Top 100 vs Top 100

The Top 100 DJ polls came out recently, and as usual Armin Van Buuren took home the #1 spot in the DJ Mag Top 100 list, giving him the win for the 4th year in a row. The DJ Mag Top 100 poll, powered by, is considered by many as the official list of the best DJs in the world. By others, it is seen as too political, too commercial, too trancey, etc. This is supposed to be the best 100 DJs on Earth. If someone asked you who the best DJ is, you should just be able to hand them the magazine and show them DJ Mag’s Top 100 right? That’s not the case. I agree with the critics and prefer to consider the DJ Download list as the real Top 100 list of DJs in the world. Their list has a more diverse genre selection, more artists you hear about in the underground scene like Krafty Kuts, Boyz Noize, Funkagenda, and Annie Mac. They also have artists who deserve a spot in DJ Mag, but didn’t get it because Boy George took it this year. I believe in the next few years we’ll see DJ Download overtake DJ Mag’s Top 100 as the premier list in EDM. They will probably even have Bassnectar and Skrillex on next year as DJ Mag keeps allowing pop stars to place. The quote on DJ Download’s facebook wall is pretty funny, it says what they think about the contest!

“Congrats to Claudia Cazacu, the only female who made it into DJ Mag’s Top 100 list. Actually, isn’t she married to the guy who runs TrackItDown who sponsored it? Hmm, how very interesting…” -DJ on facebook

Why The DJ Download Top 100 is more credible

* They have some breaks on it, Krafty Kuts, Stanton Warriors, Plump DJs all make the list.

*  Carl Cox is #2. Any list of top 100 DJs needs to place him in the top 5. Someone once asked me who it is that you have to pay your DJ dues to. I suggested Carl Cox.

* Avicii, Afrojack and Guetta do not make the DJ Download Top 100 list. Selling commercial EDM doesn’t make you a good DJ. Speaking of commercial, it was good to see L.M.F.A.O and Will.I.Am didn’t place on either list.

* They didn’t trade Boy George for Bob Dylan. C’mon man!


* Justice falls 34 spots in DJ Mag’s list, proving that you can do nothing all year and still place if you have loyal fans. Keep that in mind.

* Tiesto drops Trance. Very interesting. Kinda makes me want to go see what he’s up to when he visits UCF on November 19th.

* James Zabiela #1 in DJ Download. He is actually the only person I voted for that placed in DJ Mag’s Top 100. He deserves a top 10, but Guetta sits at #2 for his pop songs while JZ sits at #49. Boo!

* Plastikman Richie Hawtin belongs around #11 not at #31 where he placed on DJ Mag.

To wrap it all up, this contest should always be picked by a panel of respected judges, not the fans. The fans never get it right! So put down the computer and go practice, you have a list to make.

-Ed Luvables

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  • http://facetube smokey wilson

    where was dj yoda in this top 100?

  • ed

    Yoda is #88 on DJ Download. He didn’t make it on the DJ Mag poll.

  • Ina

    I totally agree with you Ed. You hit the nail on the head in this article. Thanks for sharing. xoxox


  • ed

    Thank You!

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  • jaime

    i agree, breaks djs deserve recognition as well. good read!

  • ed

    Thanks homie, breaks are not broke!