DJ Mag Reveals Alternative Top 100 DJs 2019, Based On Beatport Sales

DJ Mag Reveals Alternative Top 100 DJs 2019, Based On Beatport Sales

This year, as it has for the past few years, the DJ Mag Top 100 generated a heaping amount of hate and criticism of the popular publication, putting into question the list’s legitimacy and relevancy in the scene today. In response to this, last year, DJ Mag partnered with Beatport for a new, alternative, techno-centric Top 100 list.

The list is “generated by combining Top 100 DJs voting data with techno and house sales data from the world’s largest online electronic music shop.”

DJ Mag brought the list back again this year with much the same results, except with a few big new names in the top 10: Fisher, Charlotte De Witte, and Peggy Gou. These three have has a massive 2019 and their place in the top 10 definitely reflects it.

Check out the alternative top 100 below, and let us know what you think of this list versus the main Top 100.

1. Carl Cox
2. Adam Beyer
3. Claptone
4. Nina Kraviz
5. Fisher
6. Richie Hawtin
7. Charlotte De Witte
8. Peggy Gou
9. Boris Brejcha
10. Marco Carola
11. Solardo
12. Black Coffee
13. Paul Kalkbrenner
14. Solomun
15. Sven Väth
16. Maceo Plex
17. Fatboy Slim
18. Green Velvet
19. Amelie Lens
20. Kölsch
21. Camelphat
22. Loco Dice
23. Seth Troxler
24. Jamie Jones
25. Hot Since 82
26. Tale Of Us
27. Mark Knight
28. Sasha Down
29. Kerri Chandler
30. Ellen Alien
31. Joris Voorn
32. The Black

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7-Time Top Hard Dance Act Headhunterz Quits DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Contest

7-Time Top Hard Dance Act Headhunterz Quits DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Contest

Headhunterz was recently voted top hard dance act by DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs poll — but this will be the last time he carries the torch.

The DJ/producer just announced he’s dropping out of the competition after coming in at number 29 for 2019. In what he describes as a decision from the heart, Headhunterz believes this is the best move for himself personally and also what makes sense for his career.

Headhunterz states in the video below:

I feel that I live in a scene that we all built from the ground up together. We all deserve credit for that. Not even only the artists, but also the crowd. It’s a small scene where we all need each other. 

Also, for me personally, I feel the need to take that weight off my shoulders — to have the feeling that I have to hold up this position as the number one hard dance act — it doesn’t feel right anymore.

Moving forward, Headhunterz hopes to put the focus on himself, growing his label, and helping other artists along. To him, being named top hard dance act seven times is enough.

Grab tickets to see Headhunterz on tour here.

Headhunterz Quits DJ Mag Top 100

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German DJ Skee Mask Calls Out DJ Mag For "Incredibly Racist Top 100 White DJs Shit"

German DJ Skee Mask Calls Out DJ Mag For “Incredibly Racist Top 100 White DJs Shit”

DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list was revealed this past weekend, including a diverse range of producers including Peggy Gou, Black Coffee, Carl Cox, Charlotte De Witte, Alison Wonderland, KSHMR, Deorro, Carta, and more. While it’s great to see so many different names on the list this year, German DJ SKEE MASK, who is white, and has never been on the Top 100, has called out the publication for its “incredibly racist top 100 white djs shit.”

The response came after DJ Mag reported on a new EP from SKEE MASK coming out on the label Ilian Tape.

“please don’t mention my name anymore until you quit this incredibly racist top 100 white djs shit…,” he wrote, “even if some stupid people voted instead of your staff you can’t be serious about this!!!!”

For reference, all of the DJs I mentioned in the first paragraph are either women or people of color. Not mentioned in the paragraph but still on the list are Carl Nunes, Diego Miranda, Alok, and Afrojack.

Calling a list racist that is governed by the votes people submit is seeing the problem but missing the target. Dance music, and indeed many areas of life, suffer from some degree of institutionalized racism. And

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San Holo Trolls DJ Mag 100 Top DJs In Hilarious Video [WATCH]

San Holo Trolls DJ Mag 100 Top DJs In Hilarious Video [WATCH]

San Holo is really torn up over this DJ Mag 100 Top DJs thing…

Just kidding, he’s actually not.

In the video below, the producer takes to Twitter to share his feelings about the annual list, which officially announced over the weekend. “I’m sorry for failing you guys,” he jokes.

Unfortunately, San Holo didn’t make the list this year, but there are no actual hard feelings. His video simply trolls the entire ranking process and he has a point. Although, the DJ/producer does deserve some sort of acting award, because his performance is top notch.

The moral of the story here is that there’s no way to really rank an artist — and no need to. Art is subjective and should speak for itself. A DJ/producer doesn’t gain any real value from making a list, except maybe bragging rights and a higher paycheck.

We definitely feel him on this — but we’re still suckers for a good list. What do you think?


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Illenium Enters DJ Mag Top 100 DJs List Strong at 64

Illenium is tearing it up in 2019 and DJ Mag has taken notice. The DJ/producer enters the publication’s coveted Top 100 DJs list, holding it down strong at 64, just barely missing the highest new entry to Fisher at 63.

Entering so high on the list speaks volumes to Illenium’s massive talent and insane following. Not to mention, this year has been a huge one.

In 2019, Illenium dropped his third studio album Ascend, took on Madison Square Garden, and sold out three nights of Red Rocks (though the first night was canceled due to weather).

Illenium’s steady rise over the past few years is championed by this honor.

See his chat with DJ Mag below.

Illenium – Top 100 DJs – No. 64


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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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It’s that time of year again, when tempers flare and questions are raised about, “Why isn’t my favorite DJ number one?!” Yes, the DJ Mag Top 100 is being revealed today. We’ve already put out our own predictions for the top 10 this year, which has Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike regaining their #1 title over Martin Garrix. But in reality, who knows!

This year has been through the ringer as far as upsets, newcomers, and lapses. Plenty of DJs have been taking breaks from touring that would have them out of the public eye compared to past years, while plenty of others have ramped up their touring and are in front of more people than ever before.

Touring isn’t everything though, as producers also have to release music consistently to keep their fanbase engaged. How often a producer releases music varies from individual to individual, but safe to say that if someone hasn’t released a song all year, they probably won’t fare too well on the list.

DJ Mag is announcing the Top 100 live on Twitter right now! See the full list UPDATED LIVE below as we approach the final #1 DJ of 2019!

DJ Mag Top 100

100. Solomun [Down 9]
99. Swanky Tunes [Down 28]
98. Florian Picasso [Down 36]
97. Henry PFR [New Entry]
96. D.O.D [New Entry]
95. Sub Zero Project [New Entry]
94. Rave Republic [Up 4]
93. Julian Jordan [Re-Entry]
92. Daddy’s Groove [Down 12]
91. Paul Kalkbrenner [Up 4]

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