There's one huge factor that contributes to much of the success of big dance tunes.
It's something always overlooked by less seasoned producers. On your producer quest you feel like there's got a be the magic solution out there, the next fancy technique that will take your production to the next level. When in reality it's as painfully as simple as just trying to achieve this:
Nearly every big dance tune has a sing-a-long factor to it (duh). Even some of the hardest drops you can sing, genre doesn't matter. Whether its Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso - Calling, Knock2 - Dashstar, Ray Volpe - Laser Beam, Martin Garrix DVLM - Tremor...all these songs have the crowd screaming at the top of their lungs every time.
It almost always boils down to a catchy drop riff or a memorable vocal hook (or both).
There's three tests I run my music through to make sure I achieve this:
1. If you played the song for your mom or an 8 year old a few times could they sing any part of it back to you?
2. If you pictured 2 ravers leaving a music festival could they describe and sing the new song they heard back to their friend?
3. Can a group of drunk bros at the bar chant it like a football/soccer chant?
Once you work this into the way you approach writing music, you'll start ditching the average demo ideas and push towards the ones that have the memorability factor to them. Just think about these 3 tests.
It's really easy to overlook the fundamentals these days with all the new technology and media out there but these are the simple tried and true principles that will level up your music. -Henry