Drum & Bass had been steadily growing in popularity throughout the '90s but in the year 2000 in stepped up its game. Whereas before the scene had been split between the comedy Jump Up records, the dark and intelligent Tech Step tracks, and the Jazzy rollers it was time for things to finally come together. A heavy new sound was taking center stage with a handful of producers leading the charge. The tracks were heavy as hell, techy, dark but uplifting which brought everyone together and united the scene. So let's take a look at some of the tracks that led the scene into the new millennium, narrowing it down to ten wasn't easy at all. J Majik - The Lizard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v5SG3MzTD2wM J Majik has been at the forefront of the scene since the early jungle days and he had a reputation for pushing boundaries. The Lizard is as heavy as it gets and it twists from a piano house sampling anthem to a filthy roller. It literally tore speakers apart when it was released after DJ's were lulled into a false sense of security by its seemingly nice intro. Trace - Sonar (Trace & Optical Remix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?vkwNE6bCc9iI What happens when two legends combine in a new millennium? Absolute carnage that's what. The original of this track was big but the Trace & Optical mix was immense. When this was played on the big systems it literally felt like your face was melting. E-Z Rollers - RS 2000 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v4Ws0HP79cRc E-Z Rollers had hit some commercial success previous to this thanks to Walk This Land but RS 2000 was different. Whilst it maintained their signature Jazzyness they distorted that funky bassline to masterful effect. If this was dropped in the middle of a dark and heavy set the place would erupt in crazy dancing and a sea of smiles. Bad Company - 4-Days (Moving Fusion Remix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v9pVorGNsvcs Bad Company completely owned the year 2000 and the new sound it was embracing. In fact, we could have easily just had a top ten of their tracks for the year 2000. Moving Fusion had a string of their own hits that year and this remix of 4-Days is still remembered as an all-time great. Ram Trilogy - Titan https://www.youtube.com/watch?vnwkzDNU5B2Q Andy C, Ant Miles, and Shimonwrote some legendary tracks as Ram Trilogy but perhaps none more so than Titan. Titan is dark and brooding with psychedelic atmospherics and bassline that's almost wobbly. If you went to any event for the next few years you were guaranteed to hear this. Digital - Deadline https://www.youtube.com/watch?v5Kz1sNDdPOI If you were raving in 2000 and this track came on you probably stopped dancing, just for a second. The scene had never heard anything like it before and it went on to influence the sub-genre Half-Step. It's a mental tune and as soon as those rave stabs kicked in it was reach for the skies and brock out, if you could work out how. Moving Fusion - Turbulence https://www.youtube.com/watch?vXMEdORkINm4 We said earlier that Moving Fusion had plenty of classics and this is perhaps their biggest. That hollow bass sound with its heavy interludes rolled around arenas all over the world. It was an absolute masterpiece and deserves its place in any classics set. Dillinja - Nasty Ways https://www.youtube.com/watch?vMMD-C-znDuM Just because a tune has a sweet vocal doesn't mean it can't be heavier than a concrete Rhino. We all wanted some nasty ways in 200 and Dillinja really served it up on this one. Listening back the bassline could almost foresee the Clownstep sound that would come and split the Drum & Bass world apart a few years later but at the time it was new and awesome. Bad Company & Trace - Flashback (Tumpa) https://www.youtube.com/watch?vee3mK7nCDGA Bad Company, or BCUK as they were otherwise known, was a group made up of DJ Fresh, Maldini, Vegas, and D-Bridge. Flashback was a huge anthem in 2000 thanks in no small part to its Old Skool sounding breakdown and vocal. That fused with the relentless bassline made for something that crushed the dancefloor each and every time. Dom & Roland - Can't Punish Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?vsY5RtqoRonk Can't Punish Me is one of the all-time greats of the Drum & Bass scene and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise doesn't have clue what they're talking about. It starts with a synth line that almost sounds like it'll be Liquid but builds to a huge bassline that's dark and nasty. Even the slightly chipmunked vocal snippets can't take away from the massive impact this tune had on the scene. That's our pick of the heaviest anthems of 2000 but there were loads more we could have chosen so what tunes do you remember crushing the dancefloors that year? Let us know in the comments.