There have been lots of different trends, movements, and revolutions in music that change everything. With the fast-changing world, many dynamic genres have emerged and evolved. Among all of them, Disk Jockeying changed the world forever. It is a jockey, the DJ who would introduce old tracks with an upbeat modern touch like a remix. Being the first DJ of the world, Jimmy Savile is the pioneer of this movement and since then many DJ has arrived worldwide. Every year lots of new artists arrive but only a few of them is successfully reigning the industry of international music.
Here are the Top 10 DJs in the world in 2021:
Pierre David Guetta better knowns as David Guetta has reigned in the industry for more than two decades yet his songs are still buzzing the playlist and clubs. He is a French DJ, a record producer, a music programmer, a songwriter, and so on. He has been considered the best DJ of all time for his diverse musical sense and skills. Over 30 million studio solos and 9 million albums have been sold around the world which put him on the top. Guetta was voted as the number in 2011 through the poll of the DJ Mag TOP 100 DJs.
Musical hits – His album ‘One Love’ from 2009 was a major hit. The singles like, ‘Sexy Bitch’, ‘Getting Over you’, ‘When Love Takes Over’, ‘Memories’, etc are some of the trailblazing tracks.
Martijn Gerard Garritsen, better known as Martin Garrix is one of the most talented DJ and record producers around the world. Hailing from the Netherlands, this Dutch DJ has a degree in sound production from Utrecht University from Herman Brood Academy. With his knowledge and skills, Martin has provided listeners some of the best experiments of progressive house music with a dose of his individuality. He is currently the best EDM DJ in the world with the highest followers on Instagram.
Musical hits – In 2015, his single ‘Forbidden’ voices garnered 10 million likes on Facebook and that was just the beginning. ‘In The Name Of Love’, ‘Scared To be Lonely’, ‘Animals’ and numerous other tracks belong to his musical arsenal.
Tiësto is also a Dutch DJ who is greatly influenced by Martin, especially his performance in Olympic Games in 2004. He has claimed a lot of honor and love from his fans and followers. In 2013, The DJ Mag voted him for the ‘Best DJ in last 20 years’. On the other hand, Mix Magazine named him ‘All Time’s Greatest DJ’. Some consider him as the ‘Godfather of EDM’. He has been elected for ‘World No. 1 DJ’ for three years, 2002 to 2004.
Musical hits – His first solo album ‘In My Memory’ was released in 2001 and since then he was released many musical hits. His third studio album ‘Elements of Life’ has been nominated for Grammy Awards.
Armin van Buuren
Armin was born in Leiden in South Holland who developed his passion for music at a very young age. He began to create music in his teen years and started playing as a DJ in the local bars when he was only 14. By nurturing his skills further, he started to gain larger prospects in the later years become one of the Top DJ in the world. His progressive house singles have made him one of the greatest DJs with the highest appearances on the Billboard Dance/Electronic list.
Musical hits – With the popular radio series ‘A State of Trance’, six of his singles have become a global success. Till now, the artist has released six studio albums and each of them is a hit. He received a nomination for his track ‘This is Whatever It Feels Like’.
Record producer, remixer, and uber-talented Dutch electro house DJ Hardwell have successfully become one of the greatest DJs in the world. DJ Mag has voted him as the No. 1 DJ in the world for two consecutive years 2013 and 2014 respectively. He ranked third in DJ Mag’s Top 100. The DJ is loved for both his singles and remixes along with his unwavering performances in music festivals. He has released a total of eleven compilation albums and a documentary film under his label.
Musical hits – His debut album ‘United We Are’ in 2015 was a record-breaking release that has gained him popularity. ‘Spaceman’, ‘Bigroom Never Dies’, ‘Imaginary’, ‘Live The Night’, etc are some of the hits from his prolific career. ‘Summer Air’ in 2019 is still buzzing the industry.
Sonny Moore, also known as Skrillex is an American DJ who made the generation go crazy for his music. Specializing in Dubstep, EDM, MoomBahton, and electro house music his tracks have always provided something unique and dynamic. Starting his career as a lead vocalist in 2004, he gradually found his love in mixing and composing. From 2008 he started gaining attention as a versatile DJ. The artist has won Grammy Awards eight times, MTV Video Music Award twice and Annie Award for once.
Musical hits – ‘Bangarang’, ‘Nice Sprites’, ‘Scary Monsters’, etc are some of the fiery tracks where things went pretty wild.
DJ Chris Comstock, better known as the Marshmello is a talented DJ and EDM producer and famous for his marshmallow headgear. With his skills and individuality, the artist has created his own ‘feel good’ EDM Genre that captivates listeners instantly. His collaborations with other artists while making remixes and compositions helped him pave his way. His songs have ranked in the Top 30 of Billboard hot 100s.
Musical hits – Some of his hit singles are ‘Friends’, ‘Wolves’, ‘Summer’, ‘Silence’, ‘Happier’, and the list keeps going. In 2019, he released ‘One Right Thing’, another milestone of his career.
American DJ and record producer Steve Aoki is well revered for his unworldly EDM mixes. Starting childhood, birthdays, first love, and every element of life are present in his compositions to provide an essence of youth. Breaking all the stereotypical styles, the artist is capable of making tracks that are enjoyable, over-the-top, and invites everyone to join an unbridled musical journey. There is overwhelming emotion or dark vibes; only a seamless flow of fun and energy.
Musical hits – ‘Send It’, ‘Azukita’, ‘Are You Lonely’, ‘Hoovela’, etc are some of the hits from his collection.
Nick van de Wall, better known as Afrojack is a talented DJ and record producer from Spijkenisse in South Holland. He started compositing and DJing in the local pubs at the age of 14. While dabbling among the subgenres of electro house, Dutch house, minimal house, moombahton, etc; he became of the most dynamic artists working under the label of Wall Recordings. He has been nominated for Grammy several times and won an MTV Europe Music Awards. He is consistently staying at the Top 10 DJs in DJ Mag’s top 100 except the year 2014.
Musical hits – ‘Forget The World’ in 2014 was his greatest contribution.
Calvin Harris’s musical career started in 2007 and since then a new EDM world has emerged. This British DJ is also the richest DJ in the world who has been consistently staying in the Top 10 DJ for the last decade. Throughout his musical career, he has worked with many star performers like Rihanna, Ne-Yo, etc to name some.
Musical hits – The first album in 2007, ‘I Created Disco’ is one of his greatest contributions. The success is quickly followed by his second album, ‘Ready for the Weekend’. It came no. 1 in the UK Albums Chart. In 2012, his album ’18 months’ made a record by selling 923,000 copies all over the United Kingdom.
Honorable mentions – If this was not about the Top 10 DJ, the list could proceed with Late Avicii, Alan Walker, Zedd, Diplo, DJ Snake, and many others who have enriched the international music industry with their compositions.
Alicia Parker is a fashion enthusiast studying at the University of California. She contributes to Daily Music Roll as a music blogger and writes a review of various music on a daily basis