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10 Classic Trance Tracks That Helped Shape The Genre

See some of the biggest tracks ever by Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Energy 52 and more.
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Trance has been around since the 1990’s, originating in Germany and becoming wildly popular ever since. While there are hundreds of thousands of melodic, beautiful tracks all between 125 and 160 beats per minute, there are few which stand the test of time and fall into the “classics” territory. 

These songs will instantly transport you back a decade or more, and will erase your mind of the everyday nuances and put a smile on your face. These beats aren’t going anywhere….anytime soon.

1. Paul Van Dyk- For An Angel (PvD E-Werk Club Mix)

This track came out in 1998 and is pivotal in the world of trance. PVD creates such beautiful melodies and instantly transports you to that place where nothing else matters. 

This definitely ranks up there as one of the top tracks of all time, in my opinion.

2. Delerium ft. Sarah McLachlan - Silence (Tiesto's ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ Remix)

You instantly know what track this is from the very first few seconds it plays. The feeling that you get during the beautiful vocal performance of Sarah McLachlan right before the drop captures you and instantly takes you back to the early ‘00’s.

3. Veracocha - Carte Blanche (Original Mix)

Veracocha is comprised of Dutch producers Vincent de Moor and Ferry Corsten, and this track was the only one released under this alias in 1999. If you have never heard this, then you don’t know trance.

4. Chicane - Saltwater (Thrillseekers Remix)

A beautiful, melodic track that can be heard everywhere, from television commercials to advertisements. This will be around for years and years to come.

5. Rank 1 – Airwave

I’m pretty sure this track is listed on just about any “trance classics” compilation you will come across.

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6. Energy 52 - Café Del Mar (Original Mix)

Being featured as number one on Mixmag's "100 Best Tunes Ever" list, and being included in the movie Human Traffic are two of the factors to this instantly recognizable track.

7. Binary Finary - 1998 (Paul Van Dyk Remix)

If you were around in the very late 90’s-early 2000’s, then you’ve undoubtedly heard this tons of times. 

This classic is 20 years old, and is timeless…

8. Agnelli & Nelson – El Nino

These Irish producers have collaborated with some of the industry's finest, and "El Nino" was one of their hits from ’98. 

If this doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

9. Gouryella - Gouryella

Ferry Corsten and Tiesto make up this alias, and although they only released six tracks together, this was one of their bangers. Big track from back in the day….

10. BT - Flaming June (Paul Van Dyk Remix)

A true original trance anthem, BT and PVD combined forces to co-produce Flaming June in 1997, and it has been a staple in the trance world ever since.

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