahhh, I found one great track:

Arksun - Arisen [2006 i guess] (epic trance)

Firstly i would like to point out that its iio not Lio . Im 15 years of age . i have been listening to trance for less than 5 months . Do not stereoype me . Happy hardcore boils my blood !! I think Perfect Blue by Akesson and Lost Connection by Jochen miller would be great additions to the list , i know they are recent but still...
Also i feel you have too much a presence of acid in this list , no offence .

There is no such thing as too much acid. IMHO Acid is the tranciest trance. If happy hardcore boils your blood, well you have much to learn young padawan =p We all have to start somewhere though.

In relation to your other list Northern Exposure is the best but CD1 (North) is stronger than CD2. As you know I have a hard copy and CD1 is never out of my player in my car! How can two DJ's find 22 tracks that mould together so perfectly? I know alot of the tracks aren't completely trance so I assume thats the reason why they aren't on here? But FSOL-Cascade and Apollo 440-Liquid Cool, which definately are trance so do you not consider them in the top 400 or so? And how about Rabbit in the moon-Out of body experience? And from NEII you still haven't considered Dammerung-Frontside!

Sorry scratch out of body experience didnt know it was already on there

Correlation (Original Mix) - Robbie Van Doe
The Heroes Theme (Filo & Peri Bootleg) - Melvoin & Coleman

...two cracking tracks I wouldn't think out of place on this list. Thanks for your work anyway, brilliant list.

Hello people ! Check this out ! :-)

Hey that song you posted I must say "I LOVE IT!" Sounds Outstanding. Good Looking!

I'm glad that you liked :)

I just thought being a former disciple of yours, I'd use the popularity of this list to piggyback my EDM review blog into the public sphere:

The EDM Outlands

I try to do reviews when I get spare time, and try to cover different types of EDM, and any comments would be appreciated.

My recommendations:
Airwave - When Things Go Wrong
Airbase - Runaway
Andy Blueman - Nyctalopia
Andy Moor - Halcyon
Juno Reactor - Conga Fury
Juno Reactor - God is God
Juno Reactor - High Energy Protons (Orion mix)
Kai Tracid - Trance and Acid
Kenny Hayes - Daybreaker (Airbase Elektech mix)
Maor Levi - Lital (Daniel Kandi mix)
Syna - Do You Feel

OK, this is literally driving my head crazy. I was playing Beachball [extended mix] by Nalin&Kane (my version is 7:27 if that makes any difference). I am convinced that she is saying "Be Fucking ready" basically half the song. I've played it for several friends, and without me even mentioning it they said it sounded like she was saying that too. Is that what she is saying, or is about 10 people just hearing things?

I believe she says "People get ready!"

Ahhhh thank you greatly for clarifying that, and sorry for the ludicrously late reply!!!!!!

Sorry for my bad english.
She say "People get ready", not "be f***ing ready" :-), play the song in slow motion...

i'm probably gonna sound like an idiot, but i'm slightly new to trance and its counterparts (hardstyle, techno, electronic, etc)...and i'm looking into new (and old) stuff thats cool

but i was wondering what kind of music the songs posted by people on youtube are, specifically by former trancedevotee, obliviuz, trancedevoted, and technodevotee...what is that music style called? sorry to be stupid, but i'm new

oh and what would artists such as basshunter be considered?

From a quick listen, TranceDevotee seems to be the bog standard epic trance, same with obliviuz (except with "harder" beats) and basshunter is the worst of the lot, but the same, extremely cheesy epic vocal trance.

But hey, everyone has to start somewhere.

yeah....all those users listed have posted stupid epic, supersaw, synthy samey trance stuff like that. Apparently trancedevotee just types "trance" and that into Limewire...d,loads everything the world and his dog has ever made and passes it off as though he has found some new groundbreaking tracks the world has never heard before (big sigh)....and of course....say "the most amazing, awesomest technotrance music EVER made" on youtube and you have 1000000 hits and thousands of people thinking the same.

Good news is....trancedevotees account got shut down for copyright infringement :-D

That said hallucinight...if your just getting into it all, thats gunna be an ok start for you. I wouldnt stay listening to it for too long and wouldnt advice using youtube to find "good" music on. Try some of the Anthem & Epic tracks on this least these are good in comparison!

Eternal Basement - Taking place in you ( ) my video of it

Man with no name - Space juice

arpeggiators - x-plain the un-x-plained

have a nice new year darktremor

Pretty good list, though I think a few more are worth considering. I must add a disclaimer, which is that except for maybe 1/4 of the 1990s songs you mentioned (such as Cafe Del Mar, Xpander, Age of Love, Papua New Guinea, Das Glockenspiel, and Halcyon, to name a few) I'm pretty unaware of the songs before 2001/2002-ish, as that's about the time I first became interested in electronic music such as trance. I was in and out of it for a while, but I was locked into trance by 2003 (thank you internet radio for broadcasting trance in the United States!) Not to pour my recent life's story, I have some ideas, and as such, they're really biased toward this decade, and especially the years 2004 and 2008, as they remain my favorite years for trance. Didn't care much for the second half of 2008, when many songs were starting to sound increasingly uninteresting, but the first four months or so were gold.

Cape Town - Cinema (holy God, what a breakdown)
Octagen & Arizona - Starburst
Octagen & M.I.D.O.R. - Metropolitan
Fictivision vs. C-Quence - Symbols (by far one of the best breakdowns uplifting trance has seen)
Fictivision vs. Phynn - Escape (Phynn Mix) (spooky melodies in arpeggiated form, awesome)
Astral Projection - Ambient Galaxy
Lemon & Einar K - Anticipation
Nu-NRG - Dreamland (Whirloop Remix)
Jas Johnston - Flesh
Nitrous Oxide - Frozen Dreams
Nitrous Oxide - North Pole
Perry O'Neil - Kubik
EnMass - CQ (Seek You)
Georgia - Ode to '99
Envio - Touched By the Sun (Envio's Sunrise Mix)
Envio - For You (The Blizzard Remix) (you don't even see the breakdown coming in this one, because the guitar break is so soothing)
Project Medusa vs. Exor - Moonshine
Arizona vs. Passiva - Halo (Original Mix)
Akesson - Perfect Blue
Super8 & Tab - Elektra
Marc Dawn - Random Walk (Nu-NRG Remix)
Orjan Nilsen - La Guitarra
Dan Stone pres. Aruba Flow - Watchful Eye (Underwater Remix)

there's some songs you should add on your list if you like them. I think they're good

DJ Shah - Back to you (Original mix) ---> I think the Aly & Fila remix sucks

Karen Overton - Your loving arms

Armin - Burned with desire (rising star remix)

Airbase - denial

Mike Foyle - Shipwrecked (O'Callaghan vs Foyle mix) --->I adore that one

Dokmai - Reason to believe

Armin vs Rank 1 - This world is watching me --->

both Cosmic Gate and original mix are great

Armin - From the heart

Jose Amnesia - Louder

PvD - Another way

Push - Strange world (2000 remake) ---> already
on it I know but the 2000 remake is better in my opinion if you havent heard it

Armin vs System F - Exhale

Solar Stone - Solar coaster

Tiesto - Bright Morningstar ---> This is ambient trance I think and is differnet of the other tiesto tracks

Sunlounger - White sand

Deadmau5 - Arguru

GTR - Mistral

Michael Dow - Ascent

A. & B. vs Andy Moor - Air for life

Tiesto - driving to heaven

Members of Mayday - 10 in 01

The Thrillseekers - Synaesthesia (fly away) (PvD dum mix)---> the original is great too but that dub mix is really well done


Alex Gaudino - Destination Calabria

Fridge vs The Hitmen - Angel 2008 ---> not better of the original but great 2008 remake

DJ Antoine - this time (Klaas Remix)

I read it all and did the ctrl+f and there's one i find missing that i'm sure you would love

here it is
Chymera - Ellipsis

thanks for the work

A lot of psy/goa tracks here and
here :)
Have a nice day !

Check out The Fifth Element soundtrack. It's highly overlooked. The sound it has is like a collaboration between Underworld, Orbital, abd Future Sound of London. Very ambient and melodic and also proggressive.

I'm gonna have to agree about everybodies list comments and have to say that I can't find much more to add as far as there being the very best trance tracks but might I suggest the sound track to The Fifth Element. I'm quite sure u all remember the movie. Now, although 75% of the soundtrack is live orchestra, its still very ambient, melodic. Almost a meet between Underworld, Orbital, and Future Sound of London.

The list is good and I would really have to search the 9 years of CD's and downloads that I have and that would just take too much time, but I will suggest some things that have been over looked. 1) The Fifth Element soundtrack. 80% of it may be live orchestra and the rest electronic, it's still very ambient and melodic, plus very much old school soundish. Italmost sounds like Underworld, Orbital, and Future Sound Of London made a collaboration. 2) I noticed Enigma wasn't anywhere on there. A lot of there best stuff has either been mixed by other people or they mixed other peoples stuff. 3) above & beyond: Far from in love, should be on the list somewhere. ( that's just because I really enjoy that track.)

Howdy... been listening to trance since... midish 90s... I can't say my list would be the same as this, but its not a bad try. I can't really stand a number of the top 10 tracks...

I would suggest 4 tunes to go in the list.

Jurgen Vries - The Theme. I remember this by another name, but can't think of that name atm

Qstixx - Naagin. Not sure when this was released, maybe 2003/2004? It was only on vinyl so will be almost impossible to track down. I found it in a DJ Doboy mix 18, 17mins in.

The Conductor and the Cowboy - Feeling this way. Another track thats hard to find, was only a limited release on CD.

Not sure if you can add this 1, but worth the mention. The first tune i really loved.
Felix - Don't you want me. Its trance, but not exactly, more hardcore

"but its not a bad try" ....sorry, but thats a slightly patronising thing to say don't you think?

Now i dont know anything about you or your music taste and knowledge, and i dont mean to be arrogant and up myslef here, but the fact you say you cant stand most of the top 10 tracks makes me wonder if you really know what you are talking about when it come to trance music. I mean, look at most lists of Top Trance tracks on Listology and you will find a good number of DarkTremors top 10 in such high places. Even people who arnt particular fans of trance music accept those in the Top 10 to be notable and very worthy or credit.

Also, DJ Doboy...i remember someone on this list talking about DJ Shog and saying anyone with a silly name like those generally prodcuce some shockingly bad trance music.

As for the other 2, The Theme is one of the 1st tracks i heard but i got bored of it pretty soon, same with Feeling This it on Ibiza Euphoria 2, liked it the 1st few times around, but got increasingly uneventful on each subsequent listen.

As for Dont You Want Me....thats Anthem House in my opinion. Has that mid 90's, peak of the superclub, "hands in the air" feel and sound to it that Insomnia, Salva Mea and Hold That Sucker Down etc have. I Guess you could argue its being trance, but for me trance still had an underground and ravey sound to it in 1995/1996....although Progressive trance was growing, but that had no where near the power and uplifting force the Anthem House did at the time.

Anyway, just my input there....didnt mean to rant but just thought your comment was a bit patronising, as though this list wasnt quite worthy for you....despite it being the most popular list on the site I believe, and also coming up as the 1st result on google.

actually... theres only 3 tunes in the top 10 i wouldnt put near the top of my own list. Everyones list is different, your patronising me by hinting that I know nothing about trance. To say that im patronising is moronic... It is impossible to get the greatest trance in a list that everyone will agree on... Some would argue Cafe Del Mar should be top. Hence, me saying that is congratulating the creator on his decent try at creating the list.

DJ Doboy is just a DJ, who mixes mostly crap. I found a couple of decent tunes in his mixes that I hadnt heard be4, hence Naagin. Dont judge it on the mixer, as he has nothing to do with the tune other than mixing with it.

The Theme is one I have noticed a number of friends praise, even though they are mostly rockers/metal heads. Even if they only know little about trance, if they pick out a single tune, then it should be looked at and considered.

Feeling This Way, I know what you mean about it getting boring. For me, I never got the single until this crimbo, thats 10 odd years knowing the tune, but never being able to play it, hence it because a somewhat 'hidden masterpiece' in my mind. Clearly it isnt top 10 worthy, i doubt even top 100, but theres 400 tunes in this list and its better than many of them.

Dont You Want Me, ive got about 10 different versions of this, from the original to a Hardstyle version and Hardcore version. The trance and hard trance versions are possibly worthy of being on the list

Is Hard Trance acceptible on the list also? I havent really seen any in the list, and there are a few decent tunes in that sub-genre

Your argument for The Theme doesn't work, simply because most dance tracks enjoyed by people who are not fans of dance music are almost universally considered terrible - or at best average - by people who are. IE: Crazy Frog, DJ Sammy's Heaven and Boys of Summer, Butterfly, The Hampsterdance, Special D, etc.. Even the better examples (IE Sandstorm, Children) are always fairly middle of the road: not favorites of most dance fans, but tolerated and considered decent. I find it a bit hard to believe you've been listening to trance since the mid-90s, considering you don't know that. I've never met a trance fan who hadn't figured that out within about 3 months of listening, and I've met a lot of them.

Yes, Doboy is just a DJ, but the fact that the one association you gave us to the track was his name means all we know about it is that a DJ famous for having bad taste in music likes it. I mean, you wouldn't promote a hip-hop track by stating that it's a favorite of Vanilla Ice or Soulja Boy.

Hard trance is acceptable, but I don't have a lot on the list simply because I haven't heard much that's very good. Most that I've come across is simply epic or anthem trance with +2 pitch and a bit of distortion applied to the beats. Which, by the way, is essentially the concept of hard trance. I've heard a lot: about 10 Tunnel mixes, some Cosmic Gate sets, at least 12 hours tuned into DI's hard trance channel - and I've found very little that doesn't fit that description. Styles based around being the HARD HARD HARDCORE version of another - with nothing else to offer - tend to be fairly weak (especially when whatever it's "toughening up" is already not all that creative). Excepting some early 90's dance genres, I actually can't think of one example of a style that made this work. Maybe grime? Although that added dub influences and put the focus back on the MC. Techstep? Nope, techno motifs applied to jungle.

I think I know what you meant when you said "not a bad try creating the list," and I thank you for your intended praise. However, I should point out that this phrase almost universally means: "You don't really know what you're talking about, but at least you're making an effort to be one o' the big boys like me."

Felix's Don't You Want Me is a really big stretch for this list.

Excellent List, and very happy to see my favourite DJ Van Dyk at the no. 1. Been listening to trance since 1995.

I would like to suggest 2 more.

CM - Dream Universe - Very deadly, keeps that dreamy melodic flow beautifully

Natious - Amber (silk mix) - The build up is not anything too special but the break and after flows like a dream.

Please somebody upload this song Hybrid-Symphony somewhere :) Thanks !

Just wanted to say thank you for posting a list like this. I've been listening to trance since 2005 (so I'm still a newb, you could say), but it's been my love ever since. I've heard about half of the tracks on your list, so there's still plenty of exploration for me to do. Glad to see some Agnelli & Nelson on there, as well as Energy 52 and Underworld. I bought the Trainspotting soundtrack merely to have "Born Slippy (NUXX)" on CD. It's so twisted- I love it. I'll be coming back to your list to download some more songs I've yet to hear.

Thanks. I'm glad you like it.

What do you guys think of Cold Storage - Messij? Too derivative? It's an oldie though.

This came out in the early 90's, I remember digging it back in the day when playing Wipeout for PSX.


Hello! DJ Insomniac here back from another long week of performing! Nice trance list, played many of these tracks myself! However, here's some you may consider adding/Listening to

1.Manilla Rising - Beyond the Stars
2.Gareth Emrey - More than Anything (Stoneface and Terminal Mix)
3.Tiesto - Lethal Industry (Tiesto 2004 Edit)
4.Dj Flavor - Tetris Revenge
5.Thomas Datt - 2v2 (Robert Nickson Mix)
6.Deadmau5 - Not Exactly
7.Ferry Corsten - Fire
8.Junk Food Junkies - The Journey
9.Whirlpool and Octagen - Alaska (Filo and Peri Edit)
10.Andy Diguid ft. Leah - Wasted
11.Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek (Tiesto Edit)
12.Paul Oakenfold and U2 - Beautiful Day
13.Smith and Pledger - Northern Lights
14.Alex Guadino - Destination Calabria
15.Tiesto pres. Alone in the dark - Edward Carnby (Instrumental Mix)
16.Danjo and Styles - Duende (Signum Mix)
17.Mark Norman - Touchdown
18.Tiesto - Elements of Life
19.DJ Nitrino - Everybody's Free (klass Mix)
20.Sunday Club - Healing Dream
21.Evanescence - Hello (Gabriel and Dresden Mix)
22.Ernesto and Bastian - Stop 95 (phynn Salvation Mix)
23.Ernesto and Bastian - Who's the Starter?
24.Underworld - Luetin
25.Maroon 5 - Not falling apart (tiesto Mix)
26.Straydog - Mirror (Signum Mix)
27.Airbase - Medusa
28.Signalrunners - Recoil2 (Mat Zo Mix)
29.Signalrunners - Recoil
30.Signalrunners - Recoil (Mat Zo Mix)
31.Armin Van Buuren - Burned with Desire (Rising Star Edit)
32.Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (Luke Terry Mix)
33.Solar Factor - Urban Shakedown
34.Madonna - Sorry (Oakenfold Edit)
35.Slustik Luna - Sun
36.Ratty - Sunrise
37.Tiesto - Ten Seconds Before Sunrise (First State Mix)
38.Sensation - the Anthem 2004
39.M6 - There and Back Again
40.Underworld - two Months Off (Marcus Schossow Mix)
41.Marcus Schossow - Muziak
42.Paul Van Dyk - 10 in 01
43.Scott Bond Vs. Solarstone - 3rd Earth
44.Ricky Forbis - No Regular (Sensation Anthem)
45.Future Breeze - Temple of Dreams (Dirt Devils Mix)
46.Pascal Feliz - From inside the Speaker
47.Roger Sanchez - Another Chance
48.D'alt Vila - Breathing
49.Drunkenmunky - E
50.Tiesto - Love Comes Again (Mark Norman Edit)

kirlian camera-kaczynski code (hipnosis edit)
very strong and coldest techno trance

What is the name of this Plastikman song? I have it as PP001, but discogs shows up blank for it. Here's a link on youtube (also labeled as PP001):

Try Marc Marberg with Kyau & Albert-Neo Love (Guisseppi Ottavian Remix) as it might deserve a place towards the bottom off the list!

kirlian camera-kaczynski code (hipnosis edit)
very strong and coldest techno trance

Another melodic song is:
Love Washes Over (Airwave Remix) - Art Of Trance.
Art Of Trance have good songs and also Airwave,you should listen to this as it's really worth.

Hey Thanks for the list.. Its actually the most incredible thing I've ever seen and its really got me into trance music! I was just reading some of the comments and someone asked where to download the tracks other then limewire? A really easy way to get most of the songs is off youtube. Just find the song on youtube and the copy the url and go to and that site pulls the mp3 from any videos! Its come in extremely handy!

Again Thank you for the list its really got me into trance!

Yes, that's quite true - the youtube method does work. However, if you want to get some higher quality versions, Soulseek is the way to go.

Glad you enjoy the list.

Etnosphere-Sands of evolution(Paul Vinitsky remix)

look, this list is good, but too bias. Sorry man, but you need to take it easy on the goa/psych stuff. We know it is the origin of trance, but not all of those belong ahead of some pure classics from the latter 90s.
Madagascar at rank 46? dude, are you kidding me.

one major problem with the list is that you need to realize, predation doesn't equal better ranking. Age does not make a song better. It's ability to last a long time does, sure. But just because one song came before another and influenced a latter song (which happens to be better) then the better latter song should be ranked higher. Now, thanks for the list.

Suggestion: James Holden - Nothing (ORIGINAL MIX) should be ranked up there. 93 returning is very good. but Original is even better and needs a ranking of its own. Thanks.

Firstly, there isn't very much goa/psy in the top 100 or so.

Secondly, I agree with darktremor that those songs in the top 50 are better than the rest, regardless of age.

What? There are something like 25 goa/psy tracks on the entire list. For a demonstration, press ctrl-f, then type "psytrance." In case you're thick (and I've seen no evidence to the contrary), press enter to go to the next item. If anything, psytrance is underrepresented.

I disagree about the original mix of Nothing. I actually outright don't like it - the vocal cut-up is what makes the track. In fact, the 93 Returning mix is the classic version. Perhaps consider your own advice: just because it's older doesn't mean it's better.

Anyway, my list certainly isn't weighted based on predation/age of tracks - I mean, look at all the early-late 2000s minimal trance on there (which you make no mention of in your own suggestions. Again, own advice?).

As for your influence "criticism", there are many examples of tracks on the list that are directly influenced by (also-included) earlier tracks. IE: both Quench - Dreams and Lost Tribe - Gamemaster are listed. Gamemaster - which is literally just Dreams plus a breakdown, a synth, and some vocals - even has the higher position. Nice observation skills, Sherlock. Did you even look at the list before posting? I don't mind criticism and suggestions, but if you're going to do either, try not to be completely ignorant. Oh, especially when you provide no suggestions for improvement. I don't see any of those "pure classics from the latter 90s" that I'm supposedly missing listed in your post.

Also, by "are you kidding me" do you mean too high, or too low? I've heard it both ways on that track. I really think it's fine where it is. But then again, with your fine observation and critical thinking abilities, not to mention your deep knowledge of electronic music, who knows? Maybe you'll convince me. That argument you had above was pretty good: "Dude, are you kidding me?" When I read it, I started to wonder...was I just kidding?! Did I really intend to put the track there? Or was it just a joke I laid out to cleverly ensnare my readers into believing Cygnus X's remix of Madagascar is slightly better or worse than it actually is? But then I remembered you're a moron.

How long have you been listening to trance, sonny?

"Am i kidding" was a bad way to start it, i admit.
Been into trance for 8 years, probably not as long as you, but whatever, even if I had been listening for 19 years, I wouldn't let it go to my head like some people.

I wanted to clarify. Yes, I think Madagascar should have been a little higher, but whatever.

What i really want to discuss is why you don't like the Original mix of Nothing. I understand it is a preference, but is the vocal distortion the only reason you like the track in the first place? The original lyrics are top notch, the xylophone melody (i'm assuming that's what it is) offers a string of rhythm that has rarely been matched. That part actually makes the whole song for me. Anyway, just curious as to a more specific reason why you like 93 Returning better, because almost everybody prefers the 93, and i don't want to get a BS answer like usual from others.

Thanks for the list, but no need to be a prick.

1 song missed that I think should be in the top 100 songs Solar Stone vs Scott Bond - Naked Angel
(forget 3rd earth that one owns)

Hmmm...I can't find it on discogs. What year is it?

Thanks, that helped. I'll try to download it.

it was on ASOT 2004 Cd 2 (u can find it on Limewire i think but the original can be found at

Btw I'm not saying it's good cause it's on ASOT compil. It's maybe the only great song of all the 26 tracks (with Nickson - Spiral, which is in my PERSONAL favorites (not in the bests songs ever) and nobody have heard of that one)

Haha, I'm glad you clarified that. ASOT has been an artistic wasteland for several years now.

i heard the 2008 version and its the worst ever. I think only 2006 got some good tracks (Not really a big variety of genres though)

Joker Jam - Innocence (2001) Progressive Trance (i think)

Do you think it should be fitted somewhere in there?

There you go, that's how to make a suggestion.

Yeah, I'd forgotten about this one. Pretty good track. Worthy of a spot somewhere in the middle. Thanks.

This one below is a awesome goa trance,definitely should be in this list.

Etnica - Trip Tonite

Yes, not bad. I'll have to think about where to put it though.

check the playa remix, it's more chillouted and better underlays the mood

Stoneface & Terminal - Blueprint
There's a bunch of mixes so check them out :)
Happy to see some Yahel on here
Great list by the way

I got some tracks for you that you already know, but I would consider them to be on this list as well.

Ficta - Eli
Petter - Tonediary
Yes, there both from Balance 005 CD 2

Sasha - 3 little piggys
I saw that you already had this one in your top 200 minimal an neo-trance list, and very high too. But I would also say that it is too much trance to ignore on this list, considering it being probably the best trance track of 2008, if not the only good track.

Randy Katana - In Silence (Ron van den Beuken Remix)
Jurgen Vries - The Theme (altough not a highstanding work of art, but it still brings a smile on my face when I hear it. Mayby you can consider this one as well)

How about Anthem - Filo and Perry (I want to say its Progressive Trance).

Or Carry Me Away - Chris Lake - it might be House though.

Or anything by Gabriel and Dresden??

Sasha has always produced quality music, and this one isn't making an exception. But to be honest, he isn't producing trance from a very long time. As Coma, Mongoose, Couleurs Remix aren't trance at all, so is this.

It's more progressive house.

Yes, I understand what you´re saying. 3 little piggys is progressive house, but it is not the only track on this list that is in fact progressive house. And it still gives the same feeling as trance used to do. I just think it´s a sad thing that very few tracks are made these days that still gives the 'trance-state'.

btw, here are some more tracks you may consider:

James Holden feat Sasha - Bloodlock (I'm sure you've heard this one already, and mayby its kinda personal, but this is truly an amazing piece of work. Fantastic melody, and I just love it when the baseline kicks in. I realy think this one should be on it)

Way out West - Killa (the fist 3.5 minutes are brilliant. Beautiful melodies, kinda like hybrid's finished symphony (not symphony, but FINISHED symphony), mayby even better. It's too bad it can't keep it up during the rest of the song, but it's still decent, and I think it deserves a place on this list aswel)

Both are pretty good. There's likely a place for them here, I'll have to think about where.