DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll has become an influential ratification of the hottest DJ’s out over the past few years and is now announcing the results for the second year in a row with the poll being fully based on a public vote. In conjunction with Trackitdown, a widely known digital market for electronic dance music, an annual buzz as to whom is becoming the best new entry, taking the largest climb upwards and whom is elected the winner begins in post-summer to run through to the prestigious Amsterdam Dance Event – the week-long festival which is becoming more significant to the EDM industry by the day.

In terms of confusion concerning the results; many have come to judge and rate the world’s DJ’s along with their placings on the poll which, in truth, has come to be based principally on the CD-spinner’s performances on the charts and as producers instead of what it ultimately was intended to rate – mixing and general DJ skills. Although skillful discjockey’s like James Zabiela may not place themselves and their outstanding knowledge on everything mixing and transitions at the forefront, one should keep in mind the top 100 results are only approximations as to who are the most renowned names in modern-day clubland, despite the fact that an appearance on the poll is indeed a prestigious award to any DJ and/or producer.

In an epoch where DJ’s are like the modern-day rockstars and attract thousands and thousands of raving club-goers to, if not such festivals as Ultra in Miami, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy, Electric Zoo and Sensation, weekly events in nearby clubs and venues across the globe, this poll is now a solid and utmostly intriguing statement as to whom has had a successful year and who has not. Be sure to scim through the listed results after the break and compare them to the results of 2010.

Congratulations to David Guetta for taking over pole position after a 4 year supremacy of Armin van Buuren, to Avicii, Afrojack and Swedish House Mafia for fighting themselves into the top 10, to Skrillex for the best new entry, to Calvin Harris for the biggest climb and a big congratulations to talents like Hardwell, Alesso, AN21 and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike for finally breaking themselves into the DJ Mag top 100 poll.

Awards ceremony at Amsterdam Dance Event

Armin van Buuren live set at the DJ Mag award party during Amsterdam Dance Event

David Guetta live set at the DJ Mag award party during Amsterdam Dance Event

Markus Schulz live set at the DJ Mag award party during Amsterdam Dance Event

The top 100 DJ’s of 2011:

01. David Guetta (up 1)
02. Armin van Buuren (down 1)
03. Tiësto (non-mover)
04. Deadmau5 (non-mover)
05. Above & Beyond (non-mover)
06. Avicii (up 33)
07. Afrojack (up 12)
08. Dash Berlin (up 7 )
09. Markus Schulz (down 1)
10. Swedish House Mafia (up 13)
11. Paul van Dyk (down 5)
12. Axwell (down 2)
13. Gareth Emery (down 6)
14. Fedde Le Grand (up 5)
15. ATB (down 4)
16. Sander van Doorn (down 4)
17. Headhunterz (up 17)
18. Ferry Corsten (down 9)
19. Skrillex (BEST new entry)
20. Laidback Luke (down 3)
21. Infected Mushroom (down 8 )
22. Aly & Fila (down 2)
23. Steve Angello (down 9)
24. Hardwell (new entry)
25. Arty (up 53)
26. Sebastian Ingrosso (down 10)
27. Benny Benassi (down 1)
28. Daft Punk (up 16)
29. Martin Solveig (up 26)
30. Kaskade (up 5)
31. Carl Cox (down 9)
32. Chuckie (up 5)
33. Bob Sinclar (up 5)
34. Calvin Harris (up 60)
35. Noisecontrollers (up 55)
36. W&W (up 36)
37. Pete tha Zouk (up 44)
38. Dada Life (up 38)
39. Angerfist (new entry)
40. D Block & S Te Fan (up 33)
41. Coone (new entry)
42. Steve Aoki (new entry)
43. Cosmic Gate (down 19)
44. Bobina (down 19)
45. Richie Hawtin (down 14)
46. Eric Prydz (down 16)
47. Zatox (new entry)
48. tyDi (up 8 )
49. Orjan Nilsen (new entry)
50. Andy Moor (down 18)
51. Roger Shah (down 17)
52. John O’Callaghan (down 19)
53. Astrix (up 6)
54. Erick Morillo (down 6)
55. John Digweed (down 26)
56. Wolfgang Gartner (up 14)
57. DJ Feel (down 16)
58. Showtek (up 33)
59. Richard Durand (down 5)
60. Umek (down 10)
61. Skazi (up 22)
62. Paul Kalkbrenner (up 22)
63. Sasha (down 36)
64. Eddie Halliwell (down 17)
65. Moonbeam (down 23)
66. Myon & Shane 54 (down 4)
67. Judge Jules (down 23)
68. Matt Darey (down 16)
69. Paul Oakenfold (down 18)
70. Alesso (new entry)
71. Mark Knight (down 18)
72. Sean Tyas (down 27)
73. Mat Zo (down 7)
74. Lange (down 30)
75. Joachim Garraud (down 32)
76. Simon Patterson (down 48)
77. Francis Davila (new entry)
78. Psyko Punkz (new entry)
79. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (new entry)
80. Wildstylez (new entry)
81. Roger Sanchez (down 17)
82. Hernan Cattaneo (down 25)
83. Tritonal (new entry)
84. DJ Vibe (up 16)
85. AN21 (new entry)
86. Bloody Beetroots (non-mover)
87. Felguk (new entry)
88. Nero (new entry)
89. Juanjo Martin (new entry)
90. Boy George (down 10)
91. Tenishia (new entry)
92. Sidney Samson (new entry)
93. Dirty South (down 18)
94. James Zabiela (down 45)
95. Marcel Woods (down 32)
96. Porter Robinson (new entry)
97. Sven Väth (down 39)
98. Brennan Heart (new entry)
99. Leon Bolier (down 31)
100. Boys Noize (down 28)


67 Comments to “DJ Mag Top 100 – 2011 Results”

  • Dirty South 93:a och Avicii 6:a, hahaha vilket skämt!

  • orkar inte den här listan, sen när blev Dj:andet ett enda stort battle??
    ”drick lite drinkar, spela lite house(techno, trance or what ever), va fan e grejen!”

  • största skämtet, david guetta?? vad fan finns det för folk där ute

  • i wanna know some answers , 1st why do david take the top dj !!! ????
    he didnt give a perfect album it was very bad when compare 2 one love :S:S
    he doesnt have a good radio show :S the only thing he did was the tomorrowland but that consider as one thing ….. in my opinion A&B they deserve the 1st place ..
    2nd , why do tiesto still in the 3rd place :S:S???
    also why markus still in the top 10 ???
    it must be one thing from two , the people are going crazy or the djmag dont want any of the trance family to take the fire from armin and lead us !!
    3rd Chuckie is 32 :O !!!!
    plzzz think before u vote :)

  • soo happy alesso and hardwell made it into the list :D

  • Eric prydz 46, Morillo 54, Dirty South 93 ahahah and where’s arno cost and jeremy olander ??
    well i’m not even surprised , this poll is a joke as always. i dont know why i even vote

  • That poll is such trash.

  • Håller helt med JR, men Dirty South är lätt att glömma bort tyvärr.

  • Lists like these proves that the majority of humans are fucking idiots. This is why bush was re-elected, this is why Hitler could almost take over the world, this is why our TV agenda is Top Model, Project fuckway, and dinner with shitty C-celebs who cant cook for shit.


  • Fan vad skönt att inte Max Vangeli tog sig in på listan öht! Haha

  • No Thomas Gold either which is a huge joke in itself.

  • Alesso 70? WTF! This pole has no legitimacy based on that alone. Avicii 6? Seriously? How does SHM move up and the 3 of them individually all move down? Makes no sense… oh did I mention David Guetta is a joke…. and why is Skrillex so high?

    My pole:
    1. Swedish House Mafia
    2. Avicii
    3. Alesso
    4. Kaskade
    5-100. I could care less…

  • Mark Knight should be way higher as well 71st? Really? His label Toolroom Records is constantly destroying beatport, and his sets have been blowing up all over the world. A super show at Space this summer which I saw him at….Glad to see Calvin Harris have a huge jump, arno cost, thomas gold and NORMAN DORAY arent in there? Pshh..super glad I voted for Alesso and he got on the list this year though…and skrillex..really..hes a bum.

  • @Fettan rofl dude haha big words and they all hurt beacuse they are sadly but true.


  • I wish Nicky Romero, John Dahlback, Thomas Gold made the list.

    Kaskade voted best DJ in the US yet isn’t even in the top 20 in the world?

    AN21 makes it and Max Vangeli doesn’t?

    Personally think you could almost shift the entire section of 23-34 towards the top and have a more accurate list.

  • Sjukt, Avicii försökte inte ens få röster, ändå bränner han upp 33 platser??

  • Kom ihåg att det är TOPP DJ och inte TOPP PRODUCER. Anyways, så är det sjukt sorgligt att Guetta tar hem första platsen i år igen… Hans fanbase verkar ju iaf inte förstå skillnaden mellan DJ och producent eftersom i hans armada av promotions-videos till DJ Mag så är alltid kommentarer iform av ”Ah hell yeah luv all guettas song his def the best dj out there and i’m def voting for him in dj mag”

    Aja, det är alltså en ny generation fans därute, t.e.x ”John Digweed (down 26)” och ”Avicii (up 33)” säger ju lite om de som röstar. MEN såklart är det roligt med förändringar. Är sjukt glad för Avicii’s skull. Han är väl den svensk som har varit högst upp på listan eller? Axwell var ju tia förra året men har någon varit högre innan dess?

  • Listan är ett skämt, vart fan är Dahlbäck liksom? AN21 hör inte hemma på listan, Boys Noize som nr 100? han äger upp väldigt många på denna listan jävligt hårt. Väldigt märklig lista överhuvudtaget. Många som förtjänar högra rank och många som inte förtjänar att vara med på listan.

    SHM gick ju ut med att man inte skulle rösta på dem utan att man istället skulle rösta på alla individuellt, verkar som många inte fattade det eftersom dom kom 10.

  • Sååå jävla glad för avicii ! Kör på kungen

  • guetta on 1, well deserved!

  • at least shm made it on top 10 next year theyll be nr.1 its just sad that some1 like guetta got on the 1st place…and where the fuck is thomas gold? lmao

  • DJ-Kungen Avicii, eller..?

  • FUCK AVICII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!

  • THIS IS PATHETIC!!! Avicii på 6e?!! ALLVARLIGT. Vem bjuder på mest show, han eller Axwell? Han eller Steve? Han eller Seb? Han eller SHM? Han eller Dirty South?…………………………………………………………….

  • Var fan är John Dahlbäck?!?!?

  • Listan är ett skämt! Vissa förtjänar sin plats, många andra inte… Den här killen AN21 är ju ofattbar, hur kan han hamna på listan men inte John Dahlbäck?! Sedan Borde Wolfgang Gartner hamna mycket högre, men men….

  • Haha wtf Guetta nr. 1??!!

    Yeah maybe the number 1 of mainstream shit music!

  • Är ju inte särskilt förvånad att comercial house djs hamnar högt då dom har så många
    Ovetande om house som röstar, det är en skam.. Den här
    Listan är dock så jag förväntade Mig haha, vilket inte glädjer
    Mig. Känns som de med mest fans och som gör mest reklam för röstning på djtop100 är
    De som placerar sig högt. Dock väldigt kul med

  • Sjukt kul med Alesso på listan! På så kort tid lyckats få sig ett namn och komma med på top 100. Välförtjänat!

  • Ang. Dahlbäck vet nog de flesta som sett honom live att han ler knappt när han lirar, senast jag såg honom såg han ut som han programerade en dator snarare än gjorde ett ”fett” Dj-set – han verkar aldrig ha kul när han lirar. Absolut att han borde vara med, men en annorlunda DJ är han inte.

    Förmodligen därför duos som Dada Life åker upp 38 platser.

  • Haha, varför klankar så mycket folk på Guetta? Han är ju fruktansvärt duktig vid spelarna. Även om jag inte är ett fan av hans radiolåtar, så var elektroniska utgåvan av Nothing but the beat riktigt tung faktiskt.

    Sen får man ju numera räkna med att kombinera årets producent med DJ, eftersom desto bättre eget material, nya låtar och egna mixar desto bättre/häftigare framträdande. Det finns ju otroligt många duktiga lokala Djs över hela världen som nog antagligen är tekniskt mkt bättre än alla på den här listan men sen så gäller det ju att göra ngt unikt.

  • guetta och avicii bland top 10….
    nästa år röstar jag på FLO-RIDA. eller LMFAO!!!

  • Frågan kvarstår, varför är AN21 på listan? Vem slösar sin röst på honom liksom…


    RA:s top 100 är så mycket bättre

  • Daniel: Den topplistan är från förra året?

  • Att Avicii ens är med i listan är ett skämt. Att han gör mainstream dagislåtar till14+ folket är en sak, men killen kan inte DJ:a. Denna lista borde heta ”Top 100 electronic mainstream artists”.

    Vad är nästa grej lägg in Sebjak och Max Vangeli i top 10 vettja.

    Gold, Tort och Kurd Maverick inte ens med MORILLO INTE ENS TOP 10(!).

    Så bra var denna lista

  • why dj mainstram could win? its such a shit!
    i’m lucky that hardwell mada a big jump to the top!

  • Vem vare som fuckin’ rösta?

    Och var fan är Joris Voorn? Skandal!

  • Tycker vi alla röstar fram Don Omar som #1 för hitlåten ”Danza Kuduro” hahahah, typ samma skämt som att David Guetta tar första platsen istället för Armin, helt sinnessjukt, nej min vote går isf hellre till Don Omar, värdelös lista hahaha

  • Skrillex (best new entry) IUHSIAUSHAIUSHAISUAHSIU’ KILLER!!!!!

  • Listan är för i helvete tragisk! Visar ju hur kass musiksmak folk har..

  • Man kan ju tydligt se genom att jämföra Resident Advisor och Dj Mag´s listor att housemusiken går åt två olika håll.

    Att inte ens Steve Lawler finns med på Dj Mag är ett stort jävla skämt, likaså att Boys Noize ligger sist. Det största skämtet är att Eric Prydz endast ligger 46:a då han har tagit djandet till en helt ny nivå med sitt EPIC projekt.

    Detta handlar bara om vilka artister som lyckats bäst att nå ut till den breda målgruppen. Det handlar inte heller om vilken DJ som är bäst utan vilken producent som är bäst.

    House-scenen är dagens pop, vilket är skitkul. En värdig dj ska fylla stora arenor, få igång publiken och leverera, inte köpa loss Akon och lansera skiten i USA….

  • Loool just read all of your comments here and we see why the pole is soo off…its called opinion…everybody has a different one…also there are diff styles, diff blogs about EDM you maybe dont like or kinda ignore and so you only read blogs that favour your taste.
    But it is more about the producing rather the Dj skills…maybe they should make seperate lists, but people would probably still vote for Guetta in Dj Skilles, or producing…that the problem if you make it broadly available for everybody. Maybe they should make it more internal ? but thats hard to do and we want EDM to grow …even if it means Guetta Nr.1…he did a lot to make it mainstream and public, dont forget that…but yea a Placement between 10-30 would have made it as well !

  • Avicii… AND Guetta?!

  • schumi.. who wanted EDM to become mainstream? I sure didnt

  • As long as the individuals of SHM (Axwell, Angelo and Ingrosso) went down more than SHM went up on the list I’m super happy. Never the less, that they all were beaten by Mr. Berg. That makes me smile all the way.

    At least Avicii made commercial house, not some sing-a-long pop song and copy cat dub step wannabe track. And furthermore Avicii didn’t even promote the poll at all, with only one forth (1/4) of the fans on FB compared to SHM he made 6th place, 4 above SHM.

    That’s a sign SHM should take seriously – 10th place is a serious downer for SHM after their effort in 2010/11. They blew it when it came to their original fans, they blew it as individuals. Well deserved drop at least for Angelo and his response to the video of he faking earlier this year. Arrogant bastard….

    Except for what I commented above I really don’t care that much – Deadmau5 deserves the 4th place for his efforts and not selling out/going commercial like most of the other top 10 artists. He just make genuine music…

    I love EDM but not the commercial part of it…. so I listen to what I like, and skip the rest!!

  • Guetta 1.????? where is Rihanna?


    What video of Steve Angello are you talking about? I am very curious about this.

  • Jack:

    Here is the video:

    In addition you should check his response on FB here:

    I can understand the mechanics behind his explanation. But for me is his lack of interest in the crowd, in his profession, and in his job as a DJ. The ppl out there pay to see a top, ”superstar” DJ, and all they get is a unmotivated jerk. If you were an normal artist/singer doing that, the crowd would have thrown tomatoes at you.


  • Även om det är bästa DJ:n man skulle röstat på så kommer folk ändå rösta på deras favorit PRODUCENT vilket jag gjorde, vilket är naturligt.

  • är det bara jag som reagerar på att afrojack ligger där uppe och trycker? va i helvete har han tillfört världen som gör att han förtjäna att ligga där? tycker nästan att norman doray borde ligga där istället
    dom som röstat på afrojack kanske borde ha lyssnat lite noggrannare
    öronbedövande jävla såg-vågformer eller den här liksom?
    fattar ikke………………

  • CROFAN : funny thing you say you dont like commercial music but youre happy for Avicii ? i dont see any difference between Avicii and SHM except that SHM is way better than Avicii at live

    the EDM has became sooo mainstream since the begin of 2010. i’m not saying house music is dead but when i see this poll… Avicii Afrojack SHM have now turned into the commercial side of music. sad for guys like Jeremy Olander Arno Cost Guy j who keep producing good music…
    and Axwell… by biggest disappointement this year.. where the fuck is the old Axwell
    the good music that i used to love 2-3-4-5 years ago is almost dead..

  • det är så mycket folk som vänder kappan efter vinden. Är inte ett dugg förvånad över att avicii och afrojack ligger och trycker på toppen, afrojack hade en sommarplåga och avicii är överhajpad (om än duktig). Aja, jag är glad att Tiesto fortfarande är kvar på toppen, där kan vi snacka kvalité.

  • Mick: You get me all wrong, I don’t like Avicii or SHM – at least not any more. Trust me when I say I was fan back in the days of their early work. But that was before both of the started a mass production sell out process. After ”Save the world tonight” I puke just hearing about SHM.

    My point was very pure and simple, SHM failed big time this year. They maybe have sick live shows, but they failed taken into consideration their extremely commercialisation during 2010/11. They have lost a lot of votes no matter how you look at it. When they are beaten by Avicii and you start counting the fans on FB….

    - Avicii 500 000.
    - SHM 2 million,
    - SHM individuals in total 1 million +.

    Anyway, EDM scene are more or less divided. There are great, non commercial house music out there – you just have to dig deeper. The big stars see the opportunity to make top dollars. You just have to find new inspiration and new idols you appreciate.

  • Dada Life should be #1 in my opinion!

  • SHM encouraged people to vote for them as individual DJs and not SHM as a team, and I guess at least some people actually listened to them.. :P Taking that into consideration, I don’t think 10th place is a fail at all..

    It’s obvious though that people vote for the best producer with the most mainstream success etc, and not the best DJ. Especially since the voting moved to Facebook I think and DJs tried to gain votes among their Facebook fans (and if you look at who has the most facebook fans, it’s not surprising who won the vote)..

    I think the poll has become more and more mainstream the last couple of years. I guess most people voted for Armin because of his success as a producer too, but at least he’s been doing amazing work as a DJ too, with gigs all the time where the crowd go wild (to say the least), his huge weekly radio show and several outstanding ”a state of trance” events.

    I really can’t say the same about Guetta, he’s a great producer indeed but as a DJ, he fails to impress (even though he always claims that he’s a DJ more than a producer).. Still, it obviously makes sense that a house DJ is #1 these days, but I would have preferred if it was because of impressive DJ-skills and gigs, and not because of mainstream chart success.

  • where the fuck is thomas gold…. and dirty south should be in the top 20

  • Omar Garnica + 1

  • Well isn’t that great, a well formulated opinion about something that really doesn’t matter: ranking people by popularity.

    Kaskade once said it, I don’t remember the exact words, but he really made an excellent point about this top 100 format… Crap at its best.

    Oh, and by the way, Guetta should be no longer considered a DJ, or else we should count Nicky Minaj as a DJ too.

  • david guetta is the best

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