Love it or hate it, dubstep is one of the biggest electronic genres of the past decade. Inspiring millions of young producers, it's typically-aggressive sounds especially appealed to younger listeners. Of course, this was an internet genre by and large, with labels such as UKF prominent on Youtube, the spread of Dubstep was in a sense, the epidemiological template for future music promotion and distribution. Founded in the roots of dub, a reggae style genre, it combined with garage and 2-step in the London underground to form a darker, heavier sound. While typically bass orientated, the genre focused more-and-more on mid range bass sounds, as it emerged into the mainstream, allowing it to sound just as powerful on a phone speaker, as with a dedicated subwoofer.
This list is of course a list written by a human, with bias from both nostalgia, and personal preference. I have tried to make it as broad as possible, but also it is a list of some of the most successful mainstream tracks of the years surrounding the 2010 "golden age" of dubstep, as a genre, if you disagree, make sure to add your own list in the comments.
10. Medison - Harry feat. Skrein (Bare Noize Remix)
The perfect complement of haunting, pitched vocals, and frantic bass sounds means that this track is the perfect introduction to the top 10 dubstep tracks of all time. It's an iconic track, with a powerful drop.
9. Emalkay - When I Look At You
Another atmospheric track, this song was a major player when it came out, and one of the more accessible dubstep tracks of the time.
8. Rusko - Woo Boost
Woo Boost enters the list at number 8, composed by Rusko, this song has a very traditional dubstep vibe with soaring monophonic synth lines, founded on a chirpy bassline. The kick drum jumps between half time 70bpm, and a four-to-the-floor 140bpm, giving this track both energy, and the standard laid back dubstep groove.
7. Flux Pavilion - Bass Cannon
With perhaps the most iconic cowbell in dubstep, this track is recognisable as soon as the DJ mixes it in. A relentless sustained synth fills the mid range of the drop, while the simple underlying kick adds weight, with its simple beat. This track is divisive with dubstep fans loving it, and everyone else despising the face-melting grit.
6. Knife Party - Bonfire
Perhaps one of the best examples of dubstep to demonstrate to someone, is Bonfire, this track features the reggae "Dub" element profusely, before breaking down into a killer drop. One of Knife Party's best tracks so far, it sits on the podium of top Bro-Step tracks.
5. DJ Fresh - Louder (Doctor P & Flux Pavilion Remix)
For many people, this was their intro to dubstep. Flux Pavilion, takes up many spots in this list with genre defining sonic creation. His remixes underpin the inspiration for many producers, at the time, yet to come.
4. DJ Fresh - Gold Dust (Flux Pavilion Remix)
With the alternating mechanical screams and chord stabs, this track drives forward relentlessly. A remix of an already killer track, this song became one of the most iconic dubstep sounds in its era. I normally don't like putting too many of the same artists or creators in a list but, for dubstep especially, you must forgive another Flux Pavilion remix of a DJ Fresh track.
3. deadmau5 - Raise Your Weapon
Written by deadmau5, Cydney Sheffeild, and Skrillex, this track combines deadmau5's signature progressive house style with a dubstep breakdown towards the end. This is a song which you can chill to, it's a song you can rave to, it works in almost every setting. It also marks the earliest beginnings of Skrillex, who had just created his debut EP, only months before, gaining traction with deadmau5 at the helm.
2. Freestylers - Cracks (Ft. Belle Humble) (Flux Pavilion Remix)
The final Flux Pavilion track in the list hits the silver medal. You may notice that the iconic synths that are prevalent in Flux Pavilion's work feature heavily in other tracks by different artists. Filling the mid-range with minor, yet uplifting motifs, he is a genius with creating music in such an otherwise aggressive genre.
1. Mt Eden Dubstep - Sierra Leone
An absolutely phenomenal track which prompts goosebumps on each listen. This song uses samples from I'd Like by Freshlyground, absolutely transforming the song beyond a simple remix, into something entirely new. This is the dubstep masterpiece that everyone was waiting for,