>Armin Van Burren is still the world’s number 1 DJ


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DJ Mag have announced the victor in their annual poll of the world’s best DJs. The winner once again is Armin Van Buuren, who retains the crown after claiming victory last year. His victory upholds the long tradition of trance superstars dominating the chart, after recent victories for Tiesto and Paul Van Dyk, who are at 3 and 5 respectively this time around.

Away from trance, the Swedish House Mafia, whose tunes dominated VN towers all summer, are big winners too. They feature both as a unit at number 23, as well as individually with Axwell at 10, Steve Angello at 14, and Seb Ingrosso at 16. VN favourite Andy C jumps a huge 39 places to get to number 61, no mean feat for a drum ‘n’ bass DJ in this chart. There is also a lot of love for Deadmau5, who jumps up 2 places to be at 4.

The chart is rather predictable, with all the big names such David Guetta, Above & Beyond, and Ferry Corsten featuring in the top 10. The chart is also always dominated by European trance DJs, but that is probably because they tend to worry about these type of things more, and their management launch proper lobbying operations on their behalf. The DJ Mag top 100 is still a pretty good barometer of who’s hot and who’s not in the world of dance music, and it is not doubt that guys still fill a venue. The lack of female talent on display in the list is thought deeply worrying, with not even Lisa Lashes making it.

Everyone always has an opinion on these type of things, so here is the full list for you to dissect. Feel free to add your top 10 in the comments section below. Danny Byrd would have definitely featured in the VN list, as would Shy FX. We can but dream…


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