The 10 Best Trance Tracks Of All Time – According To Giuseppe Ottaviani
As one of the flagbearers of the current Trance movement, Italy’s Giuseppe Ottaviani has been able to inspire countless fans and producers with his music. But even he started at the bottom once, and there had to have been a bunch of tracks that stirred him in the same way his music manages to elevate others today. And so, right off the back of his recent collab with Armin van Buuren called ‘Magico’, we sat down together to ask him for the special, highly melodic tracks that sparked a fire within him: The 10 best Trance tracks of all time, according to Giuseppe Ottaviani.
#10 Mystic Force - Psychic Harmony
Mystic Force’s ‘Psychic Harmony’ is a track from 1994 that was huge here in Italy and made waves in the late-90s clubbing scene. I was 16 at the time and this was the very first approach to what I started calling Trance later on. Goosebumps every time I hear it.
#9 The Age Of Love - The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Mix)
Like everyone, I love the main melody of this track. But what really blows me away is the change of the melody in the last breakdown towards the end of the song. Really amazing.
#8 Aalto - Rush (Super8 vs Orkidea Remix)
A magnificent gem from 2002. This remix from Super8 & Orkidea of Aalto’s ‘Rush’ has been instrumental in helping me shape my sound. Great track!
#7 Marcos - Just For A Day (Marc Van Linden Remix)
I remember hearing this track for the first time when I played a Vandit Night in Vienna. What a track! I've even been asked to remix this beauty, but I refused simply because I couldn't do a better job than Marc Van Linden did here. Pure perfection!
#6 Active Sight - Tears Of Joy
Just like the previous one, I heard this one for the first time in a club. I think that’s one of the best ways to discover new music. It was club Cocoricò in Italy to be exact, and I couldn't wait to put my hand to this track when I first heard it. I was really impatient though, so I simply decided to make my own bootleg and play it straight away. Great memories!
#5 Paul Van Dyk feat. Hemstock & Jennings - Nothing But You
Paul has always been my biggest influence. Most people will know him for the classic ‘For An Angel’ or many of his other amazing tunes, but to me, ‘Nothing But You’ is his best track ever.
#4 DT8 Project - Destination (Darren Tate’s Original Mix)
Not only one of the best melodies for me, but also one of the most wonderful vocals. It’s so good I can’t even describe it. What a tune!
#3 Moonman - Galaxia
Although an absolute nightmare for every DJ to mix, Moonman’s ‘Galaxia’ is one of those vinyls you selfishly keep to yourself. This is Ferry Corsten at his best.
#2 Robert Miles - Red Zone (Part 1)
When you say Robert Miles, almost everyone will think of ‘Children’. That track got an unbelievable Melodic Techno remix last year, but ‘Red Zone (Part 1)’ from Robert is my favorite by far. I still use that kind of double kick drums in all my tracks.
#1 William Orbit - Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Remix)
In short, this is the track that introduced me to the real Trance world. I didn't know much about Trance before this track came out and I got to know everything I needed to know just by listening to this one. ‘Adagio for Strings’ is the track that brought me here.
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