Top 10 Dance Music Albums For People Who Don't Know Shit About Dance Music

Christoph Kostlin
Paul van Dyk

[Editor's note: Ahead of this weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas — of which we'll be bringing you full coverage — we thought it'd be a good idea to make sure everyone's up to speed on Electronic Dance Music 101. This post comes courtesy of our sister blog in L.A., West Coast Sound. Keep your eyes on All Shook Down throughout this weekend for fresh reports and photos from EDC 2012.]


Electronic dance music (you know, EDM) is the hottest thing going right now. But to you, it still all sounds like “oontz, oontz, oontz” — except Skrillex, who sounds like “wom, wom, wom.” Right?

Fear not. You don't have to be a kid yourself to know what the kids are into nowadays. The ten albums below might not convert you into a glowstick-twirling rave monkey, but they will at least help you tell the difference between dubstep and drum 'n' bass, or Chicago house and Detroit techno. Note that while these are great records, this isn't meant to be a definitive “best of” list — it's just a good entry point for EDM newbies.

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