#1, without a doubt, is Insomnia by Faithless. The only song I know that has the hardcore beats AND lyrics with meaning (as in not totally nonsense, not necessarily world-altering.)
Probably in the Top 5 are some of the songs from the back half of “Movements in Still Life” by BT. The first half are too “Big Beat”, repetitive, and hip-hop to be in my top 10 dance songs. But the latter songs are in my ideal zone of predictability in beats, nice buildups, female alterna-diva singing, and inventive sounds.
Now, no one has ever made my ideal dance song. It would feature all of these plus:
– Lyrics that say something
– Slight pop-dance influence. Hardly anyone who does the inventive sampling of sounds also uses the poppy, slightly hispanic-influenced vibe of the straight up dance hits of the mid to late 90s (as opposed to sample-heavy crap of Big Beat or nice-sounding but unpredictable and yet repetitive boredom of trance.)
– Not only the classic drum build-up break but also the classic “run two beats at once” break. I know this is mostly done in clubs where the DJ transitions from one song to another but it works in songs as well for a short interlude.