17 December, 2010@11:21 pm
DJ Pizzo is the music director for XS and Tryst Las Vegas. Along with HHS co-founder, Warren Peace, we rock the crowd every weekend. Here’s what our go to tracks were in 2010. This doesn’t include the house bangers (well, maybe one or two)…..
10. Drake – “Fancy” (feat. T.I. & Swizz Beatz) – Step into any club in the U.S. and you are bound to hear Drake seven or eight times per night, with probably a good 3 to 5 songs from Thank Me Later being played on the regular – most of them not even official singles. Can we say that for any other album this year? Despite both “Over” and “Find Your Love” having videos shot for both, “Fancy” was a word-of-mouth hit, one propelled by it’s accidental catch phrase title and soulful track. Interestingly enough, 40′s super-mellowed out breakdown is uncharacteristic of any club-ready formulas, but bolder DJ’s let it ride as champagne glasses float in the air.
9. Trey Songz – “Bottom’s Up” (feat. Nicki Minaj) – Trey had one of the biggest club bangers of 2009 with “Say Aah”, and he continued the trend this year with this bouncy ode-to-alcohol, coupled with one of Nicki’s nuttiest verses ever. Not to mention, Busta Rhymes remix verse, as seen above, took this song to a whole different level.
8. Kid Cudi – “Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix)” – Cudder’s original “Man on The Moon” had some long legs attatched to it, with this massive Steve Aoki remix of “Pursuit of Happiness” acting as one of the largest big room smashers of the year. Isn’t it crazy how between this and “Day ‘N Nite”, Cudi’s biggest songs are house remixes? Who’s gonna flip “Erase Me”?
7. Lloyd Banks – “Beamer, Benz, or Bentley” (feat. Julez Santana) – Banks’ fresh, fly, and so damn high anthem literally saved the entire G-Unit brand this year, not to mention gave NYC a much needed, nationally-recognized club banger to call their own. But it wasn’t their only one…..
6. Ludacris – “My Chick Bad” (feat. Nicki Minaj) – The Public Enemy sampled “How Low” scratched the surface for what would be an even bigger smash with Luda’s “My Chick Bad”. The creeping bassline and screw’d up hook hits every night when folks are just drunk enough, not to mention that Nicki Minaj appearance that drove the point home.
5. Far East Movement – “Like A G6″ – We knew these cats were going to do something back when we first reviewed their single “Girls On the Dancefloor” here in February. This abrasive, off key bassline, coupled with the slizzard hook from The Cataracs made this the number one song in the country for several weeks, from this unlikely crew of Asian-American emcees. It came full circle when Three 6 Mafia – who are referenced in the track – appeared on the official remix.
4. Lil Jon + LMFAO – “Get Outta Your Mind” – Sometimes things are best in simplicity. While these three killed “Shots” last year, the unofficial sequel took a different approach than the latter’s up-tempo track, with an aggro give-a-fuck-less beat in the 100 BPM range. This one causes riots and lots of spilled alcohol.
3. DJ Khaled – “All I Do Is Win” (feat. Rick Ross, Ludacris, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg) – When this song is played, everybody’s hands go….UP. T-Pain murdered the hook of Khaled’s slow-burning club anthem, which was remixed endlessly with just about every rapper. Cue the airhorns.
2. Flo-Rida + David Guetta – “Club Can’t Handle Me” - This pretty much was this year’s “I Gotta Feeling”, as an enterprising Flo-Rida took the right approach to making “hip-house” music, going directly to the king of house music producers, David Guetta himself. With the original video claiming some 52 million views on YouTube, check out the song in action in the above video of yours truly rocking the Fallout New Vegas release party at XS.
1. Jay-Z + Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind” - Although this song dropped at the end of 2009, it didn’t hit until 2010. New York City has struggled to have hits in the club, as artists from the south and mid-west have nailed the genre, dominating the sound. Leave it to Jay-Z to literally rewrite the blueprint for a club-banger, as this song doesn’t subscribe to any preconceived formulas of what a club song “should” sound like. Instead, the song itself was just great, and beloved enough that it didn’t need any formulas or remixes to make it more club-friendly. Lets hear it for New York.
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