Top Ten Dubstep Songs Which Break the Stereotypes

Dubstep is probably the most stereotyped genre of music, and I blame the mainstream noise that most people have heard. The general public often fail to see the talent and hard work that goes into making proper music of this kind, which is why the annoying sound that you hear everywhere when people mention the "d" word has made people despise the genre. In a way, mainstream dubstep is like pop. With this list, I aim to highlight some understated pieces of music which may, or may not, change the judgement of the person who has avoided dubstep, and help one appreciate how artistic these songs really are, being as unbiased as possible. At least give them a chance, as they're all favourites of mine.

The Top Ten

1 Fallen - Electus

A melodic speech that really makes you think about your life, mixed with a chilling blend of powerful vocals and a spine-rattling musical harmony. It allows one to unwind into a state of nirvana, and yet haunts one for life. However you take this track in, be it for its dynamic energy, its philosophy, or just its plain beauty, it will have an impact on you. Hopefully, your attitude towards the genre. Just try this song out if you think dubstep serves no purpose. - PositronWildhawk

I love this list. I previously avoided dubstep because of the crap on the radio, but this really opened my eyes. Fallen actually made me cry, and listen again and again. Believe me, everybody, when I say that this guy is worth checking out. Some of this kind of dubstep has touched my heart.

2 Superhuman - Juventa

This song is melodic poetry. There's a lot of musical contrast in this song, from the calming intro dub to the unexpected drop a few minutes in, but the lyrics are just as touching and evocative in each case. It's a heavy piece, which can often be overdone in mainstream genre, but in this, the drop is practically perfectly executed, and not with piles of noise thrown in. Even though one would consider it energising, one can chill out to it as much as one can party to it. It's what heavy dubstep should have been, and it is tracks like this that would have given it a suitable reputation as a genre. - PositronWildhawk

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3 Underwater - Bassnectar

This is a track that really reflects on the musical surprises that dubstep can unveil. It's a sudden drop, but it's a sudden change of melody, one which is the equivalent of switching from Mozart to Queen in the blink of an eye. It's not a loss of audibility, it's an unthinkable musical contrast which works. And again, the melancholy female vocals have staggering effect each time. So don't say that dubstep is all the same, because this proves you wrong. - PositronWildhawk

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4 Symbols - Electus

Every Electus song is different, as he always finds something new to do with his music. In this, Electus has employed the sounds which one would typically find in a "mish-mashy" heavy song, and used it in chillout music, which goes to show how dubstep can be used inventively for many different purposes. - PositronWildhawk

5 Raise Your Weapon - Deadmau5

Great list Positron Wildhawk if only others stuck to this when promoting their genres.

A sad and figurative song, which contrasts the themes of peace and war, as with progressive house and heavy breakbeat. The song, I think, makes use of the background music in expressing the devastating impact, the distinctive change, in a loveless relationship. The light and fresh rhythm in the first four minutes is more soft, and more ordered. So it's not a boring intro to one side, or a ruination of the other, as critics of this song tend to take one side of. It's a plot twisted poem in musical form, and it saddens me that few see that. - PositronWildhawk

About half of all melodic dubstep fall into this category - styLIShT

Not even really a dubstep song but whatever. I mean, it has elements of dubstep but for the most part it's a progressive house track. Very good. - Lasvegasxavier

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6 Breathe - Fred

A track which takes an ambient-downtempo vibe, places some syncopated vibes on top of it, and becomes beautiful. I often enjoy chilling out to this song, and really connecting with its haunting lyrics. - PositronWildhawk

7 Blue - Gemini

The drop to this track is violent and gritty, but it's put to excellent use, which is more than I can say for most similar tracks. And it's got powerful lyrics as well, which I think not everyone understands, because a common misquote is "you know it's alright when you're gonna bring it down". They are in fact, "you know it's over, and we're going to break down." - PositronWildhawk

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8 My Love Is a Weapon - Skrux

As you begin to hear this, it sounds slightly mainstream, but that's before you hear the drop! If there was to be a transition to improve the mainstream form of the genre, start here. - PositronWildhawk

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9 Archangel - Burial

Burial isn't your traditional dubstep artist. His work is much more atmospheric than most other dubstep.

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10 Now We Are Free - Enigma

There's something reminiscent of Moby to this track. And if you think that's an impudent thought, give it a listen. - PositronWildhawk

The Contenders

11 A World of Peace - Jacoo

An uplifting piece, one which tells you a horrible truth about humankind, but gives you hope in getting through it. - PositronWildhawk

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12 Frag Out - DJ ASSASS1N
13 Breakn' a Sweat - The Doors and Skrillex UListen to Sample
14 I Remember - Tristam UListen to Sample
15 December - Seven Lions UListen to Sample
16 Dance Yrself Clean - LCD Soundsystem

Really breaks the stereotypes and cliches that stagnate dubstep. Mainly by not being dubstep. - BlarchBlaces

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17 Steps - Kasbo
18 Your Misery - Electus
19 One Up - Electus
20 Illustrated - Tidal Wave
21 Let Me Go - Rico & Miella, KDrew
22 Illustrated - Trepidation
23 KDrew - The Last Train To Paradise
24 Home - Above & Beyond UListen to Sample
25 Arkasia - Soldiers
26 Rise Above - Electus
27 Rogue - Electus
28 Losing Control - Skream UListen to Sample
29 Another Home - Koven UListen to Sample
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