Electronic dance music's populist faction is feeling particularly exuberant right now, and with good reason: However you choose to run the numbers, commercial dance music is enjoying its moment in the sun right now, and there don't appear to be any clouds on the horizon.
The music suits the mood. So-called "EDM" is actually a hodgepodge of styles, pulling together elements of electro house, dubstep, trance and pop. What's constant is an over-the-top sense of grandeur -- the brightest colors, the biggest drops, the most ecstatic melodies -- that triumphantly wraps it all up in a huge, shiny bow.
Something else that helps unify EDM's diverse factions is the constant round robin of remixes; they also help extend the shelf life of big hits, translating familiar refrains for any given festival tent. Thus Eric Prydz repurposes M83's "Midnight City" for the club, Jakwob and Etherwood put a trancey breakbeat spin on Lana Del Rey's "Video Games," and Skrillex lends a bit of his Skrillexness to Avicii's ginormous "Levels."