50. Dusky - Careless [Aus Music]
With its irresistible stuttering vocal, "Careless" stood out among Dusky's bumper crop of bouncy house bangers.
49. SOPHIE - Bipp [Numbers]
"Tastes so good, sweet like whipped cream / soft and smooth." "Bipp" made us feel better in 2013.
"Klinsmann" commands your attention immediately, but not for the reason you'd expect. A perfectly-sculpted Boman beat, the track builds with airy pads and layered percussion until it feels like it's floating on clouds, with the "I know you're looking down from heaven" vocal only adding to the subtle euphoria. Throw in some killer synth interplay and a prominent placement on John Talabot's DJ-Kicks and you've got something monumental.
47. Soundstream - Julie's Theme [Sound Stream]
Shimmering disco-house goodness from a master of the form.
46. Laurel Halo - Throw [Hyperdub]
Marking Laurel Halo's turn to techno in 2013, "Throw" sounds like grand pianos sitting on a fault line.
45. Planningtorock - Misogyny Drop Dead [Human Level]
With fiery lyrics and a bizarre instrumental behind it, "Misogyny Drop Dead" hit as hard as its message.
44. Pearson Sound - REM [Pearson Sound]
The delay effects and growling basslines on "REM" were catnip for adventurous DJs.
43. Trade - Positive Neckline [Works The Long Nights]
This is everything a Blawan and Surgeon collaboration should be: distorted, barrelling and uncivilised.
42. Stephen Encinas - Disco Illusion [Invisible City Editions]
An obscure disco gem from Trinidad & Tobago that was thankfully discovered this year.
Funkineven has a knack for finding poppy pizazz in the most challenging sounds. "Mars" set a new standard for the London producer, hurtling forward at a ridiculous tempo on a rhythm that clips and drops out like chewed-up tape. But the background synths created an important contrast for the lo-fi aesthetic, lighting up the track like shooting stars and elevating it beyond your average hardware workout.
40. Nils Frahm - Says [Erased Tapes]
Floating electronics, pianos and one enormous swell comprise a genre-less track of epic proportions.
39. Anthony Naples - Busy Signal [The Trilogy Tapes]
The Brooklyn producer had an enormous 2013--almost as enormous as "Busy Signal"'s booming kick drum.
38. Koreless - Sun [Young Turks]
Can a breakdown last the whole track? "Sun" went ahead and did that, melting innumerable dance floors in the process.
37. Floating Points - Wires [Eglo]
Equal parts soul ballad and Steve Reich-style avant-garde journey, "Wires" is Sam Shepherd's most haunting and ambitious track yet.
At times brazenly abstract, Joey Anderson's music shouldn't work in clubs. But that's part of what makes him so impressive, with "Press Play" his most inspired hallucination yet. The bulk of the arrangement--psychedelic synths, a barely intelligible voice, a syncopated piano line chosen seemingly at random--is baffling, but Anderson's a genius for pinning all that weirdness to a beastly techno scaffold and rolling with it.
35. Jessy Lanza - Keep Moving [Hyperdub]
The track's synths feel like they're jumping out of your headphones, but Lanza's confident vocals keep everything in orbit.
34. Isolee - Allowance [Pampa]
"Allowance"'s haunting Rhodes and impeccable sound design show Rajko Maller still does house music like no other.
33. KMFH - Crushed [Wild Oats]
It might be rough around the edges, but "Crushed" forms a catchy and surprisingly smooth whole.
You sense Kieran Hebden--everyone's favourite jazz-drumming, SendSpace-evangelising, yellow-t-shirted superstar--likes to let his music speak for itself. How else to explain what's probably the year's only 100% literal track name? The sprawling title may have turned heads and sparked tweets, but those sweating it out in the dance couldn't have cared less--its clanging, unquantized drums and riotous sample are virtually impossible to scratch your chin to.
31. James Holden - Renata [Border Community]
"Renata"'s twirling synth and pounding drumkit added up to something way bigger than the sum of its parts.
30. Radio Slave - Repeat Myself [Work Them Records]
Matt Edwards evoked the spirit of DBX's "Loosing Control" and wrote his best recent track in the process.
29. Dense & Pika - Colt [Hotflush Recordings]
Pianos + grit = Dense & Pika's latest club destroyer.
It's easy to see why Ricardo Villalobos was so drawn to "I Want You To See (That You're In Love With Me)." Like the Chilean artist, Mr Tophat & Art Alfie's productions mess with dynamics. Look at the track's waveform and you'll notice that its intensity builds slowly. Each drop is bigger than the last. What initially feels like an understated, funk-tinged house track morphs into something enormous.
27. Objekt - Agnes Demise [Objekt]
TJ Hertz's singular aesthetic continued to evolve with this overdriven masterpiece.
26. Black Sites - Prototype [PAN]
Newcomers Helena Hauff and F#X gave the ever-impressive PAN an outsider anthem.
25. Motor City Drum Ensemble - Send A Prayer Pt. 2 [MCDE]
Danilo Plessow doesn't release much, but when he does it's always at the quality level of this classy house cut.
24. DJ Rashad - I Don't Give A Fuck [Hyperdub]
A paranoid episode at 160 beats per minute.
On their debut for Minus, Italian duo Carmine Conte and Matteo Milleri teased out one of the year's most distinctive synth lines. It was a laser-guided, space-age type of lead that didn't lose its impact as the track became ubiquitous over the summer. "Another Earth" joined a growing list of Tale Of Us productions that have helped propel them to the scene's top tier.
22. Pev & Kowton - End Point [Livity Sound]
One of the year's standout production duos show their reflective side.
21. Omar-S - Thank U 4 Letting Me Be Myself [FXHE Records]
House music's most consistent producer turns in his latest anthem.
Sherard Ingram is a complete badass: Detroit-bred, balaclava-clad, a former Drexciya tour DJ--and he goes by the name of DJ Stingray. But really, none of that even matters if you make tracks like this. Jacking, sinister and futuristic, with a euphoric melody that pushes it over the edge, "NKKK4 2" is techno-electro perfection.
19. Maurice Fulton - Jump Bugs [Running Back]
File under "tracks that make the crowd go mental in eight bars and then continuously more mental until it's over."
18. FCL - It's You (San Soda's Panorama Bar Acca Version) [Defected Records]
Long after the brouhaha died down, this sultry cover of ESP's classic still had people making out on dance floors around the world.
17. Dopplereffekt - Gene Silencing [Leisure System]
That Dopplereffekt still sound this fresh is proof, if any was needed, of Detroit electro's timelessness.
16. Midland - Trace [Aus Music]
Midland's biggest tune yet, and easily the year's finest example of druggy, gibberish vocal hooks.
15. Terekke - Amaze [L.I.E.S.]
As sexy and haunting as an old Portishead track, this muffled ballad is L.I.E.S. at its best.
What you've got here is a brilliant play of contrasts. On the one hand, there's Aretha Franklin singing about heaven (a place where "we will never grow old"); on the other, a pulverising techno beat. But when Franklin hits her climax--"never, never, never!!!"--suddenly the two energies feel the same. If anyone knows the qualities that techno and gospel share, it's Robert Hood.
13. Mano le Tough - Primative People (Tale Of Us remix) [Permanent Vacation]
Like it or not (one of our writers certainly didn't), it's hard to deny the spine-tingling effect this one had in clubs.
12. Todd Terje - Strandbar [Olsen Records]
After dishing out the feel-good track of 2012, Todd Terje kept up his momentum with this unstoppable summer smash.
11. Levon Vincent - ??? [Novel Sound]
Levon Vincent can do serious damage with his grainy drum sounds alone, so when he throws a monster bassline in the mix, you know it's gonna be huge.
As you may be tempted to point out, DJ Koze's remix of "It's Only" by Herbert actually came out at the end of 2012, just missing the cut off date for last year's polls. That we're still hung up on it 12 months later tells you everything you need to know. "It's Only (DJ Koze Remix)" is an absolute monster of a tune, but not in the usual sense. Its drums are understated, its mood is sombre, it has none of the hallmarks of a club anthem. It's simply an amazing song, one that grabs you and doesn't get old.
If you fell in love with the original back in 2001, you'll marvel at how Koze's production riffs off Dani Siciliano's voice--both are sensual in a deadpan kind of way. If you're hearing it for the first time in a club, those quivering chords suck you in, especially the way they descend at the end of each phrase. Hearing it at home on repeat, you'll remember how Koze and Herbert are truly in a league of their own.
This poll is decided by the votes of RA staff members and current contributors.