The DJ Mag Top 100 Results: Initial Thoughts

In case you were living under a rock the DJ Mag Top 100 poll results for 2012 were released yesterday. Here are the top ten results:

1. Armin Van Buuren
2. Tiesto
3. Avicii
4. David Guetta
5. Deadmau5
6. Hardwell
7. Dash Berlin
8. Above & Beyond
9. Afrojack
10. Skrillex

To see the rest of the rankings, click here.

I have a few immediate reactions:

  • Trance music and the global Trance Family are alive and well. Trance fans have come out in droves to support their favourite artists which was reflected strongly in the rankings. Armin is #1 again and 10 out of the top 30 DJs are what I would consider to be of the Trance variety. Maybe this year's results will stop all of the knee jerk Internet chatter on prophesying Trance's demise. I also hope that these results will give some of the biggest names in Trance some confidence in the genre again and slow down the release of 'Trouse' style tracks.
  • Hardstyle is here to stay. The fan support for hardstyle DJs came through once again this year which solidifies gains made from 2011. Hardstyle has fully established itself in Europe and is already starting to make inroads in North America, especially in Western Canada. To read more about topic, click here.
  • I'm a little surprised at how disappointing Dillon Francis fared (109th) considering he's one of the hottest DJs this year and has garnered plenty of devoted fans. I consider him to be one of the smartest self-promoters among the next generation of artists who can actually back it up with solid productions.
  • Diplo (102nd), Leon Bolier (113th), Sasha (103rd) and Boys Noize missed out on the top 100 this year. I'm a little surprised that none of these four cracked the top 100, especially Diplo. He's the head of Mad Decent, has his own BBC 1 radio show, created some of the best productions of the year, has major collaborations with of the biggest stars, and is very active on Twitter with a strong following. The reason why his fans have failed to vote for him remains a mystery to me.

Emotions ran high this year on social media as passionate fans (and some DJs) cried foul whenever their favourite DJ didn't place high enough. What fans have to remember is that this is only a poll. I know that's an obvious statement to make but must be repeated to some if you read some of the more heated reactions on Facebook. The DJ Mag 2012 Poll remains an influential indicator on the current state of EDM and is still a great starting point for newcomers to discover new artists and genres.