Label: R&S
Year: 1991

Why?: The tune that introduced everyone to the hoover

Well, you may call it the Hoover, or the Mentasm, or the Dominator... it depends on where you first heard that undeniably catchy riff. Second Phase, aka Joey Beltram and Mundo Muzique, dropped "Mentasm" in 1991 on Belgian label R&S, and the riff has been used by everyone: it's shown up in numerous drum & bass tunes, as well as tracks by Steve Aoki, Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," and music by Rihanna, Rita Ora, and others. That's it, really; sure, it feels like a PROPA RAVE, MATE!, but the lasting quality is that riff. And it still goes off.