50.1 - The Top Thirty

Having to choose is sometimes a very difficult thing.

A conversation between some friends of mine at work resulted in the question “What are your favourite tracks of all time?” I’d covered this in a blog post a number of months before this question was asked, but this was focussing more on electronic music, and what we really got a kick out of rather than what inspired us or meant something special.

Ben and Tim got their top ten together pretty quickly, and Ben in particular had some crackers that I hadn’t heard of before – which was the point of the exercise. But for me it was much more difficult – after narrowing it down to fifty, choosing the best out of those already memorable classics was like pulling teeth. Finally I settled on thirty – ten ‘classic trance’, ten ‘modern trance’ and ten ‘miscellaneous’ – drum and bass, psy trance, and classic electronic music.

Of course, the next thing to do was to put these together in a mix. And this too was difficult – like my Tracked It Down mix, I didn’t have as much free rein to choose tracks that would be in the same key. To make it worse, I went from 120BPM to 176BPM, and I while I could get away with BPM changes of around five BPM difference in previous mixes, 40BPM was going to be painfully obvious.

So I progressed on this labour of love, enjoying every minute of the challenge. And I discovered wonderful things, like the fact that the Fluke remix of “The First” blends perfectly with “Epicentre”, with no BPM changes at all, despite them being listed as over 40BPM different. Or that “Your Whole Life” blends perfectly with “Bulky Hero”, two huge favourites. It was a really great thing.

Completed 19 Oct 2009



Total play length: 02:59:55

Track listing









1 Jean Michel Jarre Oxygene 2 115.90 07:41
2 Pryda Shadows 125.50 09:33
3 Airwave Ubiquity 127.00 08:31
4 Boom Jinx Come Play Perfect 130.00 10:20
5 JPL Your Whole Life (Ljungqvist Always Lives Remix 130.00 07:31
6 Sonic Division Bulky Hero 132.00 06:05
7 The Green Martian Industry 135.00 05:17
8 Way Out West Domination 135.90 08:38
9 Severed Heads Dead Eyes Opened Original Mix 132.20 06:30
10 Man With No Name Vavoom! 136.00 07:10
11 Push Tranzy State Of Mind 2002 Club Mix 138.00 07:30
12 Art of Trance Madagascar Ferry Corsten remix 137.00 05:55
13 Moxa Dreamcatcher Firestorm Remix 137.00 08:38
14 Exposure Magic Impuls Original Mix 138.00 09:47
15 Galen Behr vs. Hydroid Shift Of The Ages 138.00 08:00
16 Quench Dreams 136.00 06:08
17 Solar Factor No Return Original mix 137.00 07:21
18 Rah Wave 139.00 09:03
19 John Askew Chime 140.00 09:50
20 Itch-e & Scratch-e Sweetness and Light Sound & Suthers at the Controls 140.00 05:32
21 Sasha Da Link Meteor (Natlife Somewhere In The Sky Remix) 140.00 10:21
22 Albert Vorne A Leaden Day M.I.K.E. Remix 140.00 07:34
23 Transwave Vision Quest 141.90 05:42
24 White Overtone Wizard Maya 147.00 09:09
25 Josh Abrahams We Mess with Your Head 142.50 07:03
26 Sola Nova A Visit To The Planetarium Mannheim Mix 149.00 07:33
27 beXta Rhythm Gun 172.20 05:41
28 Josh Abrahams Addicted To Bass Original Version 165.00 03:54
29 X-Dream The 1st Fluke Remix 179.90 07:08
30 Carbon Based Lifeforms Epicentre First Movement 106.40 05:57

I welcome any suggestions, criticisms and recommendations for new music to listen to. I will consider doing specific mixes for people, but this is only a hobby. Hope to hear from you.

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