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The Top 100 Tracks Of 2016

The records that defined another excellent year for dance music

  • As voted for by Mixmag staff and contributors
  • 12 December 2016
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5 Floorplan 'Tell You No Lie' (M-Plant)

This break-neck disco-house number sample Brainstorm's 1977 'Lovin' Is Really My Game' and showcased Robert and Lyric Hood's uniquely, urgently spiritual sound.

4 Kolsch 'Grey' (Kompakt Extra)

Brass-powered, melodic super-weapon from the behatted Danish genius, this was precision-tooled to cause maximum devastation on a grand festival scale.

3 Lindstrom 'Closing Shot' (Smalltown Supersound/Feedility Recordings)

Hypnotic, infectious Scandi disco tech with an 80s noir vibe, by rights this should have been as big as ‘Inspector Norse’.

2 Lapsley 'Operator' (DJ Koze extended disco version) (XL Recordings)

Koze's extended mix of Lapsley's muscular disco album cut blew the doors off Dekmantel, Dimensions - and everywhere.

1 Midland 'Final Credits' (Regraded)

Was there a headline DJ in 2016 who didn't close at least one set with this? An anthem from Croatia to Ibiza, this vital combination of epic lovelorn vocal, backing an urgent groove and 70s Blaxploitation swagger, was a big finish for everyone from Ben UFO to The Black Madonna. Midland's masterpiece premiered on Mixmag's SoundCloud back in May, ruled the summer and beyond and looks set to get even bigger with a forthcoming re-release on Classic.

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