DJ Mag opens voting polls for 2016 Top 100 DJ’s list
For nearly two decades, DJ Magazine has held public polls that determined the top DJ’s of a particular year. The earlier lists included some illustrious names such as Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, and John Digweed. As years went by, another set of legendary DJ’s emerged with the likes of Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, and David Guetta gaining prominence all around the world.
Fast forward to the more contemporary era of dance music, DJ’s like Hardwell, Avicii, and deadmau5 began to take over the higher ranks of the polls. With the growth of commercialism within the industry, this massive shift has led to the sea of questions regarding the true representation of this Top 100 list.
Over the past few years, DJ Mag’s poll has been bombarded with criticisms of being influenced by the marketing power and popularity rather than the skills and abilities of the DJ. Especially after 2015’s list, in which Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike won first place, the value of the polls have evidently diminished as many people would argue that the Belgian duo received a majority of their votes with the iPad fiasco at last year’s Tomorrowland and the whole Charlie Sheen endorsement.
Despite its controversy, the list does showcase some high-quality DJ’s and producers, which we certainly hope to see more of on this year’s Top 100. With that being said, DJ Mag’s polls for the Top 100 DJ’s have now officially opened and you can cast your votes to support your favorite DJ’s here. Remember, you only get to choose five DJ’s per vote so choose wisely.