20 DJs That Should Have Been on the 2013 DJ Mag Top 100 DJs List

dj mag top 100 djs 2013 20 DJs That Should Have Been on the 2013 DJ Mag Top 100 DJs List
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This year's DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list, like every year (we imagine), has been met with a lot of speculation and criticism; some warranted, some just ridiculous. You can't escape the fact that this list, year after year, ends up looking more and more like a popularity contest for European house and trance fans than a true representation for the dance music community - for good or ill. Whether its OK that this is fan-voted or not, it's becoming clear that the "Top DJs" moniker on this list could at least be tweaked a bit. In any case, in our continued study of this year's list, we noticed some omissions that we've been scratching our heads over. We could probably give you 100 DJs that should've been on the list, but we condensed our shots to 20. Here are 20 DJs that, based on the year they've had and their DJ prowess, should be on any "Top DJ" list, no matter what angle of dance music you're peeking in.

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  • Hj

    How could Dirty South and Thomas Gold miss the cut as well? This “top 100″ just seems phonier with every passing minute.

  • Russell

    wow this is surprisingly a good representation of the snubs. Only one missing though. Hard to imagine this list without Feed Me. Dude just put out his first album and has one of the most talked about live shows of anyone touring right now.

    • Michelle Vendel

      Feed Me & KTN two very deserving dudes :)

  • DJRickyBonomini

    Dirty South, Thomas Gold, Chris Lake, John Dahlback, Bass Kleph. My five votes. Not a single one made the list!

  • zack

    get danny avila off your list right now.

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      is that how things work?

    • Jake

      He’s actually a really good technical DJ and has stage presence.

  • Frank j.

    in that list there 4 kids of people: producers who dj, djs who produce, balanced artists and live acts..

    boyz noise.. is he a dj or a live act? same with bass nectar.
    laughable.

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      bassnectar is a live act. the thing is, deadmau5 is a live act, and is #12 on their list. so why are you laughing?

      • Frank j.

        most people have no clue about the differences.

        as long as the music is playing loud……

      • Frank j.

        personally I tolerate good djs that are not awesome producers. but I do not tolerate studio people behind the decks, making a living as djs.. yet murdering the dj craft and doing the most obnoxious mixes….

        • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

          “studio people behind the decks” doesn’t automatically mean “murdering the dj craft.” Bassnectar’s making a lot of money and has a lot of fans who understand what he’s doing. What’s obnoxious about his mixing?

        • Jake

          Well Boys Noize does a live act, but he’s also a touring DJ. Has been for years. Bassnectar is a studio guy yes, but he’s been DJing for years. They’re even moreso “DJs” then deadmau5 is, but he’s on the list.

          You should go see these guys “spin” before you judge. There’s different styles of mixing for every kind of music.

  • Frank j.

    in that list there are 4 kids of people: producers who dj, djs who produce, balanced artists and live acts..

    boyz noise.. is he a dj or a live act? same with bass nectar.
    laughable.

  • Frank j.

    in that list there are 4 kinds of people: producers who dj, djs who produce, balanced artists and live acts..

    boyz noise.. is he a dj or a live act? same with bass nectar.
    laughable.
    (sorry for the triplet post. cant delete as guest.)

  • brittanysabra

    I agree with the comment below, Dirty South Joe should definitely be on both lists. As for Nappy’s list, I find it pretty accurate give or take a few. DJ MAG must of be really high when they made that list, I don’t agree with any of the placements.

  • Aybri

    If Otto Knows can’t make the top100 then what hope does it give the average person

  • JTeles1992

    i don’t get why you guys tend always to say: House & Trance djs are the ones who dominate this list, first, instead of saying house or electro house, you should say big room, now that’s what really dominates at the moment, then it’s not only Big Room & Trance who are being extremely voted and making massive campaigns on twitter, youtube, facebook, etc., the Hardstyle djs are also becoming very successful on dj mag’s list, in 2012, the number of HardStyle djs were enormous on dj mag, i think there were even more hardstyle djs than trance djs there.