by: Austria Masim
by: Austria Masim
Feb 1, 2021
Armin van Buuren broadcasted the historic 1000th episode of A State of Trance on January 21, 2021, rounding off a nearly 21-year-long run of ASOT installments—but the party isn’t over just yet. A little over a week after the radio serial’s landmark episode, van Buuren is further commemorating the accomplishment with a two-hour long Celebration Mix album.
ASOT 1000 reached more than 50 million fans from 121 different countries during a five-hour-long episode that played host to an unveiling of the event anthem, “Turn The World Into A Dancefloor.” During the episode, van Buuren also announced the Turn The World Into A Dancefloor live, in-person trance festival scheduled to take place from September 3–4, 2021 at Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
As if that weren’t enough, the special live episode also served as the platform for van Buuren’s revelation of the top 50 trance tracks of all-time, thereby completing “ASOT Top 1000,” a 1000-song playlist comprising the “finest in trance and progressive of ASOT” based on fan votes. The concluding 50 cuts included timeless staples such as 4 Strings’ “Take Me Away (Into The Night),” Oceanlab’s “Satellite,” Gareth Emery’s “Sanctuary,” Rank 1’s “Airwave,” and the most favorite trance track of all-time according to listeners, Tiësto’s “Adagio For Strings.”
Now, the icing on the ASOT cake comes in the form of A State Of Trance 1000 – Celebration Mix (Mixed by Armin van Buuren). The two-hour mix of fan-selected favorites, delivered in LP form, not only points to how fans have shaped the sound of ASOT but also how they’ve helped it become less of a platform for music discovery and more of a community.
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