As we approach the end of yet another eventful year, modern society can’t help but highlight the best & worst of the year. So, i shall do my tiny part and highlight this years top 21 anthems: of life. As one year comes to a completion another is ushered in, and so we sit here eagerly awaiting, asking ourselves, what can we expect from the EDM industry in the forthcoming year? Well, if the milestones achieved from our exponential growth of 2011 were any indications, then the happenings of 2012 will be monumental. Let this small compilation of the best of 2011 anthems be a herald to a beautiful flourishing new year.
 
Before we commence though, a few words need to be said regarding a related topic. Throughout the entire year, the topic of the year to come (2012) was a trending one. A year in the future that we seemed so concerned about, when in fact we had yet to complete the present. Why the buzz? Doomsday people barked. Well, i have to address this topic and extinguish this fanciful global malaise and angst once and for all.
 
Is 2012 the end of the world? No. Fortunately, Gaia (mother earth) has been here for approximately 4.55 billion years – give or take a few years – and it will remain here for many many…many more, regardless of how we treat/mistreat it. Will 2012 bring upon us much more needed change and convergence? Yes. 2011 was a starting point brought by waves of change, but the finish-line to a beautiful start that has been laid in front of us by the “future us” is a beautiful Garden of Eden that we have all be seeking. Although, in our hearts & souls, it was there all along.
 
At the subconscious level, you’ve heard, seen and felt it; the tacit messages conveyed in the titling of tracks, the explosion of triads and triangles (sacred numerology & geometry) in cover-art, and the use of the “all seeing eye” (our spiritual third eye, aka our 7th chakra) in artist logos. If any of the latter isn’t evidence of a global awakening or a shift in our way of thinking, then im not sure as to what is. The global unrest throughout the entire year was not war, but simply wonderful mini revolutions. The movement around the world that was dubbed “Occupy this, Occupy that…” were not riots, but simply pockets of resistance in the name of a greater good. The anguish of the worldwide financial economy is not a collapse of a system, but simply a demise of materialistic consumerism tyranny. Folks, the world will not end. The destructive world as we see it today will end.
 
Break free of the materialistic shackles bound onto you by corporations, liberate your mind from the brainwash poured onto you by governments, chip away and disintegrate the over-inflated ego we all possess, and march proudly into our new year. How do we get there you might ask? A positive mindset and a glimmer of hope for a better tomorrow will get you there. On that note, i leave you with something positive myself. I truly believe music is the vehicle that will save the world, so let this Top 21 below be lauded as doing its small part in this emerging medium of a spiritual – electronic – awakening.
 
In addition, I would like to personally thank every artist/remixer attributed in these tracks below. The reason i live and breathe today and push forward for a better tomorrow – with a smile – is because of each one of you and your works. With the following selection of tracks, I’ve had the grandiose and grateful opportunity of sharing an everlasting memory of smiles and tears with countless beautiful strangers and a handful of friends i hold dearest to me. You all have changed the world (my world) in some small way, and so i thank you. I was recently asked by friends what my new years resolution will be, and so I answered: “to change the world”. Without further or due – in no particular order – i present to you my Top 21 Anthems: Of Life 2011.
 
   Nothing but love,
   Corey (aka ReySon)


.1.
Sander van Doorn ft. Frederick – Timezone

The Fans Say: “Think I’ve hit “play” around a hundred times. Fits well with my mood, even if sad, happy, annoyed or angry. Not many songs have that effect.”


 

.2.
DEVolution – Good Love (Alesso Remix)

The Fans Say: “It makes me warm inside! Tracks like this make the listener euphoric and fill the club with togetherness (Not to sound like a cheeseball)”


 

.3.
Dash Berlin ft. Emma Hewitt – Disarm Yourself

The Fans Say: “Unbelievable emotion every time I listen to this song I love it so much. It moves me in ways no other song can. I hold this song very close to my heart.”


 

.4.
Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Swedish House Mafia Remix)

The Fans Say: “Nothing is shitty about this song man, if u listen to the intro and once u hit that point of the drop it feels so good to listen to it. This music makes me love my life.”


 

.5.
Dune – Heiress Of Valentina (Alesso Remix)

The Fans Say: “Damn it. I can’t get this track out of my head. It took me months. Gotta love the power of EDM. Its beautiful.”


 

.6.
Avicii – Levels

The Fans Say: “I just feel soooo happy when I listen to this! Those hairs on the back of your neck…Yeah, they will go back to normal in a about a week or two.”


 

.7.
Axwell vs. R.E.M. – Heart Is My Religion

The Fans Say: “Love this Tunee, I always play it before i go to sleep. I lay on my bed and fly away.”


 
 

 

.8.
Coldplay – Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)

The Fans Say: “Great work indeed for a track that on it’s own is one of the standouts of the album, but in the hands of a great producer/DJ it has been morphed into a quite delicious set of uplifting beats.”


 

.9.
Spencer & Hill ft. Nadia Ali – Believe It (Cazzette’s ‘Androids Sound Hot’ Remix)

The Fans Say: “The energy flows at a high frequency with this one. Instant chills. The world can be saved with this track alone.”


 

.10.
Tom Hangs ft. Shermanology – Blessed (Avicii Remix)

The Fans Say: “Honestly, this song makes me cry. But there tears of joy. I never knew music could make me so damn euphoric and jolly.”


 

.11.
Tom Hangs – Don’t Give Up On Us (Avicii’s ‘Who Is The Swede’ Mix)

The Fans Say: “I take one deep breathe, close my eyes, and im in heaven. God! I love the power behind EDM!”


 

.12.
Above & Beyond ft. Richard Bedford – Thing Called Love

The Fans Say: “This song is so amazing that it makes me tear down to tears, its the theme song to my life.”


 

.13.
Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon

The Fans Say: ” I feel my heart being in tune with the song and I love every minute of it. The energy contained in this one is strong. “


 

.14.
Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Remix)

The Fans Say: “I loved this!!! An amazing big room take on a track from one of the best vocalists on the planet right now. Definitely shows that Adele’s vocals fit right into EDM-land and no doubt we’ ll see more tracks featuring her in 2012.”


 
 

 

.15.
Sebastian Ingrosso – Calling (Alesso Remix)

The Fans Say: “This track called to the world, called to each and every soul. We heard. We loved. “


 

.16.
Kaskade ft. Mindy Gledhill – Eyes

The Fans Say: “Its that feel good track of the year. Eargasm. My eyes are now open and can see clear to the beauty of life!!!”


 

.17.
Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin – Save The World

The Fans Say: “This one is so inspirational. It fits in every place i hear it. I think it is saving the world…”


 

.18.
Dash Berlin ft. Jonathan Mendelsohn – Better Half Of Me

The Fans Say: “Absolute perfection!!!! Can’t even find words to describe how emotional this song is. Dash is amazing.”


 

.19.
Armin van Buuren pres. Gaia – Status Excessu D

The Fans Say: “Share the love. Gaia is sending one message.”


 

.20.
Arty – Around The World

The Fans Say: “Oh Arty! Easily the biggest masterpiece of the summer. What a fucking monster.”


 

.21.
Alex Kenji, Starkillers & Nadia Ali – Pressure (Alesso Remix)

The Fans Say: “If there’s a song that makes you want to dance your life away more then this, please tell me. This is life smiling back at you.”



 
 

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