Popular DJs 2021: Marshmello, David Guetta, Alan Walker & More

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DJ Mag has just announced the winners of their annual Top 100 DJ poll, with David Guetta once again taking the crown for the world’s no. 1 DJ.

Independently of the vote, the music research and analytics platform Viberate looked into the online popularity data of Electronic artists to see if and how the results match up.

Why data? In a way, it’s the “objective popular vote”. Fans across the globe reward their favorite artists on a daily basis by streaming their music, viewing their videos, liking their social media posts, and buying their tracks – besides casting their votes in online polls.

Viberate’s advanced algorithms take into account each artist’s social media and music channels, as well as radio airplay throughout the year. This makes for an unbiased and transparent overview of how popular an artist really is.

Top findings include:

Marshmello, David Guetta, Alan Walker, Calvin Harris, and The Chainsmokers are the top 5 most popular Electronic artists of the last 12 months. The Top 10 list is rounded off by Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Skrillex, DJ Snake, and Alok. Interestingly enough, the usual “crowd favorites”, such as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, and Armin van Buuren, did not make the Top 10 list.

Dance is the most popular genre. 72% of the top 100 artists are Dance (EDM) artists, 10% are House artists, and other genres are less represented.

Several artists have made a big leap in 2021 and entered the Top 100 chart. These include Imanbek (49th), Nightcrawlers and Riton (43rd and 47th, respectively), A7S (35th) and Topic (32nd).

Collabs are the way to go. Thanks to the success of tracks such as “Friday” (Nightcrawlers & Riton), “Your Love” (A7S & Topic) and “Breaking Me” (A7S & Topic), the aforementioned artists have jumped as many as 800 places up the Electronic Artists chart.

Memes work, too. South African artist The Kiffness placed 96th thanks to his musical renditions of “vibing cat”, “alugalug cat” and sea shanty memes, delighting audiences during the Covid-19 lockdown. The “Alugalug Cat” track alone was streamed more than 60K times on Spotify last week.

Here’s the complete list of Top 100 Electronic artists according to Viberate:

Marshmello
David Guetta
Alan Walker
Calvin Harris
The Chainsmokers
Martin Garrix
Tiësto
Skrillex
DJ Snake
Alok
Major Lazer
Kungs
Kygo
Zedd
Robin Schulz
Galantis
Joel Corry
Armin Van Buuren
Steve Aoki
Diplo
Alesso
Jonas Blue
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Lost Frequencies
The Living Tombstone
NEFFEX
Swedish House Mafia
Afrojack
R3hab
Disclosure
Topic
Hardwell
Jax Jones
A7S
SHOUSE
Regard
Felix Jaehn
TheFatRat
Little Big
Ofenbach
Timmy Trumpet
Sigala
Nightcrawlers
Vintage Culture
Sickick
Riton
Rudimental
KSHMR
Imanbek
Gigi D’Agostino
Gabry Ponte
Flume
Meduza
Sam Feldt
ATB
Purple Disco Machine
The Prodigy
Nicky Romero
Oliver Heldens
Don Diablo
Deadmau5
Juan Magan
Illenium
Moby
Axwell Λ Ingrosso
Cheat Codes
K-391
Serhat Durmus
Dillon Francis
Dynoro
Loud Luxury
Duke Dumont
SLANDER
Bob Sinclar
VIZE
Martin Solveig
Gryffin
Rüfüs DU SOL
Artik & Asti
Deorro
AronChupa
FISHER
Master KG
Martin Jensen
DJ Maphorisa
Yellow Claw
Alexandra Stan
DVBBS
Pnau
W&W
Petit Biscuit
Vicetone
Ritviz
The Kiffness
Caravan Palace
Paul Kalkbrenner
Sofi Tukker
James Blake
Surf Mesa
Showtek

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