1996 was an awesome year to be a hardcore raver. Thanks to the dutch and Scottish\u00a0influence that was at the forefront of 1995, it was bye bye breaks and hello to the mighty kick drum. Ravers across the UK got some serious anthems that filled up tape packs and were bashed out 20 times a night at the biggest raves of the day. We look back at the 10 anthems that made this year one of the best for Happy Hardcore and whilst we can't believe these tracks are 20 years old now for many ravers these are still daily listens and rightfully so, they're awesome, futuristic, positivity\u00a0enforcing tracks from many a young raver's carefree days. Get your whistles and your horns ready and get prepared for some serious nostalgia! Force and Styles - Heart of Gold This song was so popular even people who couldn't stand Happy Hardcore knew this one. Force and Styles were the kings of the rave back in '96 with so many anthems to choose from we went with this one because everyone knew it up and down the land. Bang - Cloudy Daze One of the early releases on Brisk and Ham's Next Generation Records label this Choooon\u00a0still sounds fresh today. Lush lyrics and an unrivalled happy vibe means this still cuts it today for many and rightfully so and if it wasn't for this we wouldn't have Shooting Star! Hixxy and Sharkey - Toytown Seriously, this is one of the biggest anthems ever from back in the day, Super heavy kick drums which only an insanely loud sound system could do full justice to. This happy track is another that people knew about even if they didn't like the music. A softer vocal version also came out but it's this mental slammer that put a smile on our faces and yes we know this version came out in '95 but it was still a slammer in '96! DJ Energy - Hardcore Fever White gloves? Check, Whistle and\/or horn? Check, Glowsticks? Check. Memorising the lyrics to Hardcore Fever and going out and having the best night of your life? you betcha! Hixxy and Bananaman - Forever Most ravers will know this as Forever Together. This awesome track deserves your attention form its driving kick drum to its awesome lyrics. We reckon this summed up many a summer romance back in the day. Dr Who - Love of My Life Based of the the Paul Elstak original. This cheeky remix has so many great elements to it from it piano breakdown to its seriously euro bouncy mid-section. A great track that summed up some great times for those who were there when it was played out. Fade and Alchemist - Keep on Tryin' What can we say about this one? Well the intro on the Slipmatt remix is a rush-inducing\u00a0moment of hardcore perfection and the lyrics are upliftingly\u00a0catchy too. Damn fast with a chunky kickdrum\u00a0helping feet shuffle up and down dancefloors across the land. Tiny Tots - Discoland Very European in sound this track is a firm favourite with ravers. If you're truly hardcore you will know this one word for word. DJ Brisk - Airhead (SMD Remix) Pitch up the lyrics, roll out the synth stabs and give us some honky tonk\u00a0piano vibes. Airhead is an anthem and that's a fact! The Vampire - Teknostorm An absolute stomper of tune we think you'll agree! Come on then, have we missed any anthems out? Let us know what yours are from '96 in the comments below! Next up: The 20 ultimate Happy Hardcore Anthems of '97 we all adored.