As a way to wrap up the year in Electronic music that was 2013, Atom-Heart would like to present our top 10 list of Electronic music artists of all time. Yes… ALL time. A little ambitious, you say? Nonsense!
Electronic music has recently become a pretty big deal not only in America, but all over the world. Due to the Internet and widespread proliferation and new genres, a great acceptance has come about for this relatively recent genre. While the genre does cover a great deal of different-sounding music, it is distinct from other genres. Here is a review of the top 10 greatest electronic music artists of all time, both from the past, when the genre was in the fray, and the present, when business is booming.
Artist 1: Skrillex
Skrillex is undoubtedly one of the most famous modern electronic artists. He has been in the popular jargon for a few years. Known for his eccentric sorts of electronic music and regular featuring of indie talent as the vocals, it’s no wonder that his music is now popular on the radio and the Internet.
Artist 2: Daft Punk
Around for awhile, Daft Punk is hardly new to the genre or the music scene. With their recent release of “Get Lucky,” they came back into pop culture. They, unlike many other electronic and dubstep artists, have their own vocalists, and many of their songs feature meaningful vocals, though their popular songs typically feature full-time “borrowed” vocalists. You can expect to be hearing more from the talented group soon.
Artist 3: Avicii
Possibly best-known for his hit single, “Levels,” Avicii is also a very popular electronic artist. Relying less on stage presence than icons like Skrillex, this artist’s fame originally came from online sources. Nevertheless, he currently is topping charts in many different countries.
Artist 4: Glitch Mob
Also seen as a pop electronic legend, this group is featured in many singles by other electronic artists. Famous mostly for their remixes than their original works, they have an odd, hard to match style, perhaps making them as successful as they are.
Artist 5: Deadmau5
With a name like that, many newcomers to the genre do not know how to pronounce the band’s name. It is intended to sound like “dead mouse” (hence their logo contains a large mouse head). Deadmau5 is seen as giving life to a dying electronic scene, and so many hardcore fans have a special place in their heart for this group.
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Artist 6: Knife Party
Functioning as a bridge between the distinct genres of dubstep and electronic, Knife Party is a fairly known (not as known as Skrillex) group in the genres. They specialize in new types of beats and often serve as inspiration for popular artists in those genres.
Artist 7: Aphex Twin
Many fans of electronic music complain that Aphex Twin is a victim of pop culture. Their music generally has the same beats as many formulaic pop songs have that are regularly played on Top 40 radio stations. Nevertheless, they are a prominent player in the genre’s scene and should be noted.
Artist 8: Nero
Nero is known more in the dubstep scene than the electronic one, but the band can be seen as a crossover between the two. Also specializing in remixes, like much artists of the genre do, they are famous for their original and ingenious beats. These are typically inserted into already popular songs to create remixes that not-so-rarely may become more famous than the song itself.
Artist 9: Owl City
Owl City is one of the few dubstep or electronic bands in existence that has made the charts multiple times, other than Skrillex. They also are known for their unique vocals, something that is often absent or nearly absent in many songs of the electronic genre. They were more popular around 2010 than they are now, but they still are producing music that the scene consumes.
Artist 10: AWOLNATION
This oddly named band has equally odd sounding music. They are very famous for their single, “Sail,” which has been used in many movie and TV show soundtracks. It, like most of their other songs, does have deep meaning, which may be seen as a contrast to other electronic artists.
Keep in mind that this is not by any means an exhaustive list. Electronica constantly has newcomers to the scene due to the recent proliferation of technology. There are hundreds of well-known electronic artists. For more information, you may take a look at their profiles on sites like last.fm, or even join an electronic forum where you’ll hear about new singles and artists.