The 30 Greatest EDM Albums of All Time

From Kraftwerk to Daft Punk to Deadmau5, it's been a wild ride on the dance floor

2. The Chemical Brothers, 'Dig Your Own Hole' (Astralwerks, 1997)

2. The Chemical Brothers, Dig Your Own Hole (Astralwerks, 1997)
Astralwerks

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons' game-changing second album had a simple conceit: what if dance music hit as hard as the fiercest hip-hop and rocked with the visceral force of your favorite guitar banger? And they nailed it. The gut-punch bassline on "Block Rockin' Beats" is up there with the riff to the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" in the Ass Kicking Intro canon; "Setting Sun" (featuring Noel Gallagher) kicks the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" into the 21st Century; "Where Do I Begin," with vocals from alt-folkie Beth Orton, matches Ren Faire whimsy and South Bronx beat science. Throughout, the Chems prove themselves master composters, crafting songs that dip and slide with a corner-hugging, rollercoaster intensity – whether it's the nine-minute trance-out "The Private Psychedelic Reel" or the three-minute low-end rattler "Elektrobank." Now, it sounds as much like classic rock as classic EDM.

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