The Covid pandemic has affected many elements of the international electronic dance music scene, but it does not appear to have shaken the enthusiasm of dance music fans – an astounding 1.3 million people voted in the poll Top 100 DJs this year, tying last year’s total and solidifying its position as the world’s biggest music poll.
Most voters come from the privileged age groups of clubs, with 40% of the votes coming from 18-24 year olds and 40% from 25-34 year olds. However, with clubs and festivals still closed or canceled for most of the year, many poll participants clearly based their votes on live-broadcast sets or past favorites.
As part of this year’s Top 100 DJs campaign, DJ Mag once again hosted virtual festivals every Saturday and Sunday during the voting period. The streams – which included sets from David Guetta, KSHMR, Timmy Trumpet and Miss K8 for Top 100 DJs, and Charlotte de Witte, Carl Cox, Todd Edwards and Lauren Lane for Top 100 Alternative DJs – racked up more than 5, 7 million views. in total. The most watched ensemble was that of Dutch superstar Afrojack, receiving over a million views on Facebook and YouTube.
Despite this, the territories where clubs opened early clearly benefited from the experience of the physical event. China, whose clubs have been open for about 18 months now, has seen a huge expansion in its share of the vote. After an increase of 480% last year, nearly 15% of total votes in 2021 came through our dedicated China voting platform. There are eight Chinese DJs in the poll this year, the highest number on record, which includes six of 13 new entries (Panta.Q, GIFTBACK, KAKA, Luminn, Alexso, Dexter King). Elsewhere in Asia, things are also on the rise. The mainland has the second-highest number of DJs representing the ensemble, and South Korean DJ Peggy Gou takes home the highest climber award as she climbs 31 places to 38th place.
Overall, Asia was the fourth highest voting continent. South America came in third, with Brazilian voters having a big impact, and North America in second, where the United States and Mexico both had a large number of votes in total. The largest number of votes this year came from Europe, with UK dance music fans in particular making their voices heard. In total, votes were counted for 231 countries, principalities and islands, including Palestine, Turkmenistan, Gabon and even a single vote from the tiny island of Norfolk off the coast of Australia – kudos to all the international delirium!
Once again, Europe has by far the most DJs on the charts – around 60% in 2021. Frenchman David Guetta is crowned World No. 1 DJ for the second year in a row, bringing his total number of wins to three . The Netherlands claim a fifth of the overall list and half of the top 10, with the highest trance (Armin van Buuren, # 3), the highest future house (Don Diablo, # 7) and the highest hard (Angerfist, n Â° 46) awards. Belgian artist Charlotte de Witte ranks 23rd to win the highest techno trophy for the second year, claiming first place in the Alternative Top 100 DJs poll, while German Claptone again takes the highest house, in the 32nd row. Danish actor MORTEN, a close associate of David Guetta, is this year’s highest new entry, entering the poll in 39th place.
Other new entries include Asian-American duo BEAUZ, French Japanese-based DJ Naeleck, Germans Virtual Riot and VIZE, Swedish KAAZE and British DJ Christina Novelli. The number of non-movers and re-entries is up from last year, with five DJs keeping their spots and three returning in the poll – most notably Guatemalan-American DJ Carnage, aka GORDO, returning straight at No. 37. The majority of DJs on the charts are on an upward trajectory, with 56% gaining spots versus 23% going down in the polls.
As poll keepers, encouraging voters to consider a diverse lineup of DJs to better reflect the global electronic music scene and its origins within LGBTQ + Black and non-Black POC communities remains a key focus for DJ Mag. In 2021, 13 women were featured, tying the new record set last year, and more black and non-black POC artists joining the list means this is the most racially diverse poll to date. While this is another step in the right direction, we recognize that there is still a long way to go and we will continue to work, alongside our colleagues and friends in the industry, to increase diversity. of our activities throughout the year, in the hope that we can collectively influence the landscape reflected in the Top 100 DJs.
You can read all the profiles of this year’s Top 100 DJs here.