DJ Mag has been one of the first media outlets for EDM and has always served as a reliable source for industry information. When it first released its Top 100 list, while many DJ’s were happy to be on there, no one cared as much.

But with the growth of EDM culture and millions of dollars to be made, now more than ever the political game of jockeying for position has become the norm. While many DJ’s say they do not care, they really do. Even Tiesto was rallying his audience to vote for him claiming on Twitter that he would not put out another Trance album unless he was voted number one (which he did not make).

As reported by Do Androids Dance, here are some of the shockers:

1. That Daft Punk made the list (since they are not really DJ’s). And that they made it at #22.

2. DJ Mag’s France Facebook page was leaking the winners ahead of DJ Mags Twitter account. So people already knew the winners while somehow we were supposed to be surprised when they “really announced them”.

3. This being Diplo’s first year on the list

4. Mat Zo dropping 21 spots from last year

5. Steve Angello ranking lower than Axwell and Ingrosso

6. Afrojack staying at #9

7. Calvin Harris not being in the top 10 despite being the top-grossing DJ

8. Danny Avila not being on the list

9. Kaskade coming in at #36 despite a succesful year

10. The overall lack of representation of the bass music scene

To add insult to injury, Wunderground was not too happy about the results writing a satire piece on how Hardwell rigged the voting and that Steve Aoki “shocks the EDM community by admitting he is not a real DJ”.

DJ Mag is very aware of how upset people can get and published a page called “10 Things You Should Know About Top 100’s” which includes:

1) IT’S A PUBLIC VOTE
We don’t choose it! So if your favourite DJ isn’t in there, don’t blame us. We are guardians of the poll, correct, but we don’t decide who is in it — the voters do.

2) IT’S THE BIGGEST POLL OF ITS KIND
Whether you agree with the findings or not, it’s the most internationally representative DJ poll in existence. Votes come in from 190 countries worldwide, including Samoa, Christmas Island and Togo. With such a large cross-section that vote, the results always offer the most comprehensive gauge of global dance music tastes that there is.

3) THE WORLD IS BIGGER THAN BERGHAIN…
The dance world as a whole is MASSIVE, so don’t be surprised if niche dance scenes or “underground” styles don’t get in there. Over 750,000 people voted in the poll this year, from all over the world, and tastes differ drastically from continent to continent, so just because you haven’t heard of a few DJs, doesn’t mean they are not enormously popular in their own scene or territory.

4) WHAT DO WE MEAN BY ‘THE WORLD’S NO.1 DJ’?
Everyone loves a list and the poll is a good chance to survey the international dance community. Top 100 DJs is about finding the world’s most popular DJs, not necessarily the most technically gifted turntablists or DMC champs. Something our good friend DJ Yoda failed to acknowledge recently.

6) FOR EVERY HATER, THERE’S A LOVER

Basically, there are as many people who love the poll as hate it

7) NOT IN IT? DON’T COMPLAIN. CAMPAIGN!

If you don’t like it, speak up!

8) WHY DAFT PUNK?

Some are not happy they make. Their answer: Because the people voted on it

9) THE POLL IS ONLY A SMALL PART OF WHAT WE DO…

This is their response to people who think the Top 100 is all they do. It’s not.

10) IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT WE THINK OF DANCE MUSIC TODAY, READ THE MAG!

Here is the Top 100

  1. Hardwell
  2. Armin Van Buuren
  3. Avicii
  4. Tiesto
  5. David Guetta
  6. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
  7. Nicky Romero
  8. Steve Aoki
  9. Afrojack
  10. Dash Berlin
  11. Skrillex
  12. Deadmau5
  13. Alesso
  14. W & W
  15. Calvin Harris
  16. Nervo
  17. Above & Beyond
  18. Sebastian Ingrosso
  19. Axwell
  20. Aly & Fila

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