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Tiësto's Ultimate Playlist


Tiësto is nothing less than a giant of dance music, finding success in the mid-90s before steadily growing into arguably the most famous DJ on the planet. In 2009 he broke records by performing to a crowd of 25,000 in London's Victoria Park and he is constantly on tour around the world alongside playing residencies in Las Vegas.

We caught up with him to delve into his favourite records, and discover his Ultimate Playlist - including some tracks that you wouldn't automatically associate with a dance legend. Read on and discover them all...

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Tiësto's new single Red Lights is available to download from February 23

Find out all the latest from Tiësto at his website


Favorite sad song

"My favorite sad song is A Great Big World’s Say Something. It’s a beautiful song and I heard it on the Victoria’s Secret show last year. The guy was singing it live from the piano and we saw all the models walking by. It’s a beautiful sad song."


Favourite movie soundtrack song

"My favorite movie soundtrack song is actually from SIA, Diplo and the Weekend. They made a song together for The Hunger Games called Elastic Heart."


Favourite song from your childhood

"Almost every song from ABBA. My mom used to play ABBA all the time at home so I can dream of their songs. I think my favorite ABBA song is The Winner Takes it All."


Favourite club anthem

"My favorite club anthem’s always different. Every night is different. And if I have to pick one right now I would say a track from Oliver Heldens. It’s called Gecko and it’s a very deep, tech track. I released it on my label Musical Freedom and every DJ in the world is playing it right now so it’s one of those tracks that fits in every DJ set."


Favourite novelty song/one-hit wonder

"My favorite one hit wonder has got to be the song by Gotye and it’s hilarious that the track’s called Somebody That I Used to Know!"


Favourite lyric from a song

"My favorite lyric of a song is the one from Icona Pop I Love It because the lyrics don’t make sense at all… like “I crashed my car into the bridge, I don’t care, I love it”. It’s the weirdest lyrics ever, but everybody loves it."


Favourite song that no one else has heard of

"Probably a song I made and never released. I once made a song about the pyramids. It was a long time ago. And it’s 15 minutes long and it has all kinds of elements in there and no-one ever heard it because I never released it."


Favourite song to hear at a wedding

"My favorite song to hear at a wedding is probably the wedding song when the bride walks down the aisle…Dun da a da dun dunn."


Favourite Current song

"My favorite song at the moment is by John Legend. It’s called All Of Me. It’s actually a great wedding song as well. He wrote it for his wife and it’s a beautiful song. Beautiful lyrics. Very emotional and pretty song."


Favourite song from your own music

"My favorite song from my own music is always hard to pick. It’s like asking a mom, “what’s your favorite child?” It’s hard to pick one. So I would say from my old older songs, like the ones I made back in the days, from the trance-y years, I’d say Adagio for Strings."


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