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

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.


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.


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.


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
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)
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.


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