Friday ear candy: Ben Harvey of SiriusXM’s Utopia shares 10 irresistible tracks

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To celebrate the recent launch of Utopia on SiriusXM (channel 55), we asked program director and all-around radio badass Ben Harvey to share 10 of his favorite tracks. 

But before we get to the ear candy, let Ben say a few words: “Utopia plays dance music from the 90’s and 2000’s. Everything from C&C Music Factory, Deborah Cox, and Marky Mark to Lady Gaga, Britney, Madonna, Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, and Chemical Brothers. It’s an extremely fun, high energy, slightly campy channel that brings back great memories! Be sure to tune in for RuPaul’s takeover the weekend of August 8.”

Check it out as soon as you can, and check out Ben’s picks below. Let them know what you think on Twitter @sxmutopia. 

“Music Sounds Better With You,” Stardust

This is the first song that launched the channel. Total feel-good song—throwback to 1999 listening to house music with your honey.  

 

“Sandstorm,” Darude

All instrumental. There are no lyrics to this song and yet it’s one of the most recognizable from the 90’s.

 

“Good Vibrations,” Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

 A guilty pleasure with lots of good early 90’s vibes. Also great memories of then-Calvin Klein model Marky Mark and his gratuitous shirtless scenes in the video. 

 

“Strike it Up,” Black Box

 Featuring vocals from the original diva, Martha Wash!

 

“One More Time,” Daft Punk

 Iconic! So impressive to see them climb back atop the charts over a decade later.

 

“Slow,” Kylie Minogue

 Arguably the sexiest queen Kylie song.

 

“Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye (4FRNT remix)

Hardly a throwback, and not entirely a dance track, but this is one of the best remixes I’ve ever heard.

 

“Call on Me,” Eric Prydz

He’s still huge in the EDM scene, and this track was truly an anthem even before he came up with his signature “Pryda snare” sound. 

 

“Gimme More,” Britney Spears (Kaskade Club remix)

 If you don’t know who Kaskade is, Google image search him. Swoon. 

 

“I’m a Scatman,” Scatman John

I used to love this in my youth, back when I was so innocent I didn’t even know what “scat” meant.

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