DJ Magazine (also known as DJ Mag) is a British monthly magazine dedicated to electronic dance music and DJs.[2] Founded in 1991, the magazine is adapted for distribution in UK, USA, Spain, France, Italy, Latin America, China, S.Korea and Indonesia.

DJ Mag is also available online via their global website www.djmag.com.

Top 100 DJs

The magazine's biggest property is a list of the World's most popular DJs, called Top 100 DJs. The poll attracted over 1 million votes in 2015, making it the World's biggest music poll.[3]

English DJ Carl Cox was the first winner of the Top 100 DJs Award and Armin van Buuren currently holds the record of most overall wins with five and a record four consecutively.

The awards party for the poll was traditionally hosted at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London. For the 2011 poll, the event was hosted outside of the UK for the first time in its history, being staged at the 2011's edition of the Amsterdam dance event. The 2012 and 2013 award shows were both held on 19 October at the same event.[4][5] Until 2002, the top three had consisted of at least one British DJ, since the same year at least one Dutch DJ has featured in the top three. In 2015 the Top 100 DJs Awards Party took place as the headline moment of the Amsterdam Music Festival. Over 40,000 guests witnessed the crowning of 2015's winner's Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.[3] Following the Amsterdam event, the winning DJs were flown to London, where they performed to a sold out Brixton Academy for the Top 100 DJs London show.

Top 100 DJs is considered to be hugely important to DJs as an influencer of booking fees and their current level of popularity. DJs regularly campaign for votes, a process which is allowed by the magazine.[6] Dutch DJ Hardwell once did a skydive as part of his campaign video;[7] David Guetta regularly creates animated videos as part of his voting campaign;[7] Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike released an exclusive mix to their fans as part of their 2015 campaign.[8] However due to the weight that is placed on Top 100 DJs ranking by bookers worldwide, there have been criticisms of the poll.

Criticisms of Top 100 DJs

Top 100 DJs has been criticised as being heavily influenced by the marketing power of DJs, rather than their skill or ability. A recent article that appeared in the US edition of the Huffington Post explores this claim. Its journalist, Kevin Yu, featured an article in July 2013 entitled "DJMag Top 100 (Marketable) DJs" where he states "Over the past few years, DJ Mag has been criticized that the list is not a true representation of their skills, but instead the amount of money they can put towards "marketing."

Yu asks "Has the DJMag list transformed into a popularity contest or is it still a resemblance of the DJs talent?".[9] The list has also been criticized for not including a more balanced reflection of artists from other Electronic dance music styles and showing rankings based on less commercial mainstream DJs. A feature in The Guardian in 2010 by the journalist Ben Child entitled "What does DJ Mag's top 100 poll tell us about UK dance music? Not much" explores this further, noting that

What's surprising, at least to those of us who don't enjoy the more mainstream genres, is the paucity of artists from outside the house and trance scenes in the top 100. This has pretty much always been the case, with the odd Drum 'N' Bass or Breakbeat acts occasionally making it into the lower reaches in years gone by, but this year's situation is particularly extreme. There is just one artist Andy C whose music is not based on the standard four-to-the-floor beat pattern adopted by mainstream dance music in the top 100 - and he has been around for more than a decade and a half.[2]

As the poll is publicly voted, DJ Mag have no direct input into which DJs are featured.[6]

DJ Magazine Top Lists

Top 3 DJs 1991- present

DJ Mag top DJs voted by the Magazine (Not called Top 100 DJs)
Year1st2nd3rd
1991England Danny RamplingEngland Graeme ParkEngland Mike Pickering
1992England Smokin Jo [2][2][2]unspecifiedunspecified
1993England Aba Shanti-I [2]Argentina AlfredoEngland Stu Allan
1995England Judge Jules [2]unspecifiedunspecified
1996Barbados Carl Cox[2]unspecifiedunspecified
Top 100 DJs - Publicly Voted Lists
Year1st2nd3rd
1997Barbados Carl CoxEngland Paul OakenfoldWales Sasha
1998England Paul OakenfoldBarbados Carl CoxEngland Judge Jules
1999England Paul OakenfoldBarbados Carl CoxWales Sasha
2000Wales SashaEngland Paul OakenfoldEngland John Digweed
2001England John DigweedWales SashaUnited States Danny Tenaglia
2002Netherlands TiëstoWales SashaEngland John Digweed
2003Netherlands TiëstoGermany Paul Van DykNetherlands Armin Van Buuren
2004Netherlands TiëstoGermany Paul Van DykNetherlands Armin Van Buuren
2005Germany Paul Van DykNetherlands TiëstoNetherlands Armin Van Buuren
2006Germany Paul Van DykNetherlands Armin Van BuurenNetherlands Tiësto
2007Netherlands Armin Van BuurenNetherlands TiëstoEngland John Digweed
2008Netherlands Armin Van BuurenNetherlands TiëstoGermany Paul Van Dyk
2009Netherlands Armin Van BuurenNetherlands TiëstoFrance David Guetta
2010Netherlands Armin Van BuurenFrance David GuettaNetherlands Tiësto
2011France David GuettaNetherlands Armin Van BuurenNetherlands Tiësto
2012Netherlands Armin Van BuurenNetherlands TiëstoSweden Avicii
2013Netherlands HardwellNetherlands Armin Van BuurenSweden Avicii
2014Netherlands HardwellBelgium Greece Dimitri Vegas & Like MikeNetherlands Armin Van Buuren
2015Belgium Greece Dimitri Vegas & Like MikeNetherlands HardwellNetherlands Martin Garrix

Top 100 DJs 2015

  • Awards as given by DJ Mag[2]
PlaceNameNationality
1Dimitri Vegas & Like MikeBelgium Greece
2HardwellNetherlands
3Martin GarrixNetherlands
4Armin van BuurenNetherlands
5TiëstoNetherlands
6David GuettaFrance
7AviciiSweden
8AfrojackNetherlands
9SkrillexUnited States
10Steve AokiUnited States
11Calvin HarrisUnited Kingdom
12Oliver HeldensNetherlands
13AlessoSweden
14W&WNetherlands
15Dash BerlinNetherlands
16DVBBSCanada
17Axwell Λ IngrossoSweden
18Nicky RomeroNetherlands
19BlasterjaxxNetherlands
20DiploUnited States
21R3habNetherlands Morocco
22ZeddGermany Russia
23KSHMRUnited States India
24NERVOAustralia
25deadmau5Canada
26DannicNetherlands
27DyroNetherlands
28DeorroMexico United States
29Above & BeyondUnited Kingdom
30Don DiabloNetherlands
31Steve AngelloSweden Greece
32DJ SnakeFrance
33KygoNorway
34Yves VBelgium
35Fedde Le GrandNetherlands
36Ummet OzcanNetherlands Turkey
37ShowtekNetherlands
38AngerfistNetherlands
39BassjackersNetherlands
40Andrew RayelMoldova
41Paul van DykGermany
42Aly & FilaEgypt
43VINAIItaly
44AlokBrazil
45Jack UUnited States
46Tom SwoonPoland
47ShogunUnited States
48HeadhunterzNetherlands
49CooneBelgium
50VicetoneNetherlands
51Richie HawtinCanada United Kingdom
52WolfpackBelgium
53Infected MushroomIsrael
54Major LazerUnited States
55Porter RobinsonUnited States
56Markus SchulzUnited States Germany
57Eric PrydzSweden
58Diego MirandaPortugal
59DJ ChetasIndia
60Danny AvilaSpain
61KuraPortugal
62TchamiFrance
63Carl CoxUnited Kingdom
64Laidback LukeNetherlands Philippines
65DisclosureUnited Kingdom
66FirebeatzNetherlands
67Dillon FrancisUnited States
68BorgoreIsrael
69Daft PunkFrance
70UmekSlovenia
71TenishiaMalta
72Radical RedemptionNetherlands
73FrontlinerNetherlands
74BorgeousUnited States
75NetskyBelgium
76Yellow Claw (DJs)Netherlands
77ChuckieNetherlands Suriname
78Will SparksAustralia
79Da TweekazNorway
80QuintinoNetherlands
81KrewellaUnited States
82ATBGermany
83MAKJUnited States
84KaskadeUnited States
85Ferry CorstenNetherlands
86Flux PavilionUnited Kingdom
87ZatoxItaly
88CarnageGuatemala United States
89Robin SchulzGermany
90Sander van DoornNetherlands
91MaRLoAustralia Netherlands
92Andy CUnited Kingdom
93Quentin MosimannSwitzerland
94Miss K8Ukraine
95TujamoGermany
96Mike CandysSwitzerland
97Swanky TunesRussia
98GalantisSweden
99Cosmic GateGermany
100Knife PartyAustralia

Top 101-150 DJs 2015

[2]

PlaceNameNationality
101TwoloudGermany
1023 Are LegendUnited States Belgium
103DJ FeelRussia
104BobinaRussia
105Ran-DNetherlands
106ZomboyUnited Kingdom
107NoisecontrollersNetherlands
108KryderUnited Kingdom
109Carl NunesGuatemala
110AdaroNetherlands
111DJs From MarsItaly
112Infected MushroomIsrael
113AtmozfearsNetherlands
114FlumeAustralia
115Merk & KremontItaly
116FTampaBrazil
117MOTiNetherlands
118Vintage CultureBrazil
119Tony JuniorNetherlands
120AlvaroNetherlands
121The ChainsmokersUnited States
122Jamie JonesUnited Kingdom
123Maceo PlexUnited States
124FelgukBrazil
125Wasted PenguinzSweden
1263LAUUnited States
127TJRUnited States
128OmniaUkraine
129DubVisionNetherlands
130Julian JordanNetherlands
131Orjan NilsenNorway
132E-ForceNetherlands
133HeatbeatArgentina
134Angger DimasIndonesia
135ArtyRussia
136Jay HardwayNetherlands
137Marco CarolaItaly
138Dzeko & TorresCanada
139Dada LifeSweden
140Psyko PunkzNetherlands
141SashaUnited Kingdom
142Paul KalkbrennerGermany
143Bobby PumaUnited States
144Fatboy SlimUnited Kingdom
145Gunz For HireNetherlands
146Loco DiceGermany
147KorsakoffNetherlands
148Seth TroxlerUnited States
149Danan KavicanaIndonesia
150FlosstradamusUnited States

Top 100 Clubs

DJ Mag also run an annual poll called Top 100 Clubs[2] Since 2013, Top 100 Clubs has been powered by Miller Genuine Draft. In 2015, almost half a million people from around the World voted, including Brazilian footballer, Neymar Jr who posted on his social media channels promoting his favourite nightclub, Green Valley,[20] who are the current No.1 Club.

Top 3 Clubs 2008–present

DJ Mag top Clubs
Year1st2nd3rd
2008England FabricSpain SpaceSpain Amnesia
2009West Germany BerghainEngland FabricSpain Space
2010England SankeysEngland FabricSpain Amnesia
2011Spain SpaceEngland FabricBrazil Green Valley
2012Spain SpaceBrazil Green ValleySpain Pacha
2013Brazil Green ValleySpain SpaceSpain Pacha
2014Spain SpaceBrazil Green ValleySpain Pacha
2015Brazil Green ValleySpain SpaceUnited States Hakkasan

Awards

  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2003[22]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2004[24]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2005[26]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2006[28]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2007[30]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2008[32]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2009[33]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2010[34]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2011[35]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2012[36]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2013[37]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2014[38]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2015[39]