It’s hard enough to compile a list of the 10 most influential tracks of the past year in a particular subgenre without having it be quite as fresh sounding and, quite frankly, saturated as trap became during 2012. Sure, you could point to people like Bassnectar, Araab Muzik and Sliink who had been making ‘trap’ music before 2012, but the fact stands that it made such a large surge in the past 12 months that’s its presence was undeniable and unavoidable. While it certainly had a polarizing effect for many, the many remixes and some trap originals that cropped up gave a large stage to producers whose music would otherwise be relegated to their bedrooms, their work instead finding a home in mainstage sets by Diplo, Dillon Francis and Skrillex.
This was definitely one of the hardest categories to pick because of how much trap evolved in such a short period of time. However, there is no denying that these tracks made the biggest impact in the subgenre and represent the artists like Flosstradamus, Baauer, RL Grime, Luminox and TNGHT that made this year such a big one for trap.