The Best DJs of 2013

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Image via Tiesto on Facebook


Highlights: Signing with Universal/Republic, being Tiesto, enormous Hakkasan LV residency

Tiesto is practically the EDM godfather right now. It's his shadow that everyone seems to be dwelling in, and even if he doesn't have a truly historic year, you can't fault what he's done. Tiesto brokered a 20-month residency at Hakkasan Las Vegas, a massive move that keeps him in one spot, and gets him out of the Ibiza cycle. He also signed on with GUESS for a second collection of his clothing line. On the musical tip, his Musical Freedom imprint did everything from bringing forth talents like Danny Avila to branching out into the trap scene. His Club Life, Vol. 3: Stockholm compilation brimmed with a grip of his own material, and we got word late in 2013 that Tiesto had linked with Universal/Republic to release his next studio album, and with singles like "Red Lights," we can hear that Tiesto is set to move into the mainstream like never before. Tiesto's even dipping into Hollywood, helping score a TV police drama that's in development. Oh, and he's also one of the highest-earning DJs in the world. If you expected him to fizzle out, don't worry, he'll be around for a while.

  • Blue

    where is Afrojack?

    • Jimmy (not my name)


  • Michael Di Gennaro

    hudmo? or his he just considered a producer now

    • Michael DjNappy Abernathy

      hudmo isn’t a great DJ by any means.

  • Gtew

    the most overrated dance music of 2013, american perspective.

  • eatMYbeat

    @Gtew – couldn’t have said it better myself. this list is so whack and only reflects the shitty dance music that Murricans seem to be in love with. I’ve got to give props for including Oneman on the list but where is Eats Everything, Maya Jane Coles, Catz N Dogz, Tale of Us….just to name a few. Such a poor list – I expected a lot more from DAD

    • khal

      out of everyone you mentioned, the only one I’d consider to have had as good of a year both DJing and as a producer was Maya Jane Coles, but still don’t think she’d be in the top 15 for what we were looking for.

      • eatMYbeat

        You can’t be serious? I’m not even talking about DJs with the most skills behind the decks, just a few that made serious waves this year. Just as an example, Eats Everything had arguably a better year both DJing and as a producer than most people on the list.
        From your list, it seems what you are looking for are the DJs that were most commercially successful in the State during 2013 with one or two more ‘underground’ names thrown in so it seems credible. Your top 5 DJs of 2013 being Zedd, Skrillex, Diplo, Avicii and Baueer proves this. Even the DJ Mag Top 100 was slightly more accurate and that was a pile of shit. Just saying.

        • khal

          If this list was about “most commercially successful in the State during 2013,” the list would look much different, and you know that.

          And there’s no way that, while we love them, Catz N Dogz or Tale of Us made more waves that anyone on this list.

  • beatjunkie

    Tiesto? lol. If the only justification for putting someone on the list is they got a Vegas residency let’s just call this what it is…a popularity contest. smh

  • The Colonel


  • jay

    Zeds dead > zedd

  • sammm

    C’mon no Kaskade? He is running the game right now. At least Eric Prydz!

  • Zesti

    Yellow claw??

  • Travis


  • Candice303

    What about Photek or Z-trip? Z-trip killed it on the grammys, and his bob marley remix is one for the books.

  • Kevin Barker – Herod

    So Calvin Harris does not deserve a higher spot….

    • khal

      If he’d done more in 2013 than living off of his 2012, maybe.

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