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The ARIA Music Award for Best Dance Release, is an award presented at the annual ARIA Music Awards, which recognises "the many achievements of Aussie artists across all music genres",[1] since 1987. It is handed out by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), an organisation whose aim is "to advance the interests of the Australian record industry."[2] To be eligible, the recording (an album or single) must have been commercially released. The award is presented to an artist within the dance genre. The accolade is voted for by a judging school, which comprises between 40 and 100 members of representatives experienced in this genre, and is given to a solo artist, group, production team or various artist compilation, who is either from Australia or an Australian resident.[3]

ARIA Award for Best Dance Release
Presented byAustralian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)
First awarded1995
Currently held byPnau, "Go Bang" (2018)

The award for Best Dance Release was first presented to Itch-E and Scratch-E in 1995 for their single, "Sweetness and Light".[4][5][6] In the following year FSOM won the award for their album Chapter One.[7] Pnau has won the award the most times, with three wins.[7]

Winners and nomineesEdit

In the following table, the winner is highlighted in a separate colour, and in boldface; the nominees are those that are not highlighted or in boldface.

  Winner marked in a separate colour
Year Winner(s) Album/single title
Itch-E and Scratch-E "Sweetness and Light"
Boxcar "What Are You So Happy About"
Quench "Dreams"
Renegade Funktrain "I Wonder"
The Rockmelons "Stronger Together"
Single Gun Theory Flow, River Of My Soul
FSOM Chapter One
DJ Darren Briais vs DJ Pee Wee Ferris "I Feel It"
Infusion Smoke Screen
Itch-E and Scratch-E "Howling Dog"
Renegade Funktrain Renegade Funktrain
Pendulum "Coma"
Boo Boo and Mace! "Flowers in the Sky"
The Lord's Garden Journey
Our House Floorspace
Wicked Beat Sound System Music from the Core
Sgt Slick White Treble Black Bass
Endorphin Embrace
Friendly Hello Bellybutton
Frontside "Dammerung" / "Mind Distortion"
Peewee Ferris Social Narcotic
Josh G Abrahams Sweet Distorted Holiday
B(if)tek "Bedrock"
Fatt Dex Jus' Funkin
Honeysmack Walk on Acid
Sonic Animation "Love Lies Bleeding"
Pnau Sambanova
Chili Hi Fly Is it Love
Madison Avenue "Don't Call Me Baby"
Sonic Animation Orchid for the Underworld
Wicked Beat Sound System Inna Styles
The Avalanches Since I Left You
Infusion Phrases and Numbers
Love Tattoo Bass Has Got Me Movin'
Paul Mac "Just the Thing"
Sgt Slick "Let It Ride"
Paul Mac 3000 Feet High
1200 Techniques "Karma"
Gerling "Dust Me Selecta"
Katalyst Manipulating Agent
Love Tattoo Love Tattoo
Rogue Traders "One of My Kind"
1200 Techniques "Eye of the Storm"
Disco Montego Disco Montego
Gerling "Who's Ya Daddy?"
Wicked Beat Sound System New Soul Breaks
Infusion "Girls Can Be Cruel"
Cam Farrar Wasted
NuBreed The Original
Cut Copy "Future"
Mr Timothy "I Am Tha 1"
Infusion Six Feet Above Yesterday
Bodyrockers "I Like the Way (You Move)"
Deepface "Been Good"
Dirty South "Sleazy"
Rogue Traders "Voodoo Child"
TV Rock featuring Seany B "Flaunt It"
Dirty South Dirty South EP
Paul Mac Panic Room
Sneaky Sound System "I Love It"
The Presets Beams
Sneaky Sound System Sneaky Sound System
Gotye Mixed Blood
Hook N Sling and Kid Kenobi "The Bump"
poxyMusic "She Bites"
TV Rock versus Dukes of Windsor "The Others"
The Presets Apocalypso
Cut Copy In Ghost Colours
Mobin Master "Show Me Love"
Pnau Pnau
The Potbelleez "Don't Hold Back"
The Presets "Talk Like That"
Hook N Sling "The Best Thing"
Sneaky Sound System 2
Tommy Trash "Need Me to Stay"
Zoë Badwi "Release Me"
Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP "We No Speak Americano"
Art vs. Science "Magic Fountain"
Miami Horror "Sometimes"
Midnight Juggernauts The Crystal Axis
Pendulum Immersion
Cut Copy Zonoscope
Bag Raiders Bag Raiders
Miami Horror Illumination
Pnau Soft Universe
The Potbelleez From the Music
Ivan Gough and Feenixpawl featuring Georgi Kay "In My Mind"
Havana Brown When the Lights Go Out
Hermitude HyperParadise
Knife Party Rage Valley
Sneaky Sound System From Here to Anywhere
Flume Flume
Jagwar Ma Howlin'
The Potbelleez "Saved in a Bottle"
The Presets Pacifica
Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar "High"
Flume and Chet Faker "Drop The Game"
Nicky Night Time Everybody Together
RÜFÜS "Sundream"
The Presets "No Fun"
RÜFÜS "You Were Right"
Alison Wonderland Run
Flight Facilities Down to Earth
Hayden James "Something About You"
Peking Duk featuring SAFIA "Take Me Over"
Flume Skin
Hayden James "Just a Lover"
L D R U "Keeping Score" (feat. Paige IV)"
The Avalanches Wildflower
Pnau "Chameleon"
Dom Dolla & Torren Foot "Be Randy"
Jagwar Ma Every Now & Then
Peking Duk "Stranger" (featuring Elliphant)
The Kite String Tangle The Kite String Tangle
Pnau "Go Bang"
Alison Wonderland Awake
Fisher "Losing It"
Peking Duk "Fire"
Rüfüs Du Sol "No Place"


  1. ^ "ARIA Awards 2011 overview". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  2. ^ "What We Do". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  3. ^ "ARIA 2011 - Eligibility Criteria and Category Definitions" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Winners by Year 1995". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2013. Note: ARIA introduces the 1995 Awards page with a summary section that includes "The Best Pop/Dance Release was this year split into two categories, won by Tina Arena and Itch-e & Scratch-e respectively". The main listing of the awards does not show any information on 'The Best Dance Release' category. However, the winners and nominees were published in ARIA's 1996 Yearbook.
  5. ^ McFarlane, 'Itch-E & Scratch-E' entry. Archived from the original on 30 September 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Jeff; Meldrum, Ian (2007). Molly Meldrum Presents 50 Years of Rock in Australia. Melbourne, Vic: Wilkinson Publishing. p. 230. ISBN 978-1-921332-11-1.
  7. ^ a b ARIA Award previous winners. "Winners By Award - 27th ARIA Awards 2013". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 1 March 2014.

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