Bass drops are featured across many different styles of music but predominantly in the EDM genre. They usually occur after a build-up that includes minimal low-end frequencies, then come in with a heavy bassline and drum pattern.
As electronic music genres like dubstep, trap, and EDM have become increasingly popular in recent decades, many iconic bass drops have been produced.
In this guide, you’ll find the best bass drop songs that are sure to shake your subwoofer or get the crowd moving. We also have a full playlist featuring beat drop songs if you’re interested.
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1. Animals by Martin Garrix
|Genre||EDM, Big Room House|
Dutch DJ and producer Martin Garrix became a world-renowned artist when he was still a teenager. The song “Animals” is one of his best-known compositions, showcasing his innovative production style and ability to create a memorable bass drop.
Topping the charts in various countries worldwide, “Animals” was included in Garrix’s 2014 EP Gold Skies. Interestingly, Garrix stated that the song’s epic bass drop inspired the classic hip-hop hit “What It Is” by Busta Rhymes.
2. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex
|Album||Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites|
Featured on the eponymous EP, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” is a dubstep track by American producer Skrillex. With its blend of melody, tight production, and a huge-sounding bass drop, this song won a Grammy in 2010.
It quickly became one of Skrillex’s most popular songs and has been heavily played in his live performances. Skrillex has been responsible for many of the most iconic bass drops of all time, so you can expect to see his music feature again in this list.
3. Finale by Madeon
French music producer Madeon is a huge name in the electronic music scene. Similar to Martin Garrix, Madeon achieved fame at the young age of 17 and has maintained a prolific output ever since.
The 2012 track “Finale” includes an expertly mixed bass drop that sounds exceptional through a good subwoofer. It has an energetic sound that provides the perfect backdrop for the inspiring lyrics sung by American rock band Walk the Moon’s lead singer, Nicholas Petricca.
4. TSUNAMI by DVBBS & Borgeous
|Genre||Big Room House|
In 2013, the genre of big-room houses reached international fame. Artists like DVBBS and Borgeous spearheaded the movement, with their single “Tsunami” featuring one of the most ferocious and memorable bass drops of all time.
An interesting fact about this track is that initially, it gained popularity before the artists responsible for it were known by the public. Fans of the song speculated that it was created by several producers, but eventually, after months of anonymity, it was announced that Canadian producer DVBBS and American DJ Borgeous were the composers.
5. Drop It by Aero Chord
|Album||Rocket League x Monstercat Vol. 1|
Although Aero Chord’s “Drop It” didn’t achieve much commercial success, it’s considered a classic by fans of trap music with massive bass drops. The Greek producer builds the tension perfectly through syncopated drum rhythms and melodic synths.
Featured on the Rocket League x Monstercat Vol. 1 album, the appropriately named “Drop It” is a great track to play at a party to get the crowd excited. If you’re looking for songs with good bass drop this is simply one you must have only your playlist.
6. Brass by Dirty Rush ft. Gregor Es
Released on the popular Future House Music label, “Brass” is an excellent track combining EDM, house, and dubstep elements. Produced by Dirty Rush with the aid of promising DJ Gregor Es, the song has an orchestral sound with a colossal bass drop.
7. Get Low by Dillon Francis ft. DJ Snake
|Album||Money Sucks, Friends Rule|
Released as the first single from Dillon Francis’ debut album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, “Get Low” was written in collaboration with French producer DJ Snake. The song is notable for its pulsating drum beat, repeated lyrics, and dramatic bass drop.
The song was a commercial success, charting in numerous countries around the world, with over one million sales in the United States. Five remixes of the song were released by Francis later in 2014, one of which featured hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd.
8. Sail by Awolnation (Unlimited Gravity Remix)
|Album||Megalithic Symphony Deluxe Edition|
American band Awolnation received widespread commercial success with the release of their 2010 single, “Sail.” The uplifting melody contrasts the song’s dark lyrics, and singer Aaron Bruno provides an emotional vocal performance. In 2013, “Sail” was remixed by Unlimited Gravity, and this dubstep version has one of the best bass drops you’ll ever hear. That’s also why this is easily one of my favorite songs to test bass.
The melody of the original remains intact in this remix, but the mix has been thickened up, and the low-end has received a significant boost, particularly towards the end of the track. This song is still a massive hit today and it was even certified diamond by RIAA.
9. Confessions by MYRNE ft. Cori Zuehlsdorff
|Album||Monstercat – Best of 2017|
“Confessions” is a track by one of Singapore’s best-known EDM producers, MYRNE. With vocals provided by American singer and actress Cozi Zuehlsdorff, the track was selected on Monstercat’s Best of 2017 compilation album. With a blend of soft-sounding synths, dark strings, and a bass drop that will shake the floor, this song is a must-listen for electronic music fans.
10. Revolution by Diplo ft. Faustix & Imanos and Kai
In 2014, American producer Diplo teamed up with Danish producer Faustix and the duo Imanos and Kai to create the popular track “Revolution.” Included on the EP of the same name, this song blends a catchy vocal melody with soaring synths. Around halfway through the track, the bass drop kicks in after a gradual build-up, and when you listen to it on a powerful set of speakers, you get the full experience of Diplo’s excellent production and mixing skills.
11. Doomsday by Nero
Hailing from London, Nero is one of the best-known groups in the British dubstep and drum and bass scene. The group consists of three producers and DJs, and they’ve collaborated with the likes of Skrillex. “Doomsday” is a track with an insanely powerful bass drop, considered a classic in the dubstep genre. Featured on the group’s debut album Welcome Reality, the song has been a staple of their live shows ever since its release in 2011. This song is truly incredible and one of my favorite songs to test speakers.
12. Blue by Eiffel 65 (KNY Factory Remix)
Canadian-French music producer KNY Factory released his remix of the classic Eiffel 65 track “Blue” in 2014. To transform the song from its original Eurodance style to trap, KNY Factory added a huge bass drop and a hectic drum beat, complementing the original vocal sample excellently.
The remix introduced “Blue” to a new generation of electronic music fans. It has received over 350 million YouTube views, making it KNY Factory’s most popular release to date.
13. Superhero by Unknown Brain ft. Chris Linton
Electronic music production duo Unknown Brain released the track Superhero in 2016. Featuring vocalist Chris Linton, the song’s bass drop sounds full and substantial without needing to be as aggressive as many of the songs featured on this list. The relaxing sound of this beat is complemented by the inspiring lyrics and the immersive mix, making this track a popular release in the EDM/pop genre.
14. Turn Down for What by DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon
French producer DJ Snake joined forces with hip-hop legend Lil Jon for the 2013 track “Turn Down for What.” This track blends elements of EDM with trap music, and thanks in large to its viral music video, it quickly gained a lot of popularity after its release.
Despite selling millions of copies, “Turn Down for What” was never released on any albums or EPs. Lil Jon’s signature powerful vocals merge with the energetic instrumental, and the chorus bass drop is instantly recognizable.
15. Drop You Like by Delux
|Album||Drop You Like|
With its ferocious bass drop and fluid production style, “Drop You Like” by Delax is an EDM masterpiece. The song samples Canadian electronic music producer deadmau5’s 2010 song, “Sofi Needs a Ladder.” The thick sound of the drop is tailor-made for a powerful subwoofer and is a great track to include in a DJ set.
16. We Rise by San Holo
|Genre||Future Bass, Trap|
San Holo is a well-known Dutch DJ who specializes in the genres of trap and future bass. He became famous due to his remix of the classic hip-hop track “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre, and then released several successful singles since then, including the 2015 track “We Rise.” With its punchy kick drum, fluid synth melodies, and rumbling bass, “We Rise” became an instant classic on the future bass scene. The lyrics of the song are pretty basic but the beat is great.
17. Afrojack & Martin Garrix – Turn Up the Speakers
|Genre||Big Room House|
“Turn Up The Speakers” is a collaboration between two of the Netherlands’ most successful DJs – Afrojack and Martin Garrix. The song was released on Spinnin’ Records and blends EDM with big room house. The track is produced and mixed to perfection and includes a highly satisfying drop that retains a chilled-out sound while still producing low-end power.
18. Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Ray (Cedric Remix)
|Genre||EDM, Future Bass|
American pop singer Lana Del Rey’s 2012 single “Summertime Sadness” was a huge commercial success, leading to several remixes. French DJ Cedric Gervais’ remix takes the original and transforms it into a future bass classic.
The soaring synth melodies paired with Del Rey’s dreamy vocals make this one of the best EDM remixes in recent history, and Cedric Gervais has managed to create something that sounds refreshingly new without losing the feel of the original track.
19. Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On ft. MO
|Album||Peace Is The Mission|
With the music video racking up over three billion views on YouTube, Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s 2015 hit “Lean On” is one of the most successful bass drop songs to ever be released. This song achieved worldwide commercial success, and it sounds incredible through a good set of speakers or headphones.
The bass drop may not be as extreme as some other EDM tracks, but it’s highly effective as it contrasts the brighter-sounding verses. MO provides the vocals for the song, and interestingly it was originally offered to American hip-hop star Micki Minaj, but she rejected it.
20. Surface by Aero Chord
|Album||Monstercat 017 – Ascension|
Trap producer Aero Chord burst onto the scene in 2013 after remixing Tevilisor’s hit track, “Old Skool,” and subsequently signed to the Monstercat record label. The Greek producer’s biggest hit to date is “Surface,” garnering millions of plays on Soundcloud.
Released in 2014, “Surface” has been used in the Need for Speed 2015 soundtrack, and has been certified Gold by the IFPI in 2017. The track was featured on the popular 017 – Ascension album, which showcased Monstercat’s finest talent, but Aero Chord has since parted ways with the label.
21. Helix by Flume
Australian music producer Flume is one of the best-known artists in the future bass genre, which grew in popularity in the early 2010s. In addition to being responsible for many successful remixes of artists such as Arcade Fire, Lorde, and Disclosure, Flume has released three studio albums.
The 2016 album, Skin includes the excellently produced track “Helix” as its opener. The song starts with thick layers of bass sounds, merging with flute melodies, eventually building into a powerful bass drop.
22. Snowblind by Au5 ft. Tasha Baxter
|Album||Snowblind (The Remixes)|
The 2015 dubstep track “Snowblind” features powerful and emotive vocals from Tasha Baxter, merged with a tightly produced instrumental by Au5. The song perfectly toes the line between chaotic bass drops and calm melodic sections and is inspired by the phenomenon of snow blindness, which causes a person to temporarily lose their eyesight as a result of the bright sun reflecting off the snow.
“Snowblind” was released on the Monstercat label and is one of Au5’s most popular releases to date, with over 10 million views on YouTube and millions of plays across music streaming platforms.
23. She’s a Killer by Justin OH
|Album||Welcome to the City of OZ LP|
Released in 2017 on the Welcome to the City of Oz LP, “She’s A Killer” includes a memorable bass drop that is perfect for a club or rave. This track was produced by Justin OH, a highly talented South Korean EDM musician who is one of the most popular artists in the genre in his home country.
Justin OH has also been making waves in the US and Europe, thanks to the popularity of tracks like “She’s A Killer.” He previously stated that the sound of Mongolian throat singing inspired the drop in the song.
24. Loyal by ODESZA
|Album||A Moment Apart|
EDM duo ODESZA has achieved international success with its blend of cinematic electronic music and bass-heavy drops. The track “Loyal,” released in 2017, is a fast-paced number that builds up to a deep and penetrating bass drop. Interestingly, the song was written many years before the duo released it, as they tried to make it work in many different styles until it finally reached its final form.
25. Scream Saver by Subtronics
|Album||Scream Saver EP|
Philadelphia native Subtronics has emerged as one of the brightest talents in the bass music scene, and in 2020, he further enhanced his popularity with the pounding dubstep anthem, “Scream Saver.” This song includes a ferocious bass drop, along with complex drum loops and swirling synths.
The EP of the same name is well worth a listen, but the title track is the standout due to its powerful first drop.
26. Language by Porter Robinson
Released as a single in 2012, “Language” is an electro-house anthem by American producer Porter Robinson. The song has a unique structure, with the bass drop entering twice after a build-up of lyrics, synth melodies, and piano parts take center stage. Released on the iconic Ministry of Sound label in the UK and Big Beat in the US, “Language” gained popularity after being included in the Forza Horizon video game soundtrack.
27. Bass Cannon by Flux Pavilion
If a song is named “Bass Cannon,” you’d expect it to have a pretty strong bass drop. Thankfully, Flux Pavillion created a monstrous track that lives up to its name. This song is not for the faint-hearted, but those who enjoy heavy bass will love the outrageous tone of the low-end frequencies.
Combining sawtooth synths with sub bass, Flux Pavillion’s 2011 single is essentially one big bass drop! The spoken vocal samples and unpredictable percussion loops make this a very interesting track to listen to.
28. I Could Be The One (Nicktim) by Avicii vs. Nicky Romero
Dance music legend Avicii left behind a legacy of exceptional music, and his 2013 collaboration with Nicky Romero, “I Could Be The One,” is one of his best-known tracks. Combining uplifting synth melodies with an incredibly satisfying drop, it’s no surprise that this song achieved massive global commercial success. In terms of songs with a big bass drop, this is simply one of the best.
29. Overkill by RIOT
If you’re into aggressive bass drops, you’ll love RIOT’s 2018 track, “Overkill.” This song was included on the Dogma Resistance EP, along with the Monstercat Best of 2018 compilation album. The L.A.-based dubstep duo has created some exceptional bass drops, but “Overkill” is, in my opinion, their finest work to date.
30. Do You Like Bass? By Yellow Claw ft. Juyen Sebulba
Yellow Claw teamed up with vocalist Juyen Sebula on the 2017 trap song “Do You Like Bass?” As the title suggests, the song features prominent low-end frequencies and is the perfect track to put a powerful speaker system to the test. It was released on the Barong Family record label as a single only.
31. Us by Snavs
|Album||Monstercat Uncaged Vol. 7|
If you haven’t noticed yet, many of the best bass drop songs have been released on the Monstercat record label. Renowned for discovering the best bass-heavy EDM, dubstep, and trap music in the world, the label has been a huge success.
“Us” is an excellent track from Snavs, a Danish producer who has been active in the electronic music scene since 2014. It includes a classic dubstep build-up and drops, and its relatively short length leaves you wanting more.
32. Centipede by Knife Party
Knife Party’s 2012 EP Rage Valley included several songs that could have been featured on this list, but the one that stands out the most is the second track, “Centipede.” With its immersive mix and beefy bass sound, this song has remained a favorite amongst Knife Party fans for over a decade since it was released.
33. Make It Bun Dem by Skrillex ft. Damian “Jr Gong” Marley
|Album||Make It Bun Dem After Hours|
When Skrillex and Damian “Jr Gong” Marley announced that they had collaborated on a song, fans of reggae and EDM took notice. The resulting track entitled “Make It Bun Dem” was such a success that later in 2012, the two artists released an EP consisting of six remixes of the song.
With Skrillex’s classic production style, including a steady rise that culminates in a sub-shaking bass drop, and Damian Marley’s unique vocal delivery, “Make It Bun Dem” is a classic in the reggaestep genre.
34. Bonfire by Knife Party
|Album||WWE 2K15: The Soundtrack|
Released in 2012, Knife Party’s EDM track “Bonfire” includes a great bass drop that made it a fan favorite and was also used in the popular WWE 2K15 game. The melodic synth section that builds up to the drop is catchy and well-crafted, but the main reason that this song became so popular is due to the sheer power and aggression of its drop.
35. Tremor by Dimitri Vegas ft. Martin Garrix & Like Mike
|Genre||Big Room House|
|Album||Gold Skies EP|
“Tremor” is a collaboration between Dutch EDM legend Martin Garrix and the production duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike. This song was released on the Spinnin’ label in 2014 and has a classic big room house sound with elements of dubstep and trap creeping in.
A commercial success, “Tremor” is considered one of the defining tracks of the big room house genre and was very popular in 2014. It would later be released on Garrix’s popular EP, Gold Skies.
36. Flashlight by R3HAB ft. Deorro
|Genre||Big Room House|
|Album||Pump It, Vol. 9|
Producers R3HAB and Deorro combined to create the 2014 single “Flashlight,” which was released on Spinnin’ Records. The track combines elements of big room house, dubstep, and EDM, giving it a unique sound. If you own a good quality subwoofer, this song’s bass drop is worth listening to.
37. Core by RL Grime
Built around an iconic sample from Egyptian Empire’s “The Horn Track,” “Core” is a masterfully crafted song that merges elements of trap and EDM. This fast-paced track builds tension through the horns loop, eventually leading to an immense bass drop that will rattle your speakers.
38. Dragonhawks by Liquid Stranger
Liquid Stranger’s 2018 single “Dragonhawks” is an upbeat EDM track with a massive bass drop. This song samples a scene from “Fire & Ice,” a 1983 animated dark fantasy film made by Ralph Bakshi. The song featured on the CONVOY compilation album and has amassed millions of streams across popular platforms.
39. Toca by Carnage ft. Timmy Trumpet & KSHMR
|Genre||EDM, Big Room House|
Released in 2015, “Toca” is a collaboration between three talented producers and artists. Carnage, Timmy Trumpet, and KSHMR combined to create the big room house classic, which was released on the Ultra record label. A medium-tempo track, it includes a bass drop that you won’t forget for a long time.
40. Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse by Borgore ft. Sikdope
Borgore and Sikdope released “Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse” in 2014, and the track quickly became an underground hit in the dubstep scene. Released on the well-respected label Spinnin’ Records, the song has amassed over one hundred million views on YouTube, and its bass drop is exceptional.
41. Another Day by Modestep ft. Popeska (xKore Remix)
|Album||Evolution Theory (Deluxe)|
The remix of Modestep’s “Another Day” by xKore has an insanely powerful bass drop that is perfectly positioned between the catchy vocals. The song was featured on the deluxe version of the debut album by Modestep, “Evolution Theory,” and it quickly became a classic in the emerging UK dubstep music scene of the early 2010s.
42. Pump It Up by Zomboy
|Album||Game Time EP|
Zomboy’s Game Time EP was released in 2011 through Never Say Die Records and quickly gained notoriety for its powerful bass drop section and punchy mix. The British producer is renowned for his unique brand of dubstep music, and he was one artist that spearheaded the bass music movement in the UK in the early 2010s.
43. Bomb a Drop by Garmiani
Swedish DJ and music producer Garmani rose to fame in 2016 when he released his most popular single to date, entitled “Bomb a Drop.” The track has a huge-sounding bass drop and quickly became a hit on the EDM scene. It features a powerful kick drum sound, with syncopated percussion and chanting vocals.
44. Down by Marian Hill
American electronic music duo Marian Hill released their debut album, Act One, in 2016, and one of the standout tracks was the single “Down.” With its notable bass drop and overall chilled-out sound, the song was a sleeper hit and eventually reached the top 25 of the US Billboard charts. The production and mixing of the bass in this song are excellent, and although it may not be as dramatic and powerful as some of the heavier bass drops featured in this list, it’s definitely worth listening to.
45. Till It Hurts by Yellow Claw ft. Ayden
Dutch electronic music production trio Yellow Claw released the single “Till It Hurts” in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. The track charted in Belgium, the Netherlands, and on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. It is built upon the success of Yellow Claw’s 2013 track, “Shotgun,” and includes a blend of catchy melodies, complex rhythms, and a fat-sounding bass drop.
46. Infinity by Infinity Ink (Dubdogz & Bhaskar Remix)
The original version of the song “Infinity” by Infinity Ink was successful in the EDM scene, but when Dubdogz and Bhaskar tweaked it slightly, it reached a new level of popularity. This song is an instant dubstep classic, and its memorable lyrics perfectly match the energy of the beat.
47. Afterdark by Myrne ft. Aviella
|Genre||Future Bass, Trap|
|Album||Monstercat Uncaged Vol. 1|
The debut single from Singaporean producer and DJ MYRNE, “Afterdark,” includes an epic bass drop that beautifully contrasts the dreamy synths in the build-up. The song was released on Monstercat and featured in the label’s popular Uncaged Vol.1 compilation album. With vocals provided by New York singer Aviella, the song is Myrne’s most popular release to date.
48. Bad Karma by Axel Thesleff
Bad Karma’s 2014 single “Axel Thesleff” has been played over 450 million times on YouTube, making it one of the most popular tracks on the Trap Nation channel. This song features a repeated vocal section, a blend of acoustic and electronic instrument sounds, and of course, a massive bass drop that will rumble your speakers.
49. Heathens by Twenty One Pilots (DISTO Remix)
“Heathens” was originally released in 2016 by American rap rock duo 21 Twenty One Pilots. The song received widespread critical acclaim and was a commercial success, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts. Later that year, electronic music producer DISTO remixed the track and gave it a totally different sound, injecting bass sounds that made the composition perfect for raves and parties.
50. Immortal by DVBBS ft. Tony Junior
|Album||Immortal (We Live Forever)|
If you’re a fan of house music and you love a good bass drop, “Immortal” by DVBBS and Tony Junior is a song you need to listen to. This track features an aggressive bass and kick drum combination with intricate percussion. Produced by two Canadian brothers and a Dutch DJ, this track is an electro-house classic that still sounds fresh today.
We hope you enjoyed this playlist. Let us know if there are any great songs we missed in the comments section below.
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