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Resident Advisor Shares its Top 100 DJ Polls for 2016

Resident Advisor has released its annual Top 100 DJs Poll in a daring attempt to try to appease underground music critics around the world.

The annual poll asks readers of the publication which serves as the authoritative voice of such 'underground' genres as house, techno, and minimal electronic music. The survey is recognized as the counterpoint to DJ Mag's yearly Top 100 DJs which highlights the biggest names in mainstream electronic music. Although Resident Advisor's rankings offer interesting food for thought about which DJs have outperformed in 2016, it does lead to some general regularities that prompt us to ask, "What does it mean to be a #1 ranked DJ?"

When ranking athletes we consider statistics to measure performance, but how does one possible measure art?

Well, it's tricky.

Without considering the total number of releases, performances, or any other possible metrics to determine a clear winner, we have to approach these rankings with a heavy dose of subjectivity. This year, Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJ rankings reflect a commonality on both ends of the mainstream vs. underground spectrum: reoccurring popularity exists in both realms.

This year, Dixon takes the crown for four years running as the Innervisions label boss continues his unwavering reign.


Jackmaster rose in rank this year from #5 to #2 after hustling 146 booked shows in 2016.


The usual suspects also rounded out the top 10, with Tale of Us, Maceo Plex, Ben UFO finding top spots for a second year running

The Black Madonna had a massive year, after gaining major notoriety in 2016 with the help of her busy tour schedule and several residencies. This year, The Black Madonna catapulted to #10 after being featured at #37 for her first entry in 2015.


Here are the DJs that cracked the Top 20, head over to Resident Advisor for the full Top 100 rankings.

1. Dixon

2. Jackmaster

3. Tale of Us

4. Maceo Plex

5. Solomun

6. Adam Beyer

7. Ame

8. Bicep

9. Ben UFO

10. The Black Madonna

11. Patrick Topping

12. Motor City Drum Ensemble

13. Ricardo Villalobos

14. Carl Cox

15. Skream

16. Ben Klock

17. The Martinez Brothers

18. Jamie Jones

19. Hunee

20. Rødhåd


H/T: Resident Advisor

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Devin Culham Staff Writer

Born and bred with the Detroit techno scene, I pledge my allegiance to the underground.

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