2010: Lady Gaga. Really?
It was like the only qualifier for "Best Dance Recording" up to 2010 was "uses synth somewhere in the mix." Gaga's "Poker Face" took it away, and while it was huge on the charts, it's nonetheless a 120 BPM middle-banger, memorable for its verses' flat monotony and a tempo literally anyone could dance to with little commitment. Regardless, any one of the songs nominated for this category could easily have been swapped with any of the songs nominated in the pop categories, although props to David Guetta — nominated with Kelly Rowland for "When Love Takes Over" — for humping the 4/4 while having a rave-y hairdo.