Are you struggling to fathom where the past ten years have gone? I mean, 2010 seems like it was just yesterday right…?

As we look back on how far electronic dance music has come in the past ten years, it’s important to highlight 10 albums which were influential in the rise of electronic dance music in 2010. The definition of a true musical moment is that when you’re in the thick of one and it seems like it’s never going to end. Such was the case with the electronic dance music boom of the early 2010s, a movement which established pulsating, treble-soaked dance music as not only the dominant form of crowd-pleasing live music, but the contemporary lingua franca for all of pop, and the default mode of the Top 40.

2010 was in many ways a wide-open well of possibility for so many artists, this is reflected in the albums that made our best-of list for iconic dance music albums of 2010 list.

Armin van Buuren – Mirage

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‘Mirage’ is the fourth studio album by Dutch superstar producer Armin van Buuren. Released in September 2010 by Armada Music, ‘Mirage’ followed the release of lead single “Full Focus” in June 2010.

With previous albums ’76’, ‘Shivers’ and ‘Imagine’ still etched in memory of millions of dance music lovers, the release of ‘Mirag’ saw Armin van Buuren reveal a side of him which fans hadn’t heard yet. Within the 2 year recording process, Armin invited artists like Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ferry Corsten, BT, Nadia Ali, Guy Chambers, Christian Burns and Adam Young of Owl City into his studio.

‘Mirage’ is filled with musical fusions and surprising interpretations, from the orchestral masterpiece of title track ‘Mirage’, deep trance track ‘I Don’t Own You’ and housy ‘Feels So Good’ to the eerie ‘Take A Moment’ and feel-good ‘Drowning’. 16 tracks that highlight how Armin has matured as an artist.

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