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The Best Songs of 2023 – DJ Mix

It’s always incredibly fun looking back over the whole year in music and piecing together the best parts like a jigsaw. This is the sixth instalment in my year end “Best Songs of 20XX” DJ mixes and it was incredibly hard to pick the songs that would fit into just one hour. That’s why there’s 52 of them, and it goes from 120 beats per minute all the way up to a blistering 174bpm.

There was a huge return of 90s influences in 2023, epitomised by Calvin Harris’ “Miracle” replete with echoing piano runs and soaring, pitched up vocals. Rave and Drum & Bass also had strong resurgences, ratcheting up the bpms and breaking through into pop with tunes like Charlotte Haining and goddard.’s “High Hopes”.

For me personally, I got to have a lot of fun DJing at some of the biggest events of my life, from the back of a float in the World Pride Mardi Gras in Sydney (a combined audience of 100,000!), to a basement in London, the middle of the Tasmanian bush, and Canva celebrations in Manila and Austin. It’s always the biggest thrill playing both new and unexpectedly retro tunes to crowds who are up for a good time, and you were all great crowds 🥳

So take a listen to the mix, and I hope it serves as a great hallmark of the year that was 2023 and all the good memories you’ve had wherever you went.

You can download the full mix as an mp3, or listen to it on Soundcloud:


  1. Elderbrook – I’ll Be Around
  2. FISHER – Atmosphere
  3. Tiesto, Tears For Fears, NIIKO X SWAE, GUDFELLA – Rule The World (Everybody)
  4. Tibasko – Hawt
  5. Monki – Feels Darker
  6. Plump DJs – Dreamland
  7. Boku – About You
  8. Baynk – Naked (1-800 Girls Remix)
  9. Prospa – Heartbeat (Dance The Night Away)
  10. Ultra Nate, Pete Tong, Jules Buckley, LP Giobbi – Free (Do What U Want) (LP Giobbi Club Edit)
  11. MK – Take My Chance
  12. Jessie Ware – Free Yourself
  13. Hayden James & AR/CO – We Could Be Love
  14. Tiesto – Lay Low
  15. Cartin – Flashback
  16. Tony Touch – Apaga La Luz (David Guetta Remix)
  17. The Chemical Brothers – No Reason
  18. Mura Masa – rise
  19. Oden & Fatzo – Dirty Cuts
  20. Skrillex – RATATA
  21. Noizu & Westend – Push To Start
  22. TECH IT DEEP – Maria Maria
  23. Trinix & Fafá de Belém – Emorio (Remix)
  24. Amtrac – Nobody Else
  25. Skrillex & Bobby Raps – Leave Me Like This
  26. Major Lazer & James Hype – Number 1
  27. Meduza – Upside Down (feat. Poppy Baskcomb)
  28. Depeche Mode – Ghosts Again (Massano Remix)
  29. Argy, Omnya – Aria
  30. MK, Dom Dolla – Rhyme Dust
  31. Zerb, Sofiya Nzau – Mwaki
  32. Jamie Jones – Lose My Mind
  33. LF SYSTEM – Big Sax
  34. Silk – Quiver
  35. John Summit, Hayla – Where You Are
  36. DEL-30, Meduza – Sparks feat. Mali-Koa
  37. Cassian, Anyma (ofc) – Save Me feat. Poppy Baskcomb
  38. Innellea – Rebellious Learning – Five Phases Project (2/5)
  39. Skrillex, Flowdan, Fred again.. – Rumble
  40. Diffrent – Live And Direct
  41. Matt Guy – Wait No More
  42. Josh Dorey – Feed Your Soul
  43. Kettama – Fly Away XTC
  44. Marlon Hoffstadt, DJ Daddy Trance – It’s That Time
  45. Boys Noize, Skrillex – Fine Day Anthem
  46. Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding – Miracle
  47. Charlotte Haining, goddard. – High Hopes
  48. Krakota – Rhythm House
  49. Sub Focus – Calling For A Sign (TIIGS Bootleg)
  50. Tantrum Desire – Bring It
  51. Trigga, Chase & Status, Irah, Flowdan, Bou – Baddadan
  52. Wilkinson – Infinity (feat. Iiola, Tom Cane, & ILIRA)
Cameron Adams Cameron Adams is a co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Canva, where he leads the design & product teams and focuses on future product directions & innovative experiences. Read a bit more about him ›