Beatport Top 100s are generally a pretty awful reflection on dance music, usually filled with mainstream commercial tripe and releases being repeatedly bought by bots. However, the Top 100 Charted Tracks of 2010 list was a bit more interesting. Of course it had its fair share of commercial tripe, (how Swedish House Mafia – One got to number 5 is beyond me) but there was also some good stuff to be found in it, and reminded me of a few great tracks from this year that I’d forgotten about. You can find the first 10 here.
Resident Advisor’s Top 50 Tracks of 2010 hits fairly close to the mark in my opinion, a list packed with quality tracks. It stays in the same vein as the 2009 list, prompting the realisation that things haven’t quite changed as much as we thought this year, the new sounds that were established in the last years merely getting more attention this year. Seeing as this blog is only coming to the end of its 4th month, I definitely missed out on posting a few essential 2010 tracks, so here’s a few choice picks from the RA list.
Space Dimension Controller – Journey To The Core Of The Unknown Sphere
Below is the official result of the Erol Alkan Forum Top 20 Tracks of 2010 poll. This poll had two stages, and received votes from over 250 people. The first stage was for nominations, which I then whittled down to the 57 tracks with the most votes, which I then put into a multiple-choice poll, which resulted in the below list. You’ll notice that there are some EPs listed, not solely single tracks. This is because some releases, like the Siriusmo EP, had votes spread across the different tracks, so I grouped them as one, as otherwise the single tracks would not have enough votes to make this list, which I didn’t feel was representative.
In an attempt to decide what VSTs I should spend my money on, I decided the best way to do it was with a poll. I went through a number of different threads on a number of different forums, of people listing their favourite 3, or 10 VSTs, including votes by a number of well respected producers. I compiled the votes and these were the results. This is by no means a definitive poll, as the voting base was quite small, maybe 50/100 people, but I believe it shows quite an accurate result of the most popular VSTs people are using. Prices taken from KVR. For more information on any VST, all are listed on KVR.
In response to DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll, which many feel isn’t definitive, I took it upon myself to run a vote of the the top DJs of 2010 on the Erol Alkan forum. Over 150 voted for their 5 favourite personalities of the year, and here are the long awaited results!