Friday Fun: Darude’s Sandstorm 20 years

Darude’s classic dance hit ‘Sandstorm’ turns 20 years old today or some days earlier depending on the source. It is perhaps one of dance music’s most famous creations – a timeless classic from the so-called “golden era” of trance in the late 90s and early 00s. That music was made by Finnish DJ and musician Darude. This 90s dance banger is to be played on repeat for 24 hours by Finnish radio station HitMix that is holding a big celebration to mark the 20-year anniversary of Darude’s Sandstorm this Friday. The tune was released in Finland in 1999 and later on other countries. It is easily one of the most recognizable tracks in the history of EDM: It’s possible you won’t recognise the name of the song, but it’s almost certain you will have heard it. Here is the music video:

Why I am writing on this. Because this is a known song and it is from Finland. And because I have met Darude many years ago at Assembly computer festival when his new hit was played for the first time in year 2000 (and I was involved in making that happen on the event so that would be played on the screen and in broadcast).

Back to sandstorm. How Darude’s “Sandstorm” Became the EDM Track Everyone on the Web Knows. It was part of official NYE celebrations as Finland Timed The Exact Stroke Of 2017 With The Drop In ‘Sandstorm’.

Over years there has been very many versions of the song made. Here are links to some of them:

Darude’s Sandstorm has been remixed by a Finnish orchestra.

Darude – Sandstorm on Eight Floppy Drives

Sandstorm with electric toothbrushes

Darude Sandstorm – 8051 Microcontroller

Darude – Sandstorm (Live Keyboard Playing Remix)



  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Darude “Sandstorm” Deconstructed

    The most abused song on youtube, scientifically dissected. Good job. Exceptional work. :)

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Darude watching the internet’s best ‘Sandstorm’ memes

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Darude – Sandstorm (Electric Toothbrush Cover)

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Some later music

    Darude – Out Of Control (Original)

    Darude – Out Of Control (Back For More)

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A star of the global EDM community since the late 1990s, Darude has been touring the world for 18 years since achieving worldwide fame with his number one hit, Sandstorm.


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