Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike had a short reign and let another man take the top spot this year, while the duo have occupied the second place. They slide in at No. 2, ahead of Hardwell (No. 3) and Armin Van Buuren (No. 4).
Garrix was awarded the No.1 trophy by his mentor, Tiësto, on stage at the Top 100 DJs poll award ceremony at the Heineken Music Hall. “It feels unreal to have won,” Garrix says in a press release. “I 100 percent did not expect it at all. I’ve had an amazing year, with awesome shows and amazing fans — I’m so thankful for their support. I didn’t even do a campaign, and it just shows how dope the fanbase is.”
This year, votes in the Top 100 DJs Poll exceeded one million for the first time ever, with dance music fans taking part from almost every country on the planet. The most votes came from the USA, followed by India, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Russia, China, Japan and beyond.
During the voting process, DJ Mag asked all voters their reasons for voting for the DJs they chose. The top answer was music style (36%), with 28% opting for DJ skill and 24% for production ability. Only 3% suggested they voted for a DJ because of their popularity, and only 6% due to showmanship. This suggests that it’s not about who is famous or who performs various ‘antics’ behind the decks, but it’s the music and the way sets are put together, and shows the importance of production in helping a DJ/producer to break into the big-time.
DJ Mag top 10 of 2016