As one of the biggest producers and pop stars of recent history, Skrillex has been able to lend his production work to a load of big names. Chance The Rapper, Damian Marley, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, and Ellie Goulding are just a handful of the artists that Sonny Moore has been able to work with since his skyrocketing to fame.
His most recent venture, a partnership with Diplo under the name Jack Ü, has yielded a few of those aforementioned collaborations, but its also brought a new level of stardom to the producer’s aura. He’s one of the biggest names in the music industry – not just rap or EDM – and has one of the most popular songs in america with the Bieber-assisted “Where Are Ü Now.”
To properly introduce Skrillex to our readership, here are his ten essential productions.
Skrillex ft Sirah – Bangarang
“Bangarang” is one of Skrillex’s biggest tracks. It was used in nation-wide ads and has garnered over 348 million views on YouTube as of today. You’d basically have to live under a rock to avoid the track completely.
Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Between the introduction and the monstrous drop, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” seriously helped to propel Skrillex, and dubstep, into the public’s eye. It’s safe to say that it was unlike anything we had ever heard before when it was released in 2010.
Skrillex & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Make It Bun Dem
Dubstep comes from the medley of Jamaica’s dub reggae and England’s 2-step garage, so it’s no shocker to see Skrillex create a track with Bob Marley’s bloodline. The two created an infectious groove that still has wheels some years later.
Skrillex – Rock N’ Roll (Will Take You To The Mountain)
If you were into dance music when it started to boom, “Rock N Roll” boasts a familiar electro sound that was employed by the likes of Steve Aoki and Porter Robinson. It’s a little outdated now, but a nice throwback if you need something to jumpstart your day.
A$AP Rocky – Wild For The Night (Explicit) ft. Skrillex, Birdy Nam Nam
A$AP Rocky is always up on his sounds, so when he used a Skrillex remix of a Birdy Nam Nam track for production on his debut album, you knew it was going to be a smash hit. With a short movie of a video, the track is a definitive banger from the 2010 decade.
Skrillex and Diplo – Where Are Ü Now ft Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber’s stock is rising, and it’s partially due to have one of the biggest songs in the world alongside Skrillex and Diplo. Off the producer duo’s Jack Ü album, the track is appealing to virtually everyone, whether you enjoy R&B, pop, electronic, or indie music.
Skrillex – Coast Is Clear ft Chance The Rapper and the Social Experiment
A little drum ‘n’ bass and a little B.I.G. creates a track that is certainly one of Skrillex’s (and Chance’s) dopest cuts.
Jack Ü – Take Ü There ft Kiesza
Diplo is a hit-maker, and Skrillex makes the club bangers. When they employed pop singer Kiesza for this EDM anthem, they succeeded at creating a song with tons of crossover appeal.
Yogi & Skrillex – Burial (ft Pusha T, Moody Good, TrollPhace)
Skrillex doesn’t have an unlimited amount of rap bangers to his name, but there are definitely a few. The one that bangs the hardest might just be “Burial,” produced alongside Yogi and featuring the one and only Pusha T.
Benny Benassi – Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
This may still be Skrillex’s defining moment: a remix of Benny Benassi’s “Cinema.” It’s a love song that turns into a stomach-twitching banger after a time-warping build-up. It played a pivotal role in EDM’s blow-up, and although you won’t hear it played out too often, it still packs a punch.