DJ Magazine Unveils Its Annual Top 100 DJs List in Amsterdam

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David Guetta

Armin Van Buuren is dethroned as new champion David Guetta takes the top spot in the influential poll, while Deadmau5 lands at No. 4 and Afrojack at No. 7.

Thursday evening at Holland’s ADE conference, inside the Passanger Terminal Amsterdam, a new DJ was crowned the world’s best. David Guetta fans worldwide turned out in record numbers to place the French DJ atop the annual DJ Magazine poll, which was voted on by fans online over the past few months.

"I'm very happy of course," Guetta told the magazine about his win.

"I was thinking it was going to be impossible for anybody to replace Armin Van Buuren," he added.

Around 600,000 dance music fans voted in the annual survey, which serves as an informal barometer of how the world’s best DJs stack up amongst fans. Although bookers use different metrics to determine DJs' pay rates, the list is still an important calling card for names from Europe and beyond, especially for those who place in the top 20.

This year, the big story is how after four years at the top of the list,  Armin Van Buuren was finally dethroned. It comes as no surprise to many that Guetta was the man to wrestle away the title from Holland’s trance hero. Both as a DJ, remixer and artist, Guetta has had an incredible run of success all over the world but especially in the U.S., where his collaborations with artists such as Usher and Ludacris have topped not only dance charts, but the pop charts, too.

But the Dutch can’t feel too sad about losing the top slot to a Frenchman: three Netherlands-based DJs placed in the top 10 including Van Buuren (at No. 2 this year) Tiësto (at No. 3) and ascendant name in America, Afrojack, who took seventh place. Fedde Le Grand took the 14th spot in the annual survey.

Names closer to North American hearts include Deadmau5, who came in at No. 4 this year and Skrillex, who debuted at No. 19.

Other notable Top 10 debuts include names from Sweden, including red-hot 21-year-old house purveyor Avicii in at No. 6 and a trio of Swedes (all whom have made the list on their own in the past) known collectively as Swedish House Mafia (at No. 10 this year).

There was such a rush to see the full list and DJs such as Guetta live from the ceremony and party, that a site streaming sets from the event crashed for a short time according to tweets.