This Week’s Top Ten Dance Songs … IN BELGIUM!

1. Skrillex, “Bangarang (ft. Sirah)”


Way to concisely explain the appeal of Skrillex, YouTube user “haddip.” Bangarang indeed.
Grade: A-
Best YouTube Comment: “is dubstep a dance” – jong lee

2. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Regi, “Momentum (Radio Edit Instrumental)”


Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike recruit trance producer Regi Penxten for a song that gives me Sonic the Hedgehog vibes. This video was shot on location at Belgium’s Tomorrowland outdoor festival, where apparently Fantasia‘s Chernabog eats your soul while you peak on E.
Grade: B
Best YouTube Comment: “wow I want to go to tomorrowland but I am only 15 years old :I” – MrFTSgaming

3. Goodwill & Hook N Sling, “Take You Higher (Radio Edit)”


Instagram, the music video.
Grade: D
Best YouTube Comment: “Get what you can while you can get it. It all goes away in a blink.” – unitedstatesdale

4. Jessy ft. Abie Flinstone, “Innocence ’12 (Regi’s Radio Mix)”


1990s dance chanteuse Jessy remakes her biggest hit with production from Milk Inc.’s Regi Penxten and a guest verse from Abie Flinstone. “Belgium’s upcoming answer to Nicki Minaj.”
Grade: C+
Best YouTube Comment: “Geweldig!! Great to hear again from JESSY!!” – ThaVvG

5. Swedish House Mafia, “Greyhound”


What if the Swedish House Mafia were actually the mafia and their primary intimidation technique was forcing you to listen to Swedish House Mafia? This video is a commercial for Absolut Vodka.
Grade: C
Best YouTube Comment: “the yellow 1 won” – xTheHappyCreeper

6. David Guetta & Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”


Nicki, I’m so happy about the “Beez in the Trap” video — why did you have to remind me about this?
Grade: F
Best YouTube Comment: “TURN ME ON!!! LOL I WOULDN”T WANT TO BE A DOLL EITHER THUMBS UP IF YOU WANT TO STAY A HUMAN” – realchickful

7. DJ Fresh ft. Rita Ora, “Hot Right Now”


Albanian-British pop singer Rita Ora has been called a Rihanna clone — and this drum ‘n bass–styled song is going to be playing everywhere you go this summer, even though it kinda sucks.
Grade: D
Best YouTube Comment: “why do people always get top rated comment when they do drawings? ~~~~~~ There. It’s a snake.” – JoshuaCecilJohn

8. DJ Licious ft. Monty Wells, “Favorite Thing”


I feel like this video was put in a time capsule in 1998 and just uncovered now. The only giveaway is the iPhone. It’s crazy how excited I get to hear voices go flat without autotune, since it proves the songs were recorded by human beings. Monty Wells is from D.C. and DJ Licious is from Antwerp. This could play in malls anywhere in the world.
Grade: B
Best YouTube Comment: “Loving the tune, our kids are groovin’ to it too!” – catherinesalon

9. Nelson, “Let Me Be Myself”


From the soundtrack of Guy Lee Thys’s gay Muslim dramedy Mixed Kebab comes this trip-hoppy ballad reminiscent of Michael Jackson and Seal.
Grade: A
Best YouTube Comment: “Mixed Kebab, really great movie!!!”

10. Sylver, “City Of Angels”


Belgian vocal trance with hilariously corny lyrics about Los Angeles: “Are you just another star on my walk of fame? This city has no shame.” Love everything about the video. It’s like Lana Del Rey went on SSRIs.
Grade: B-
Best YouTube Comment: “Love it! Great to see them back. I’ve missed them. Love her hair too :-)” – foxyboi27

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Molly Lambert is a staff writer for Grantland.

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