Energy Flash: The 20 Best Rave Anthems of the 90's

What is it that makes a track a rave anthem?The type of song that makes you shoot up from your club sit and run full speed into the crowd? Mixmag has listed 20 US top rave anthems from the 90's and we couldn't agree more with this selection.

'ENERGY FLASH' (1990)

New York City artist Joey Beltram's 'Energy Flash' is a brooding and rebellious anthem that altered the face of dance music forever. Its aggressive nature and dark minimalism redefined what house could be, bringing about a heavier "techno" style with a sound that had not been fully been realised yet.

 

MOBY
'GO' (1990)
First released in 1990 as the b-side to Moby's debut single 'Mobility' in 1990 on Instinct Records, this is the track that first put the electronic music powerhouse on the map. 'Go'  still remains a somber dancefloor staple.

 

MISSION CONTROL
OUTTA LIMITS (SHELTER MIX) (1992)
Deep and murky to its core, Mission Control's 'Outta Limits', released on Atlantic Records, is as timeless as deep house tracks come. 

 

CAJMERE  
'PERCOLATOR' (1992)
Released on his Chicago imprint Cajual Records, the imprint that eventually gave birth to Circuit Records and Relief Records, Cajmere released the globally renowned 'Percolator' in 1992. 

 

UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE (JEFF MILLS)
'THE SEAWOLF' (1992)
Released via Underground Resistance's now defunct World Power Alliance label in 1992, 'The Seawolf' is a trailblazing Detroit techno slammer produced by Jeff Mills that was named after the German u-boats which preyed on allied merchant ships during World War II. 

 

 LA TOUR
'BLUE' (1992)
Perhaps best known from its role in the bathroom club scene in the movie Basic Instinct, 'Blue' by Chicago artist William LaTour is a track that played a pivotal role in bringing dance-pop and new wave elements into early house sounds. 

 

HARDRIVE
'DEEP INSIDE' (1993)
'Deep Inside' is a perfect house tune that has solidified itself as a timeless clubland anthem through and through. Pure and true to its core, Louise Vega's track ‘Deep Inside’ (produced under his Hardrive moniker) reminds us that deep down inside, all we ever really need... is love.  

 

THE BUCKETHEADS
'THE BOMB! (THESE SOUNDS FALL INTO MY MIND)' (1994)
The Bucketheads is a disco-sampling solo project from NYC dance music legend Kenny "Dope" who is also revered for his work as one half of Masters At Work alongside Louie Vega. Sampling the band Chicago's 1979 track 'Street Player', Kenny Dope created a slick piece of house that forces hands in the air everywhere.  

 

ELECTROLINERS
'LOOSE CABOOSE' (1995)
This heavy concoction of breakbeat and acid thought up by DJ Dan and Jim Hopkins (aka Electroliners) was one of the biggest tunes in the LA scene back in 1995. 

 

SARAH MCLACHLAN
'POSSESSION' (RABBIT IN THE MOON REMIX) (1995)
On the cover of this 1995 remix 12" of Sarah McLachlan's 'Possession' by the diverse Tampa-based electronic outfit Rabbit in the Moon, the group used a quote from Mixmag Update which reads "Truly inspired... will still sound great in 10 years time."  

 

'HIGHER STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS' (TWEEKIN ACID FUNK) (1995)
Released on NYC label Strictly Rhythm in 1995 and recorded at his Ovum Sound Studios in Philadelphia, Josh Wink's track is commended for taking on some seriously uncharted frequency limits and was a record that everybody wanted to get their hands on.

 

WINX
'DON'T LAUGH' (1995)
1995 was the year you couldn't get away from Josh Wink. Released under Josh Wink's Winx moniker, this unsettling underground staple is a track that has seared itself into the brains of numerous '90s ravers (for better or for worse).

 

GREEN VELVET
'FLASH' (1995)
Released on his Relief Records imprint in 1995, the sheer influence of Green Velvet's 'Flash' can be best understood by looking at the immense number of underground icons who have remixed the song. These artists include DJ Sneak, Boo Williams, Paul Johnson, Eats Everything, Latmun,The Advent and more. 

 

DJ ICEY
'LOW DOWN GOOD GIRL' (1996)
Released on his Orlando, Florida-based imprint Zone Records, DJ Icey's prolific breakbeat sound came into its own with his 12 'Low Down Good Girl / All Beautiful'.

 

FUNKY GREEN DOGS

'FIRED UP' (MURK'S ORIGINAL GROOVE) (1996)

Released on Twisted America Records in 1996, the US house duo Murk join with vocalist Tamara Wallace as Funky Green Dog for 'Fired Up' - an early tribal house tune that's catchy, uplifting and the right choice for leading you into a long night.

 

THE CRYSTAL METHOD BUSY CHILD (1997)
In the late '90s, while the UK was enjoying the genius of acts such as The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and the Prodigy, the US was beginning to throw its full weight behind the rave pioneers that are The Crystal Method. Released in 1997, the Las Vegas duo's single 'Get Busy Child' on the west coast imprint City of Angles solidified their signature breakbeat style with memorable vocal samples from DJ Pierre’s 'Summertime (Is Get Busy Time)' and Eric B. & Rakim’s 'Know the Ledge'.

 

DANNY TENAGLIA

'MUSIC IS THE ANSWER (DANCIN' AND PRANCIN')' (1998)

Released on Twisted America Records in 1998, New York City house hero Danny Tenaglia does us the favour of reminding us what we all should already know: Music is the answer
To your problems
Keep on movin'
Then you can solve them

 

DAVID MORALES
'NEEDIN YOU' (1998)
David Morales' infectious 'Needin You' was released on NYC imprint Definity Records back in 1998, but Morales actually originally made the tune a few years earlier as a DJ tool. Due to the great reactions he was getting from the crowd, he decided to make it into a full fledged track that stormed the beaches of Ibiza and beyond that year.  

 

THE SYSTEM
'YOU'RE IN MY SYSTEM' (ATMOSPHERIC VOCAL) (1998)
'You're In My System' from The System was released in 1998 via the New York-based imprint, Ibadan Records. With its sultry male vocals, pristine beats and deep arrangement, it's far and away the most sought after record on the label's catalogue. After putting out the original and his spiffy 'Atmosphere Dub' of the track, Kerri Chandler rode this conquering deep house classic all the way to the realms of dance music stardom.

 

THE AZTEC
MYSTIC (AKA DJ ROLANDO) 'JAGUAR' (1999)
Released on Detroit's Underground Resistance in 1999, 'Jaguar' off the debut 12" from The Aztec Mystic, better known today as DJ Rolando, is hypnotic to its core. After it was released, it spread like wildfire all over the world. It's one of those rare tracks that feels like it can play for an eternity without anyone batting an eyelash.

 

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