Top Dance Songs of 2008 - A list of the top dance songs of 2008 according to DJ

A list of the top dance songs of 2008 from the perspective of DJ Ron. As a DJ/VJ, a writer and a dance music lover, I listen to a lot of music every day. Here are my top 30 favorites of 2008.

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Alphabeat - "Boyfriend" (EMI)

Alphabeat - Boyfriend. EMI

Do you want me to remix my Kylie entry again? It was hard to choose a favorite between the Bimbo Jones remixes of "10,000 Nights" and "Fascination" and old school/girl twirl Pete Hammond mix of "Boyfriend." Can I tell you how excited I am to see the Danish pop stars when they open for Katy Perry on tour this spring?

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Anna Grace - "You Make Me Feel" (Robbins)

AnnaGrace - You Make Me Feel. Robbins Entertainment

I think radio programmer Vic Latino hit the nail on the head when he said on a panel that he would play anything that Peter Luts produces. The Belgian mastermind behind Lasgo, Astroline and the reboot of Ian Van Dahl can pretty much do no wrong. In case you are wondering why Anna Grace's voice sounds so familiar, its because its no other than Annemie Coenen - the singer of Ian Van Dahl.

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BenDJ featuring Sushy "Me And Myself" (Nervous)

BenDJ featuring Sushy - Me and Myself. Nervous Records

While we can't find much bio information on T. Ben Abdallah, the man behind BenDJ, we can honestly say the middle eastern-flavored electro jam stood out in a year of cookie cutter sound alike. Thanks to a remix by Wolfgang Gartner and a video featuring a very lucky glass floor, "Me and Myself" received a lot of club play around the world.

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Bimbo Jones "And I Try" (Tommy Boy)

Bimbo Jones - And I Try. Tommy Boy Records

Production/remix team Mark JB and Lee Dagger teamed up singer/songwriter Katherine Ellis to create one of the best dance albums of 2008. On the decidely disco tip, "And I Try" is 3 plus minutes of discohouse delight. Check out the Don Diablo mix for a bit of his trademark electro-hooligan house.

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Bodyrox featuring Luciana "What Planet You On" (Phonetic)

Bodyrox featuring Luciana - What Planet You On. Phonetic

Following up a massive smash like "Yeah, Yeah," was no easy task especially since it bubbled up from the underground and became a pop hit. Take two was another success due to Luciana's playful and sharp vocals which made the agressive electro track memorable and special.

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Cahill featuring Nikki Belle "Trippin On You" (All Aorund the World)

Cahill featuring Nikki Belle - Trippin On You. All Around the World

When I first heard this, it sounded so familiar but I couldn't place it. It was driving me bonkers until I realized that it was an update/cover of the Agent Sumo remix of Oris Jay presents Delsena record "Trippin" from 2001. While there are loyalists who slagged this off, I found myself loving the multitude of remixes by Alex K, Wawa, Wideboys and Thomas Gold vs Dave Ramone. Following up the record with an Appolonia cover endeared the artist to me even further.

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Chris Lake "Only One" (Nervous)

Chris Lake - Only One. Nervous

Every week I do a radio show on WRVU and then listen back to it in the car the next day. Every so often a record gets caught in my head to such an extent that I find myself singing it without even knowing - even to the point of humming the vocal to other tracks. The insanely catchy chorus makes Chris Lake's "Only One" one such record.

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Crystal Waters vs Speakerbox "Dancefloor" (Big)

Crystal Waters vs Speakerbox - Dancefloor. Big Mgmt

Clubland veteral Crystal Waters debuted "Dancefloor" at WMC 2008 to much fanfare. Immediately catchy with a singalong chorus, we expected this to be one of the biggest records of the year. Its a tragedy that US dance radio stations passed on this gem, because it definitely worked wonders on any dancefloor it was played.

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Cyndi Lauper "Into the Nightlife" (Sony)

Cyndi Lauper - Into the Nightlife. Sony

After years of remixes, Cyndi finally worked with real electronic/dance music producers (Kleerup, Morel, Scumfrog) to produce the Grammy-nominated album "Bring Ya to the Brink." While lead-off single "Same Ol' Story" left us a little cold, "Into the Nightlife" made us sweat on the dancefloor with remixes by Jody den Broeder and SoulSeekers. I hope to see "Echo" be released next.

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Fans of Jimmy Century "Hot Sahara" (Ann Margrock)

Fans of Jimmy Century - Hot Sahara. Ann Margrock

Imagine the edgy/alt sound of Garbage but with a stronger, more powerful voice and you got the idea of the sound of Fans of Jimmy Century. Although best known for a racy placement during The L Word, the club remixes by Eric Kupper and Lenny B had us dancing all year long.

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Filly "Sweat (Drip Drop)" (Robbins)

Filly - Sweat (Drip Drop). Robbins Entertainment

We always love a track that is based on a street dance craze. Filly's debut single "Sweat" was written for the UK inner city dancers who perform to "Sliide" music - a mix of pop, urban, and electro beats. Remixes by the Tastemakers and the Wideboys bump up the tempo for any electroleaning dancefloor.

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Francis Preve "Caboose" (Different Pieces)

Francis Preve.

We've been fans of Francis Preve for a while, watching his career develop from tech writer and sound engineer to remixer and producer, and now he is an artist in his own right. Signed to Josh Gabriel's label Different Pieces, the techy electro track "Caboose" comes at you like a train, increasing in intensity as the beats flow.

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General Midi "Milton" (Distinctive)

General Midi - Milton. Distinct'ive Records

Quirky electro breaks hybrid "Milton" is one of those tracks I found myself going back to all year. Its hard to say what makes it special - it just is.

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Ida Corr "Ride My Tempo" (hedkandi)

Ida Corr - Ride My Tempo. Ministry of Sound - US

After a massive smash like "Let Me Think About It," there is always the question if there can be a follow-up. For Danish soulstress Ida Corr, the answer is yes. The autobiographical tempo "Ride My Tempo" is a story that every electronic music fan can relate to. The album version is quite magical in its own right but the Wideboys remix makes it a true club anthem.

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Jaime Jay "To Make You Feel Alright" (White Label)

Jaime Jay.

This infectious pop dance hit, sampling the classic Rob and Raz "Got to Get", has been in our heads all year. After one listen, its just that catchy. Add a nice commercial electro remix by the Wideboys and we wondered why this track didn't cross over massively. Late in the year, we find out that she sacrificed promotion to help her X-Factor boyfriend. What a waste. Hopefully her work with Lee Dagger (Bimbo Jones), namely the track "Can't Do It Like Me" will bring her the crossover pop success she deserves.

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Kerli "Walking on Air" (Island)

Kerli - Walking on Air. Island Records

Estonian pop star, that's something you don't hear often, Kerli hit the US with her CD Love is Dead - lead by the single "Walking on Air." An ode to being the outsider, the sparse electronic track was beefed up for club with remixes by Treasure Fingers, Armin Van Burrem, Josh Harris, and Lindbergh Palace. Although released 2008, this might become one of the sleeper hits of 2009.

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Kid Cudi "Day n Nite" (Fools Gold)

Kid Cudi.

The Crookers remix of this Columbus, Ohio based rapper's debut single brought it to clubland in a big way. Signed to Kanye West's label, we defintiely foresee more electronic music in his future.

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Kreesha Turner "Don't Call Me Baby" (Capitol)

Kreesha Turner - Don't Call Me Baby. Capitol

Although first introduced to us with the hip hop jam "Bounce With Me," it was the Motown-styled "Don't Call Me Baby" that made us fall in love with the Canadian soul princess. Remixes by Digital Dog, Bimbo Jones, and Morel brought the song to life in clubs everywhere. We anxiously await the release of her debut CD Passion.

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Kylie Minogue "Wow" (Capitol/Astralwerks/Parlophone)

Kylie Minogue - Wow. Capitol/Astralwerks/Parlophone

Choosing a favorite Kylie single of X is kind of like asking a parent to choose favorite child. I kept bouncing between the Freemasons remix of "The One" and the Chris Lake remix of "In My Arms" and the Mark Picchiotti mix of "All I See" before deciding on the exuberant pop jam "Wow!" I challenge you to listen to this song and not have a smile on your face.

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Lady Gaga "Just Dance" (Interscope)

Lady Gaga - Just Dance. Interscope Records

It's nice to see a dance artist bubble up from the clubs and get a #1 pop hit. While scenesters may question the credibility of her genesis, no one can help but to dance to the catchy groove of "Just Dance." Who else can sing about debauchery and drunkeness with such finesse? Listen to her CD and you will realize that she will not be a one hit wonder.

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Michelle Williams "We Break the Dawn" (MusicWorld)

Michelle Williams - "We Break the Dawn". Columbia/Music World

After two gospel albums, Michelle decided to have some fun and do a pop/dance album. While the album leaned to the urban tip, this jam for the late night party crowd was remixed for the club by Moto Blanco, Wideboys and Lost Daze with glorious results.

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No Halo "Put Your Hands On" (hedkandi)

No Halo - Put Your Hands On. Hed Kandi-US

HedKandi is known for classy disco house with a pop edge and No Halo definitely fits that groove. If I could use effortless as a compliment, that would be the best way to describe the feel of this sing-along gem.

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Robyn with Kleerup "With Every Heartbeat" (Interscope)

Robyn with Kleerup - With Every Heartbeat. Interscope

One of those records records that started in 2007, yet made it to the US in 2008. Simple, melodic and catchy - it doesn't follow the verse-chorus-verse structure of a standard pop yet it succeeded on levels that few would imagine. Voodoo & Serano energized the plaintive anthem to create a definitive masterpiece of 2008. The UK success led to even further success worldwide - with rereleases and remixes of "Be Mine," "Handle Me," "Who's That Girl," and "Cobrastyle" popping up everywhere.

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Ron Carroll "Walking Down the Street" (Sneakerz)

Ron Carroll - Walking Down the Street. Sneakerz Music

Originally tipped as a big record of WMC 2007, this record finally saw its release at the end of 2007 and buzzed all through 2008. The chant was simple and catchy and the remixes by Warren Clarke, Flamingo (Funkerman & Fedde Le Grand), and Don Diablo were effective for every dancefloor. This track will probably become a club hit when its used in a Nike commercial one day in the future.

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Sam Sparro "Black and Gold" (Universal)

Sam Sparro - Black and Gold. Universal

Channelling the new wave sounds of the 80s and mashing it with electro, "Black and Gold" became a massive hit in the UK. Although it stayed pretty underground in the US, the grower of a song snagged a much-deserved Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.

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Spoon, Harris & Obernik "Baditude" (Ultra)

Spoon, Harris & Obernik - Baditude. Ultra Records

Another record launched at WMC 2008, this one championed by the Radio 1 crew. It's easy to see why when you combine the production skills of Dave Spoon and Paul Harris with the unique vocal stylings of Sam Obernik. Clubbers will recognize Sam's vocals from "It Just Won't Do" by Tim Delux and "Stand Back" by Linus Loves. Check out the video for all the sass you would expect from Miss Obernik.

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Sylvia Tosun "Underlying Feeling" (Sea2Sun)

Sylvia Tosun - Underlying Feeling. Sea2Sun Recordings

Singer/songwriter, Juilliard graduate, ethereal vocalist, holistic medicine guru, and dance diva - Sylvia Tosun has an interesting combination of talents and influences. Harnessing them all in the ethereal electronic gem "Underlying Feeling," she scored a #2 UK club hit with help from a fierce Adam K and Soha remix. Check out the video for a true testament to Sylvia's creative vision.

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The Saturdays "If This Is Love" (Polydor)

The Saturdays - If This Is Love. Polydor-UK

With eletronic music producers wearing their 80s new-wave influences on their sleeves, it was no surprise that the trend would bubble up to the pop world. UK girl group The Saturdays launched their career with "If This is Love" based on a sample of Yaz's classic "Situation." Can anyone say pop-perfection? I can't help but notice the influence of Spiller's "Groovejet" in the intonation of the chorus, but that might just my trainspotting ear being overly tuned.

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The Ting Tings "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (Sony/BMG)

The Tings Tings - Shut Up and Let Me Go. BMG

Although they are international pop-stars, sadly most people in the US only know of the Ting Tings from the iPod commercial. The Seamus Haji remix of "Shut Up" scored them their first US club chart number one and its only one of many club hits they had around the world ("Fruit Machine," "Be the One," "That's Not My Name," "Great DJ").

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Wolfgang Gartner "Frenetica" (Kindergarten)

Wolfgang Gartner.

Let me rewrite my Kylie Minogue entry. Choosing a favorite Wolfgang Gartner track is kind of like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. Between "Frenetica," "Bounce," "Emergency," and "Front to Back," its hard to choose a favorite. As much as I love his tech/electrohouse records, I think I love his label name - Kindergarten - even more. Now that's a school I would send my child to.