As the year 2016 is done, we get to know what was the best out there in 2016. Among all those things, we get to know DJ MAG WORLD TOP 100.



Having been active as a DJ for over 20 years now, 47-year-old Verwest set up his first label in 1997, there’s little that can be said about globe-trotting Dutch DJ Tiësto that hasn’t already been said. Career at the top table of trance, career at the top table of EDM and almost 15 years at the top of the charts. In that time, he’s also racked up a Grammy Award for his remix of John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’, performed at the Athens Olympics’ Opening Ceremony in 2004, and even has his own waxwork in Madame Tussauds. Now, having established himself as a fan favourite in India and Asia, it’s clear his sights on world domination know no bounds.


Perhaps Holland's most famous DJ export ever, it's tough to find something to write about Armin van Buuren that hasn't already been said. Winning the Top 100 a total of five (yes, five!) times, he's also been voted into the top five a record 14 years in a row, plus retaining his No.4 spot from last year in 2016. Aside from wracking up tens of thousands of votes in our annual poll, 2016 has seen the trance star continue his Armin Only: Embrace tour, which centres around original tracks, collaborations and remixes from his sixth studio album, 'Embrace'.


Still under 30 but already twice voted the best DJ in the world according to you lot, Hardwell has had another non-stop year in 2016. In demand by promoters on every continent, the last 12 months have seen him enjoy a great run of festival shows — playing everywhere from Ultra Music Festival in Miami to Creamfields to EDC Las Vegas to Flying Dutch Festival in his native Holland. He also made a big impact in Ibiza, with a third successive season as a resident at Ushuaïa. Almost single-handedly he has turned the White Isle onto big, glossy, main room dance sounds and has made the famous hotel and pool his own.


In the opening moments of last year’s annual Bringing The Madness show, which saw the brothers return to their home turf of Antwerp, Belgium for a spectacle-filled headline arena concert (this year’s upcoming shows have sold a whopping 80,000 tickets across four sold-out evenings, no less), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are shown striding dramatically towards the stage in slow motion. It’s a quintessential Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike moment. It’s excess and theatre that’s brimming with showmanship, and unambiguously focused on providing entertainment. Nonetheless, there’s none of the emotional distance that you’d associate with a typical pop star performance, as their sets are very much about connecting with their crowds. It’s this down-to-earth attitude that shines through when DJ Mag gets Dimitri on the phone to talk about the Top 100 DJs poll.


The question rings out in the small alcove in which DJ Mag is perched next to Martin Garrix. The Dutch DJ and this year’s Top 100 winner pauses momentarily to reflect. “Trapped? No...” he replies, cautiously. “But I do feel a great sense of responsibility. I feel like I can't do stupid shit. I don't want to be a bad role model, I don't want to set a bad example. That’s very important to me.” It’s a refreshingly grounded view from one of the globe’s most famous youngsters. Martin Garrix shot to stardom in 2013 thanks to his hit electronic track, ‘Animals’, that he produced aged 16 in his bedroom. ‘Animals’ has been viewed an unfathomable 900,000,000 times on YouTube, while Garrix has amassed a social media following bigger than the entire population of The Netherlands. That's 13 million Facebook likes, 8.1 million Instagram followers and 3.4 million Twitter fans — to be exact. - SIMPLY AWESOME! -
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