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DJ Magazine
DJ Magazine (February 2012 cover).jpg
February 2012 cover
Editor Magazine: Ben Murphy
DJMagTV: David Eserin
Categories Music, technology, nightlife, style
Frequency Monthly
First issue 1991
Company Thrust Publishing
Country UK
Language English
ISSN 0951-5143

DJ Magazine (also known as DJ Mag) is a British monthly magazine dedicated to electronic dance music and DJs.[1] Founded 31 January 1991, the magazine is translated monthly to Portuguese, Polish (since June 2010),[2] Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Dutch.[3]

DJ Blackbook[edit]

In January 2008, the magazine created the DJ Blackbook which is a database of DJs, producers and promoters. It was released online and in a printed version with over 10000 contacts.[citation needed]

DJ Mag Top 100 Polls[edit]

The magazine publishes two annual "Top 100" lists, one for DJs since 1991 and one for nightclubs. English DJ Danny Rampling was the first winner of this award,[4] Smokin Jo is the only female DJ to win this award (voted by the magazine) [5][6][7] and Armin van Buuren currently holds the record of most overall wins with five and a record four consecutively. As of 2010 both polls are based on a public vote. formed a collaboration with the 2008 DJ poll, saying "By offering each voter a free track to download from our catalogue of 350,000 titles from over 10,000 labels, we can demonstrate how easy it is to find your favourite electronic music legally."[8] The awards party for the poll has traditionally been hosted at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London. For the 2011 poll, the event was hosted outside of the UK for the first time in its history, being staged at the 2011's edition of the Amsterdam dance event. The 2012 and 2013 award shows were both held on 19 October at the same event.[9][10] Until 2002, the top three had consisted of at least one British DJ, since the same year at least one Dutch DJ has featured in the top three.

Top 100 Controversies[edit]

It has been suggested that some DJ's pay for their place on this list, a recent article that appeared in the US edition of the Huffington Post explores this claim. Its journalist, Kevin Yu, featured an article in July 2013 entitled DJMag Top 100 (Marketable) DJs where he states "Over the past few years, DJ Mag has been criticized that the list is not a true representation of their skills, but instead the amount of money they can put towards "marketing." The article goes further "EDM is growing in popularity, this only means that more businesses are monetizing from this growth. There's been an increase in new mega clubs across the country including Hakkasan in Vegas and Create Nightclub in Los Angeles. Electronic Music Festivals are getting bigger and better every single year. How does $35 million dollars in production cost sound? That's the amount that one of the largest music festivals (Electric Daisy Carnival) put towards their production costs. And sadly enough, there are agencies that "help" DJs get a higher ranking on the DJ Mag Top 100 list." Supporting this claim English DJ Gareth Emery speaking in the same article stated that he "Just took a bizarre unsolicited phone call from a publicity company who help DJs promote themselves for the Top 100 poll, who told me I should be aware one of my 'competitors' (as she put it) was spending $15,000 on Twitter advertising alone, and unless I got on that sort of level, I would find it 'hard to compete'. Obviously not going to say who the DJ was, but I was nearly sick in my mouth." Yu asks "Has the DJMag list transformed into a popularity contest or is it still a resemblance of the DJs talent?".[11] Controversial DJ Deadmau5 known for voicing opinions has suggested that it's not about mixing talent anymore in a feature that appeared in NME in 2012 he accused the DJ David Guetta of "Just turning up and pressing play" and that Guetta's live shows are "lacking skill and rely on pre-programmed music".[12] The list has also been criticized for not including a more balanced reflection of artists from other Electronic dance music styles and showing ranking's based on less commercial mainstream DJ's. A feature in The Guardian in 2010 by the journalist Ben Child entitled "What does DJ Mag's top 100 poll tell us about UK dance music? Not much" explores this further where in Child's reflects on the poll conducted that year "What's surprising, at least to those of us who don't enjoy the more mainstream genres, is the paucity of artists from outside the house and trance scenes in the top 100. This has pretty much always been the case, with the odd Drum 'N' Bass or Breakbeat acts occasionally making it into the lower reaches in years gone by, but this year's situation is particularly extreme. There is just one artist Andy C whose music is not based on the standard four-to-the-floor beat pattern adopted by mainstream dance music in the top 100 - and he has been around for more than a decade and a half.[13]"

DJ Magazine Top Lists[edit]

Top 3 DJ's 1991- present[edit]

DJ Mag top DJs voted by the Magazine
Year 1st 2nd 3rd
1991 England Danny Rampling England Graeme Park England Mike Pickering
1992 England Smokin Jo unspecified unspecified
1993 England Aba Shanti-I [14] Argentina Alfredo England Stu Allan
1995 England Judge Jules [15] unspecified unspecified
1996 Barbados Carl Cox[16] unspecified unspecified
DJ Mag top DJs voted by the Magazines Readers
Year 1st 2nd 3rd
1997 Barbados Carl Cox England Paul Oakenfold Wales Sasha
1998 England Paul Oakenfold Barbados Carl Cox England Judge Jules
1999 England Paul Oakenfold Barbados Carl Cox Wales Sasha
2000 Wales Sasha England Paul Oakenfold England John Digweed
2001 England John Digweed Wales Sasha United States Danny Tenaglia
2002 Netherlands Tiësto Wales Sasha England John Digweed
2003 Netherlands Tiësto Germany Paul Van Dyk Netherlands Armin Van Buuren
2004 Netherlands Tiësto Germany Paul Van Dyk Netherlands Armin Van Buuren
2005 Germany Paul Van Dyk Netherlands Tiësto Netherlands Armin Van Buuren
2006 Germany Paul Van Dyk Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto
2007 Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto England John Digweed
2008 Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto Germany Paul Van Dyk
2009 Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto France David Guetta
2010 Netherlands Armin Van Buuren France David Guetta Netherlands Tiësto
2011 France David Guetta Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto
2012 Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto Sweden Avicii
2013 Netherlands Hardwell Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Sweden Avicii
2014 Netherlands Hardwell Belgium Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Netherlands Armin Van Buuren

Top 3 Club's 2008 - present[edit]

DJ Mag top Clubs
Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2008 England Fabric Spain Space Spain Amnesia
2009 West Germany Berghain England Fabric Spain Space
2010 England Sankeys England Fabric Spain Amnesia
2011 Spain Space England Fabric Brazil Green Valley
2012 Spain Space Brazil Green Valley Spain Pacha
2013 Brazil Green Valley Spain Space Spain Pacha
2014 Spain Space Brazil Green Valley Spain Pacha
2015 Brazil Green Valley Spain Space United States Hakkasan

Top 100 DJs 2014[edit]

  • Awards as given by DJ Mag
Place Name Nationality
1 Hardwell Netherlands
2 Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Belgium Greece
3 Armin van Buuren Netherlands
4 Martin Garrix Netherlands
5 Tiësto Netherlands
6 Avicii Sweden
7 David Guetta France
8 Nicky Romero Netherlands
9 Skrillex United States
10 Steve Aoki Japan United States
11 Calvin Harris Scotland
12 Afrojack Netherlands
13 Blasterjaxx Netherlands
14 Dash Berlin Netherlands
15 Alesso Sweden
16 deadmau5 Canada
17 Showtek Netherlands
18 W&W Netherlands
19 Deorro *Highest New Entry Mexico United States
20 DVBBS Canada Greece
21 Nervo Australia
22 Zedd Russia Germany
23 R3hab Netherlands Morocco
24 Andrew Rayel Moldova
25 Above & Beyond United Kingdom
26 Steve Angello *Highest House DJ Greece Sweden
27 Dyro Netherlands
28 Aly & Fila Egypt
29 Axwell Sweden
30 Dannic Netherlands
31 Ummet Ozcan *Highest Climber Netherlands Turkey
32 Diplo United States
33 Krewella United States
34 Oliver Heldens Netherlands
35 Fedde Le Grand Netherlands
36 Vicetone Netherlands
37 Angerfist *Highest Hardstyle DJ[17] Netherlands
38 Paul van Dyk Germany
39 Sebastian Ingrosso Sweden
40 Headhunterz Netherlands
41 Borgore Israel
42 Kura Portugal
43 Daft Punk France
44 Markus Schulz Germany
45 Frontliner Netherlands
46 Kaskade United States
47 Brennan Heart Netherlands
48 Coone Belgium
49 Infected Mushroom Israel
50 Laidback Luke Philippines Netherlands
51 Sander van Doorn Netherlands
52 Dada Life Sweden
53 Knife Party Australia
54 Dillon Francis United States
55 Yves V Belgium
56 Firebeatz Netherlands
57 Porter Robinson United States
58 ATB Germany
59 Carl Cox *Highest Techno DJ United Kingdom
60 Eric Prydz Sweden
61 Gabry Ponte Italy
62 VINAI Italy
63 MAKJ United States
64 Radical Redemption Netherlands
65 DJ Snake France
66 Da Tweekaz Norway
67 Noisecontrollers Netherlands
68 Carnage Nicaragua
69 Cosmic Gate Germany
70 Diego Miranda Portugal
71 Zatox Italy
72 Quentin Mosimann Switzerland
73 Tenishia Malta
74 Gareth Emery United Kingdom
75 Umek Slovenia
76 Tiddey Poland
77 Zomboy United Kingdom
78 DJ Bl3nd United States
79 Orjan Nilsen Norway
80 TJR United States
81 3LAU United States
82 Don Diablo Netherlands
83 Madeon France
84 Wolfpack Belgium
85 Mike Candys Switzerland
86 Quintino Netherlands
87 Borgeous United States
88 Audien United States
89 Boy George United Kingdom
90 Richie Hawtin Canada
91 Ferry Corsten Netherlands
92 Code Black Australia
93 Heatbeat Argentina
94 Merk & Kremont Italy
95 Wildstylez Netherlands
96 Bingo Players Netherlands
97 The Chainsmokers United States
98 John O' Callaghan Republic of Ireland
99 Arty Russia
100 Felguk Brazil

Top 101-150 DJs 2014[edit]


Place Name Nationality
101 Gunz For Hire Netherlands
102 FTampa Brazil
103 Swedish House Mafia Sweden
104 Psyko Punkz Netherlands
105 Ran-D Netherlands
106 DJs from Mars Italy
107 Frequencerz Netherlands
108 Omnia Ukraine
109 Danny Ávila Spain
110 D-Block & S-te-Fan Netherlands
111 Adaro Netherlands
112 E Force Canada Netherlands
113 Wasted Penguinz Sweden
114 Disclosure United Kingdom
115 Tritonal United States
116 Atmozfears Netherlands
117 Yellow Claw Netherlands
118 Tchami France
119 Chuckie Suriname Netherlands
120 Bassjackers Netherlands
121 Hazem Beltagui Egypt
122 Twoloud Germany
123 Bobina Russia
124 DJ Antoine Switzerland
125 Skazi Israel
126 Will Sparks Australia
127 Simon Patterson Republic of Ireland
128 Alok Brazil
129 Miss K8 Ukraine
130 Tom Swoon Poland
131 Mastiksoul Angola Portugal
132 Adventure Club Canada
133 Pegboard Nerds Norway Denmark
134 Paul Oakenfold United Kingdom
135 Marlo Netherlands
136 Juicy M Ukraine
137 Angger Dimas Indonesia
138 Mat Zo United Kingdom
139 Flume Australia
140 Digital Punk Netherlands
141 Carl Nunes Guatemala
142 Deep Voices Germany United States
143 Crypsis Poland Netherlands
144 Seven Lions United States
145 Tommy Trash Australia
146 Minus Militia Netherlands
147 Mark with a K Belgium
148 Benny Benassi Italy
149 Jamie Jones United Kingdom
150 Bassnectar United States


  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2003[19]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2004[20]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2005[21]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2006[22]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2007[23]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2008[24]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2009[25]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2010[26]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2011[27]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2012[28]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2013[29]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2014[30]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2015

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About DJ Mag (History)". DJ Magazine. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "DJ Magazine Polska: oficjalne oświadczenie wydawcy". Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "DJ Mag Launch Party - AIR Amsterdam". DJ Magazine. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Artist Profile: Danny Rampling". 2014. Ulta DJ Management. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Guide, DJ. "Artist:Smokin Jo Biography". 2013. DJ Guide on-line Magazine. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  6. ^ DAYANI, ALISON (15 October 2004). "Jo's back on track". Birmingham Evening Mail (England). Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Smokin Jo Talks". 2014. The Ransome Note Music Magazine. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Vote now in DJmag's Top 100 DJs 2008 poll!". Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll 2012 Receives Record Number Of Votes". Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  10. ^ DJ Mag Top 100 Awards Show – Friday 19 October – Program – Amsterdam Dance Event 2012
  11. ^ Yu, Kevin. "DJ Mag Top 100 (Marketable) DJs". 26 July 2013. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "David Guetta on Deadmau5 spat: 'I don't just show up and press play' DJ responds to criticism from Deadmau5". 7 November 2012. New Musical Express (NME). Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Child, Ben. "What does DJ Mag's top 100 poll tell us about UK dance music? Not much". 29 October 2010. The Guardian Newspaper UK. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Cunningham, Katie. "You won’t believe who’s on the 1993 DJ Mag Top 100". 30 October 2013. In the Mix Webzine, Australia. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Gregory, Andy. "The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002". 2002. Psychology Press, 4th Edition, page 267. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Williams, Melysa. "DJ Mag Top 100 flashback: Carl Cox goes back to back". June 2014. DJ Mag. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "DJ Mag on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  18. ^ Ludovic Rambaud. "Top 100 DJs 2014 : les 50 suivants (#101-#150) !". Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Nominees / Winners for Year the 2002". Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  20. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the Year 2003". Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  21. ^ "Winners for the 20th Annual International Dance Music Awards". Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  22. ^ "21st Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Archived from the original on 20 April 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  23. ^ "22nd Annual IDMA Nominees & Winners". Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  24. ^ "23rd Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  25. ^ "24th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  26. ^ "25th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  27. ^ "26th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  28. ^ "27th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  29. ^ "28th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "29th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 20 August 2014. 

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