10 Things the Dance World is Thankful For and Why

Baauer, Calvin Harris, Sia

It’s the time of year to give thanks and CODE wants to shout out the people and things that make dance music what it is!

1

Sia

For her saving dance diva-dom from oversinging, trite lyrics and dialed-in performances. She is titanium.

2

DanceSafe

Because everyone has the right to information about how to rave wisely.

3

DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 DJs” Poll

Because whether they lobby, ignore, or pontificate on why it's rigged, evil and wrong, this DJ version of Hollywood award season reveals an artist's true priorities. We see you and your sly little social media campaign. Carry on!

4

People Who Rip and Post Vinyl-Only Tracks on YouTube

Because that takes some serious effort and not all of us can deal with that kind of time commitment. But we’re glad someone else does, for the sake of dance music’s digital time capsule.

5

Baauer Winning on the Hot 100 Thanks to YouTube Data

Because the way we listen to music has changed and a guy as down-to-earth as Harry Rodrigues was just the DJ to “shake” things up.

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6

Custom Earplugs

Because that bass gets loud and we’d like to hear it 20 (or even five) years from now.

7

Festival Ticket Payment Plans

Because not everyone has that kind of cash right now.

8

Calvin Harris’ Taste in Vocalists

Because from Florence to Rihanna, from Ellie to Ayah and even the man himself, Calvin Harris always gets the right voice to wrap around one of his trademark hooks.

9

Shazam x Beatport sync, 1001 Tracklists, Discogs.com...

We thank them for closing the gap between hearing and knowing. Because we’re not always sure what the DJ is playing (even if we pretend to).

10

Hardstyle

Because more than most, this emerging subgenre carries the tradition of the club-as-family ethos; it feels damn good to get all that aggression out of your body surrounded by strangers who have just become your new best friends.

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