Trance-turned-EDM superstars Tiësto and Armin van Buuren have been in and around the summit of DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs poll since the early 2000s. Hardwell and Martin Garrix have joined them on top of the world over the last few years, while even a little further down the pecking order the Dutch electronic army is as strong as ever at the end of 2015.
The worldwide scene is, of course, full of talent from every corner of the globe. But a close look at those who are really leading the way shows that strong competition from German, Swedish and French DJs hasn't toppled the combined supremacy of the Dutch. Here are 10 DJs from the Netherlands who've made the world their own this year.
Surinamese-Dutch DJ Chuckie brings an extravagance to dance music that immediately marks him out as one of a kind. He's a high-energy performer, but don't let that fool you: some finely-honed mixing skills lend Chuckie the ability to consistently command a positive, expressive tone, no matter the crowd or setting.
Willem van Hanegem and Wardt van der Harst's huge year has taken them to every corner of the globe, eventually returning to grab 14th place on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs poll. Both late '80s boys, W&W look to have a long and successful future ahead of them.
#8 Dash Berlin
Just shy of a decade old, the trance creation of Jeffrey Sutorius, Eelke Kalberg and Sebastiaan Molijn has been driving the scene since 2007. Even as the lines between electronic genres are increasingly blurred, there's something of the true trance spirit that Dash Berlin holds onto, and nurtures, with consummate skill.
#7 Oliver Heldens
If it wasn't quite certain before the last 12 months, we can now truly say that Oliver Heldens has taken his place among the dance music elite. Tracks like Melody, Koala and Bunnydance have pervaded mixes and sets the world over, with Heldens' own festival prestige locked in perpetual growth.
#6 Nicky Romero
Best known for the funky, melodic house track Toulouse, Nick Rotteveel van Gotum has been quietly establishing a name for himself as one of the more light-touch dance DJs on the scene at the moment. He puts a thoughtful, at times melancholic spin on arena house, offering something a little different from most of his peers.
Sneaking in at number 8 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs in 2015, Afrojack – real name Nick van de Wall – is a staple of international dance music's very top tier. in fact, he's so well established that it's easy to forget Afrojack's first album was only released in 2014, though his worldwide profile predated that release by more than five years.
#4 Armin van Buuren
Armin van Buuren's legendary A State of Trance has been steadily altering the course of the electronic scene for the last 15 years, at once influencing scores of younger artists and pretty much single-handedly holding onto trance music in the face of the EDM generation. The fact that Van Buuren remains one of the biggest names in dance music says everything about his artistry and musical nous.
Tijs Michiel Verwest's frontline journey through dance music's most popular styles amounted to an incredible achievement even ten years ago, let alone on into his third decade in the global limelight. He's helped shape the sound of EDM that is known and loved today, as well as inspiring countless producers across the electronic spectrum.
Finally deposed as number 1 DJ in the world this year, Hardwell nevertheless remains the name that many dance music fans can't wait to see on lineups from Ultra Music Festival and Electric Zoo to Tomorrowland and Stereosonic. #teamhardwell never fails to turn out in force, and you wouldn't bet against him retaking the crown next year.
#1 Martin Garrix
Still two years away from being able to drink at half the festivals he headlines on a regular basis, Martin Garrix has seen his meteoric rise continue right through 2015. Prodigy is most definitely the right word, though how he transitions to full-standing DJ/producer over the next few years could define the direction the rest of his career heads in. For now, the rest of us can only watch and enjoy.