By Adam Stewart
I mean really, who can honestly say that dance music hasn't become a global phenomenon? After 10 days of polling, and over 34,000 votes tallied from 108 countries, the masses have spoken in our quest to find the biggest track to come out of Miami Music Week 2011. Our Dutch friend Tiësto, and collaborator Mark Knight came in with a landslide win in the final days with their #1 Beatport smash, "Beautiful World," featuring Dino.
When the poll first launched, Skrillex's remix of Benny Benassi's "Cinema" was neck and neck with Calvin Harris' Miami Monster "Awooga," and Dirty South's remix of Diddy Dirty Money's "Coming Home" stayed in the hunt in third place. But in the waning days of our poll, Tiësto and Mark Knight fans came through with a late effort placing the collaboration on top, scoring nearly 15,000 votes.
Not to be ignored was Sander Van Doorn's "Koko," which did not make our initial list of nominations, but was undoubtedly a fan favorite, and the topic of many reader comments. For this, we bestow a well-deserved Honorable Mention to SVD and his rabid following.
But in the end, it was the mighty Tiësto who reigned supreme. MTV News had a chance to catch up with him just before he took the stage as the headliner for Ultra Music Festival's opening night a few weeks back.
"It's amazing to see that song is doing so well," Tiësto said of his track's success on the Beatport charts. "Mark Knight approached me [and said], 'Hey let's do a song together!' So I'm like, 'Yeah!' " And from there the pair was off and running, with an approach that was perhaps a little atypical for the two
"I sent him that sound loop, and he put that melody in the middle. It's amazing; it's the best of both of us," he explained. "But you would think it's the other way around — that he made the melody and I made the techno drive, but I made the techno drive and he made the melody!"
Regardless of who put their Midas touch on which part of the track, there is no denying that "Beautiful World" is massive, and will remain in our memories and iPod's as a Miami anthem for years to come.
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