The 20 Best Beat Drop Songs of All-Time

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A beat drop is a sudden change in a track’s rhythm or bass line. It tends to be associated with electronic dance music. However, it can be found in other genres, which makes sense because it originated in the disco and rock music of the 1970s. There are incredible beat-drop songs, meaning interested individuals shouldn’t hesitate to check them out.

Here is our opinion on the 20 best beat drop songs released so far:

20. “Raise Your Hands” – Ummet Ozcan

Ummet Ozcan is a Dutch DJ of Turkish origin. He has been active since the mid-2000s. As a result, it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that he has released a fair amount of music. “Raise Your Hands” is one of Ozcan’s more successful singles. In 2014, it did well enough to make it onto the charts in Belgium and France. Something much easier said than done.

19. “Core” – RL Grime

RL Grime is an American DJ who tends to be known for making trap music and bass music. He has released an incredible number of remixes. Despite this, he is no slouch when it comes to more original material. For proof, look no further than 2014’s “Core,” which remains one of the strongest songs in RL Grime’s repertoire.

18. “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO

“Party Rock Anthem” was one of the greatest summer hits of 2011. After all, it went number one in the United States, the United Kingdom, and several other countries that year.

Moreover, “Party Rock Anthem” was an indisputable commercial success. For example, it went diamond in the United States, meaning it sold more than 10 million copies in that market. Similarly, it went 15 times platinum in Australia, meaning it sold more than 1.05 million in that market.

On top of this, the song had a memorable music video that parodied the zombie media so popular in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Since then, “Party Rock Anthem” has endured as a party staple.

17. “Mammoth” – Dimitri Vegas, MOGUAI, & Like Mike

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are Belgian-Greek brothers who made a name for themselves as DJs in the late 2000s. Meanwhile, MOGUAI is a German DJ who emerged in the mid-1990s but has remained active into the present times. The trio released “Mammoth” in 2013. It more than lived up to its name. Thanks to that, “Mammoth” met with enthusiastic response throughout much of Western Europe.

16. “Turn Down For What” – DJ Snake, Lil John

“Turn Down For What” is a DJ Snake single from late 2013. It wouldn’t have been as successful as it proved to be without DJ Snake’s skills and Lil Jon’s vocals. That said, “Turn Down For What” was also notable for an absurd but amusing music video that went viral, thus embedding its title into the popular lexicon.

15. “On My Mind” – Diplo & SIDEPIECE

This isn’t the Ellie Goulding song that came out in 2015. Instead, Diplo worked with SIDEPIECE to release this song in 2019. It did well when it came out, as shown by how it sold more than 500,000 copies in the United States.

14. “Wake Up” – Kayzo & RIOT

By 2017, Kayzo and RIOT had already made themselves known to electronic dance music fans. However, their collaboration in that year seems to have produced something special. There is a well-known story about how “Wake Up” received more than 200,000 plays in 24 hours, which was a staggering number for the genre. The song has an amusing name, not least because it relies on heavy bass and percussion.

13. “Cannonball (Earthquake)” – Showtek & Justin Prime Featuring Matthew Koma

Showtek and Justine Prime are Dutch musicians who emerged in the early 2000s, while Matthew Koma started a bit later in the early 2010s. Regardless, interested individuals should have no problem guessing their song makes a loud impression.

After all, cannonballs pack enormous power, which is why they could tear their way through fortifications built to withstand lesser forces. As for earthquakes, well, suffice it to say they are so mighty that we struggle to comprehend their power on an intuitive level.

“Cannonball (Earthquake)” is aptly named. Something that will become immediately clear to anyone who gives it a listen.

12. “Power Glove” – Knife Party

Knife Party is an Australian duo that also plays in the band Pendulum. They started making music in this configuration in 2011, though they started playing in Pendulum in 2002. Indeed, the duo was active before then, as shown by how they met at a show where both of their bands were playing.

As such, Knife Party are old hands at making electronic music, which might explain why their 2013 release Haunted House remains much beloved by electronic dance music fans. “Power Glove” is the track from the studio album with the most memorable beat drop. Considering the context, that is more impressive than it sounds.

11. “Get Low” – Dillon Francis, DJ Snake

Dillon Francis received widespread interest for the first time by getting the attention of Diplo, which led to the two collaborating on “Que Que” in the early 2010s. Subsequently, he built up, thus making it possible for him to release a debut studio album through a major record label in 2014.

“Get Low” was the lead single, meaning much was riding upon it. Fortunately, it shattered expectations by selling more than 1 million copies in the United States alone. A performance that did much to catapult Francis’s career to new heights.

10. “Revolution” – Diplo Featuring Faustix & Imanos and Kai

Speaking of which, interested individuals shouldn’t be surprised to learn that Diplo has released numerous singles as a solo artist, which isn’t even mentioning his work with other artists. “Revolution” isn’t the most successful track he has ever released. It received a gold certification from the RIAA, meaning it sold more than 500,000 copies. Still, that pales compared to “Heartless,” which went five times platinum. Still, “Revolution” has one of the best beat drops, thus explaining its presence on this list.

9. “Mama Said Knock You Out” – LL Cool J

“Mama Said Knock You Out” is one of the most famous hip-hop songs of the 1990s. As the story goes, LL Cool J’s career was widely considered on the wane by the early 1990s. However, his grandmother still maintained faith in his abilities, which is why she told him to make a rebuttal that would “knock out” the up-and-coming rappers making themselves known by taking verbal shots at him.

The resulting track went platinum in the United States. Moreover, it claimed the Grammy for Best Rap Performance. As such, “Mama Said Knock You Out” was a critical and commercial success with far-reaching influence.

8. “Worlds Apart” – Seven Lions Featuring Kerli

Seven Lions is notable for being a pioneer of future bass, which shows influence from trap and dubstep but has a less abrasive sound. If people think that sounds interesting, they should consider checking out “Worlds Apart” to see what his musical output is like.

7. “Animals” – Martin Garrix

“Animals” is an instrumental that came out in the early 2010s. It peaked at the number 21 position on the Billboard Hot 100. However, interested individuals shouldn’t see that as a sign of failure. After all, “Animals” managed an exceptional performance by the genre’s standards, so much so that Martin Garrix became the youngest person to score a number-one hit on the electronic music store Beatport. Even now, the song is fondly remembered by fans.

6. “Opus” – Eric Prydz

Some might recognize the word “opus” because of the phrase “magnum opus.” It isn’t accurate to say that “Opus” is Eric Prydz’s magnum opus. Still, it is undoubtedly one of his most important releases, as shown by how it was the title track of his debut studio album in 2016.

5. “TSUNAMI” – DVBBS & Borgeous

Like earthquakes, tsunamis are another overwhelming force of nature. One could even say the two are related because earthquakes are the most common causes of the sudden displacements responsible for triggering such waves.

Regardless, “TSUNAMI” hits the listener with a wave of sound rather than a wave of water, which enabled it to become one of the most famous big room house tracks to come out in the early 2010s.

4. “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya

The Chainsmokers were already well-known by the time they released “Don’t Let Me Down.” Even so, the song brought them to a new level. Specifically, “Don’t Let Me Down” reached the number three position on the Billboard Hot 100, meaning it was the first of their songs to become a Top Five hit.

Moreover, it rode high on critical praise, culminating in it winning the Grammy for Best Dance Recording. For that matter, it sold more than 10 million copies in the United States, thus introducing a huge number of listeners to the Chainsmokers for the first time.

3. “Bangarang” – Skrillex Featuring Sirah

Skrillex released “Bangarang” as the title track of the EP of the same name in 2012. Meanwhile, Sirah provided the vocals. The funny thing is that the latter forgot to close the windows while he was recording, which is why interested individuals can hear birds on the track. In any case, some people might be wondering about the track’s name. If so, they should know it refers to the war cry of the Lost Boys from the movie Hook. This is another track that managed to win the Grammy for Best Dance Recording.

2. “Tennis Court (Flume Remix)” – Flume

Generally speaking, Lorde isn’t one of the artists whose name comes up on these lists. That said, it is important to remember that DJs like to remix existing songs. As a result, even if the original version doesn’t have a beat drop, one of the remixes can have one worth honoring.

For proof, look no further than Flume’s remix of “Tennis Court,” which has been popular with the crowds ever since it made a surprise debut at Coachella. Of course, it also helps that the song remains one of Lorde’s best.

Curiously, no one seems to have a clear idea of what the song is about. Some say it is a criticism of general modern trends. In contrast, others think it is focused on something much more specific.

People even argue that “Tennis Court” refers to the lead-up to the French Revolution, which did feature a moment during which the representatives of the Third Estate swore to stand together until a constitution was established. It seems safe to say that the debate will continue for the foreseeable future.

1. “Raise Your Weapon” – Deadmau5 Featuring Greta Svabo Bech

Deadmau5 is another of the electronic greats to arise in recent decades. He released this as the last single from 4×4=12. Despite this, “Raise Your Weapon” was by no means lacking when compared with its counterparts. If anything, it was one of the studio album’s standout tracks, particularly since it featured a beat drop to remember. Sadly, the song met with more critical praise than commercial enthusiasm. Still, it didn’t do too badly, as shown by how it went platinum in Canada.

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