New to Trance?
Check out a couple
of my recs below
to grow acquainted
with the genre:
(All links keep you
within this webpage)

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1. Beautiful,
Energizing, & Repetitive:
Angel (Eteson&Nicky Dub)

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2. Uplifting Symphonic
Trance (Hard,
Repetitive-yet-Beautiful)
Everlasting (Original Mix)

[Skips intro (Skips first 2:32)]

Everlasting (Original Mix)
[Don't Skip Intro (long version)]

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3. Uplifting Symphonic:
Amnesia (SoundLift Remix)

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4. Video of a Concert
(Song is an Electro-y
Hard Electronica Anthem):
Elements of Life

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5. Yet More Anthem Trance:
5a. Old-School Soothing-yet
-Energizing Anthem:
Airwave

5b. Frenzied Euphoric
Fast Old-School (1990s)
Intense Uplifting Anthem:
Walhalla

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6. Uplifting Vocal Trance:
Just Be (Antillas Mix)

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7. Balearic Vocal Trance
(Sad/Reaffirming)
Lost (Original Chill Mix)

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8. Progressive Trance
(Harder, Multi-tempo Chill-Out):
Fake Awake (Blizzard
Remix)

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9. Uplifting Trance
(Electro-y & Latin-y):
Sounds Rushing (David
West Remix)

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10. Vocal Progressive Trance
(Laid-Back):
Punta Del Este (Beach
Mix)

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11. Vocal Trance
(Midtempo Melancholy):
Miracle

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12. Vocal Trance (Harder):
Falling
Everything (Cosmic Gate

Remix) Concert Video

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13. Progressive (fast & uplifting)
: (Wonderful Video of Penguins)
Make This Your Day
(Gareth Emery Dub Rmx)

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14. Vocal Anthem:
Nothing But You

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15. Brief Transitions:
Blossom (Lounge Mix)
In the Past

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16. Chill-Out Balearic Trance:
Sunny Tales (Original)

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17. Trance Downtempo
God Surrounds Us


What is Vocal Trance?

In general, vocal trance music refers to any trance music (of any trance genre) that has vocals.

Of the trance music I listen to, around 30% has vocals. Sometimes it is just vocal effects, without words, and these would not qualify as vocal trance, especially if the effects do not occur in most of the piece. Sometimes, the vocals are just a couple of words, either repeated, or occuring at key points. And often there are lyrics.

Unlike in pop or rock music, in trance the vocals usually are not responsible for carrying the melody & so there is unlimited freedom do to as much or as little, however the producer may want, with vocals. Also unlikely pop or rock music, vocals usually are not tightly knit, and so can proceed slowly and often impart a relaxing, soothing, or other uniquely emotional vibe. As one trance singer says, in response to the question "What makes a vocal a good vocal in your eyes?", "I think that a good vocal can bring out the emotion of the song and can invoke a certain feeling which makes the lyrics shine and enhances the melody."

The most typical arrangement for vocals in trance is that there will be slow, soothing vocals over hard and fast instruments. Very rarely will one find the types of vocals common in techno, pop, or American dance music. To compare genres, in those the accents, intonation, and beats of the vocals match with the beats of the instruments. But in trance, instead of going with the instrumental beats, the vocals usually go over the instruments & over the beat, thus proceeding at a much slower pace. Also, unlike most other genres (like pop or rock or country), lyrics are not tightly knit.

Trance's expansive vocals therefore are almost always female: the female voice more easily produces an angelic or soothingly uplifting sound than the male voice. In my aspiring-DJ database of around 650 songs I've classified for my own potential use, there are five times more songs with female vocals than with male vocals (some have both).

An article about trance notes, "The pattern for vocals usually took a course of being somewhat uplifting in nature, rather than addressing social issues or focusing on story lines that tended to focus on negative emotional subjects, such as broken hearts."


People often get confused at the difference between many lyrical vocal trance songs and Eurodance. Wikipedia explains, "Euro-Trance - Has a more open-ended structure compared to the tightly knit vocals and melodies of "classic" Eurodance. Vocals sometimes vague or repetitive without verse/chorus structure, often with echo and other effects. Often Euro-Trance has a strong synth line with ethereal chords and strong percussion."


Nowadays, the line between vocal trance and pop has blurred further. I would venture that the difference is just like that between vocal trance and eurodance, with the addition that in a lot of pop the vocals are often edgier and more aggressive, where in trance they tend to be more peaceful and calm, with the other main different difference being that pop vocals are tightly knit and the structure is more open ended in trance.


On Facebook

The left & below links
show 4 trance genres:
- Uplifting/Anthem Tr.
- Progressive Trance
- Vocal Trance
- Balearic Trance
(Within these, trance producers
often merge trance with house,
jazz, ambient, classical, indie,
electro, psy-trance, pop, hip-
hop, techno, alt., Euro/HiNRG,
Latin, chill-out, or downtempo.)
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In case you like a
couple of my
recommendations at
left, below (random
order), are more of
my all-time favorites:

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Concert Video:
Classical-Based
Distorted-Sounds Anthem:
Adagio For Strings

Beautiful, Sweet, sortof
Sad-yet-Uplifting,
Ardent-yet-Serene, Rush-giving
Vocal Trance:
Angel (Original Mix)

Euphoric Trance:
Suburban Train in concert
  • Abbreviated version vid
  • Clip w Children's Choir in Concert
  • Version w Children's Choir in Concert
Forever Today

Moving yet bright:
Horizonte (Andy Blueman
Intro Mix)


Panic Alleviation:
Deep Breath Contact (Myon
& Shane 54 Mashup)


Breath-taking, Majestic Symphonic Uplifting:
Florescence (Emotional Mix)
Florescence (Epic Mix)
The World To Come (Andy
Blueman Mix)

Florescence (Original Mix)

Chill-Out Anthem:
Driving to Heaven (Matan
Zohar Remix)


Chill-out Downtempo Trance:
Fruits & Passion (Armin's
Downtempo Mix)

A Balearic Dinner (Chill Mix)

Russian, Classical Influenced,
Melodramatic "Epic" Anthem
Trance mixed w/ Techo-Trance:
Invisible Touch (Ferry
Corsten Remix)


Vocal Symphonic Uplifting:
Arctic Kiss (Andy Blueman Remix)

More calming-energizing
Symphonic Uplifting:
L'Acrobat (Andy Blueman Remix)
True Romance (Original Mix)

Introspective Vocal:
Just Listen

Soft Melancholy Vocal:
Breaking Ties (Flow Mix)

Entrancing emotional vocal repetition:
Safe (Wherever You Are) (Rank 1 Remix)

Latin-y:
La Noche
Beyond

Hard Intense Uplifting Anthem:
Destination Sunshine

Lyrical Vocal Progressive:
See The Sun (Aurosonic
Remix)

Sirens of the Sea

Lyrical Vocal Progressive:
Rush (Arty, Dan Stone Remix)
Rush (Mat Zo)

Shamanistic-Ritual-Like:
Zanzibar

Easy Listening-ish Vocal:
Close to You

Hard Techno-y Vocal:
We Belong (Tritonal Air up
There Remix)

Reason to Believe

Hard Background Music-y:
Peace (Breakfast Remix)

Mashup of chill soft Balearic & Epic Uplifting:
Lost Together (Armin van Buuren Mashup)

Deep Progressive, Almost House:
Anjunabeach

Pop-y:
Freefalling

If you're exhausted, calm, &
emotionally drained:
Downtempo Electronic
Melancholy Progressive:
Battleship Grey

Rougher Progressive:
Scrubs (Concert Video)
Reflect

Midspeed Melancholy Vocal:
In My Memory
Ashes

Calming Flowing Uptempo
Progressive:
In Motion (Andy Blueman Remix)

Energizing-yet-Calming
Progressive:
Fever
776 Miles

Chill-Out Jazzy Progressive:
Pacific

Progressive:
Fahrenheit

Energizing Progressive:
Downhill

Opera-ish(?) Vocal Progressive:
Call of Loneliness

Very Traditional "Epic" Anthem:
Healesville Sanctuary
(Roger Shah Mix)

Birth of an Angel

Yet More Self-Affirmational Vocal:
On a Good Day (Original Mix)

More Vocal Effects:
Tuvan

Flamenco Trance:
Flamenco Mediterraneo

Ambient Chill-Out:
Tri-State

Soft Romantic Vocal:
Good for Me
On the Beach

Medium Romantic Vocal:
I Am Strong
You Take My Breath Away (DJ
Tiesto Remix)

Can You Feel It

Balearic Trance:
Body Lotion (Inspirations
Mix)

So Far

Edgy Symphonic Uplifting:
Tuvan (Andy Blueman Remix)

Rough Electro-Housey Vocal:
In And Out Of Love /
Lost Connection (Mashup)


More Vocal Trance:
Right Back
Far Away (Club Mix)
Sanctuary (Club Mix)

Varied Mixes of Same Vocal Trance Song:
Waiting (Original Mix)
Waiting (First State Remix)
Waiting (Sean Tyas Remix)
Waiting (Acoustic Version)

De-Stress/Wind-Down:
As the Rush Comes (Tiesto
Demo Mix)


Danceable Balearic w Spanish Guitar:
A Balearic Breakfast (Dance Mix)

Mix of electroy & symphonic uplifting:
Trapeze (Original)

Uplifting w Electric Guitar:
Time To Rest (Live Guitar By Eller Van Buuren)
Lenda

More Symphonic Uplifting:
Circles (Andy Blueman Remix)
Nyctalopia (Original Mix)

Cheerful Uplifting:
Long Way Back (Six Senses Remix)