If you’re a fan of electronic dance music (EDM), you know that beat drops are the focus of many of the most popular songs in this genre. From EDM heavyweights like Skrillex, Flux Pavilion, and Bassnectar to lesser-known artists, almost every artist in this genre has at least one song with a massive beat drop. We’ve created a list of the best beat drop songs for your listening pleasure.
Read on to hear about the 21 best beat drop songs of all time.
1. Tennis Court – Lorde (Flume remix)
Lorde isn’t the artist that comes to mind when you think of beat drops. Her song Tennis Court doesn’t have a beat drop originally. However, EDM legend Flume saw an opportunity to remix the song and add a massive drop.
Flume’s remix debuted during a Coachella set. At first, the crowd was surprised at this unique song choice. However, everybody went crazy when that huge bass drop hit. The remix has been a crowd favorite ever since.
2. Worlds Apart – Seven Lions feat. Kerli
Seven Lions is one of the most unique EDM artists of all time. He is even credited with creating a subgenre called future bass. One of his best-known releases is his Worlds Apart EP. This EP includes Don’t Leave, which features EDM favorite Ellie Goulding. The biggest bass drop, however, can be found on the title track.
3. Gold Love – Flux Pavilion feat. Rosie Oddie
Flux Pavilion is an extremely popular EDM artist who is known for creating songs with massive drops. It’s hard to choose one, but we’ve gone with Gold Love. This song was originally released on SoundCloud as a single off his Freeway EP. It was an immediate hit and helped the EP sell well.
4. Easy – Mat Zo & Porter Robinson
Easy is one of the most popular songs from duo Mat Zo and Porter Robinson. This song was released on the legendary Ministry of Sound label, which has released many iconic EDM songs and albums. Easy reached number 28 on the UK Official Charts, which is an extraordinary level of success for an EDM song.
5. Raise Your Weapon – Deadmau5 (Madeon remix)
Raise Your Weapon is one of the most iconic house songs of all time. The original came out in 2010 and was an instant hit. However, it doesn’t feature a massive bass drop. Many artists remixed the song and added huge drops, including Madeon. His remix was released in 2011, and quickly became popular for its heavy bass drop.
6. On My Mind – Don Diablo
Don Diablo’s On My Mind is a bit of a change of pace. It doesn’t feature the heaviest bass. Instead, it features numerous melodic beat changes. These smaller beat drops slowly build as the song gradually gets faster and heavier.
7. Animals – Martin Garrix
Martin Garrix broke through and made a name for himself in the EDM scene at a very young age. In fact, he was only 17 years old when Animals was released in 2014. The brutal bass drop in this song made it extremely popular almost immediately. Garrix’s career took off, and he has since released numerous songs with brutal bass drops.
8. Wake Up – Kayzo & RIOT
Kayzo and RIOT had already made names for themselves in the EDM scene before they decided to team up. Their song Wake Up features a brutal beat drop and a catchy melody. This helped make the song popular as soon as it was released. In fact, Wake Up generated roughly 200,000 plays within 24 hours after its release.
9. Make It Bun Dem – Skrillex & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Skrillex seemed to be releasing hit after hit in the early 2010s, and nearly all of his songs had brutal bass drops. Make It Bun Dem, which was released in 2012, has one of the nastiest beat drops in Skrillex’s entire discography. It also has a unique reggae-inspired sound contributed by Damian Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley. The song’s distinctive sound was dubbed “rudeboy bass” by Skrillex’s fans.
10. TSUNAMI – Borgeous & DVBBS
Borgeous and DVBBS came together in 2013 for a collab that quickly became popular in the house scene at the time. They created music in the big room house subgenre, including TSUNAMI. As the name implies, this song features a beat drop that hits listeners with a powerful wave of bass. It was the most played track at the 2013 Tomorrowland festival, which was one of the most important EDM festivals held that year.
11. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers (Illenium remix)
The Chainsmokers are known for releasing EDM-inspired tracks with heavy bass. In fact, many of their songs, including Don’t Let Me Down, already feature big bass drops. This makes songs by The Chainsmokers attractive to EDM artists who are looking for songs to remix. There are a number of remixes of this song, by Illenium’s is the most popular and has the biggest beat drop.
12. Bass Head – Bassnectar
Bassnectar has been one of the mainstays of the dubstep scene since the very beginning. He has had quite a few hits, but his most iconic songs were mostly released near the beginning of his career. His 2010 hit Bass Head is one of his biggest and earliest successes.
Bassnectar is true to his name, as his songs almost always feature massive bass with huge drops. Any number of his songs could have featured on this list, but we chose Bass Head because it was such an important moment in the history of dubstep.
13. Cannonball (Earthquake) – Showtek & Justin Prime feat. Matthew Koma
Dutch artists have been at the forefront of EDM since the 1990s, if not earlier. Though Dutch artists may be better known for melodic house rather than bass-heavy house, this duo flies in the face of that convention.
When Dutch Artists Showtek and Justin Prime worked together in 2012, fans were holding their breath to see what brutal bass drops they could come up with. The duo released Cannonball (Earthquake) that year, which featured some of the heaviest bass many fans had ever heard. Matthew Koma also has a memorable feature in this hit song.
14. Raise Your Hands – Ummet Ozcan
Turkish EDM artist Ummet Ozcan has been around since 2006, though he hasn’t had many massive hits. Raise Your Hands, like many of Ozcan’s songs, features an immense beat drop. These songs are worth listening to, but Raise Your Hands is his most iconic song.
This song features a slow buildup to a single bass drop, rather than the double drop that was popular at the time. This made the song not only very popular among EDM lovers, but also very influential for EDM producers. “Raise Your Hands” is one of multiple songs on this list released by Spinnin Records.
15. Bangarang – Skrillex feat. Sirah
If any artist was going to be featured more than once on our list, it had to be Skrillex. Bangarang is another one of his most popular songs, and it features multiple huge bass drops. The bass made it a big hit when it was released in 2012. It also features Skrillex’s signature bleeps and blips throughout. Rapper Sirah also has a memorable feature that certainly contributed to the popularity of this unique song.
16. Power Glove – Knife Party
Knife Party is best-known for their iconic Haunted House record. This album was released in 2013, and it remains popular among house lovers to this day. There were many hits off this record, but we’ve chosen Power Glove for our list. The reason for this is simple: it has the heaviest bass drop of any song on the album.
17. Get Low – Dillon Francis & DJ Snake
Many of the best beat drop songs on this list were created when successful artists decided to collaborate to produce bass-heavy dance songs. Get Low is yet another example of this phenomenon. It was released in 2014 by Mad Decent Records. The lyrics may be a bit repetitive, but this is hardly the focus of the song. It features heavy bass throughout, and its multiple bass drops have made it popular in clubs to this day.
18. Opus – Eric Prydz
Eric Prydz has released many popular songs in the progressive house subgenre since his debut in 2015. While he has certainly released quite a few songs with big drops since then, our favorite is Opus off his first record. This song has been remixed many times with different bass drops, but we still prefer the original.
19. Mammoth – Dimitri Vegas, MOGUAI & Like Mike
Skrillex may be the only individual artist to be featured more than once on our list, but Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are the only duo to make our list multiple times. Like Skrillex, they were icons of early 2010s EDM and released many brutal bass-blasting songs during this period.
First up is their song Mammoth, which has a title that accurately describes its huge beat drop. This song is still very popular in the big room house subgenre. Unsurprisingly, it has been remixed many times.
20. Tremor – Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Martin Garrix
Our second inclusion from Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike features another fitting title. Tremor has a drop so immense that it could register on the Richter scale. This song is yet another favorite in the big room house subgenre, as are so many of the songs on our list. Tremor was released in 2014 by EDM label Spinnin’ Records.
21. Core – RL Grime
RL Grime is one of the few artists on our list that is not a house or dubstep producer. Instead, RL Grime specializes in trap. His 2014 fan favorite Core has one of the biggest drops of any song in the genre.
RL Grime is known for remixes, especially remixes with big bass drops. However, we prefer his original song Core for its unique and huge drop. This song has been remixed many times, but none of the remixes have bass drops that can top the original.
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