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Trance is my favorite type of electronic music because it is the most uplifting to me. Trance is able to break down tracks into deep emotional meditations that just take you away into another world. Trance music is great for working, working out and for relaxation. These are my favorite trance tracks that I have heard throughout my life. Enjoy!
This list was originally going to be 10 tracks but that just wasn't enough so I decided to extend it out to the top 25.
25. Robert Miles - Children [Dream Version]
I think everyone has heard this song and everyone knows that it is awesome.
24. Rank 1 - Airwave
This is such a great easy listening trance jam. As always Rank 1 has amazing string synths that bring you in emotionally.
23. Cosmic Gate - Exploration of Space (Original mix)
This one is a classic. I love, as most people do, the melody in the middle of the song where it breaks down. It's awesome.
22. Heatbeat - Vergatron (Original Mix)
This track is awesome for the hardcore part at 4:41. The first time I heard it I didn't even know what was going on. You have this organ sound mixed with a dreamy piano mixed with a crazy synth melody. It's one of the most unique mixes of instruments to me and everything fits together perfectly. My favorite from the Heatbeat duo.
21. Susana ft Jorn van Deynhoven - Never Mine
This is an underrated track that has one of the coolest parts ever in a song. The only problem with this track is that it is on the short side and all the longer remixes don't have this same sound.
20. Alex M.O.R.P.H. - Eternal Flame
This song has a beautiful piano with a great atmospheric vibe. Alex Morph always has some of the most emotional melodies.
19. Ian Brown - F.E.A.R. (U.N.K.L.E. Remix)
I first heard this track at the end of a popular James Lavelle mix and I was blown away. This song just builds and really moves you.
18. Armin van Buuren presents Gaia - J'ai Envie De Toi
This guy just knows what he's doing. A solid release all around.
17. Tiesto - Elements of Life
This is standard Tiesto: unique sounds, great beat, great melody, great atmosphere. This is just a solid track all around.
16. Orjan Nilsen - Legions (Original Mix)
What an awesome melody this song has. Orjan Nilsen is certainly no stranger to writing uplifting trance and this is no exception. This one always brings me up :)
15. Imphenzia - Spirit Within You
I discovered Imphenzia while browsing around Youtube one day and fell in love with his sound. Most of his tracks are more psytrance where they have that oldschool feel from the late 1990's, which I absolutely love.
14. Rank 1 - Symfo
Rank 1's use of strings is breathtaking. I love the way this song sounds like an orchestra mixed with electronic music. Great stuff.
13. Paul Oakenfold - Southern Sun (Original Mix)
This is my favorite Oakenfold song. The guy obviously knows a thing or two when it comes to electronic dance music.
12. Armin Van Buuren - Nova Zembla
This remix is just crazy. I love the whole progression of this song. I love the square sounds and I love drill sounds. And obviously the vocals and lead synth are amazing.
11. M6 - Opus Sectrum (Original Mix)
This is a fairly simple song that has such a great melody. This is one of those tracks that you can completely zone out to and just enter a different world. This track takes you away throughout the entirety of it.
10. Dash Berlin - Waiting
Dash Berlin is one of the best vocal trance artists there is. The vocals in this track are quite touching and uplifting.
9. Tiesto - He's a pirate
If you want to talk films score remixes this is probably the best one ever. Tiesto took an already awesome film score and just made it a thousand times better. I don't know how he did it but he did.
8.Andrew Rayel - Aeon of Revenge
Andrew Rayel is a master with mixing piano with trance. I love the way this track progresses and then finally builds up into strong detuned synth leads. This one has great energy.
7. Paul Van Dyk - Let Go
Paul Van Dyk has always been a favorite of mine and this is my favorite track of his. I think Let Go, and this mix in particular, just has the right rhythm and feel. This whole track flows together really smooth and the overall melody and vocals are uplifting.
6. Armin Van Buuren - Mirage
What makes Mirage so appealing to me is the diversity of instruments being used. It starts off with nice atmospheric vocals and slowly builds to a trancey synth and then later climaxes with metal guitar and drums. It's awesome to see metal and trance incorporated together so well :)
5. Alex M.O.R.P.H. - Walk The Edge
Alex M.O.R.P.H. is a trance genius. I love the way this song has 3 main stages. It starts out and builds up to a nice pad with the main melody. It then breaks completely down into a super emotional string, vocal session. It then slowly works its way back into the crux of the song where you get the lead synth and full percussion. This song is brilliant!
4. Andrew Rayel - 550 (Senta Aether Mix)
This is the first track I heard by Andrew Rayel and it is still my favorite of his. I think this is Andrew Rayel at his best. I love how the track uses the same melody throughout most of the song and shifts from synth to piano back to synth and then just builds up strong with the percussion. This track is great to work out to.
3. Armin Van Buuren - Tuvan (Original Mix)
I remember this track as being one of the most listened to tracks while I was writing my book a few years back. This track is just so uplifting and so powerful. Of all of Armin Van Buuren's tracks this would have to be my favorite -- the melody and the energy is just amazing. I love the way it slowly builds and builds before finally taking off at 2:54. The way this melody transforms and takes you through an experience is just brilliant.
2.5 Kelly Andrew - Beyond The Stars (Emotional Mix)
This is one of the newer awesome trance songs I have discovered (hence the number 2.5). I think it belongs here on the list. Kelly Andrew is a badass composer and one of the most talented artists there is. If you want to talk about uplifting and emotional trance this is it. This song takes you on a journey like no other. Close your eyes, buckle up and let this song take you beyond the stars! He is highly, highly underrated. He has many more awesome trance and film songs.
2.25 Armin Van Buuren - Embrace
I recently discovered this new track and had to add it to this list. This is an immediate classic and 100% Armin Van Buuren. It has his signature sound. This track actually reminds me a lot of a mix between Mirage and Tuvan. It makes great use of instruments not normally used in trace, like a Spanish sounding trumpet, perfectly working together with synths tell a story. This track, like so many of the best tracks, takes you on an actual journey through many different ups and down. The track builds up and then slows down and then builds up and slows down again. This is beautiful trance to me and it doesn't get better than this.
2. Alex M.O.R.P.H. feat. Sylvia Tosun - An Angel's Love (Vocal Mix)
I first heard this track on A State of Trance's Top 20 of 2011. The track was rated #2 for the year and when it hit the breakdown about 2 minutes in I was truly amazed. This is probably the most emotional trance track I have ever heard. The warm string synths, the angelic vocals, the exhilarating lead, this track is just filled with emotion. If you've never heard this song before buckle up and prepare to be taken on a journey.
1. Tiesto - Forever Today
Ever since first hearing this song I have been taken away by it. Magical, soothing, emotional, heroic are all adjectives to describe the journey this masterpiece takes you on. To this day the song still touches me deep within and brings out a level of peace and joy. I love the way the song changes in and out of the emotional breakdowns and the progressive leads. The song builds more and more until it finally starts its climax at 7:09. To this day I have not heard a trance song that moves me as much as this one. Hats off to Tiesto for creating this masterpiece.