The top 13 best dubstep tracks of 2012


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It’s summer time and what better way to spend it than listening to some excellent bangers! Dubstep is the prominent genre of the moment in the American EDM scene, and while this list isn’t the final “best of” list that we will have at the end of the year, these are the best dubstep track thus far of 2012.


Skream – Gritty

Skream to some is the grandfather of Dubstep. However you view him, he helped shape the genre into what it is today. ‘Gritty’ is an excellent banger from this long time producer. The bass is all over the place, bouncing back and forth from steady to “gritty.”

NumberNin6 – Where’s the Drop?

Being on of the most versatile producers out there, NumberNin6 takes this hit in another direction. ‘Where’s the Drop’ infuses reggae back into the dubstep sound. Keeping the bass heavy and the overall feel filthy.


Baauer – Harlem Shake

Infusing Trap with Dubstep, Baauer creates something extremely catchy. Many people will argue whether or not this is Dubstep, the thing you can’t argue is how infectious it is.


12th Planet, Skrillex, Kill the Noise – Burst

Easily one of my favortie tracks of the year. Three of the biggest names in the industry have made a catchy banger that flows very well. This is the only time the word “Swag” will fly with me. It may be repetitive to some, but the crowd will be moving once this is dropped.


Krewella – One Minute

Krewella has been one of the best surprises of the year! Their debut EP contained almost all bangers. This song is a testament to that, it goes hard but than slows down before blowing your ears up again. Expect to hear more from these guys really soon.


Zeds Dead – OH NO

One of the years first releases is also one of the best to date. ‘OH NO’ is relaxed banger that sets the mood just right. Zeds Dead has been slowly rising to the top and with the release of the “Adrenaline’ EP, they have almost made it. The entire EP could have easily made it on this list but ‘OH NO’ takes the cake.


Virus Syndicate & SkisM – Like This

Infusing some of the catchiest rap vocals with great synth leads, this banger had to make the list! Both artist due a great job mixing their styles, and the end result couldn’t be better.


Excision & Downlink – Headbanga

One of the catchiest basslines released this year! The song is gritty and heavy. Like the title says, you’ll be throwing your head around for sure. Can’t wait to see what both artists have in store for the future.


Sub Focus – Falling Down

Released twice this year, ‘Falling Down’ is one of the most lighthearted bangers ever. Everything from the synth to the drop had a unique feel to it. Even though it doesn’t hit hard, this song will still get the party going.


Flux Pavillion – Daydreamer

Flux is back and better than ever. His past hits ‘Ican’t stop’ and ‘Bass Cannon’ were amongst some of the best tracks released last year. But ‘Daydreamer’ is a new breed of banger.


Skrillex & Damian Marley – Make It Bun Dem

Legendary reggae artist teams up with the worlds most famous EDM producer? The results are a catchy dubstep track with roots heavily planted in reggae, check this out!


Rusko – Dirty Sex

Rusko’s latest album contained almost all bangers. But few of them stood out significantly. ‘Dirty Sexy’ is an ultra catchy tune that will be stuck in your head instantly.


Knife Party – Centipede

Last year we saw the form of Knife Party, this year we see them take over the EDM world. Their latest release ‘Rage Valley’ blew up everywhere and with good reason. Every song contained heart convulsing bass and ‘Centipede’ is the standout track!


Now it’s your turn! What are your favourite dubstep tracks of 2012?

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  • Cal

    Great list Filippo, thanks for putting it together.

    Here are a couple favourites of mine that weren’t included:

    Feed Me & Gemini – Whiskers
    12th Planet & Flinch – The End is Near Pt. 1
    Foxes – Youth (Adventure Club Remix)
    Sabi – Wild Heart (Zeds Dead Remix)
    Zeds Dead – Adrenaline

    Rusko – Somebody to Love

    And then there’s just a ton of stuff in the trap(step) range that I’m loving, but I think I’ll do a full article on that rather than list em here :)

  • Sasha

    Pretty awesome list but here are a few that could have very easily be included:

    Flinch – Bad Boy (feat Jamtech Foundation)
    Knife Party – Rage Valley
    Zeds Dead – Adrenaline
    Chuckie – Who is Ready to Jump? (Dillon Francis Remix) Although this could be from 2011 I’m not sure.

  • Cal

    All great tracks Sasha!

    We stayed away from making this a ‘bass’ list as it would just have been too long, so Rage Valley doesn’t actually fit as it’s not dubstep, but it is probably the track we will all hear the most at the festivals this summer, no doubt.

    And that Dillon Francis remix is huuuge.. I definitely overlooked that one. And the EP came out in 2012, so it is a fit, for suuuure!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • David Kwasnik

    Kinda upset that Savant wasnt posted in this blog post.

    Vario – Savant
    Bad Baws – Savant

    These are sick bangers!!

  • Chris Moon

    How about:
    Savoy’s “We Are The Sun (Savoy Remix)”
    TBMA “Are You Up For Getting Down”
    Borgore “Decisions”
    Nadia Ali “Rapture (High Rankin Remix)”
    Seven Lions “Below Us”
    Trolley Snatcha “Make My Whole World”
    Benga “I Will Never Change”

  • Sean Brennan

    good music all iv seen knife party like 3 times this year so im kinda over them

  • Filippo FilliyFreshh Paris

    Don’t worry man! All of those are more than likely going to be on the “best of 2012″ list!

  • Bill Gates

    Bassnectar shold have been here

  • James Safko

    Wild Heart for SURE.

  • Kris

    I listened to them 3 times today and I’m still not over them. Knife Party outdoes the competition in production, uniqueness, and flow :)

  • Daken

    Keep Your Secrets In Midnight City – kill paris
    Hassassin – Orchestrated Nightmare (Dirt Monkey Remix)
    Zeds Dead & Omar LinX – You and I

  • ibwpvAESWVN

    how bout

  • john ortiez

    do you mean
    ya sick tune

  • J

    Nation ‘Sensible’
    SubVibe ‘Back To You’
    SubVibe and Mizuki’s Last Chance ‘Arachnid’

  • Claudine Gauthier

    Ellie Goulding – High For This (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix)

  • ZIG ZAG dubstep

    heres a good dubstep artist Quba get him famous please he is amazing!

  • Mr. Deejay Heart of Bass


  • Mr. Deejay Heart of Bass

    Btw im not really “david Kwasnik” so dont bother the man. I “borrowed” his email. :P

  • Headhunter

    Kdrew – Circles

  • ghost protocol

    hey can u post m th best ..perfect dubsteps ever……….4 th fuckin dope test….!!!!!…im waitin dude

  • 10us

    Wow, two years ago I almost loved every single track in this kind of year lists. I just listend to all tracks in this list and looked up most of the ones named in the comments and I can’t say I liked any of them. I guess my dubstep taste took another direction :-)

    Check some of my favorite 2012 tunes out :

    p0gman & Getter – Smokin’

    Jakes – Somebody Say and another great track is Invaderz
    50 Carrot’s Wiz Kid or Locoswag VIP

    Easy – Sub Antix

    and if you don’t know, get to know artists like Ponicz, P0gman, The Widdler, ah man the list goes on ;-) Checkout labels like hench, styx recordings, dank n dirty dubz

  • Barney Calhoun

    best of the best:

    Maroon 5 – One More Night (OMG & ShockWave DUBSTEP Remix)
    H3Ctic – Far away
    H3ctic – Can you hear it?
    Velvetine – The Great Divide (Seven Lions Remix)
    Natalia Kills – Mirrors (Mr. Moore, Space Prophecy Remix)
    Krewella – Alive (Stephen Swartz remix)
    Borgore ft. Miley Cyrus – Decisions (Mutrix Remix)
    The Walking Dead Theme (The Wobbler Drumstep Remix) (this isn’t dubstep but it’s ******* amazing)
    Emma Hewitt – Rewind (KATFYR Remix)
    Brass Knuckles – Bad Habits (DotEXE Remix)
    Dream – Go Hard (Crizzly Remix)
    Bust It Wide Open (Crizzly Remix)
    Awolnation – Sail – Unlimited Gravity Remix
    Nero – The way you make me feel (unreleased)
    Meg and Dia – Monsters (Kicks n Licks Remix)
    DEV – In The Dark (Point Blank Remix)

  • maxridout

    figure 8 xilent remix

  • Keegan Miniard

    Here’s my list of 10.. enjoy, i know i do!
    guided relaxation dub – borgore
    big boss – doctor p
    bangarang – skrillex
    sweety man – ry legit
    deviance – excision (dirtyphonics remix)
    cosmic matter – ry legit
    8-bit superhero – datsik, excision
    lock in – ry legit
    woo boost – rusko
    ice cream – borgore

  • James Teare

    Love all the choices especially the top one

  • James Teare

    inexus -rage quit check it out you will not be dissapointed or Algoreythm – greenlight which is one of the dirtiest drops ever

  • Smith

    Tidal Wave – Sub Focus