We know ‘God is a DJ’ and most probably ‘Last night, a DJ saved your life’. But which artist features in your top 10 list? Who is that one DJ or Disc Jockey, who was successful in transporting you to a different world and made you smile? Which artist blew the dance floor and dominated the minds of his/her fans? It is never easy to do a top-10 list of anything but it is even more difficult to pick DJ’s who have been most influential and downright brilliant. DJ-ing is an art form and some have inarguably mastered it. Following is the list of Top 10 international DJs who redefined music.
10. Grand Wizzard Theodore:
Theodore and scratching (a DJing technique) are synonymous with each other. Widely credited as the inventor of scratching, the art of DJ-ing wouldn’t have been the same without him. He had also worked under Grandmaster Flash, another famous DJ.
9. Paul Oakenfold:
It has been over 20 years and the man hasn’t stopped belting out classics. A legend in his own right Oakenfold has done everything that is humanly possible and has seen the music scene develop and mature with time. He is down to earth and still loves talking about music very passionately, a rare quality these days.
8. David Guetta:
Hate him or love him but you cannot ignore David Guetta. A regular feature in top 10 charts of any DJ magazine, French DJ and producer Guetta is arguably one of the most popular artists in the world and has worked with several mainstream pop stars. David Guetta has sold over six million albums and 15 million singles worldwide and is among the list of most sought after DJs of the decade.
7. Paul Van Dyk:
A Grammy nominated artist and a DJ par excellence, Paul van Dyk continues to dominate the electronic music scene and appears at the top of every DJ list around the globe. PvD, as his fans have nicknamed him, has been ranked the World´s No. 1 DJ by DJ Magazine´s “Top 100 DJs poll” twice.
6. Daft Punk:
The French group, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, came to prominence in the 80s with their new-age sound. Known for their stage-shows and fireworks, no other DJ has connected with the crowd like Daft Punk has. The group released ‘Discovery’ in 2001 to rave reviews and was very successful. It was driven by the club singles “One More Time”, “Digital Love”, and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”.
5. Markus Schulz:
Credited with creating a hybrid sound by fusing elements of house and trance, the Germany born DJ is one of the few names to make a mark in the US trance scene. His Global DJ Broadcast radio show has millions of listeners tuning in, something less than a handful of DJs have ever achieved.
4. Grandmaster Flash:
The man credited with inventing Hip-Hop, Grandmaster’s style stands out among the sea of DJs with his “Quick Mix Theory”. The art of DJ-ing came back to life only because of Mr. Flash. He, along with the Furious Five, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 becoming the first hip hop artist to be given the honour.
3. The Chemical Brothers:
They started with the name The Dust Brothers in the 90s and soon became the most recognised face in UKs DJ circuit. From “Hey Boy Hey Girl” and “Block Rocking Beats”, The Chemical Brothers had people from every age group jumping to their tunes.
2. Dj Tiesto:
Tijs Michael Verwest, or DJ Tiesto, was born in the Netherlands. Since 1994 his trance, house, down tempo and drum ’n’ bass tunes have been in high demand around the world. He is the first DJ to play live on stage at an Olympics and is widely regarded as one of the most popular DJs ever.
1. Armin Van Buuren:
A Dutch trance producer and DJ, Van Buuren has made the number one spot his own. His weekly radio show ASOT (A State of Trance) is the most loved radio show globally and has millions of fans tuning in worldwide. He is undisputed king of the trance music and has won DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs fan poll a record of 5 times, including winning on four consecutive occasions between 2007 and 2010 with the fifth in 2012.