Ah, the mix album. For as long as there’ve been DJs spinning hours and hours of music, there’ve been compilation records that aim to bring that same vibe to your walkman/boombox/tapedeck. They’re as much of an institution in EDM as light toys and gogo dancers. Ultra Records has the unique position of having the biggest names in the biz under their rather large umbrella, so you can bet their annual mix will be a solid group of tunes.

Armin van Buuren, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Krewella, Diplo…it’s really an all-star gathering of EDM headliners. That’s both a boon and a curse, I think. There’s no new music on this compilation. What it does have are a lot of popular songs that have been collected in a double-disc set. Could you make a similar playlist on Spotify? Probably, but that requires effort, and really, who has thirty minutes to put together 24 tracks?! That’s — literally — what DJs are for.

In all seriousness, this isn’t a bad collection of tracks. If by some miracle you’re unfamiliar with the EDM Scene™ in general, this is a pretty good crash course in what and who’s popular at the moment. Here are some of my favorite cuts:

Ultra Dance 15 Tracklist:

Disc 1

1. Hardwell feat. Matthew Koma – Dare You (Extended Mix)
2. Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) (Radio Edit)
3. Britney Spears – Work B**ch (DANK (USA) Clean Club Mix)
5. Capital Cities – Safe And Sound (Cash Cash Remix)
6. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – Blurred Lines (Will Sparks Remix)
7. One Direction – Best Song Ever (Jump Smokers Remix)
8. Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like (Extended Mix)
9. Kaskade & Project 46 – Last Chance (Extended)
10. Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo – Boneless
11. Tegan and Sara – Closer
12. Headhunters feat. Krewella – United Kids of the World

Disc 2

1. Diplo & GTA – Boy Oh Boy
2. Blasterjaxxx – Faith (Extended Mix)
3. Dimaro & Ahzee – Drums (Original Extended Mix)
4. Congorock & Nom De Strip – Minerals
5. Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman feat Anna Yvette – Silver Sun (Original Mix)
6. Cash Cash feat Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home
7. Benny Benassi – Back to the Pump (Extended)
8. Contiez feat. Treyy G – Trumpsta (Djuro Clean Remix)
9. Hadouken! – Levitate
10. DJ Fresh VS Diplo feat. Dominique Young Unique – Earthquake
11. Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me (Original Mix)
12. Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Vocal Edit)

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