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Breaking Down The 2019 DJ Mag Top 100

The last couple years in EDM have seen a considerable amount of upheaval. DJs overall are being more open about their mental health, leading to inconsistent touring, as well as engendering them with a broader audience. New artists are making waves, main stage DJs are stagnating, and younger artists are showing their stamina and drive more than ever. Now that the full results of this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 have been revealed, let’s take an in depth look at how this year compares to previous years.


New blood

Whereas 2017 has sixteen new entries, 2018 only had five. This year, there were twelve new entries, including two powerhouse women in techno, Peggy Gou and Charlotte De Witte. Other names like Henri PFR, Solardo, and Deniz Koyu have been in the game for a while and seem to be finally gaining recognition, at least within the scope of the Top 100.

But notable among the new names are Illenium and Fisher, who came in at 64 and 63, respectively. Illenium has long been eligible for the list, but it appears that his notoriety has finally hit a fever pitch. With major shows at Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks, as well as a stellar third album, he deserved it this year more than ever. On the same note, Fisher has become something of an icon and his placement in the list is no surprise at all.

Women continue to rise

Four women made it on the DJ Mag

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DJ Mag Top 100 - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Reclaim #1

DJ Mag Top 100 – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Reclaim #1

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have done it!


The dynamic duo has officially been named DJ Mag‘s No. 1 DJ act for 2019, reclaiming the top spot after four years.

The duo, consisting of brothers Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios, also received the top honor in 2015 and were ranked No. 2 in recent years — 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. It was only a matter of time before they took over again.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have experienced a big year in 2019 — which marked the launch of their own eSports organization and new Mortal Kombat game. They also collaborated with Paris Hilton, headed up Tomorrowland Winter and even gotten into acting.

Previously, Martin Garrix held down the title for three years running.

Huge congrats to Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike! They have a lot to celebrate today.

See the 2019 DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list in full here.

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