• Jah will provide

    If this list was based on pure technical DJing, then ANDY C should be at the top of this list. He is the fastest beatmatcher ever, he mix on 3+ turntables and make it look easy. Plus he can DJ using everything: Vinyl, CDs, Serrato etc. He will never be as big as David Guetta and Tiesto etc because he is first and foremost a DRUM AND BASS DJ, a genre that will probably never be as big as house or techno. He is a pioneering force in drum and bass/jungle. Been around since the begininng. With DnB there would be no dubstep so by extension no DJ’s such as Skream, Skrillex, Nero. This list is a popularity contest. But I guarantee if you actually asked all the top DJ’s such as Daft Punk, DeadMau5, Tiesto etc they themselves would probably say that in terms of technical djing skills that ANDY C is the man. Just youtube some of his sets. The people behind this list need to actually make it more fair and include not only popular DJs but technically gifted ones. ANDY C BEST DRUM AND BASS DJ IN THE WORLD!

  • JunglistSOUL

    I disagree with having LMFAO in there! They are popular for there own productions not there DJing…… Would much rather see someone like Knife Party take there place! No Drum & Bass DJ’s? Andy C is definitely worth a mention if your basing this on skill…

  • Sam

    Good data mining job. To make it more accurate you might add in your calculus the number of festival headlined by the “DJ”. This part becomes more difficult to evaluate but it can enhance this DJTT poll.
    Keep On,
    Sam.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Livewyr3 Justin Turner

    Everything looks good, except skrillex has only been around for 3-4 years, not 9. Yes, he was recruited as FFTL’s vocalist back in 03, but he wasn’t skrillex.

  • travis gale

    yo check out going quantum vote for top dj! new podcast almost every week1

  • purplesuitcolin

    i’m really surprised diplo isn’t on the DJ mag list and that he is so low on the DJTT social media list. He has an amazing, forward-thinking label, huge block parties in multiple cities each year, a BBC Radio 1 show and he’s been at the forefront of all the new dance music genres like dubstep, moombahton, bounce and trap. Most importantly, his DJ sets are always so creative and fun.

    Diplo for president

  • poopypants

    If its just popularity y no Pauly D????

  • Jayvee

    I wouldn’t call LMFAO a DJing group. I have seen them live, and they ‘sing’ and dance. But there’s another guy in the DJ booth…

  • Beatgital

    You guys did not understand the purpose of this article.. it is about social networks popularity and not about dj skills… DJTT great work.
    Remember that to become great at something it takes way more than just skills so I respect all the DJs on that list… They are taking house music to New levels…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=585959625 Hendrik Beat’itude Hebel

    come on you can’t say that Arty ranking so highly is a fail! He’s a brilliant producer and DJ!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000531191074 Daniel Hunter

    MT EDEN!

  • http://www.femaledjdrops.com Lesley

    Need DJ Drops, Intros and Shout Outs? Check out http://femaledjdrops.com

  • DK

    Fake Blood?

  • AvlisaDJ

    DJ Shadow.. If you are ever get the chance to go see this guy, do it. I don’t care what genre of music you are interested in. Shadow seamlessly mixes in his showmanship as a top notch turntablist whilst keeping the dace floor on their toes. One of the best DJ shows I’ve seen.

  • Steve84

    I find it EXTREMELY interesting that so many are knocking off LMFAO as not being “djs”, meanwhile they themselves are explaining to the vinyl purists why digital djs should be respected.  What is a dj EXACTLY now a days? How could Daft Punk be considered “DJs” then?

  • Wasdjason

    skrillex does not deserve it

  • Nbraunhaiti

    you guys are fucking idiots. just because a DJ is popular doesn’t make him a better DJ.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ronyy-Razvan/1204126774 Ronyy Razvan

    Are you kidding me?:))))))) Your math is useless as your djtechtools are ! How can you say what Hardwell,Orjan,Tidy,W&W are doing here :))))))) Are you nuts?DjMag was till this year a skill top not a fame top or a math top noobs ! Top djs cant be on djmag based on the followers on social networks or views,listeners etc from the world wide web! As someone said *you can’t distill everyone’s preferences down into a coherent list*,that’s true ! Btw,the fact that the crowd was less than kind to him when he accepted his title of number one at the official ceremony,was just obvious.The french should be awarded for best producer,best microsoft fail live festival prize,best OMFG The music stopped in front of 300k person and my windows crushed…! Mess with the best die like the rest french guy ! Hallo 

  • Akis

    w&w, arty, orjan nilsen not popular enough to be in the dj mag?? Wake up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Richardwonilsong Richard Wonil Song

    where is dj am!? he should be in the list , i think!

  • Jonathan Taylor

    This is more about the popularity of music they play rather than their level of skill. It is also missing huge sector of dj’s like ben ufo, oneman, Illumsphere, Elijah & Skilliam amongst others that dont play pop dance music, but are great DJ’s pushing the envelope in terms of sound

  • Chris

    One thing I noticed is that it says Skrillex has been active for 9 years. I couldn’t believe this (since he doesn’t sound like he’s been active for 9 years). He’s been in the music scene for 9 years, but mostly playing hardcore pop-punk type stuff. He’s only been producing/”DJing” for 3 years.

  • Info

    What is a DJ if he can´t scratch? Nothing! If you sort those DJs out you will only get a handful DJs that should be in that list!

  • Jalgarin1087

    Where is Craze? Shiftee? Shortee? QBERT? Grand Master Flash? Hell even Jazzy Jeff?!?!? This list can go on and on….. GO dig a DEEP virtual HOLE and bury this article away, FAR FAR AWAY. Love this website but I’ll remove you from my bookmarks I see this crap again!

  • Antonio

    No justice wtf?

  • C Vnilla

    la polularidad no significa que sea un buen dj o un buen musico.-..ya que a final de cuentas son musicos guetta es de lo peor en composicion musical, pero si de popularidad se trata es muy obio

  • Billjondon

    How can you even say LMFAO are dj’s. As seen on the American Music Awards last weekend david guetta was behind the booth with his pioneers djing where as LMFAOs performance saw them singing and dancing on stage. If that doesnt make it clear that they should be considered in the top 100 djs or even a dj at best, then i dont know what is.

  • [DJ]Swill’O

    Thank for the providing da spread shit !!
    u’r amazin guyz ^^!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sherpajohn John SherpaPsy Grasett

    Giving out awards for the “best” art is completely ridiculous. Check out Eddy Vedder saying a Grammy means nothing…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHEYs0CMe4U

  • Bigapple63

    The only possible good thing about Guetta is he might be the avenue for younger kids getting into dance music – other than that he is a scourge… Where is 1000 Cutts?

    http://www.facebook.com/1000cutts

    • Stacey

      I agree and cutts rocks…

  • http://twitter.com/DJMedusaProject Cole Wilquet

    LMFAO arent djs…. they are producers they dont dj, they just sing and make the beat

  • http://twitter.com/DJMedusaProject Cole Wilquet

    LMFAO arent djs…. they are producers they dont dj, they just sing and make the beat

  • mr laforce

    what does “top” dj even mean? “most popular” doesn’t mean “best”… my top 3: elite force, hedflux and scratch perverts

  • Dj Jack Meoff

    lol @ ean. You make it sound like its easy to write an anthem or get popular among the so call masses of noobs that vote for these list. I challenge anyone that thinks this music is simple, to just try and make one of these pop/catchy/anthem songs. Seriously, for the sake of science…do an experiment. Set out to become popular and take over the TOP 100 with YOUR brand of music. There are too many high horse, high tech gadget DJ nerds these days. You guys forget that people still want to hear good music. DJs PLAY MUSIC…cool you scratch…PLAY MUSIC…cool you can twiddle knobs and make weird sounds….PLAY MUSIC. And if you think the music on that TOP 100 aint good….try selling and making people like your own style and brand. Lets see how far you get : /

  • asdfwerasdfg

    David Guetta Nr.1 ? I don’t want to life in this world any more… 

  • Tday-fratto

    LMFAO? Really? and at 4th?

    I honestly just lost all my faith in you Ian…

  • Tday-fratto

    LMFAO? Really? and at 4th?

    I honestly just lost all my faith in you Ian…

  • Tday-fratto

    LMFAO? Really? and at 4th?

    I honestly just lost all my faith in you Ian…

  • Mixtick

    Where is Chris Liebing? He surely is one of the most popular Techno-DJs in the world!

  • Spham30

    david guetta is a douchebag

  • Svap23

    i think everything has been said already

    i guess its like asking (or creating an excel with random social stats) who is the best singer or guitar player … in a music forum
    this is a very subjective question. voteing would be more fair.
    and also, maybe the term: DJ needs to be redefined in 2011.
    if a DJ uses Machine,ableton,sampler/looprecorder(add funky new stuff here) he is a producer?! (20 years ago we called them liveacts … i dont know if that has changed)
    if its just popularity: i am sure mr. guetta deserves no 1. (not sure he deserves those 100 of thousand for his gigs) :)
    if its about skillz: what are skillz? scratching, beatmatching, live remixing, practising a 6 minute routine to perfection, playing 3 or 4 decks, …
    what i want to say: technically brilliant doesnt mean the crowd enjoys

    no jeff mills no unkut?! no beardyman, no dubfx … no JUSTICE? :)
    on the other hand i am happy daftpunk has many friends.

    MANY friends seems to mean POPular in 2011.
    thanks mr. zuckerberg ;) (i DONT like)

  • http://twitter.com/koningwoning Eric Woning

    I agree with the “Please do not do this again” crowd.

    I guess it was done because you were a bit pissed off regarding who is on there – but these people are being judged on DJ Skills & Mass appeal.
    No self respecting art-person would want to lead that list.
    There is no  Not production skills.
    Chemical Brothers / Boyz noise and many others on your list- great producers (I LOVE them) but absolutely crap in a club. Chem brothers actually say so themselves as well…

    Also – because it is going for mass appeal (worldwide with focus on EUR) there are no hiphop style (Crookers) , niche (Amon Tobin), or controllerism (Girl talk/Shiftee:-) heroes on there.

    Again – don’t scoop to such low a level. It realy is unnecessary. 

  • http://twitter.com/koningwoning Eric Woning

    I agree with the “Please do not do this again” crowd.

    I guess it was done because you were a bit pissed off regarding who is on there – but these people are being judged on DJ Skills & Mass appeal.
    No self respecting art-person would want to lead that list.
    There is no  Not production skills.
    Chemical Brothers / Boyz noise and many others on your list- great producers (I LOVE them) but absolutely crap in a club. Chem brothers actually say so themselves as well…

    Also – because it is going for mass appeal (worldwide with focus on EUR) there are no hiphop style (Crookers) , niche (Amon Tobin), or controllerism (Girl talk/Shiftee:-) heroes on there.

    Again – don’t scoop to such low a level. It realy is unnecessary. 

  • http://twitter.com/koningwoning Eric Woning

    I agree with the “Please do not do this again” crowd.

    I guess it was done because you were a bit pissed off regarding who is on there – but these people are being judged on DJ Skills & Mass appeal.
    No self respecting art-person would want to lead that list.
    There is no  Not production skills.
    Chemical Brothers / Boyz noise and many others on your list- great producers (I LOVE them) but absolutely crap in a club. Chem brothers actually say so themselves as well…

    Also – because it is going for mass appeal (worldwide with focus on EUR) there are no hiphop style (Crookers) , niche (Amon Tobin), or controllerism (Girl talk/Shiftee:-) heroes on there.

    Again – don’t scoop to such low a level. It realy is unnecessary. 

  • http://twitter.com/DJArcLyte Damien ArcLyte

    I have to say I am in agreement with much of this list (controversial inclusions aside).  I too have always wondered why we have all imbibed DJ Mag with such sway over the industry with this poll.  Clearly it is no where near an object statistical look like the one in this post. 

    In my honest opinion there needs to be an overall look at the state of EDM.  I hate the fact that now it seems like many of the best and up and coming talent hold on to their tracks for a March to Summer release schedule just so that they can go into Ultra and Ibiza with “The HOT new track”.  The rest of the year is left to kind of flounder.  This along with that stupid poll are going to be the death of EDM if we are not careful. 

  • http://twitter.com/DJArcLyte Damien ArcLyte

    I have to say I am in agreement with much of this list (controversial inclusions aside).  I too have always wondered why we have all imbibed DJ Mag with such sway over the industry with this poll.  Clearly it is no where near an object statistical look like the one in this post. 

    In my honest opinion there needs to be an overall look at the state of EDM.  I hate the fact that now it seems like many of the best and up and coming talent hold on to their tracks for a March to Summer release schedule just so that they can go into Ultra and Ibiza with “The HOT new track”.  The rest of the year is left to kind of flounder.  This along with that stupid poll are going to be the death of EDM if we are not careful. 

  • Anon

    Again, 80% on that list are not even dj’s… your list is worse than dj mag (sadly)! How is Hardwell a fail at 24 in dj mag and you put LMFAO and Calvin Harris up that high… shame just a damn shame. Hate this new digital era which just sells out music to the next corporate vagina that throws money at it

  • Eholtman

    i think everyone should make sure to read the part that says(highest ranked dj’s (BY SOCIAL POPULARITY) obviously there is no way everyone is going to fully agree on a choice ever but this shows social popularity. DJTT list does not claim to be 100 percent the only credible list its just presenting a different form of ranking that how DJ mag does their top 100. So when I read comments that say this just seems like it was a popularity contest thats because someone didn’t read the title. Thats pretty much what DJTT was doing was finding who is the most popular DJ’s. Hate it or love it i think its pretty interesting to see how the musical culture is reacting to different forms of music. If anything this list can also show what styles are becoming more and more popular. 

  • theo void

    We’re all just mad that we’re not on it and probably never will be.

  • theo void

    We’re all just mad that we’re not on it and probably never will be.

  • theo void

    We’re all just mad that we’re not on it and probably never will be.

  • theo void

    We’re all just mad that we’re not on it and probably never will be.

  • theo void

    We’re all just mad that we’re not on it and probably never will be.

  • Lance

    snore……..

  • Lance

    snore……..

  • Philosurfer

    Popularity shmopularity. I really appreciate the article because that DJ Mag poll is so suspect that it’s nice to have some real data backing up the results. However, we all know exactly how the best dj in the world gets crowned every year- the DMC baby. Among us who really spin and don’t just blindly listen, this is where the score really gets settled. Too bad more normal folks don’t know about it.

  • http://twitter.com/nadavsuliman Nadav Suliman

    LMFAO? really? That’s like calling the Black Eyed Peas DJs.

    • Anonymous

      Will I Am is actually a kick-ass DJ. I saw him live in San Francisco rocking a crowd of about 6000 people. 

      scamo

    • Anonymous

      Will I Am is actually a kick-ass DJ. I saw him live in San Francisco rocking a crowd of about 6000 people. 

      scamo

    • Anonymous

      Will I Am is actually a kick-ass DJ. I saw him live in San Francisco rocking a crowd of about 6000 people. 

      scamo

  • Grollhanin

    come on guys, this is ridiculous. where’s the big news and who the hell bothers about this anyway?

    respect for taking the time to do all the calculating but in meanwhile the author could have done something more productive…like not furtherly ripping apart djtt’s former image of a serious and reputable source of innavative articles.

    articles like this might help to get djtt an higher score on the top 100 music blog list but that does in no way reflect quality.

  • Krisosha

    Deadmau 5 isnt even a dj, along with alot of other people up there

    their producers. 

  • Anonymous

    shit, meet fan

  • Oasda

    Guetta its only the most commercial dj on the world…. HOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW in the world can not be 2many djs or soulwax in there… they can mix polka with reggaeton and make it look absolutely stupid… thas a fact…

    are you asking for producers? 

    Djs with tons of money or what?

  • Anonymous

    despite this list being pretty solid, i strongly believe that kaskade belongs in the top10.. 

  • Anonymous

    despite this list being pretty solid, i strongly believe that kaskade belongs in the top10.. 

  • Anonymous

    despite this list being pretty solid, i strongly believe that kaskade belongs in the top10.. 

  • Anonymous

    despite this list being pretty solid, i strongly believe that kaskade belongs in the top10.. 

  • Mistermr

    Magazines are supposed to be more opinion based. Newspapers release facts, magazines have writers with opinions on those facts, that list is their opinion. In other words, who cares?

  • guest

    LMFAO?? are you kidding me???? figure it out. you will never be a credible blog with posts like that.. wow

  • Li6or

    not sure if can geutta really mix ? :D but am missing andy c as top dnb representative , while bullsh..s like benga or skrillex are on the list for much younger dubstep 

  • Li6or

    not sure if can geutta really mix ? :D but am missing andy c as top dnb representative , while bullsh..s like benga or skrillex are on the list for much younger dubstep 

  • Lem865

    the cheesey acts that are getting lots of fans in these ranks are more popular by numbers but you will find that anyone who is really into electronic music will not really rate them…..they will play to massive crowds but the people who go to these gigs will go to them once or twice a year where as the die hard fans who go to more talented underground gigs every weekend who are more passionate about the subject wont see many of their favourite acts in the poll…..

    Just annoying to see.its the same in any pole…..topping the pole doesent mean anything in my opinion…

  • Alex Metaphor

    #1 – i think your list does make more sense than Dj Mag’s list
    #2 – I like the added spreadsheet. A+ adding the evidence all kinds of evidence and not just votes
    #3 – there should be different list (i.e. Scratch DJs/Controllerist/genre/techniques, etc.). Bascially, any award show or list should consider other categories and not just popularity. Not saying I dont think popularity isnt important, because without popularity, a Dj/producer wouldnt be famous and/or make money in music. 

    • Anonymous

      they should retitle this list to the “100 most popular dj’s and producers”

      that would solve this whole thing

    • Anonymous

      they should retitle this list to the “100 most popular dj’s and producers”

      that would solve this whole thing

  • Alex Metaphor

    #1 – i think your list does make more sense than Dj Mag’s list
    #2 – I like the added spreadsheet. A+ adding the evidence all kinds of evidence and not just votes
    #3 – there should be different list (i.e. Scratch DJs/Controllerist/genre/techniques, etc.). Bascially, any award show or list should consider other categories and not just popularity. Not saying I dont think popularity isnt important, because without popularity, a Dj/producer wouldnt be famous and/or make money in music. 

  • valerie

    This guys right here are the type of persons who betray themselves!!!!

  • Escapemcp

     Crikey people, it’s only a list that we *all* know (deep down) is just a popularity contest. The article was written as a bit of fun.  Yes, I know a lot of you may be harboring resentment that you aren’t a big DJ yet, when you see some of the names up there who can barely mix (I know I am!), but if you want to do something about it, then you need to play the game!
     My day job as an IT Tech Support involves more than just fixing PCs.  It also involves dealing with (often narked off) people, among other things.  No job usually EVER relies SOLELY on one skill.  Likewise, being a ‘good’ DJ isn’t JUST about how well you can mix technically, but it’s also about how you promote yourself.  You could be the best DJ in the world by miles, but if you only ever do this in the bedroom, how are you ever going to get noticed? If anything, the lists are measuring the promotion side of DJing, as it’s hard to quantify the technical side, Decks vs Ableton vs CDJ’s vs Midifighters… how do you measure that?
     As someone else said, the reason why DJs get booked is because a promoter booking them knows that they will draw a crowd, which is due to their promotion that they have been working on since they started in this game.  It’s called the entertainment ‘industry’ for a reason.  If you want to DJ in clubs accept this and play along.. if you are not interested in this and ONLY care about the music, then you shouldn’t complain that you are never playing out – as surely it doesn’t matter that you are only ever playing in your bedroom, to yourself, as it’s about the music, right?
     As a finishing note, would Ean be as popular a DJ if he wasn’t doing DJTT… I think not (sorry Ean!), it’s his ‘promotion’.  Deadmau5′s=mickey mouse head, LMFAO (ahem!)=Party Rock Anthem.  You don’t have to sell out your musical integrity to do the PR side, it runs alongside it.  You HAVE to have PR or you will never get noticed -so work out yours, and I wanna see you all in the top 100 next year (so we never hear of LMFAO again)!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Butch.Bucc Michael Bucceroni

      Absolutely perfect reply

  • Anonymous

    I wrote for DJmag for over a decade and I have to say that no one at the magazine believes in the poll beyond it being an incredible piece of marketing for the magazine. Many years ago it moved from being the sort of DJs that were written about in the magazine (Sasha, Digweed, Cox) to being populated by a genre it rarely touched, trance. 

    I’m surprised by the reaction to Guetta winning this year – in fact i’m disgusted by it actually. Whether he’s your kind of music or not he’s actually technically very good behind the decks. Most people complaining have never seen him play. I’ve been in the DJ booth with him and what he can do with CDJ and effects units is only rivalled by James Zabiella or Erick Morillo. 

    I know this isn’t what anyone wants to hear, but he’s actually a really nice bloke too, really easy going. His performances are very ‘pop star’ but that’s the line he likes to live on. Mostly he really loves music and loves DJing.

    Anyway, I digress. The while idea of a poll for anything is ridiculous. The editors, writers and readers of DJmag know this. But the poll will never die. Look at the attention it’s got the magazine this year alone. 

    BTW, I don’t write for them any more, so aren’t claiming to speak for them – just reporting what i saw in my time at the mag.

    • Anonymous

      that’s not to say that i think Guetta should have won for being the best DJ (although he obviously should have won for being the most popular). 

    • Anonymous

      that’s not to say that i think Guetta should have won for being the best DJ (although he obviously should have won for being the most popular). 

  • Mauri Moore

    DJ Mag Top 100 is BAD , we Know . 
    But : to do another list is not the way . Maybe you can write a constructive article about this , but to do another list is to fall down in the same mistake .

    I mean : we all respect DTT , bacause you have good articles , most of the times you are sharing your experience with us , and this is really good .

    Leave them with their Top 100 , they are wrong , but don’t do another list , just my point of view , with all my respect .

  • Manu

    Scratchworx for president.

  • Manu

    Scratchworx for president.

    • Manu

      Pauky D for #1 in the hair gel products rep list.

  • Dual Citizen

    Wow, I can’t believe all the negativity to this post from DJs. They, if anyone, should be able to tell the difference between “good” and “popular”. Top 40 for example.

    I, for one, was thrilled to see a fun use of statistical analysis, even if the data source is imperfect. It is informative to know which DJs have the highest social media impact inline. It’s a credible metric that at least loosely relates to popularity…..a lot more so than online polling. Probably only 5 percent of DJ enthusiasts or less read DJ Mag. I sure don’t.

  • http://twitter.com/Djfusion_01 David de grandpre

    Joachim Garraud should be there

  • Lauti

    wow I loved that cool slim calculator. I would calculate a lot more if I had that calculator.

  • Lauti

    wow I loved that cool slim calculator. I would calculate a lot more if I had that calculator.

  • Lauti

    wow I loved that cool slim calculator. I would calculate a lot more if I had that calculator.

  • Lauti

    wow I loved that cool slim calculator. I would calculate a lot more if I had that calculator.

  • Davidconnorcollins

    andy c best technical skilled dj ever no one comes close 

  • http://www.facebook.com/DJPhaidon Clayton Kimber

    It’s funny how everyone is hating on the article, then following it up with “why isn’t my favorite DJ higher” or “Why is this PoS so High”?  This wasn’t an article to state that it was a definitive list, in fact, if you could read as well as any of you claim to spin, you would notice that this was a comparison of a calculated social status vs ranking on DJ mag’s top 100.  Basically trying to put an actual number behind the skew of the DJ mag rankings.  It did that.  On top of that, they showed you the spreadsheet and how it was calculated.  If you aren’t happy with “your DJ’s” position, smack yourself, and then go get some education on constructive criticism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DJPhaidon Clayton Kimber

    It’s funny how everyone is hating on the article, then following it up with “why isn’t my favorite DJ higher” or “Why is this PoS so High”?  This wasn’t an article to state that it was a definitive list, in fact, if you could read as well as any of you claim to spin, you would notice that this was a comparison of a calculated social status vs ranking on DJ mag’s top 100.  Basically trying to put an actual number behind the skew of the DJ mag rankings.  It did that.  On top of that, they showed you the spreadsheet and how it was calculated.  If you aren’t happy with “your DJ’s” position, smack yourself, and then go get some education on constructive criticism.

    • http://twitter.com/koningwoning Eric Woning

      Like I said in my comment: they simply should not do it.
      Wether or not my favorit DJ (Gaslamp Killer) is in there or not is irrellevant.
      DJ’s shjould be judged on skills only… and that is the ONLY thing they DID NOT take into account.
      Chem brothers for instance – they do CRAP mixes. F-ing Fantastic producers though…. so don’t put them on the DJ list, but the producer list.

    • http://twitter.com/koningwoning Eric Woning

      Like I said in my comment: they simply should not do it.
      Wether or not my favorit DJ (Gaslamp Killer) is in there or not is irrellevant.
      DJ’s shjould be judged on skills only… and that is the ONLY thing they DID NOT take into account.
      Chem brothers for instance – they do CRAP mixes. F-ing Fantastic producers though…. so don’t put them on the DJ list, but the producer list.

    • http://twitter.com/koningwoning Eric Woning

      Like I said in my comment: they simply should not do it.
      Wether or not my favorit DJ (Gaslamp Killer) is in there or not is irrellevant.
      DJ’s shjould be judged on skills only… and that is the ONLY thing they DID NOT take into account.
      Chem brothers for instance – they do CRAP mixes. F-ing Fantastic producers though…. so don’t put them on the DJ list, but the producer list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mynameisnotbilly Jamez Penson

    in respones to this –

    “In addition, we’ve highlighted how strange it is that Skrillex,
    master of brolectrostep, is in the original top 100, yet his very
    popular colleagues Bassnectar and Rusko are completely left out.”

    they’re not COMPLEATLY left out – Rusko nearly scarped in at 102 and bassnectar at 123. Both are mentioned in “the next 50″ section in the magazine

    Both pretty epic achievments if you ask me considering Dubstep only got into the top 100 for the first time last year!

  • http://www.facebook.com/luke3us Luke Macdonald

    i really did think highly the dj techtools readers… my opinion has now changed. You all need an education on music if those party rock wankers are in your top 5. shame

  • http://www.facebook.com/luke3us Luke Macdonald

    i really did think highly the dj techtools readers… my opinion has now changed. You all need an education on music if those party rock wankers are in your top 5. shame

  • http://www.facebook.com/luke3us Luke Macdonald

    i really did think highly the dj techtools readers… my opinion has now changed. You all need an education on music if those party rock wankers are in your top 5. shame

  • http://www.facebook.com/luke3us Luke Macdonald

    i really did think highly the dj techtools readers… my opinion has now changed. You all need an education on music if those party rock wankers are in your top 5. shame

  • Dec

    The fact the Armin Van Buuren isn’t highlighted in green makes this list erroneous!

  • The Beat Worx

    I’d like to know who gets paid the most money per hour for DJing… Anyone got that list?

  • The Beat Worx

    I’d like to know who gets paid the most money per hour for DJing… Anyone got that list?

  • Steve

    Jazzy Jeff?

  • cliffmatics

    Some hip hop DJs on there like Shadow and A-Trak but shouldn’t DJ Q-Bert be somewhere on here? I mean he’s definitely top 10 material but sad to see he didn’t even make the list.

  • cliffmatics

    Some hip hop DJs on there like Shadow and A-Trak but shouldn’t DJ Q-Bert be somewhere on here? I mean he’s definitely top 10 material but sad to see he didn’t even make the list.

  • ThatsRight

    Lame.. I bet you guys watch CNN too…

  • ThatsRight

    Lame.. I bet you guys watch CNN too…

  • ThatsRight

    Lame.. I bet you guys watch CNN too…

  • ThatsRight

    Lame.. I bet you guys watch CNN too…

  • Dwaynedamayne

    Still no women

  • Luke

    where the hell is Pauly D?

    He should be near the top if it’s based on social media

  • Pete

    Mr. Jeff Mills?

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    It’s really understandable why hard working passionate djs get pissed off when they see lists populated by people that seem to not deserve their fame or fortune. It pisses me off too.  I hate that you have to make a cheesy anthem just to get a decent pay rate. I hate that wedding djs get paid more money than guys with real talent and passion. 

    So, for that reason, I expected a fair amount of controversy over this article. But, you know what –  that is what makes Dj TechTools special. 

    We  consistently have the willingness to publish controversial articles that promote good debates even if it makes a few people mad. Many sites tow the line and stay away from tough topics or criticism. Since day one, this site was a place where I stated my opinions on things in an honest and open way. As we have grown into a “official” voice in this industry we have to take a little more of an “editorial” approach to things but will we ever stop being rebellious? f#@k no! 

    That includes calling a lemon, a lemon (screw the man) and doing silly lists based on stats. (because it’s fun)

     Are we always spot on- hell no. Do we try to be honest, up front and helpful? Always! 

    Will I ever stop publishing articles that stir up controversy- no way!

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    It’s really understandable why hard working passionate djs get pissed off when they see lists populated by people that seem to not deserve their fame or fortune. It pisses me off too.  I hate that you have to make a cheesy anthem just to get a decent pay rate. I hate that wedding djs get paid more money than guys with real talent and passion. 

    So, for that reason, I expected a fair amount of controversy over this article. But, you know what –  that is what makes Dj TechTools special. 

    We  consistently have the willingness to publish controversial articles that promote good debates even if it makes a few people mad. Many sites tow the line and stay away from tough topics or criticism. Since day one, this site was a place where I stated my opinions on things in an honest and open way. As we have grown into a “official” voice in this industry we have to take a little more of an “editorial” approach to things but will we ever stop being rebellious? f#@k no! 

    That includes calling a lemon, a lemon (screw the man) and doing silly lists based on stats. (because it’s fun)

     Are we always spot on- hell no. Do we try to be honest, up front and helpful? Always! 

    Will I ever stop publishing articles that stir up controversy- no way!

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    It’s really understandable why hard working passionate djs get pissed off when they see lists populated by people that seem to not deserve their fame or fortune. It pisses me off too.  I hate that you have to make a cheesy anthem just to get a decent pay rate. I hate that wedding djs get paid more money than guys with real talent and passion. 

    So, for that reason, I expected a fair amount of controversy over this article. But, you know what –  that is what makes Dj TechTools special. 

    We  consistently have the willingness to publish controversial articles that promote good debates even if it makes a few people mad. Many sites tow the line and stay away from tough topics or criticism. Since day one, this site was a place where I stated my opinions on things in an honest and open way. As we have grown into a “official” voice in this industry we have to take a little more of an “editorial” approach to things but will we ever stop being rebellious? f#@k no! 

    That includes calling a lemon, a lemon (screw the man) and doing silly lists based on stats. (because it’s fun)

     Are we always spot on- hell no. Do we try to be honest, up front and helpful? Always! 

    Will I ever stop publishing articles that stir up controversy- no way!

    • Mauri Moore

      this is a money world , so : what about a Top with the better paid Dj ?

      Why ? : just because when somebody pay 100.000 is because he knows with this dj he can earn money . 
      If a dj can  earn 100.000 for a set is only bercause the people wants to see him (and they pay the entry )

      Another dj can earn 10.000 just because less people wants to see him , that’s all .

      This is better than social networks ,. YOu can put I LIKE in a dj Facebook , but if you don’t want to pay the  entry for him  as dj : Your I LIKE is nothing !

      • Guest

        How does this vary from popularity? Event planners/promoters pay top dollar for acts that will bring a lot of people. The more popular act will bring in more people, so whoever is paying will pay more in hopes of drawing a larger crowd. Popularity and rates for a live performance have a direct correlation in the music industry.

    • Anonymous

      Nope, no idea. I don’t think it can be done at all, because, how do you measure talent or quality of work? It is all subjective, especially in an artistic and performance driven industry like DJ’ing and everyone has their own taste and perspective about how music should be mixed, what music to play and what kind of energy comes from that music and the mix. So no matter what list you come up with for a list of top DJ’s, it won’t be accurate…..for someone.

      scamo

      • Lem865

        Theres a RA poll coming out soon that generally reflects more of what i am talking about…..hopefully!

      • Lem865

        Theres a RA poll coming out soon that generally reflects more of what i am talking about…..hopefully!

    • Matt

      Why not organize a huge poll destined to music lovers through the most respected blogs, and magazines that have a website (doing it all online is obviously easier). You could ask the writers and readers. You would have to elaborate a questionnaire that evaluates DJs on both music quality and technicality. First of all, you have to make a selection of (for instance) the best 100 DJs based on popularity (putting aside the David Guetta category…) Then you would have to grade each skill from 1 to 10 for example. 
      That’s how I’d do it. 

    • Matt

      Why not organize a huge poll destined to music lovers through the most respected blogs, and magazines that have a website (doing it all online is obviously easier). You could ask the writers and readers. You would have to elaborate a questionnaire that evaluates DJs on both music quality and technicality. First of all, you have to make a selection of (for instance) the best 100 DJs based on popularity (putting aside the David Guetta category…) Then you would have to grade each skill from 1 to 10 for example. 
      That’s how I’d do it. 

    • Matt

      Why not organize a huge poll destined to music lovers through the most respected blogs, and magazines that have a website (doing it all online is obviously easier). You could ask the writers and readers. You would have to elaborate a questionnaire that evaluates DJs on both music quality and technicality. First of all, you have to make a selection of (for instance) the best 100 DJs based on popularity (putting aside the David Guetta category…) Then you would have to grade each skill from 1 to 10 for example. 
      That’s how I’d do it. 

      • Anon Web Developer

        “…as opposed to simply how many people (or very simple-to-code vote bots) voted for that artist in an online poll.”
        Stuffing the ballot isn’t much of a task for online polls unfortunately. The data really can’t be trusted.

      • Anonymous

        You would have to do this in the clubs, not online. The parties are not online, they happen in the clubs ;)

    • Matt

      Why not organize a huge poll destined to music lovers through the most respected blogs, and magazines that have a website (doing it all online is obviously easier). You could ask the writers and readers. You would have to elaborate a questionnaire that evaluates DJs on both music quality and technicality. First of all, you have to make a selection of (for instance) the best 100 DJs based on popularity (putting aside the David Guetta category…) Then you would have to grade each skill from 1 to 10 for example. 
      That’s how I’d do it. 

    • Lem865

      Resident Advisor should be releasing a similar poll that i feel represents the better quality acts rather than the commercial stuff….

    • Lem865

      Resident Advisor should be releasing a similar poll that i feel represents the better quality acts rather than the commercial stuff….

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. IMHO, music is art and DJing as such, as well. That’s why any of these polls will ever make sens to any of us performing “artists”. I don’t think that it is possible to make a global “best DJ” poll. If you would let vote people in any club, disco or bar, they would vote (most possibly) for a DJ who gave them the best party most recently or most often. And if you would ask other DJs, you would get totally different list of artist, who we respect because of their performing or producing skills.

  • Jonhenne

    aslgalskjgas;dklgjl;kasjd I’m ready to throw this laptop out of the window.

  • Guy

    So if this list is purely popularity based, why are you calling it, “The DJ TechTools Top 100 DJ List” ??

  • Pyroja

    Skratchworx covered everything that needed covering here. Well done.

  • Pyroja

    Skratchworx covered everything that needed covering here. Well done.

  • Pyroja

    Skratchworx covered everything that needed covering here. Well done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/VVooDz Anthony Woodruffe

    Joel Zimmerman summed up the DJ100 very well on his Deadmau5 twitter page.
    “Thank you for voting me the 4th best DJ, although I’m not a DJ. Next year I’ll be checking the Top100 Dentists…”

    I’ve counted 42 artists or better put ‘composers’ in this DJ list. Although some may have a DJ background many were producers before they ever played somebody elses music.

    I think we need to remember that a DJ started with a cabaret band member getting fed up with other un-reliable band members and decided to buy a record player and play the vinyl records he would of sung. The DJ would play a selection of songs that they felt were appropriate for that event, just as he have sung them.

    Nearly 50% of the so called DJ’s in this years list do not play other artists records and at their concerts it’s certainly more akin to seeing a live band than some Jock in a booth at the local bop. Also with a lot of these producers playing at a live event the chances of seeing a turntable is very remote. The current trend is a few laptops where Ableton is the backbone of the performance and although some DJs are crossing over to Ableton, the vast majority are still playing back to back tracks not that dissimilar to the first original DJ’s.

    Maybe DJ mag needs 2 TOP100 lists. 1 for DJs and 1 for EDM Producers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/machi.089 Pratik Umrigar

    I DONT LIKE DJTT POLL OR DJ MAG POLL…..FOR ME RESIDENT ADVISOR POLL IS THE BEST!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/machi.089 Pratik Umrigar

    I DONT LIKE DJTT POLL OR DJ MAG POLL…..FOR ME RESIDENT ADVISOR POLL IS THE BEST!!!

  • killerfanatics

    I don’t think it really matters how this list was made. In the end none of you were going to agree with it anyhow. People are going to complain no matter what the outcome. Guaranteed if we all made our own top 10 list we’d all hate on each others.

    Props to DJTT for coming up with their own way of making their own top 100 list.
    Bigger props for actually including some Hip-Hop DJs.  

  • killerfanatics

    I don’t think it really matters how this list was made. In the end none of you were going to agree with it anyhow. People are going to complain no matter what the outcome. Guaranteed if we all made our own top 10 list we’d all hate on each others.

    Props to DJTT for coming up with their own way of making their own top 100 list.
    Bigger props for actually including some Hip-Hop DJs.  

  • killerfanatics

    I don’t think it really matters how this list was made. In the end none of you were going to agree with it anyhow. People are going to complain no matter what the outcome. Guaranteed if we all made our own top 10 list we’d all hate on each others.

    Props to DJTT for coming up with their own way of making their own top 100 list.
    Bigger props for actually including some Hip-Hop DJs.  

  • killerfanatics

    I don’t think it really matters how this list was made. In the end none of you were going to agree with it anyhow. People are going to complain no matter what the outcome. Guaranteed if we all made our own top 10 list we’d all hate on each others.

    Props to DJTT for coming up with their own way of making their own top 100 list.
    Bigger props for actually including some Hip-Hop DJs.  

  • erlegray

    No Mr. Scruff? Disappointing article.

  • erlegray

    No Mr. Scruff? Disappointing article.

  • erlegray

    No Mr. Scruff? Disappointing article.

  • erlegray

    No Mr. Scruff? Disappointing article.

  • erlegray

    No Mr. Scruff? Disappointing article.

  • 3aronian

    LMFAO?  OMG, WTF! LOL!

  • 3aronian

    LMFAO?  OMG, WTF! LOL!

  • 3aronian

    LMFAO?  OMG, WTF! LOL!

  • 3aronian

    LMFAO?  OMG, WTF! LOL!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dvlemus Dv Lemus

    this is a fan TOP 100 .. why daft punk is in this rank they havent do anything this year 

  • http://www.facebook.com/dvlemus Dv Lemus

    this is a fan TOP 100 .. why daft punk is in this rank they havent do anything this year 

  • http://www.facebook.com/dvlemus Dv Lemus

    this is a fan TOP 100 .. why daft punk is in this rank they havent do anything this year 

  • http://www.facebook.com/dvlemus Dv Lemus

    this is a fan TOP 100 .. why daft punk is in this rank they havent do anything this year 

  • Anonymous

    Dj Kaskade makes a minimum $200,000.00 per set see article NY Times article.  How is he ranking 27/30?
     http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/fashion/a-200000-a-night-dj-known-as-kaskade-is-really-ryan-raddon-a-mormon.html?pagewanted=all

    • Dec

      I can assure you Kaskade does not get paid $200k every night
      he performs. I work at major club where Kaskade drops by twice a year and not
      once has he been relatively close to that figure. Usually DJs get paid these
      ridiculous amounts on NYE, arena shows, and special events featuring them. Even
      Tiesto wasn’t close to $200k on Halloween.

    • Dec

      I can assure you Kaskade does not get paid $200k every night
      he performs. I work at major club where Kaskade drops by twice a year and not
      once has he been relatively close to that figure. Usually DJs get paid these
      ridiculous amounts on NYE, arena shows, and special events featuring them. Even
      Tiesto wasn’t close to $200k on Halloween.

  • Elio

    This is supposed to be about the top DJ’s of 2011 and exclusively this year, and I haven’t seen Daft Punk do any shows for a couple of years, so i don’t really understand why they’re so high up in the rankings.

  • Elio

    This is supposed to be about the top DJ’s of 2011 and exclusively this year, and I haven’t seen Daft Punk do any shows for a couple of years, so i don’t really understand why they’re so high up in the rankings.

    • bopbot

      It’s based on their standings in popular culture. An artist like Daft Punk has enough of a backlog and enough holding with fans that they’re stil extremely popular on social media sites, regardless of their output this year.

      Which Dan explains in the article.

    • bopbot

      It’s based on their standings in popular culture. An artist like Daft Punk has enough of a backlog and enough holding with fans that they’re stil extremely popular on social media sites, regardless of their output this year.

      Which Dan explains in the article.

    • bopbot

      It’s based on their standings in popular culture. An artist like Daft Punk has enough of a backlog and enough holding with fans that they’re stil extremely popular on social media sites, regardless of their output this year.

      Which Dan explains in the article.

    • bopbot

      It’s based on their standings in popular culture. An artist like Daft Punk has enough of a backlog and enough holding with fans that they’re stil extremely popular on social media sites, regardless of their output this year.

      Which Dan explains in the article.

    • bopbot

      Daft Punk has enough of a backlog and a fan following that it doesn’t matter much whether they have a relatively inactive year. The rankings are based on current social popularity, as Dan explains in the paragraphs following the article. Sorry if it was tl;dr for you.

    • bopbot

      Daft Punk has enough of a backlog and a fan following that it doesn’t matter much whether they have a relatively inactive year. The rankings are based on current social popularity, as Dan explains in the paragraphs following the article. Sorry if it was tl;dr for you.

    • bopbot

      Daft Punk has enough of a backlog and a fan following that it doesn’t matter much whether they have a relatively inactive year. The rankings are based on current social popularity, as Dan explains in the paragraphs following the article. Sorry if it was tl;dr for you.

    • bopbot

      Daft Punk has enough of a backlog and a fan following that it doesn’t matter much whether they have a relatively inactive year. The rankings are based on current social popularity, as Dan explains in the paragraphs following the article. Sorry if it was tl;dr for you.

  • Muggsy

    Horrible list. This list is filled with “Performers” not “Deejays”.

  • Anonymous

    I could care less which DJ or artist is at the top of what list. I like who I like and I don’t like who I don’t like. Whether a list matches to my taste or not? Who cares? It’s just a list.

    scamo

  • Anonymous

    I could care less which DJ or artist is at the top of what list. I like who I like and I don’t like who I don’t like. Whether a list matches to my taste or not? Who cares? It’s just a list.

    scamo

  • Anonymous

    I could care less which DJ or artist is at the top of what list. I like who I like and I don’t like who I don’t like. Whether a list matches to my taste or not? Who cares? It’s just a list.

    scamo

  • SmiTTTen

    I think this is an interesting article and fair play for
    sharing how the data was collated.  Some
    of the comments here also bang on.  For
    artists and other commercial entities, social media has taken the “like” or “follow”
    model and turned it into a currency.   If you I get 5,000 likes I will give you my
    new mix or track for free.  The thing is,
    unlike normal currency where you can spend as much as you have, with social
    media you have an unlimited supply of likes or follows but you can only spend
    them one at a time.  That creates
    motivation to have your friends help out. 
    Get everyone you know to like this page and we can get that mix or help
    Dave secure his first big DJ gig now that he has been voted the “best” DJ in
    the completion.  This may all seem pretty
    harmless but it does create artificial activity around artists which in turn
    boosts their ranking in search engines which in turn skews everything based on
    how well an artist (or their team) markets or networks for them.  

    I am sure this is great marketing data for those on the
    list.

  • SmiTTTen

    I think this is an interesting article and fair play for
    sharing how the data was collated.  Some
    of the comments here also bang on.  For
    artists and other commercial entities, social media has taken the “like” or “follow”
    model and turned it into a currency.   If you I get 5,000 likes I will give you my
    new mix or track for free.  The thing is,
    unlike normal currency where you can spend as much as you have, with social
    media you have an unlimited supply of likes or follows but you can only spend
    them one at a time.  That creates
    motivation to have your friends help out. 
    Get everyone you know to like this page and we can get that mix or help
    Dave secure his first big DJ gig now that he has been voted the “best” DJ in
    the completion.  This may all seem pretty
    harmless but it does create artificial activity around artists which in turn
    boosts their ranking in search engines which in turn skews everything based on
    how well an artist (or their team) markets or networks for them.  

    I am sure this is great marketing data for those on the
    list.

  • b-rad

    Im confused why your are averaging the values received from fb fans, twitter followers and last.fm listeners. An average isn’t a fair way to balance the values because these social media sites have varying level of significance and importance. simply totaling these values would be a better representation. but even that isn’t accurate. you should find a way to calculate a weighted average.

    overall i think this is a good idea, in the sense that both djtt rank and dj mag rank both have their failures so it is good to compare both to get a better understanding of overall popularity between varying demographics that associate with either/both social media and dj mag.

  • b-rad

    Im confused why your are averaging the values received from fb fans, twitter followers and last.fm listeners. An average isn’t a fair way to balance the values because these social media sites have varying level of significance and importance. simply totaling these values would be a better representation. but even that isn’t accurate. you should find a way to calculate a weighted average.

    overall i think this is a good idea, in the sense that both djtt rank and dj mag rank both have their failures so it is good to compare both to get a better understanding of overall popularity between varying demographics that associate with either/both social media and dj mag.

  • grifff

    I’m sorry to say this, because I usually enjoy reading DJTT, but this was pretty disappointing for me to read

  • grifff

    I’m sorry to say this, because I usually enjoy reading DJTT, but this was pretty disappointing for me to read

    • bopbot

      I’m sorry to say this, because I usually enjoy reading critical commentary, but this was pretty disappointing for me to read.

    • bopbot

      I’m sorry to say this, because I usually enjoy reading critical commentary, but this was pretty disappointing for me to read.

  • http://twitter.com/ozxmin Hypn?Z X

    Where is Ean Golden?

    • SmiTTTen

      Put to work in a space camp

    • SmiTTTen

      Put to work in a space camp

    • SmiTTTen

      Put to work in a space camp

    • SmiTTTen

      Put to work in a space camp

  • Totheleftspidey

    What about porter robinson on ride to fame list…..

  • Dddd

    LMFAO aren’t djs… 

  • freefive

    The list should be “The TOP 100 Most Popular DJ Fan Wanking List” imo.

  • Anonymous

    I find it interesting that new Trance artists such as Arty and W&W score poorly in your list.

    I think your list favors people who have been around longer and are more established. The dj mag favors those with the most active supporters. Hence the up and coming artists do poorly in your list.

    In other words: those that appeared in your why are they here list, but still made big strides in their dj mag numbers, are the ones with the most to gain. I predict that Arty will gain big time in your list if you do it again next year.

  • Guest

    no disrespect to the writer, but come on, did you really think this article would turn out that well.

    on a side not (personal) i think avicii should be higher, his fan base has skyrocketed and i mean it, ive been following him for quite some time and this year he produced some big numbers fan and show wise.

  • http://twitter.com/protocollie protocollie

    ugh wow. just wow. just WOW. i’ve never had a problem with an article posted on DJTT but this one is just painful. it was excruciating to read.

    social media numbers are as accurate as, if not less accurate than, people who purposefully go to vote for an artist because it’s SUCH a passive activity. to stuff the ballot box for a DJ in the top 100 polls you need to show up EVERY day, cast your vote, come back the next day, etc. I follow DJs I don’t even listen to on a regular basis on twitter (i follow deadmau5, for example, because he’s entertaining as a social media producer. I don’t listen to his music often or consider him one of my ‘favorite DJs.’) Lots of people will follow someone because they enjoy a single song they heard, or because their friend likes them, or because twitter suggested them as a potential follow. A lot of these DJs also run WAY longer-running (years, even) campaigns to rack up social media followers for promotional purposes, and spam bots naturally follow folks with high numbers of followers to get their names into suggested or ‘like’ lists – and these are just the ways that TWITTER can be gamed.

    Second, without nominations or write-ins from participants, how did you determine the pool of people that you would be ranking? Clearly, since you’re collecting the data passively and not through people offering up their own preferences, YOU made a pre-determination as to who the viable candidates would be. What about DJs with two names? I see feed me up there – did you take into account his popularity as Spor? What even defines ‘top?’ Sheer numbers of people who say ‘I like them?’ Does 3 1/2 hours of the same uncreative snoozecore puked from Tiesto’s CDJs to a stadium full of surface-dwellers really equal the contributions of Sasha or Hawtin or Cox?

    How about this: instead of trying to come up with arbitrary criteria by which to rank and order the people who have defined the thing that is our passion and drive in life, we say ‘hey, we’re a community, and we should recognize each person on their own merits rather than in relation to everyone else.’ To me, Carl Cox and Todd Terry will always hold a far more special place in my heart than a flash in the pan like Nero or LMFAO (no offense intended to dubstep fans, that’s solely my opinion) regardless of their fan base, and will always be number ones for me. Creating lists like this is divisive and pointless as EDM is such a varied and broad community you can’t distill everyone’s preferences down into a coherent list.

    Please don’t do something silly like this again.

    • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

      Thanks for your feedback- you brought up some good points about the passive nature of social following. While we cant please everyone, I hope you like our future articles better :) 

      • http://twitter.com/protocollie protocollie

        i have always had and will continue to have crazy respect for you, the rest of the writers here, and this site – this article just struck a nerve for me.

    • Steelo

      i totally agree with your list…

  • Pedro Pulido

    pete tha zouk in 100th?! come ooooon… seriously!!! i’m portuguese… he’s our david guetta! what do i mean by this?! well… easy! HE SUCKS and he should never EVER be on this list! he’s as comercial as david guetta and that’s why he’s got followers (followers = people with bad taste in music). what the hell makes him famous for DJing?! he’s got 2 or 3 songs that he produced and where a hit (unfortunately) but his dj sets are as lame as david guetta… this list is a JOKE! popular definitely doesn’t mean good !!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1207661468 Constantine Loukas

    Daft Punk are 28th in the DJ Mag. That’s sad…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1207661468 Constantine Loukas

    Daft Punk are 28th in the DJ Mag. That’s sad…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1207661468 Constantine Loukas

    Daft Punk are 28th in the DJ Mag. That’s sad…

    • Dec

      Sad because their last DJ gig was in Tron or because they don’t deserve a spot??

    • Matt

      Yeah and I personally consider Alive (live concert) to be the ultimate mix in term of music quality and technicity.

  • Derp

    Skrillex is a DJ now? LMFAO?

    • Spacecamp

      Yep. Or at least they’re trying to be, which then makes them viable candidates for “most popular DJs”. 

      • http://twitter.com/DJMedusaProject Cole Wilquet

        skrillex is one person lol

        • Treehopr

          The original comment referred to Skrillex and then added LMFAO, thus allowing for a plural response. The first time I read the comment I saw LMFAO as the internet acronym too. ;)

  • DJEddyV

    I reallly “laughed my fu*king ass off” when I saw LMFAO on there.

  • DJEddyV

    I reallly “laughed my fu*king ass off” when I saw LMFAO on there.

  • DJEddyV

    I reallly “laughed my fu*king ass off” when I saw LMFAO on there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stig.fostervold Stig Fostervold

    Some of the “Not ranked” made me say “what the flip yo?”, especially Amon Tobin (especially now recently with his ISAM-live show), Moby, Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and DJ Shadow.

    But something that really bugged me: Did I just not see his name, or was Richard D. James/Aphex Twin not to be found on any of the lists? If not for his incredible music and skills as a DJ, then he should still be on the list for his incredible sales.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stig.fostervold Stig Fostervold

    Some of the “Not ranked” made me say “what the flip yo?”, especially Amon Tobin (especially now recently with his ISAM-live show), Moby, Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and DJ Shadow.

    But something that really bugged me: Did I just not see his name, or was Richard D. James/Aphex Twin not to be found on any of the lists? If not for his incredible music and skills as a DJ, then he should still be on the list for his incredible sales.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stig.fostervold Stig Fostervold

    Some of the “Not ranked” made me say “what the flip yo?”, especially Amon Tobin (especially now recently with his ISAM-live show), Moby, Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and DJ Shadow.

    But something that really bugged me: Did I just not see his name, or was Richard D. James/Aphex Twin not to be found on any of the lists? If not for his incredible music and skills as a DJ, then he should still be on the list for his incredible sales.

  • Victor G

    LMFAO’s are not DJ’s….

  • Victor G

    LMFAO’s are not DJ’s….

    • guest1

      But they are more successful then you VICTOR G

      • http://twitter.com/redeyzbadman RedEyz Badman Press

        what does that have to do with?

      • http://twitter.com/redeyzbadman RedEyz Badman Press

        what does that have to do with anything? lol

        • FactorySettings

          Well the list had to do with popularity, so it seems pretty relevant to me.

  • Victor G

    LMFAO’s are not DJ’s….

  • steve109

    also in judging this purely based on mainstream popularity, you are making exactly the same mistakes that Dj Mag is criticised for. poor article

  • Steve109

    this looks like a 100 most popular PRODUCERS list, not a top 100 DJ’S list.

    • Spacecamp

      thats-the-point.jpg

  • http://twitter.com/skratchworx skratchworx

    I was going to write a piece for skratchworx to address this but I really don’t wish to give such things any coverage. Why? My take – all public awards are arbitrary meaningless bollocks.

    The word “best” is bandied around as if it is some sort of absolute black and white fact. “Best” however is nothing more than opinion, either singularly or collectively, and depends entirely on what and who you ask. Thus when any top whatever poll take place, you can guarantee that it’ll cause disappointment, accusations of rigging or some other generally negative ruckus of some sort.

    In the case of this controversial DJ Times or DJ Mag Top 100, “best” is simply a test of who has the best social media machine that can hype up fans to vote. And certainly in the case of these polls, led to region specific yawning gaps to appear. Qbert and Ztrip don’t even figure in the DJ Mag poll at all – never have, yet they fill stadiums all over the world. 

    Yes, they have fans for a reason and that generally is down to ability. So in this respect, there is a certain if small amount of validity in the results. Except of course when Pauly D gets nominated, which he does, which totally proves my point.

    “Best” in a DJ sense however is just too vague. Best at what exactly? I can scratch Paul Van Dyk under a table (yes I offered him a spot in a battle and he said “I don’t scratch” – fact), but could I whip up an arena into a frenzy? Of course not. I prostrate myself before his greatness in this respect. So what is the measure for best?

    Well there isn’t a measure at all. 

    When a public vote takes place, “best” is out of the window. Using social media scoring isn’t any good either because as Terry quite rightly points out, some amazing DJs don’t bother with social media. Seems that you can be the best just by having a good Facebook page these days. 

    So to sum up – a poll is not a fact, but is opinion and should regarded as such. Feel free to lambast the omission/inclusion of certain DJs. It all goes to show just what a lot of twaddle it really is. 

    • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

      Some important facts to consider: 

      #1 The writer never once used the word “best”. 
      #2 This list in no way attempts to evaluate who is the “best” dj. 

      #3 This list is purely statistical analysis with zero subjective opinion. 

      Some times stats reveal interesting facts which reflect reality and sometimes they are just plain irrelevant. Lot’s of really interesting and revealing things came out of our stats, which is why we shared them with our readers. 

      • http://twitter.com/skratchworx skratchworx

        I wasn’t having a pop at this article Ean. I can see that it was taking the whole idea of top/best/favourite polls to task and showing their inaccuracy via the medium of stats. I would find it hard to believe that you would actually feel that David Guetta is the best DJ in the world right? 

        I was simply expressing my own opinion in an article that between the lines seemed to say much the same thing, albeit in a slightly more diplomatic way.:)

      • Mauri Moore

        If you have 2.000 friends on FB it doen’t mean that you have more friends than another guy without FB .

        Money is the important thing here , David GUetta is popular , and he earn more money in one set than 20 djs together (same list )

        You have a parallel RANK , and because of this some of us are not agree . 

        • Guesty

          I heard pretty lights gets Guetta type money per gig, and is not on the list..

  • EthanMortensen

    girl talk isn’t a DJ…he doesn’t use turntables, controllers, traktor. I don’t even know where to begin with LMFAO…

  • Aka

    Parov Stelar is missing! … who is a excellent dj btw… (he would be top 50 in your ranking)

    • Pedro Pulido

      agree!

  • Argos

    most popular isn´t de best……

    i think is true, hi is one of the most popolar Dj ( the one te put the music on a party)

    but from his skills…………. ufffff…….

    for me the best dj today is Villalobos, the guy take 1000% risk on stage. 100% puere vinyl and 2 digy desk for loops and complements.

    for me a dj today mus have the cuality, to know the tracks his playing and meking something whit it…..

  • loco

    As I read in some of the comments, the problem with this calculation is that it doesn’t show stats for each year, which means some of these guys had twitter or fb etc. accounts before others, gaining more fans each year.  It’s an overall average but it would be more informative if we knew the current popularity of the artists, or even the popularity of a couple years ago…

    what you can do is start recording the numbers from the start of the year and see how much they have grown per year/month…

    another thing to take in mind is the subscribers to each social network… FB may have more worldwide than others for example, making it a bit more prone to have fans through that medium than say most people outside US that really dont use twitter… I’m not sure if averaging them is a good idea… I would say its better to measure the growth and growth rate of the popularity and having different charts per social service to give us an idea of what is going on inside each network…. anyway my two cents, maybe someone can build on this concept to come up with some solid numbers :D

  • Banana

    LMFA, Moby, Chemical Brothers and so on ARE NO DJS !

  • Banana

    LMFA, Moby, Chemical Brothers and so on ARE NO DJS !

  • Banana

    LMFA, Moby, Chemical Brothers and so on ARE NO DJS !

  • Banana

    LMFA, Moby, Chemical Brothers and so on ARE NO DJS !

  • Banana

    LMFA, Moby, Chemical Brothers and so on ARE NO DJS !

    • http://twitter.com/CaptArschkarte CJ Holden?!?

      Moby not a DJ? On what planet do you live? He started as one over 30 years ago, I witnessed him playing a DJ set back in 2008 and from what I’ve heard, he is still playing way more DJ sets per year than concerts!

      About the Chemical Brothers: I don’t know if they are still DJing. Most of the time they only seem to perform at festivals, but believe me, there is more than one proof out there, that they know how to use two turntables and a mixer.

  • Mauri Moore

    1)Dj Mag is not accurate , but : why are you doing this ? 
    2) DTT is not accurate (same as Dj Mag) , you have a good reputation , please : don’t do this again !

  • SourceJukebox

    I have nothing good to say so I will say nothing..but Im saying it now by typing…Oh damn it

  • Lacftb57

    dj like hardwell, tidy orjan nilsen are really great DJs, maybe not in the states but remember must people that realy vote on DJ mag are overseas, in europe those are great DJS…….dj like marcel woods, gareth emery, richard durand, cosmic gate they are no known in the states by many people but ther are here in UK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681982904 Terry Church

    Excellent work. This certainly helps open up the debate a bit more. When it comes to a popularity contest, it makes sense that we should measure the statistics most readily available and true to life: online fanbases. 

  • Don’t believe the hype!

    No Premier?  Vajra?  Qbert?  Mix Master Mike?  Craze?  I think some DJs were selectively omitted from the popularity contest?

    • Spacecamp

      Nope. Look at the spreadsheet, we ran them. 

  • Matt

    80% of these names are not even DJs, sad article for DJTT…

  • Matt

    80% of these names are not even DJs, sad article for DJTT…

  • Matt

    80% of these names are not even DJs, sad article for DJTT…

  • Matt

    80% of these names are not even DJs, sad article for DJTT…

    • http://www.facebook.com/toddkeebs Todd Keebs

      Although 80% is probably an exaggeration,  I gotta agree with this post.  Most notably in my mind are Girl Talk (who consistently proclaims “I AM NOT A DJ”) and LMFAO (who’s performance consists of two assholes jumping around looking and acting like idiots while “rapping”, a hype man who does the same without the rapping, and probably a DJ in the background somewhere).

    • http://www.facebook.com/toddkeebs Todd Keebs

      Although 80% is probably an exaggeration,  I gotta agree with this post.  Most notably in my mind are Girl Talk (who consistently proclaims “I AM NOT A DJ”) and LMFAO (who’s performance consists of two assholes jumping around looking and acting like idiots while “rapping”, a hype man who does the same without the rapping, and probably a DJ in the background somewhere).

    • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

      I agree that it’s sad the list is all producers but that is the reality today. Perhaps it might be interesting to create a list where everyone is a “pure” dj and see what that looks like but then it becomes really hard. 

      Where do you draw the line? Almost all djs produce some music, so who gets excluded? 

      • Matt

        From my point of view, you’re a DJ when you get creative in a live performance rather than playing your popular singles one after the other. I have no problem with Producers/DJs, but they have to perform on stage and go beyond their productions.  

  • *Otter*

    No Chase and Status!  WTF!!!

  • *Otter*

    No Chase and Status!  WTF!!!

  • *Otter*

    No Chase and Status!  WTF!!!

  • *Otter*

    No Chase and Status!  WTF!!!

  • jimmy

    Haha no pete tong ridiculous 

  • jimmy

    Haha no pete tong ridiculous 

  • Steve

    James Zabiela is 85th… Man Is this for real?

  • Steve

    James Zabiela is 85th… Man Is this for real?

  • rony

    You’re telling me that RJD2 is currently more popular than Avicii? Hmm…

  • rony

    You’re telling me that RJD2 is currently more popular than Avicii? Hmm…

  • Bananenbar

    o mamma mia. you joking….Richie Hawtin 18th? Sven Vath 40 and something? And Villalobos, Luciano, Marc Houle, Troy Pierce…and many others? this confirms that Dj charts mean quite nothing…

  • Bananenbar

    o mamma mia. you joking….Richie Hawtin 18th? Sven Vath 40 and something? And Villalobos, Luciano, Marc Houle, Troy Pierce…and many others? this confirms that Dj charts mean quite nothing…

  • Sam_Conduit

    PENDULUM/KNIFE PARTY??

    • Djamesburke

      pendulum are wank same beat in every track and lame vocals, poor mans prodigy and i never heard of knife party?

    • Djamesburke

      pendulum are wank same beat in every track and lame vocals, poor mans prodigy and i never heard of knife party?

    • Djamesburke

      pendulum are wank same beat in every track and lame vocals, poor mans prodigy and i never heard of knife party?

    • Djamesburke

      pendulum are wank same beat in every track and lame vocals, poor mans prodigy and i never heard of knife party?

    • Djamesburke

      pendulum are wank same beat in every track and lame vocals, poor mans prodigy and i never heard of knife party?

  • Eskei83

    No Z-Trip? No Jazzy Jeff? No DJ Revolution?

  • Eskei83

    No Z-Trip? No Jazzy Jeff? No DJ Revolution?

    • http://www.facebook.com/killerfanatics Rene Avalos

      JAZZY JEFF!!!

  • http://twitter.com/CaptArschkarte CJ Holden?!?

    You should have included Chromeo. Just like LMFAO, they are doing DJ sets too.

  • Ash

    2003 i listened to dance music and was made fun of constantly cause hip “pop” was the thing happening, david guetta teams up with all of hip “pop’s” superstars and becomes a super star himself. did he work his ass off? you can say that. did he bring this music to a new audience? definitely. does this new audience care what they listen to or listen to whatever is given? more of a rhetorical question. 2011 i dont know how to feel other than everything is starting to sound bland. david guetta won #1 based on popularity, since everyone and their mother is into electronic music now i would say this is accurate. not his fault it was bound to happen eventually. still doesnt change my #1′s gabriel and dresden!!!!! so happy they are back in full force.

  • Ash

    2003 i listened to dance music and was made fun of constantly cause hip “pop” was the thing happening, david guetta teams up with all of hip “pop’s” superstars and becomes a super star himself. did he work his ass off? you can say that. did he bring this music to a new audience? definitely. does this new audience care what they listen to or listen to whatever is given? more of a rhetorical question. 2011 i dont know how to feel other than everything is starting to sound bland. david guetta won #1 based on popularity, since everyone and their mother is into electronic music now i would say this is accurate. not his fault it was bound to happen eventually. still doesnt change my #1′s gabriel and dresden!!!!! so happy they are back in full force.

  • Ash

    lmfao……………………

  • 303bassline

    and i still don’t care

  • Acidistic

    LMFAO Should not be up there….

    • http://www.facebook.com/oakich Nikola ?oki?

      Definitely not! This is ridiculous! YOu call this guy a DJ???

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFyo-9LhMp8 (Edward Maya) Ridiculous…

      Plus, the DJ Mag vote has some influence on the positions because you rank them from 1 to 5 when you vote, so it’s not just totally based on popularity.

      I don’t know what Arty is doing so high in the list, but Hardwell had some craazy Sensation perfromances this year, collabs with Tiesto etc…

      Congratz DJTT, you made an even worse list than DJ Mag…

    • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

      this one was a tough choice. we debated their inclusion greatly but in the end decided, since they regularly dj and produce dance music – that they are no different than daft punk or skrillex. 

      • Acidistic

        There are far greater djs that deserve that spot. I understand its kind of a popularity contest but still.

  • Acidistic

    LMFAO Should not be up there….

  • Michielygil

    Kalkbrenner is not a DJ… Funny, he dislikes being called one…

  • Michielygil

    Kalkbrenner is not a DJ… Funny, he dislikes being called one…

    • Spacecamp

      We ran his numbers because DJ Mag had him on their list. I think that more qualifies him. 

    • Spacecamp

      We ran his numbers because DJ Mag had him on their list. I think that more qualifies him. 

    • Spacecamp

      We ran his numbers because DJ Mag had him on their list. I think that more qualifies him. 

  • Macheebye

    What to consider being a top DJ? Is David Guetta playing good or because he is on the top chart?

  • http://www.facebook.com/LeeZerUK Lee Grace

    thumps up i love a bit of analytical math :-) 

  • Weird

    Am I Blind..??…Where is QBert at??Can t tell me that he couldnt make it in that list!!??!

    • Spacecamp

      Sadly, he came in 126th. 

    • Spacecamp

      Sadly, he came in 126th. 

      • Guesty

        and he would get 125 No’s If he said “wanna battle?”

      • Guesty

        and he would get 125 No’s If he said “wanna battle?”

      • Guesty

        and he would get 125 No’s If he said “wanna battle?”

      • Guesty

        and he would get 125 No’s If he said “wanna battle?”

  • JesC

    I didn’t make the top 100?

    • Spacecamp

      Where yo fanz at, JesC?