909rewind Vol. 9 – DJ Mag’s Top 100 Club Tunes… revisited (1998)

Welcome to 909rewind, a new series from 909originals that delves into the early careers of some of dance music’s biggest names, uncovering hidden gems and familiar classics from the archives.

This week, we’re doing something differently, and revisiting the tracks that were setting the world alight back in 1998.

On April 11, 1998 – 21 years ago this week – DJ Magazine published its inaugural Top 100 Club Tunes of all time list, compiled exclusively from votes from its readers, as well as top DJs of the period.

Having opened its Top 100 DJs list open to a public vote the previous year, this gave the record-buying public the opportunity to recognise their favourite club tracks of all time.

The magazine cover, April 1998

And what a project it turned out to be. Topped by Massive Attack’s Unfinished Sympathy[more than two decades later, we wonder whether anything else could top it?] the list meanders from rave to disco to house to techno, with a couple of notable additions very much rooted in the late 90s: Sash! appears twice on the list, for example. 🙂

For this week’s 909rewind, we present a near-complete DJ Mag Top 100 Club Tunes playlist, with a few exceptions: A.S.H.A.’s J.J. Tribute, early UK garage hit The Dream Team Theme, and Andy Weatherall’s remix of My Bloody Valentine’s Soon are among those that sadly can’t be found on Spotify.

But weighing in at more than nine hours, there’s plenty here to keep you reaching for the lasers till Monday morning! Oi oi! 🙂

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