Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Hardwell – the same names always pop up on these sorts of lists. But usually, that's because they earn the most money, sell the most records, or fill the biggest arenas.
Instead, we thought we’d try a different way of figuring out the most popular DJs in the game. So, without further ado, here they are: the 10 most talked-about DJs in the world according to online searches and social media followings.
In the mid 2000s, Sonny John Moore was putting out emo-rock records with From First To Last, before striking out on his own. He may still look more like a post-hardcore star, but it's safe to say his electronic career has been a tad more successful.
#9 The Chainsmokers
Despite their name being a total lie (they apparently don't smoke at all, let alone on a chain basis) The Chainsmokers have gathered a following to rocket themselves right to the top of the business. Some huge collaborations have undoubtedly helped them along the way.
Probably the least mainstream name on this list, at least in terms of style, Joel Zimmerman’s alter-ego is almost as well-known for his online outbursts as for his various takes on house music. But an incredible set at Tomorrowland 2016 alongside Eric Prydz helped set deadmau5 right at the top of his game, and the acclaim just keeps on coming.
Robbert van de Corput was an early bloomer. Part of the new generation who’ve gone straight into the arena EDM world, Hardwell’s Big Room House took him to the summit of DJ Magazine’s Top 100 list for two straight years, 2013 and 2014.
#6 Armin van Buuren
He's been the king of trance for well over a decade, but the fact that AvB has been included in the EDM category is probably the best evidence of his monumental standing. He's part of the older generation, but still pulls crowds to rival anyone in the world.
Still going strong three decades later, Tijs Micheil Verwest is nowadays combining his old trance with a pop charm that has won him a whole new generation of fans. Tiësto topped Forbe’s list of the world’s highest-earning DJs in 2014, raking in a massive $22m.
#4 Calvin Harris
The next best thing to come out of Scotland after whisky, Calvin Harris has had one foot in dance music and one in the pop world since his breakthrough in 2007. He's got love for you if you were born in the 80s, but he's been loved by dance music fans of all ages for over a decade.
#3 David Guetta
He’s been making and promoting music since the early 90s, but Pierre David Guetta’s solo career has since gone interstellar. In 2013, Billboard declared his 2009 track When Love Takes Over, featuring Kelly Rowland, the best dance-pop collaboration of all time, and even that infamous phase-out at Tomorrowland 2014 hasn't dented his career.
The pop-EDM end of house is Marshmello's stock trade, while his distinctive headwear has both set him apart from the crowd and helped him keep his identity mostly a secret. The rise of Marshmello in 2017 was probably the biggest success in dance music since the guy at #1 on on our list burst onto the scene a few years ago.
#1 Martin Garrix
The closest thing to a child prodigy the electronic music world is ever likely to see, Martijn Garritsen was 17 when Animals took international charts by storm in February 2013. We’d be lying if we said Garrix doesn’t make us feel a little bit worse about ourselves.
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