DJ Mag Top 100 DJs


I took a glance at this year’s “Top 100 DJs” list from DJ Mag and got really fed up. 


To be fair, at least from my perspective, this list has never been taken seriously amongst the DJ community anyway. But in 2013, it’s more of a joke than ever. 


These 100 DJs, headed by “Hardwell” represent a certain breed of EDM producer, as well as upstarts who are way more concerned with their “brand” than anything to do with actual DJing. 


(For the record, an actual “DJ”, in my books, is simply someone who can provide some SKILLS, RECORD SELECTION or PERSONALITY to a party). 


I thought to myself – “I can reel of at least 100 DJs who are better than this!”. So I did. 


Train of thought-style, here are my Top 100 DJs. 


It wasn’t hard to come up with them – in fact, I didn’t spend much time, so I’m sure I’ve forgotten a bunch of great DJs. And for that, I apologise.


This is simply a list of 100 DJs who I have seen play, who I thought represent the skill-set better than anyone else.


It isn’t a “throwback” list of old school DJs by someone who thought that music was better “back in the day”. Everyone here is out there, doing shows right now. In fact there’s a bunch of up-and-coming DJs. 


There are DJs representing every dance music genre you could think of – trap, moombahton, bass, dancehall, hip-hop, breaks, drum & bass. Even some AV DJs. And a beatboxer (who’s still a better DJ than most people on the original “Top 100” list!). 


I even put myself in there at number 20, because it’s my list and I can do that! 


There are probably some people here that you haven’t heard of – I recommend you check them out if you get the chance. 


And actually, there are 2 or 3 DJs that cross-over with DJ Mag’s list – so, hey, they got it about 2% right as far as I’m concerned!


All art is subjective – this is for you to discuss, and tell me where I got it wrong. 


One thing’s for sure – it’s definitely a realer list than that selection of trance producers campaigning for votes. 


1. Q-Bert

2. Biz Markie

3. Z-Trip

4. Kid Koala

5. Spinbad

6. DJ Riz

7. A-Trak

8. David Rodigan

9. DJ Premier

10. Craze

11. Zane Lowe

12. Jazzy Jeff

13. Kid Capri

14. Babu

15. Shortkut

16. DJ Shadow

17. Norman Jay

18. Q-Tip

19. Shortkut

20. DJ Yoda

21. Kayper

22. A-Skillz

23. Doorly

24. The Nextmen

25. Mark Ronson

26. Cut Chemist

27. J-Rocc

28. Diplo

29. Fake Blood

30. Krafty Kuts

31. Sampology

32. Cosmo Baker

33. Nick Thayer

34. Annie Mac

35. Peanut Butter Wolf

36. DJ MK

37. Mr Thing

38. Neil Armstrong

39. Thee Mike B

40. Toddla T

41. Skream

42. Edan

43. Mike 2600

44. Klever

45. DJ Woody

46. Jack Beats

47. Dave Nada

48. Hudson Mohawke

49. Excel

50. DJ Spinna

51. Mighty Mi

52. Gabriel Heatwave

53. Tittsworth

54. Plastician

55. Erol Alkan

56. Dillon Francis

57. DJ Scene

58. Heroes x Villains

59. Mistajam

60. Jay Fay

61. Beardyman

62. DJ Zinc

63. JFB

64. Sabo

65. Jaguar Skills

66. DJ Cheeba

67. Andy George & Jaymo

68. DJ Vice

69. Brillz

70. Shy FX

71. DJ Marky

72. Zombie Disco Squad

73. Mixmaster Mike

74. Emynd

75. DJ Kormac

76. Mr Scruff

77. B Traits

78. Kutski

79. Herve

80. DJ Hype

81. D-Nice

82. Eats Everything

83. DJ Ayres

84. DJ Sega

85. Kissy Sell Out

86. Rusko

87. Yousef

88. Shiftee

89. Vajra

90. DJ Switch

91. Ali Shaheed Mohammed 

92. Matman

93. Martelo

94. Julio Bashmore

95. Kentaro

96. Rob Da Bank

97. Just Blaze

98. Rustie

99. Buraka Som Sistema

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