Trance

This is the beginning of my greatest trance tracks list, it will be sometime in the making, there is lots of stuff to add and ordering to do. Feel free to leave suggestions. The list is biased towards goatrance which reflects my taste.

So what does go into picking these tracks. Well…
1. What kind of feeling does each track give me on a careful listen?
2. How formulaic is it? It may give me that “feeling” but if it uses formulaic elements its a goner or will get a lower place. How do I figure the “formulas” out? Well if certain melodies and rhythms get repeated in tracks, they come to my notice and become “Formulaic”. If you have no idea what I mean then you can try my lame attempt at explaining formulas. here.
3. When was the track produced? Tracks produces in the late 80s or early 90s get more credit for innovation than do track produced later. What Time is Love? and We Came in Peace benefited from this.
Ultimately though, it comes down to the feeling a track produces.
4. Ultimately, it’s subjective.

  • Hallucinogen – LSD (Goa)
  • Etnica – Starship 101 (Goa)
  • Dance 2 Trance – We Came in Peace (Classic) – Artistically, it may not be as good as other tracks on this list, but for its time, it was supremely innovative, released way back in 1990, which is why it merits such a high place.
  • Koxbox – Doktor Mesmer (Goa/Psy)
  • Sound Pollution – Where (Goa) – There are some tracks, rare as they are, that are such masterpieces that when you listen to them, you are completely absorbed in thier nuances, and lost to the world. Doktor Mesmer and Where are two such tracks. Listening to Where after Doktor Mesmer is one of the great auditory experiences you can have.
  • Blue Planet Corporation – Crystal (Melodic Goa)
  • Pleiadians – Maia (Goa)
  • Astral Projection – Mahadeva (Goa)
  • Solar Quest – Acid Air Raid (Hard Acid) – This is the hard acid trance track.
  • Doof – Double Dragons (Goa)
  • Man With No Name – Teleport (Goa)
  • Sasha – Xpander (Progressive)
  • Ziki vs Sesto Sento – Trance ‘N’ Roll (Morning Psy) – Yeah its weird to put a psy track from 2007 in a top trance tracks list, but somehow this track combines psy, with a classic trance-ish atmosphere, to give you the perfect morning vibe.
  • Message From God – Project Genesis (Dark Goa)
  • Juno Reactor – Pistolero (MWNN mix) (Goa/Classic)
  • Space Manoeuvres – The Seventh Planet (Leama & Moor Mix) (Ambient)
  • Shakta – Spiritual Beings in Physical Bodies (Goa)
  • Underhead – Orojuna (Goa)
  • Blue Planet Corporation – Overbloody Flood (Goa)
  • Chi-A.D. – Astral Warrior (Goa)
  • Shpongle – Dorset Perception (Ambient Goa/Psy)
  • Rabbit in the Moon – Out of Body Experience
  • Hybrid – Finished Symphony (Symphonic Break Trance)
  • Break trance doesn’t get better than this.
  • Astral Projection – Solid Electronics (Goa)
  • Cosmosis – Gift of the Gods (Hard Acid Goa)
  • Cydonia – Animals (Dark Goa)
  • Future Sound of London – Dead Cities (Dark Trance) – A great track with this mysterious, dark vibe.
  • Jaïa – Mai Mai (Morning Goa)
  • Orbital – Remind (Acid)
  • Quench – Dreams (Acid/Classic)
  • Shakta – Loopmutant (Goa)
  • Nathan Fake – The Sky was Pink (James Holden Mix) (Progressive)
  • Etnica – Trip Tonite (Goa)
  • Growling Mad Scientists – Juice (Live Mix) – (Full-on Psy)
  • The KLF – What Time is Love? (Classic)
  • Charm – Brain Structure (Goa)
  • Aphex Twin – Digeridoo (Jungle-ish Trance)
  • +The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon mix) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT9pH9C7Oew
  • Space Tribe vs Electric Universe – Rabbit Hole (Full-on Psy)
  • Resistance D – Cosmic Love (Classic)
  • Aril Brikha – Winter
  • Holden & Thompson – Nothing (93 Returning Mix) – Beautifully modulated vocals make this a nice, floating ambient track.
  • Lost Tribe – Gamemaster (Acid)
  • Unconscious Collective – Fluorostani Trancedance (Goa)
  • The Infinity Project – The Answer (Ambient Goa)
  • Message From God – On Mars (Dark Goa)
  • Boris Blenn – Jeboa-Electrogarden (Morning/Melodic Goa)
  • The Light – Dusk (Original Mix) (Goa)
  • Analog Pussy – Solipse Technology (Goa)
  • Balil – Parasight (Symphonic Acid)
  • Pryda – The End (Progressive)
  • Hardfloor – Acperience 1 (Hard Acid)
  • California Sunshine – Rain (Morning Goa)
  • Asia 2001 – Rakshas (Goa)
  • Miro – Purple Moon (Classic)
  • Genetic – Transmission (Goa)
  • Juno Reactor – Ice Cube (Goa)
  • Royksoop – A Beautiful Day Without You (Progressive Vocal) – A great example of vocal trance imo.
  • Brainchild – Symmetry (C-Mix) (Classic)
  • Yahel – Waves of Sound (Psy)
  • The Light – Panfried (Original Mind over Matter Mix)
  • Union Jack – Papillon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0qljxrhaCs
  • Jam & Spoon – Stella (Classic) – This track would have been higher up if it wasn’t for those 2 highly irritating female samples =|
  • Orbital – Belfast
  • Psychobabble – Inverted Forces – Very hard track to get hold off, its here
  • Union Jack – Red Herring – Most people rate this track higher, but I find it a little repetitive, with not that much happening.
  • Underworld – Thing in Book
  • Rabbit in the Moon – Deeper
  • Emmanual Top – Acid Phase
  • Three Drives – Greece 2000 (Classic)
  • 4Voice – Eternal Spirit (Northern Mix)
  • Robert Miles – Children (Dream Version)
  • Sasha – Rabbitweed (Classic)
  • Gabriel & Dresden – Lament (Satoshi Mix) – I found this track very dreamy. If it didn’t take half the track before something happens, it would have had a higher place.
  • Afrotrance – Spiritual Energy
  • D.I.D. – Alcyone/Orbital Walk (Spatial V.2) – Released in ’92. Fresh then, fresh now.
  • Commander Tom – Are Am Eye?
  • Levitation – Out of Time
  • Energy 52 – Café Del Mar (Three N One Mix) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb4If034Xus
  • ATB feat. Miss Jane – It’s a Fine Day

Honourable Mentions

  • Age of Love – Age of Love – this one sounds more like house to me
  • Baby Doc & Jon The Dentist – Mantra To The Buddha (OD404 Remix)
  • Bedrock – Heaven Scent
  • Humate and Rabbit In The Moon – East (Opium Den Mix)
  • Bedrock – Heaven Scent (Original Mix) – uses the formulaic reverbatory piano echoes
  • Gabriel & Dresden – Arcadia
  • Legend B – Lost in Love (Red Jerry’s Mix) – uses the “1-2” formula
  • L.S.G. – Netherworld – I’ve tried a few different mixes, its a fair track, but not better than any of the above. If you know of a good mix, lemme know.
  • L.S.G. – Blueprint
  • Mike Koglin – Enjoy the Silence (Tekara Mix)
  • Push – Strange World (2000 Remake) – not bad
  • Push – Universal Nation
  • Robert Armani – Circus Bells – didn’t sound like trance to me, more like acid techno
  • Roland Klinkenberg – Inner Laugh (James Holden Mix)
  • Solar Plexus – Crystal Forest
  • Y-Traxx – Mystery Land (Sickboy Courtyard mix)
  • Tiesto/PVD/Armin and other good friends of ours – no comments
  • Any other “good” track that I have missed out – Probably haven’t heard it.

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