At the turn of the millennium there was a complete shift in direction from many producers and the sound of Happy hardcore as we knew it was about to change for good. Moving toward a tougher, trance influenced sound with a more polished end product. Naturally, there would still be plenty of room for the old faithful cheesy vocal accompaniment for which we have all grown to love and most definitely sing along to as we raved our way through the night. Here we will take a look back at 10 tracks from a golden era, an era where there was a real mix of styles and anything went in each artists quest to create a future anthem and direction for the scene. Ponder & HB - White Widow (Elation Recordings) Released in 2003, this heavily euphoric trance lead track is a work of art. Featured on the 2003 Hardcore Heaven Album "Live at The Sanctuary" and still holds up to this very day. The Omen - Ghetto Blaster (Go Mental Dark) If you ever attended Future Dance then this is a track you will know all about. A cheeky sample of New year's Day by U2 and Ghetto Blaster has you hooked. Brisk & Fade - Skillz & Stylez (Blatant Beats) What a duo these 2 were in the early Noughties, tough beats and a catchy riff make this tune an instant classic. Ham - Remembering The Time (Next Generation Records) Another fresh outta the school for fluffy synths and heavy kicks, Ham certainly delivered with this monster. A real hands in the air piece of magic. Marc Smith vs Safe And Sound - Identify the beat (Bonkerz) Slightly darker and equipped with a thud of a kick, Identify The Beat destroyed many a dance floor after it's release in 2001. Energy & Blackout - Crazy Styles (Vinal & Devotion Remix) (Nu Energy) A staple inclusion in any Freeform set from that era, big build with a killer drum and bass lead breakdown made this a warm favourite at raves across the land. 2 Damn Tuff - Blow the Roof (TNC Recordings) Whether it be a whistle or a horn in your hand you would almost certainly be blowing along to this as you danced the night away. Simple, catchy and hard as nails. UFO & Marley - Connections (Raver Baby) Party people in the place are you ready to express...? They certainly were when this modern anthem erupted onto the scene in 2002. Scott Brown & Brisk - The Chase (Evolution Records) A pop vocal (Kosheen if you want to know the original for this) and hardcore go hand in hand, which is certainly true for this creation. You were in for a treat if you managed to 'Catch' this record on a night out. Scott brown - Rock You Softly (Evolution Records) This could be one of, it not the greatest Hardcore track from any era. Scott Brown we salute you! Played absolutely everywhere since it's 2003 release, a absolute gem of the highest order. Shall we have a bonus track? Oh go on then...It's a classic which many of you who went raving back then will remember... DJ Pulsedriver - Mad World Technically not a hardcore tune but it turned out to be a huge anthem thanks to the magic of pushing the pitch right up to the maximum. Mad World, the dance remix of the Tears For Fears classic from the 80's was a big hit in Europe along with other Pulsedriver hits like Cambodia. Anyway, a certain DJ Kaos who fronted the excellent Future Dance Raves back in the day used to slam this out at what felt like 180bpm and it filled up dancefloors and got everyone dancing their heads off. Now if you want to play it at the speed you may remember it at then all you need to do is play it, go to settings on the Youtube video for it and change it to 1.25 playback speed and enjoy some seriously bouncy and euphoric early noughties nostalgia! Your Tracks? What's your favourite Hardcore tunes of the early 2000's? Let us know in the comments below.