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DJ Mag Top 100 Attempts To Explain Their 900,000+ Votes

Shortly after the DJ Mag Top 100 was revealed, DJ Mag released an article that analyzed the votes they received. Their article focused on trends in the Top 100. It featured some interesting takeaways, as well as some pretty poor analysis.

Compared to 2013's list, this year's Top 100 had 25 different DJs. 24 of them are new entries, and Boy George was a re-entry. The inclusion of Boy George is evidence of how tone deaf this poll can be. Although Boy George is a musical legend, his inclusion on the list raises a lot of questions.

The top of the list is dominated by Dutchmen. Four of the top five come from the Netherlands: Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, and TiestoDimitri Vegas & Like Mike, who rank #2, are from Belgium. To extrapolate on the Dutch dominance, 10 of the top 20 are from the Netherlands, and nearly half of the top 40 are from the country. Overall, 30 of the top 100 are Dutch. This is amazing, considering no other country even hits double digits in DJ Mag Top 100 representatives.

Next, the analysis tries to state that the term "EDM" is on track to becoming irrelevant. Their evidence is that out of the top 100, only MAKJ named his genre as "EDM," and that most DJs are listing their genres as "house." However, what they fail to mention is that "EDM" is an umbrella term for electronic dance music. House falls squarely under the EDM umbrella, so why wouldn't DJs prefer to classify their music as house? It's a much more descriptive designation. EDM may be a term that's disliked by some of the dance music community, but it's a quick and easy way for people to talk about electronic dance music in general without getting granular. 

DJ Mag also attempted to talk about "new hardstyle talent" moving up on the list to replace Frontliner, Zatox, Headhunterz, Noisecontroller, and Wildstylez, who all moved down the list. The outlet displayed their shocking lack of knowledge when they started listing these "hardstyle producers." First off, they named VINAI and TJR as up-and-coming hardstyle producers. However, VINAI and TJR are popular for producing Melbourne Bounce, which is clearly not hardstyle. Also, DJ Mag refers to Firebeatz as a hardstyle act, but they produce electro house. It's stunning to see a highly regarded outlet display so much ignorance about genres. DJ Mag states, "Those who doubted that hardstyle could secure a foothold in mainstream club-land will have to eat their words," but their words couldn't be further from the truth.

Carl Cox, UMEK, and Richie Hawtin are the only techno DJs to make it on the chart. DJ Mag made a solid guess as to why this happened: "There are probably a couple of reasons for this — techno DJs don’t really campaign for votes, and — like clubbers from the drum & bass scene — techno aficionados don’t really vote in the poll anymore, as few of their favourites get into the chart. It’s like a vicious circle."

They end their analysis by saying Skrillex is the highest ranking bass DJ at #9, and DJ Snake is the top Trap DJ at #65. The last two sentences state: "DJ Snake is the Highest Trap DJ, helped considerably by spending much of the year on tour with Skrillex and by his big ‘Get Low’ tune with Dillon Francis. It looks like trap is here to stay." Of course, DJ Mag completely omitted "Turn Down For What," which was one of the biggest dance music hits of the year. This is weird, but not a shock considering what DJ Mag typical publishes for the masses.

If you have yet to see the full list, we've included it below.

  1. Hardwell (-)
  2. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (+4)
  3. Armin van Buuren (-1)
  4. Martin Garrix (+36)
  5. Tiesto (-1)
  6. Avicii (-3)
  7. David Guetta (-2)
  8. Nicky Romero (-1)
  9. Skrillex (+2)
  10. Steve Aoki (-2)
  11. Calvin Harris (+4)
  12. Afrojack (-3)
  13. Blasterjaxx (+58)
  14. Dash Berlin (-4)
  15. Alesso (-2)
  16. deadmau5 (-4)
  17. Showtek (+10)
  18. W&W (-4)
  19. Deorro (new entry)
  20. DVBBS (new entry)
  21. Nervo (-5)
  22. Zedd (+2)
  23. R3hab (+35)
  24. Andrew Rayel (+4)
  25. Above & Beyond (-8)
  26. Steve Angello (+6)
  27. Dyro (+3)
  28. Aly & Fila(-8)
  29. Axwell (-10)
  30. Dannic (+44)
  31. Ummet Ozcan (+68)
  32. Diplo (+32)
  33. Krewella (+11)
  34. Oliver Heldens (new entry)
  35. Fedde Le Grand (-6)
  36. Vicetone (+34)
  37. Angerfist (-3)
  38. Paul van Dyk (-6)
  39. Sebastian Ingrosso (-21)
  40. Headhunterz (-17)
  41. Borgore (new entry)
  42. DJ Kura
  43. Daft Punk (-21)
  44. Markus Schulz (-23)
  45. Frontliner (-8)
  46. Kaskade (-10)
  47. Brennan Hart (+17)
  48. Coone
  49. Infected Mushroom
  50. Laidback Luke
  51. Sander van Doorn
  52. Dada Life
  53. Knife Party
  54. Dillon Francis (+19)
  55. Yves V (new entry)
  56. Firebeatz (new entry)
  57. Porter Robinson
  58. ATB (-25)
  59. Carl Cox
  60. Eric Prdyz (-6)
  61. Gabry Ponte (new entry)
  62. VINAI (new entry)
  63. MAKJ (new entry)
  64. Radical Redemption (new entry)
  65. DJ Snake (new entry)
  66. Da Tweekaz (+20)
  67. Noisecontroller (-1)
  68. Carnage (new entry)
  69. Cosmic Gate (+11)
  70. Diego Miranda (+24)
  71. Zatox (-21)
  72. Quentin Mosimann (-3)
  73. Tenishia (-8)
  74. Gareth Emery (-23)
  75. UMEK (+22)
  76. Tiddey (+8)
  77. Zomboy (new entry)
  78. DJ BL3ND (+13)
  79. Orjan Nilsen (-30)
  80. TJR (new entry)
  81. 3LAU (new entry)
  82. Don Diablo (new entry)
  83. Madeon (-24)
  84. Wolfpack (new entry)
  85. Mike Candy (-18)
  86. Quintino (new entry)
  87. Borgeous (new entry)
  88. Audien (new entry)
  89. Boy George (re-entry)
  90. Richie Hawtin (-14)
  91. Ferry Corsten (-49)
  92. Code Black (new entry)
  93. Heatbeat (-8)
  94. Merk and Kremont (new entry)
  95. Wildstylez (-35)
  96. Bingo Players (-44)
  97. The Chainsmokers (new entry)
  98. John O'Callaghan (-16)
  99. Arty (-42)
  100. Felguk (-22)

[H/T: DJ Mag]

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