This is a highly select list of trance artists and their tracks based upon Dude's own personal taste in music and what he would consider to be part of the 'trance music' genre including the relevant major pre-genre artists who are listed chronologically according to the year of the first listing on here, and it's also a work in progress... if you find this page useful please support trance and share it with others!
Jean Michelle-Jarre (Pre-Genre)
Trance music as a genre was not extant in 1976 however frenchman Jean Michelle-Jarre was already electro-synthesizing the types of sounds to be heard all over trance tracks ever since. The selected tracks below could easily be adapted to trance by speeding them up and adding a regular four on the floor kick along with a few other production techniques.
For anyone chuckling about this artist being a bit long in the tooth, Jarres spectacular laser and fireworks displays such as at Houston are legendary performances that would make even the biggest modern trance gigs look distinctly amateur in comparison.
To the extent of my understanding of the genre as a musician and producer, Jean Michelle-Jarre was really the earliest pioneering synthesist who had a big influence on the musical genre we now call 'trance'.
The first time the word 'trance' was used for an album or track name to label a type of music that could be considered to be something akin to trance, was its use for the 1981 album by Klaus-Schulze "Trance fer", followed by "En=Trance" in 1988, however the music is distinctly lacking in rythmic percussion.
This somewhat outlandish UK group produced acid house type tracks in the late eighties, however "What Time Is Love" is to my ears more trance than it is acid house, and they named the group of singles the track was on 'Pure Trance' also. This is in my opinion the first trance track ever and one of my favorites.
1988 "What Time Is Love?" ("Pure Trance" Series Single) What Time Is Love
Age Of Love
If "What Time Is Love" is too 'acid' for your understanding of trance then the "Age Of Love" by Age of Love may appease your opinion.
1990 "Age Of Love" Age Of Love
Dance 2 Trance
Unquestionably trance without doubt beyond this point!
1992 "Hard Trance Acperience" Hard Trance Acperience
1992 "Halycon" Halcyon*
*More ambient house... but absolutely classic so had to put it in ;O)
The Visions Of Shiva (Cosmic Baby and Paul Van Dyk)
1992 "Perfect Day" Perfect Day
1993 "Cafe Del Mar" Cafe Del Mar
1993 "Superstring" Superstring
1993 "Acid Eiffel" as 'Choice' Acid Eiffel
1993 "Dreams" Dreams
1994 "Lost In Love" Lost In Love
Paul Van Dyk
1993 "Paraglide" Paraglide
Bianco De Gaia
1994 "Children" Children
Armin Van Buuren
1996 "Blue Fear"as 'Armin' Blue Fear
1996 "Communication" Communication
2000 "Eternity" as 'Alibi' (with Tiesto) Eternity
2009 "Unforgivable feat. Jaren" Unforgivable feat. Jaren
2010 "If You Should Go feat. Susana" If You Should Go feat. Susanna
1996 "Seven Days And One Week" Seven Days And One Week
1996 "It's My Life" It's My Life
1997 "Encore Une Fois"Encore Une Fois
1997 "Ecuador" Ecuador
1997 "Stay" Stay
1998 "La Primavera"La Primavera
1998 "Mysterious Times" Mysterious Times
2008 "Raindrops (Encore Une Fois)" with Stunt Raindrops (Encore Une Fois)
Three Drives On A Vinyl
1997 "Greece 2000" Greece 2000
Agnelli and Nelson
1998 "1998" 1998
1999 "Deadline" Deadline
1999 "Out Of The Blue" as 'System F' Out Of The Blue
1999 "I Believe" I Believe
Nalin and Kane
1999 "Beachball" Beachball
1999 "Cloudwalking" Cloudwalking
1999 "Airwave" Airwave
1999 "Expander" Expander
Push (Mike Dierickx)
1999 "Heaven Scent" Heaven Scent
Gouryella (Ferry Corsten and Tiesto)
Above and Beyond
2000 "The Drill" as 'Dirt Devils' The Drill
2000 "Adagio For Strings" originally by Samuel Barber (Ferry Corsten Remix) Adagio For Strings Trance
2000 "Played Alive (The Bongo Song)" Played Alive (The Bongo Song)
Ian Van Dahl
2001 "Synaesthesia (Fly Away) feat. Sheryl Dean" Synaesthesia (Fly Away) feat. Sheryl Dean
2002 "Southern Sun" Southern Sun
Holden and Thompson
2003 "Nothing" Nothing
2010 "Right Back" Right Back
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