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DJ Mag Top 100 Results 2015 Are An Embarrassment to Dance Music

Friday, October 16, 2015
Daniel Taibleson
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No Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, we will not "Fucking Jump!" for your award ceremony performance. In fact, because the 2015 DJ Mag Top 100 results are so unequivocally horrendous, we're going to do something completely different: We're going to talk about why we should ignore them forever. I HAVE posted the 2015 results below because they are relevant to making this final point, but this will be the last time I talk about them. Related: WHAT DOES THE DJ MAG TOP 100 POLL ACTUALLY MEASURE? Some food for thought: The US president is not elected by a popular vote (we use the electoral college). The Grammy's are not a popular vote. The Oscars are not a popular vote. Why? Two reasons.
  1. They can be too easily manipulated without a governing body overseeing the selections
  2. The general public doesn't know what's good for them. They've proven it time and time again. It's the same reason fashion design isn't done by popular vote.
Some sports leagues let fans pick the players for all-star games, but that's pretty much the only time I'm okay with with a popular voting process because I'll argue that it doesn't end up having as detrimental of an effect on the entire industry as the DJ Mag Top 100 poll does. There are times when I'm talking to older people or new friends that aren't into EDM and I'm literally embarrassed to tell people that I founded this website because of what they believe "EDM" is. They associate "EDM" with acts like Hardwell and Martin Garrix which couldn't be farther from the truth when it comes to my taste in music. And I've written about it before, discussing my displeasure with Diplo and Skrillex for working with Justin Bieber, proclaiming it is exactly everything that's wrong with "EDM." I'm pissed off because I'm extremely careful about who I associate myself with and the DJ Mag Top 100 poll is making me, and anyone who is a fan of dance music, look like an ass for being associated with the entire genre of "EDM" (which really isn't a genre at all, but again, outsiders don't understand the complexity and amount of genres that exist under the electronica/dance music umbrella). It's embarrassing guys. And every year it's the same thing. So I'm going to use this opportunity to speak on behalf of everyone at OTB: We refuse to accept this poll as a realistic measurement of skill or talent and it should not be used as a booking tool by promoters. I'm not going to waste more time talking about all of the ways that certain artists manipulate the system to rank higher or how DJ Mag ranks people higher for buying more advertising from them, those articles have been done and they're out there. If you really care about what kind of music you listen to (and you should, just do a simple Google search) and you'll find all of the information you need to come to your own conclusion. You guys, just look at this: 57. Eric Prydz 56. Markus Schulz 55. Porter Robinson Eric Prydz is ranked 57th? You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that's not right. I don't even know what to say to that... Krewella is ranked higher than Kaskade? Kaskade is ranked 84? Do we live in a parallel universe where worse DJ's and Producers get ranked better than good ones? Because that's what it feels like. And how is Dannic ranked higher than Above & Beyond? That is a slap in the face I'm not willing to accept. Why is Dannic Ranked in the top 30 at all?!?! I dare anyone to provide a valid explanation in the comments. Better yet, why isn't Dannic Headlining festivals while Eric Prydz is? In fact, if you think I'm the crazy one and just completely out of touch with what should be labeled as GOOD dance music, please, convince me in the comments why I'm in the wrong and if your argument is convincing enough I'll hand over the keys to this website. Because if this is it...we're in serious trouble and it's not even worth my time anymore. On the flip side, if you agree with me, please, let me know by sharing this post with your friends on social media and commenting below; I need some sort of confirmation from the universe that I'm not going crazy. I feel like Mugatu from Zoolander right now. mugatu This list can go fuck itself and honestly, if you agree with it, you can go fuck yourself, because you are an uneducated fuck that knows nothing about dance music. And Fuck 7up for sponsoring this shit. If anyone at their agency actually knew anything about Dance Music they wouldn't have gotten involved in such a horribly ran vote.

The 2015 DJ Mag Top 100

100. Knife Party 99. Cosmic Gate 98. Galantis 97. Swanky Tunes 96. Mike Candys 95. Tujamo 94. Miss K8 93. Quentin Mosimann 92. Andy C 91. MaRLo 90. Sander van Doorn 89. Robin Schulz 88. Carnage 87. Zatox 86. Flux Pavilion 85. Ferry Corsten 84. Kaskade 83. MAKJ 82. ATB 81. Krewella 80. Quintino 79. Da Tweekaz 78. Will Sparks 77. Chuckie 76. Yellow Claw 75. Netsky (Highest D&B Entry) 74. Borgeous 73. Frontliner 72. Radical Redemption 71. Tenishia 70. UMEK 69. Daft Punk 68. Borgore 67. Dillon Francis 66. Firebeatz 65. Disclosure 64. Laidback Luke 63. Carl Cox 62. Tchami 61. Kura 60. Danny Avila 59. DJ Chetas 58. Diego Miranda 57. Eric Prydz 56. Markus Schulz 55. Porter Robinson 54. Major Lazer 53. Brennan Heart 52. WolfPack 51. Richie Hawtin 50. Vicetone 49. Coone 48. Headhunterz 47. Shogun 46. Tom Swoom 45. Jack Ü 44. Alok 43. VINAI 42. Aly & Fila 41. Paul van Dyk 40. Andrew Rayel 39. Bassjackers 38. Angerfist 37. Showtek 36. Ummet Ozcan 35. Fedde Le Grand 34. Yves V 33. Kygo 32. DJ Snake 31. Steve Angello 30. Don Diablo (highest climb) 29. Above & Beyond 28. Deorro 27. Dyro 26. Dannic 25. deadmau5 24. Nervo 23. KSHMR (highest new entry) 22. Zedd 21. R3hab 20. Diplo 19. Blasterjaxx 18. Nicky Romero 17. Axwell /\ Ingrosso (highest collaboration) 16. DVBBS 15. Dash Berlin 14. W&W 13. Alesso 12. Oliver Heldens (highest house DJ) 11. Calvin Harris 10. Steve Aoki 9. Skrillex (highest dubstep) 8. Afrojack 7. Avicii 6. David Guetta 5. Tiesto 4. Armin van Buuren (highest trance) 3. Martin Garrix 2. Hardwell 1. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike The entire EDM community should be embarrassed and ashamed that we put any sort of value on this list. Related: FUNNY OR DIE JOINS THE FIGHT AGAINST THE DJ MAG TOP 100