Armin van Buuren has once again claimed the top spot in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, making this the fifth year he has been seated atop the chart, more than any other DJ in the poll’s history. This comes as a bit of a shocker, as many assumed that David Guetta, with a Facebook fan base of over 35 million, would once again come in as #1, given that the poll is conducted on Facebook.
2012 was a year of great transition for the DJ Mag poll, seeing some long-time mainstays making large falls in the rankings, with relative newcomers bounding up the charts. Techno legend Richie Hawtin falls 33 places to #78, while godfather of electro house Benny Benassi tumbles 43 places to #70. Current industry darling Zedd lands at #51, and Nervo charts at #46, the highest entry ever for a female DJ outfit. Daft Punk continues to rank highly at #44 even without touring or releasing new music, and Porter Robinson jumps a whopping 56 spots to land at #40. Knife Party makes an impressive entry at #33, and rising trance duo W&W lands at #25. Nicky Romero was the highest new entry on the chart, debuting at #17.
The Top 10 was not spared massive changes from last year’s poll, with several new entries including a surprising leap to #6 from Dutch DJ Hardwell. American EDM rock star Skrillex cracks the top 10 at #10, while Avicii rises to #3 and David Guetta takes a fall to #4.
The Top 10:
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