It's safe to say that the Millenium wasn't kind to Hardcore. Something in the nation's psyche changed and Hardcore was pretty much left for dead. Whilst 1999 had seen a change in sound it hadn't been enough to keep Hardcore on top. Whether it was the rise of UK Garage and Hard House that was killing it is unclear but the dancefloors were a lot less peace, Love and Unity and far more bravado and aggression. The producers themselves didn't help themselves either and there really wasn't much worth buying that year. Despite this fall from grace Hardcore will never die and these next tunes were welcome at such a hard time. So put on a smile and join us for ten classic Hardcore tunes from 2000. Hixxy - Warehouse https://www.youtube.com/watch?vi1wFtzp_xBs Hixxy is, of course, a mainstay of the hardcore scene and he brought in the new Millenium with this epic trance based hardcore monster. Its high energy approach, floaty synths, and massive Trance builds would go on to be a template for his soon to be created Raver Baby label that would change Hardcore forever. Sy & Unknown - Are You Afraid? https://www.youtube.com/watch?veb3aS14icjc Two more hardcore legends in the shape of Sy & Unknown were experimenting with a very different sound in 2000. Are you Afraid? is a bouncy Hard House inspired track with a wobbly bass and a whole load of samples from the movie The Lost Boys. It featured on all the big mixes at the time and is a real nostalgia trip now. DJ Kaos - Sorry https://www.youtube.com/watch?vOJw5IRuWkw4 DJ Kaos was a big name in the scene at the turn of the Millenium and was best known as the promoter of Future Dance. He was also well known for releasing numerous Hardcore bootlegs of classic pop tunes via his Future Dance label. Sorry is a massive version of Tracy Chapman's Baby Can I Hold You and is cheesy as hell. We absolutely love it though with its big vocal and Euro bassline which just pumps along. Marc Smith - Fuc*in' Trippy https://www.youtube.com/watch?vxOwQF5i_lD0 Fuc*in' Trippy was a massive slab of Freeform released on the Bonkerz label. It had a seriously banging kick and, as the title suggests, was pretty psychedelic to boot. It was also an absolute nightmare to mix if you tried it from the intro. Slipmatt & Frisky Feat. Becks - Take Care Of You (Slipmatt Mix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?vR6ofkddVgPk Take Care of You was classic Happy Hardcore in a time when that sound was very much on its way out. That doesn't stop this from being a great release and the Frisky mix on the B-side was equally as good. This is the Hardcore we all know and love. Interstate - I Died In Aberdeen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v8NwCpakCHx0 You cannot underestimate how massive this tune was in 2000. I Died In Aberdeen was, of course, Scott Brown's remix of Eiffel 65's Blue (Da Ba De) and it was an incredible mix. As always with Mr. Brown the production was years ahead of its time, you just hadn't heard Happy Hardcore as banging as this before. Once this was released you couldn't hear the original the same way again. The lyrics will forever be "I'm blue in Aberdeen I would die, in Aberdeen I would die" etc… Stealth - Love, Life & Happiness (Ham's Mix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v45usVtJPlNg Stealth was actually Brisk & Ham and this mix of Love, Life & Happiness has their signature sound running through it. Hip-Hop Samples, a great vocal and banging beats made this an instant classic on their Blatant Beats label. The style of this vocal was quite unique at the time but would go on to be the standard once Raver Baby started ruling the scene. Sharkey & Eclipse - Outta Control https://www.youtube.com/watch?vm9cHpQUqUYY Freeform Anthem Alert!!! Outta Control is an all-time classic on the Freeform scene and rightly so. It's perfect in every way from it's deep vocal sample to its '80s synth and rushing pads. This tune may have come out in 2000 but ravers had been after it for ages after it became a stand out track on Sharkey's Brainstorm mix the year before. Da Edge - Shine https://www.youtube.com/watch?vYDmsNnN6yd8 Da Edge was in fact DJ Fade and his remix of The Space Brothers Shine would be one of the standout tunes of 2000. It really is immense and has the power to reduce people to euphoric tears in an instant. If you were reaching that certain peak in the evening and this came on you were hugging your mates and singing instantly. This still holds up as one of the greatest Hardcore tracks of all time. Bang! - Break Of Dawn (Scott Brown Remix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?vYwmz4SKZqSo Scott Brown was a pioneer when it comes to UK Hardcore and his remix of Break of Dawn proves it. Hard as nails whilst maintaining the uplifting vibes of the original it became a genuine template for what would become UK Hardcore. Adding a trance edge to the mix which just took this track to the next level he managed to make something truly special. We challenge you to listen to this at full volume and not be moved by its sheer power and energy. So that's our pick of the ten best Hardcore tracks from the year 2000. We hope you enjoyed this trip back in time and please let us know if we've missed one of your favourites.