Monster Loop recently stumbled upon what we consider to be an interesting electronic music artifact: A list labelled “100 good techno tracks,” dated April 11, 1995. Unfortunately, one page was torn from the list so it ends with #78. Nevertheless, we felt it was worth reprinting what we have, which included the following introductory language:
100 good techno tracks
The following 100 tracks are, in our opinion, good electronic music tracks. This list is not intended to be complete. We are sure there are many, really good tracks unjustifiably left off the list either because we haven’t heard of the track, or because we have heard of the track but are just too dumb to realize the track is good. On the other hand, there are a thousand tracks we left off the list that are outright BAD. We mean REALLY bad, and the purpose of the list is to let people know that there is actually good electronic music out there, it’s just hard to find in most vinyl & CD bins. The tracks are in no particular order.
|1||Pscilocybin||Oliver Lieb/DJ Jorg|
|2||Das Omen||Mysterious Art|
|3||Carnaval||Signal Aout 42|
|4||Biting my nails||Renegade Soundwaves|
|5||High Energy Protons||Juno Reactor|
|6||I sit on Acid||Lords of Acid|
|7||The Comeback||Love, Inc.|
|8||Word of God||The Subjects|
|9||Mantel Der Nacht||Time Modem|
|10||The definition of taking a step into another dimension||Skydiver (T. Heckman)|
|12||Spice Must Flow||Eon|
|15||Die Zukunft (last minute mix)||Scope|
|16||Age of love||Age of Love|
|17||Bit Stream III||ClockDVA|
|19||Jesus Loves the Acid||Ecstacy Club|
|21||Move your Body||101|
|23||Liquid Empire||Cold Sensation|
|25||No Way Back||Adonis|
|26||Weather Experience||The Prodigy|
|27||Flesh||A Split Second|
|29||Ver Vlads||Crazy Ivan|
|30||Substance Abuse||Fuse (aka Plastikman)|
|32||UT1-DOT||Polygon Window (aka Aphex Twin)|
|34||Clap Me||Jack Frost|
|37||Placebo Mix||Force Staccato (Oliver Lieb)|
|39||Helter Skelter||Meat Beat Manifesto|
|40||Umsturz Jetzt||Robotiko Rejecto|
|41||Schottkey 7th Path||Aphex Twin|
|43||Warsaw Ghetto||Nitzer Ebb|
|44||Acid Rock||Rhythm Device|
|45||Ritual of Life – Tribal Acid Mix||Sven Vath|
|47||Digital Tension Dementia||Front Line Assembly|
|48||Meet Every Situation Head On||Psychic TV|
|49||Welcome to Paradise||Front 242|
|50||Sun||The Ambush (Oliver Lieb)|
|51||Jack to the sound of the underground||Hithouse|
|52||Russian Radio||Red Flag|
|53||Nocturne||Age (T. Heckman)|
|55||Living in a Land||Robert Owens|
|58||Sympathy for the Devil||Laibach|
|59||Alone (It’s Me)||Abfahrt (Torsten Fenslau)|
|62||Time to die||Aircrash Bureau|
|63||Hearts & Minds||Nitzer Ebb|
|65||System||Force Legato (Oliver Lieb)|
|66||Colosseum crash||A Split Second|
|67||Little Fluffy Clouds||The Orb|
|68||Over the Shoulder – ext. remix||Ministry|
|74||Look on this side||X marks the pedwalk|
|75||I’ve lost control||Sleezy D|
|76||I’ll never let you down||William S|
|78||Our Darkness||Anne Clark|
At this writing, over 450,000 artists/musicians have registered with Reverbnation, a cutting-edge music streaming website based in the United States, and are eligible to be ranked within the artist’s respective musical category, of which there are 18. Currently, 23,904 artists have registered with Reverbnation under the broad category “Electronica” (there is no sub-category for “ambient,” “acid house” “trance,” or “progressive house,” for example) and are therefore eligible to be ranked in the Electronica category.
Reverbnation calculates and updates its rankings using an objective and democratic rating system which, each day, generates a “band equity” score (the higher the better). Band equity is awarded based on several factors, including the number of times an artist’s page is visited, the number of times the artist’s music is streamed, and the number of individuals who click to become a fan of the respective artist. Currently, Paul van Dyk from Berlin is #1, while the artist “DJ C@iDa*” has the dubious distinction of being ranked #23,904, or last. Perhaps his name plays a role; we wish him well.
Within their respective category, musicians generally strive to reach the Global Top 100, if for no other reason than the promotional opportunities the ranking creates. Reaching the Global Top 100 in any category is no easy feat: an electronica artist ranked 100 on Reverbnation’s global charts, for example, would rank in the top 99.6 percentile of global artists registered at Reverbnation – no small feat given the number of outstanding acts currently producing electronic music throughout the world that have already registered.
The country with the most representatives within Reverb’s Electronica Global Top 100 is the US, with 41. This number is somewhat skewed by the fact that Reverbnation is based in the US. American artists are, therefore, more likely to register. Besides the US, other countries strongly represented in the Global Top 100 include the UK (14), Germany (6), Australia (5), Brazil (3), France (3), Israel (3), Netherlands (3), Portugal (3), Turkey (3), and Canada (2). In all, these countries represent 86 of the top 100 slots. Other countries represented at this time are Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Japan, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The cities most represented—each with 7 artists in the Global Top 100—are New York City and London. Other strongly represented cities include San Francisco (4) and Chicago, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Lisbon, Montreal, Melbourne, Romford, and Sao Paula, which each have 2 artists in the Global Top 100.
Some very skilled artists who fall under the broad category electronica but that have not registered and therefore are ineligible to be ranked include Aphex Twin, Oliver Lieb (i.e., LSG), Autechre, Plastique de Reve, and Rob Acid – just to name a few. There are, however, numerous well-known artists who have registered with Reverbnation but who find themselves in line behind many lesser known artists in the rankings under Reverbnation’s democratic ranking process. Examples include The Orb (ranked #44); DJ Spooky (#177); Juno Reactor (#340); Massive Attack (#598); Boards of Canada (#704); Armin van Buuren (#722); Lady Gaga (#728); and DJ Tiesto (#822). This is less surprising once one begins to listen to the incredible wealth of talent represented in the rankings.
To view and hear these and other talented artists, visit the “Rankings” tab on this website.