Top 25 dance songs of 2008: A playlist (Including Cut Copy, Crazy P, Midnight Juggernauts and more)

Via Anna Gilkerson
on Jan 8, 2009
get elephant's newsletter

This week I compiled my top 25 favorite dance songs of 2008. Most songs I got during my addiction to itunes. This mix has been heard by a few music lover friends of mine and then I edited it. I am hoping to give you a solid playlist for your dancing/chilling/partying needs. I am not sure how much this mix follows the mindful life but music makes people feel good. Please add a song(s) in a comment if I have missed anything crucial! ps- these are not in order of favorite but in order of play sequence.

For the 2009 mixer and 2010 version

Play it loud…

1. Into the Galaxy by Midnight Juggernauts from the album Dystopia. This is about as “gay dance rock” as you can get. It’s a bit like if Franz Ferdinand and Louis XIV had a love child at the disco circa 1982.

2. Let’s Ride by Gonzales from his album Soft Power. A talented Canadian artist who doesn’t take anything too seriously (in this record at least). He is an amazing piano player and has worked with the likes of Feist, Peaches and Jamie Lidell.

3. Ex-Lover by Friendly Fires from their self-titled debut album Friendly Fires. I just found out about this dance pop/new wave band about a month ago and I really like it. The little waves and pops added to a screeching (in a good way) guitar make for a good dance sesh. The simple chorus “You’re all I need” (In case you were wondering what the heck he is singing) proves that it’s a total love song.

4. St-Viateur by Fred Everything from the album Lost Together, released by Om. This is a head bobber for sure, even the most non-dancey person cannot help clapping their hands to these highly original and modern piano/synth/hiphop/African breakbeats. Go crazy on these samples!

5. Lie Lost by Crazy P from the album Stop Space Return. What can I say? It’s the best dance album (after Cut Copy) of 2008. The songs are smooth and familiarly retro. Bring in the car with you and sing aloud.

6. Anyway You Choose to Give It by The Black Ghosts from their self-titled album The Black Ghosts. These guys have supernatural powers of just getting you up from your chair and jumping up and down. You know when the music is so good all you can do is jump? Yeah… The guys are Londoners too. Go figure. Download their mix, it’s dope.

7. Say Aha by Santogold from her self-titled debut album Santogold. This girl worked for a big record producer, they never liked her picks (which killed her) so she decided to go off, make her own music while doing it her way ignoring what the record guys wanted. Now? Her album sales have skyrocketed (as well as a few law suits) with a little help from her friend M.I.A and Nylon Magazine. This song is perfect for harmonizing and to get ready to go out on the town. Shower, lipstick and a vodka RedBull please.

8. Olympic Airways by Foals from the album Antidotes. For the rockers out there this is it. Fast guitar, hard drums and sexy saturated British accents. This may be our 2nd trip to 80’s references but do not get confused this is very 21st century. I love their haircuts, drool. Olympic Airways music video.

9. Hold Me (Breakbot remix) by Pacific! from the album Pacific! (Remixes) EP. A knee-shaker on the train to work. Your headphones fill with quick drum beats and a catchy chorus to boot. The band is from Gothenburg, Sweden which is probably the hottest hub of dance music right now. Sweden rules.

10. The Look of Love by Sergio Mendes & Fergie from the album Encanto. This is a fast paced latin flavored rendition of the famous 1967 James Bond song. Fergie’s voice is Esthero-esque, soft, sexy and on tune perfectly. Swing your hips and groove to the classic Brazilian beats of Sergio Mendes.

11. Scandal (Zoned Out Remix) by Ultra Nate from the album G.S.T. Reloaded, Pt.1 (The Remixes). Turn up the heat with this tough girl house rock song. A good clubbing song for sure or for that perfect living room dance party where no boys are allowed until all the girls are properly drunk and half naked. Scandalous!!

12. Get Um Girl by Amanda Blank & Aaron Lacrate from the album Blow Remix (which may have been released first in 2006 but it says everywhere else it came out in ’08) . Bring it back to 1989 with this short little ditty. It’s got that same beat and background sample as “It takes two to make a thing go right” by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock. Classic dance rap to practice your old school moves. Kick it.

13. Black Flag by Duchess Says from the album Anthologie des 3 perchoirs. This song is a sweet embrace of hard electronica. I promise you can listen to this without wanting to pull your hair out and scream. These guys have been on the Montreal “secret scene” for years and finally we all get to have a taste.

14. Better Than Sunday by Ladyhawke from her self-titled album Ladyhawke. This song is my favorite cool-ass trendy Brit-pop song. Everyone will probably get up to groove to this one and you may even hear it on the radio. She adores Stevie Nicks, you can totally tell by her hair and the 1970’s rocker girl vibe of her music. Check out her drippy album art (and by drippy I mean watercolors).

15. Dance 2night by Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake from her album Hard Candy. A club song for sure, this is the only Madonna tune I have liked in a long time. It’s catchy, non-repetitive and has a bumpin’ beat. Go girl!

16. Far Away by Cut Copy from the album In Ghost Colours. At first thought, standard electro pop trying to repeat the 80’s. On second thought, the music is filled with nuances and special sounds that grow on you ever so quickly. I have been listening to the whole album for over 6 months now and it is still fresh. This album was huge for the 2008 dance rock scene. Since the album release this Aussie band has picked up a global cult fan base.

17. King Comforter by The New Mastersounds feat. Dionne Charles from the album Plug & Play. This is some serious funk. Dionne Charles from the band Baby Charles has the pipes of a Nubian Goddess. If you like to get down this one will surely do the trick. Grab the parents, the family dog, and the cousin that swears he will never dance (he will). It’s a feel good song to the max. Shake your money maker!

18. Shadows by Hercules and Love Affair from the single Blind. This band has given us a new meaning for unconventional modern disco. Smart lyrics, live instruments and a lead singer that sounds like ice melting on a hot tongue (if we all had the hearing of canines that is). This song is a particular fave, but their whole album (self-titled Hercules and Love Affair) is really solid.

19. Simple Things by Tony Silipo feat. Lombardo from the compilation album St. Tropez deluxe. Lounge by the pool in your sexy bathing suit with your slushy drink and shake your shoulders. Don’t forget your suntan lotion cause despite the chill this one is a scorcher!

20. Pump Up The Jam by The Lost Fingers from the album Lost in the 80’s. I blogged on this Quebec band back in September. They take their gyspy swing and turn it into the wildest modern dance music that even the biggest music snob cannot help but love. Their cover of Technotronic’s hit song is worth a listen or two or three or four… Ahh! Just get the whole album you will not regret it.

21. Little Bit of Feel Good (Snr. Coconut Mix) by Jamie Lidell from the EP Little Bit of Feel Good. I would bring this Vegas with me. This song just feels lucky. bright lights and funky elevator vibes. The original is pretty good too.

22. Pat Pong (Solid Groove Mix) by Pest from the compilation album You don’t know released by label Ninja Tune. Way too cool for school, this Parisian dj rips it up. Get ready to get sweaty.

23. Glad I Met You by D. Gookin from the album When You Are Lonely Everybody Is A Celebrity. I originally heard a remixed version of this song on Radio Zero (check this site out for some of the best dance podcasts out there). It’s a bit spacey like some cute robot chick is singing to her boyfriend. The song is filled with loops, swirls and pretty beats.

24. Time To Let Go (GFCF Remix) by Sally Shapiro from the album Remix Romance Vol. 1 & 2. We are now entering the chiller phase of my mix. This is a pretty electronic lullaby. It could almost be played during a sexy slow scene from a 21st Century French remake of Flash Dance (we’re not worthy). Feel free to don your cut-off sweat top and leg warmers.

25. Vintage Circuits (Playmotion Remix) by The Timewriter from the single Vintage Circuits (With Theresa Baltimore). A haunting tech /deep house song that is nice for any kind of come down.

Follow elephantjournal on Twitter. Become a Fan on Facebook.

Subscribe to elephant’s free, weekly top 10 blog enewsletter.


About Anna Gilkerson

Eco- Artist- Buddhist- Fashion designer from Nova Scotia, Canada: +


104 Responses to “Top 25 dance songs of 2008: A playlist (Including Cut Copy, Crazy P, Midnight Juggernauts and more)”

  1. digi tech says:

    Accomplishing some searching and observed your internet site seems a bit messed up in my K-meleon net browser. But fortunately hardly anybody makes use of it any longer but you may want to look into it.

  2. I not good at write american so I just need to say that your post did helping. Thank you. If you know more about could you kindly forward it to my email or is there a way I can be notified automaticaly when you updated? Thank you sir

  3. 2001 Snake says:

    I really prefer gold coins over gold bullions. Gold coins such as Krugerrand but also Australian Lunar goldcoins the following motives especially Horse coins and dont of course Canadian Maple Leaf and Gold Nugget from Australia

  4. I haven't heard of half of these. Fortunately the other half I have heard of and love. I will be checking out all of the new titles here which I am not familiar with. I love the music and can't wait to find some more of the same

    • website says:

      Hey! This is my first visit to your blog! We are
      a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in
      the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on.
      You have done a marvellous job!

  5. Hey Musikliebhaber. Es gibt eine super Webseite bei der ihr kostenlos Ballermann Hits runterladen könnt! Ihr könnt direkt auf gehen und euren Partytrack saugen. Finde ich schon ziemlich klasse. Ist aufjedenfall der super Tipp für 2011 !!!

  6. anna says:

    wowo the coments just keep on rolling in- although nid you some of them are verrrry strange!

  7. I just like the valuable information you provide for your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and take a look at again here regularly. I am reasonably certain I’ll learn many new stuff proper here! Best of luck for the next!

  8. DSLR says:

    Fantastic list! I myself did not know many of the selections but I know more than I didn't know and I have to say the ones I did are incredible. The ones I didn't know I am going to get to know. Thank you for inspiring me to reconnect with my passion for dance music. It has been waning the last little while! Thanks again.

  9. likes says:

    I image this might be numerous upon the written content? however I nonetheless consider that it can be suitable for just about any form of subject subject material, as a result of it could often be pleasurable to determine a heat and pleasant face or perhaps pay attention a voice when initial landing.

  10. Well, what'ya know. I get over here to the blog itself and it only shows 3,430 views, rather than the 127,826 views it show on this very same page in the "Popular All-time" widget box (up near the top on the left.)

    Looks like we've got some investigation to do!

    • Waylon informs me that the big number is correct and the number here on the blog was reset at some point (apparently about a mere 3,430 view ago.

    • Suzanne says:

      I’m really loving the theme/design of your site. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems? A handful of my blog visitors have complained about my blog not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any advice to help fix this issue?

  11. Haley Dundas says:

    This blog is wonderful to come!

  12. I think Miley and Justin should get marry as soon as possible.

  13. Hello People! Just wanted to tell you that I bought tickets to the A Perfect Circle concert on May 20th. In this place you can find tickets for other dates too. It’s astonishing their performance on stage, this is my second time and I’m still so excited about listening them live! On this page you can see the section where you’re buying the ticket, so it’s very recommended!

    • website says:

      Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Hello People! Just wanted to tell you that I found tickets to the Britney Spears concert on Aug 08th. In this site you can find tickets for other dates too. It’s astonishing her performance on stage, she still looks so “fresh”, this is my fourth time and I’m still so excited about listening her live! On this page you can see the section where you’re buying the ticket, so it’s very recommended!

  15. Hello People! Just wanted to tell you that I got tickets to the Usher concert on Jun 01st Wed @ 08:00 PM. In this site you can find tickets for other dates too. It’s wonderful Usher and his crew performance, this is my second time and I’m still so excited about listening him live! On this page you can see the section where you’re buying the ticket, so it’s very recommended!

  16. Hello People! Just wanted to tell you that I bought tickets to Carlos Santana concert on Aug 25th. In this place you can find tickets for other dates too. It’s amazing Santana’s performance on stage, this is my second time and I’m still so excited about listening him live! On this page you can see the section where you’re buying the ticket, so it’s very recommended! Good luck!!

  17. Rolex says:

    Thank u 4 sharing,I am looking for them

  18. advertising and *********** with Adwords. Well I am including this RSS to my email and could look out for a lot extra of your respective interesting content. Make sure you replace this again soon..

  19. I would like to remove the blogger and designer links on the attribution bar at the bottom of a blogger page. I know its not good to remove it and usually i don’t, but this is a page for a business so it needs to look clean and profesisonal..

  20. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I?ll be subscribing on your feed and I hope you write once more soon!

  21. will zizes says:

    Well done for creating a blog post on this particular topic. There is not a lot of information posted about it (not particularly good anyway). It is refreshing to see it receiving additional coverage. Cheers!

    Shaw Capital Management

  22. zhaira tsiang says:

    You understand therefore considerably in terms of this subject, made me in my opinion consider it from a lot of various angles. Shaw Capital Management Warning News

    • website says:

      I have been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts
      on this kind of space . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this website.

      Studying this info So i am glad to show that I’ve an incredibly just right uncanny feeling I discovered just what I needed. I so much without a doubt will make certain to do not overlook this web site and give it a glance regularly.

  23. My brother suggested I might like this blog. He used to be entirely right. This publish truly made my day. You cann’t consider simply how so much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

  24. Woah this blog is magnificent i really like studying your articles. Keep up the great work! You recognize, many individuals are hunting round for this information, you can aid them greatly.

  25. Its like you read my mind! You appear to grasp a lot about this, such as you wrote the e book in it or something. I feel that you can do with some % to drive the message home a little bit, however instead of that, this is great blog. A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.

  26. It?s actually a great and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you simply shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

    • Neal says:

      Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group?
      There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Thanks

  27. festival says:

    Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It in reality was once a enjoyment account it. Look complex to far brought agreeable from you! However, how can we keep in touch?

  28. Its such as you learn my mind! You seem to grasp so much approximately this, such as you wrote the e book in it or something. I think that you can do with some p.c. to force the message home a little bit, however other than that, this is excellent blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

  29. Whats up very nice blog!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your website and take the feeds also?I’m satisfied to seek out so many helpful info right here in the put up, we’d like work out more strategies on this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  30. stop smoking says:

    I do not even understand how I stopped up right here, but I thought this publish used to be great. I don’t understand who you’re however definitely you’re going to a well-known blogger when you are not already. Cheers!

  31. Thank you for any other informative site. Where else could I am getting that type of info written in such a perfect way? I have a project that I’m simply now working on, and I have been on the glance out for such information.

  32. Gary says:

    Wow, nice post here. This actually taught me something…

    Springhill Group Florida – Home Care

  33. Amal Brozena says:

    If your looking for the best Club Beats check out , great beats for any artist. Find that heat; Pop Beats, Club Beats, Hip Hop Beats and RnB Beats.

  34. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the longer term and it is time to be happy. I’ve learn this submit and if I could I want to recommend you few fascinating things or suggestions. Perhaps you could write subsequent articles regarding this article. I want to read more things about it!

  35. kuba says:

    Thanks for the ideas you have provided here.

  36. Antengatt says:

    Thanks for the tips you have provided here.

  37. Musikschule Münster, Saxophonunterricht Münster, Musikschule-Motet, Coerde, Münster, Saxophon, Schule, Musikschulen in Münster, Musikunterricht, Gitarrenunterricht, Gitarrenlehrer, Gutschein, Geschenkgutschein, Klavierunterricht, Schlagzeugunterricht, Musik, Trompetenunterricht, Musiklehrer, Keyboardunterricht, Akkordeon, Geigeunterricht, Gitarre, Gitarrist

  38. Night life in Tucson is better than I imagined.

  39. website says:

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the
    book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home
    a bit, but instead of that, this is fantastic blog.
    An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  40. website says:

    Ahaa, its pleasant conversation about this piece of writing here at this

    blog, I have read all that, so now me also commenting at this


Leave a Reply