10 Songs That Defined UKG

Friday, 05 May 2017

Some of the most popular artists dominating the charts in 2017 have sounds that can be traced back to UK Garage - the genre that birthed dubstep, grime and UK Funky.

Ahead of 51st State, we’ve brought together some of the best UK Garage tracks for you to enjoy, so turn it up and get ready for the big day!


Todd Edwards “Saved My Life” (1995)

Seamless sampling and a relentless beat make this track from Garage legend Todd Edwards a timeless classic.


Tina Moore "Never Gonna Let You Go" (Kelly G Bump-N-Go Vocal Mix) (1997)

Arguably the first big UK Garage hit, this remix outperformed the original version and became the version that everyone recognises.


MJ Cole “Sincere” (1998)

M.J. Cole shot Garage properly into the public consciousness with ‘Sincere’, reaching 14 in the UK charts. Here’s the album’s timeless title-track.


Ramsey & Fen feat Lynsey Moore "Love Bug" (1998)

‘Love Bug’ from Bug Records founders Ramsey & Fen makes our list - a proper anthem which crossed over from Garage into the mainstream.


Shola Ama “Much Love (Dream Teem Remix)” (1998)

Giving the original R ‘n’ B single a Garage upgrade, Dream Teem’s remix adds a souped-up sweetness to Shola Ama’s words.

Wookie "Scrappy" (1999)

Slipping effortlessly from chilled-out hip hop throwback to a shuffling beat, this gem from Wookie is guaranteed to get you up on your feet.


Zed Bias “Neighbourhood” (1999)

A track that needs little introduction, Zed Bias’ “Neighbourhood” is a stone cold classic from 1999 that dominated the London pirates and entered the UK charts at number 25.


DJ Luck & MC Neat “With a Little Bit of Luck” (1999)

You don’t need us to tell you about this one! Just hearing those opening synths transports us all back to London nights, heaving dancefloors, and bleary mornings…


Shola Ama "Imagine" (Club Asylum Remix) (1999)

Originally cool and effortless, Club Asylum mashes up ‘Imagine’ until it has a genuine urgency, without losing any of its soul.


Artful Dodger "Movin’ Too Fast" feat. Romina Johnson (2000)

One of the genre’s defining songs, ‘Movin’ Too Fast’ just missed out on the top spot in early 2000. Be sure to catch Artful Dodger at this year’s 51st State - who knows, you may even hear this classic live!