Breakdown The 2020 DJ Magazine High 100

It's been a very strange year for the music industry. When COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March, the live events industry was decimated and there have been barely any shows for the past 8 months. With the exception of drive-in shows, live streams, and a few newer shows in states like Florida where things have opened up (for better or for worse), this has been a very sedentary year for our live performers.

Such a chaotic global event certainly had an impact on this year's DJ Mag Top 100 leaderboard with tremendous moves across the board. Many DJs rose, many fell, and there were many, many new entries on the list. Greatest of all Tiësto dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 2004 and David Guetta has regained its first place for the first time since 2011.

But there's still a lot to talk about further down the list.

Women rule

Last year eight of the 100 producers were women. This was an improvement over 2018, but still not good enough. (Four women made it into the DJ Mag Top 100 in 2017. That number rose to six in 2018.) This year, with the additions, that number rose from to 12 ANNA, Deborah De Luca, Nora En Pure, and Rezz. Best of all, a woman was the tallest climber this year, as was Alison Wonderland last year. Charlotte de Witte moved up 42 places to land at # 32.

New entries galore

With so many DJs unable to play shows this year, many, many new entries made their way into the top 100. There are 13 new names in the 100-81 bracket alone. There are a total of 18 new names in the top 100 this year, surpassing the comparatively meager 12 new entries from last year Rezz As the highest new addition, he comes in 57th.

Names like Jamie Jones, Green Velvet, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, and Nora En Purefinally her deserved debut on the list.

Significant movement in the top 10

For the first time since 2004 Tiësto is in the top 10 of what is probably the biggest shock of the year on the list. He is now in 16th place, far from 8th last year.

Two new names adorn the top 10 Timmy trumpet Come on # 10 and Alok finally break through as Brazil's biggest DJ and make it to number 5. Don Diablo secures his 6th place, however Oliver Heldens moves a pen down as Steve Aoki moves up 1, Afrojack moves up 2 and Armin van Buuren stays at # 4.

Martin garrix moves all the way down to # 3 after losing top spot after his record-breaking 3-year run last year Dimitri Vegas & like Mike who manage to stay in second place just behind this year's newly crowned top DJ, David Guetta.

Check out the full list of DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs below.

100. Marco Carolla (Down 14)
99. Robin Schulz (Down 17)
98.22Bullets (new entry)
97.Blastoyz (New Entry)
96.Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman (New Entry)
95. ANNA (new entry)
94. Mike Perry (New Entry)
93.Deborah De Luca (New Entry)
92. Tungevaag (new entry)
91.Black coffee (bottom 1)
90. Mike Williams (Down 36)
89.Burak Yeter (New Entry)
88. Aryue (new entry)
87.Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano (New Entry)
86. Green Velvet (New Entry)
85. Plastik Funk (New Entry)
84.Swedish House Mafia (Down 42)
83. D.o.D. (Up to 13)
82. Pink Panda (New Entry)
81. Rave Republic (until 13)
80. Radical Redemption (Re-Entry)
79. Mr. Pig (new entry)
78.Branan Heart (re-entry)
77. Tom & Collins (Up 7)
76. Fisher (Down 13)
75. Florian Picasso (until 23)
74. Kura (Down 34)
73.Nora En Pure (New Entry)
72.Deniz Koyu (Up 9)
71. Julian Jordan (until 22)
70.Blasterjaxx (Down 34)
69. Peggy Gou (up to 11)
68. Jamie Jones (New Entry)
67. YELLOW CLAW (up to 10)
66. Nina Kraviz (Down 6)
65. Ummet Ozcan (Down 33)
64. deadmau5 (Up 7)
63.Breathe Carolina (bottom 1)
62.3 are legend (Up 8)
61. Carta (Up 11)
60.Boris Brejcha (up to 25)
59. Amelie Lens (New Entry)
58.Will Sparks (Down 1)
57.Rezz (highest newcomer)
56th ATB (Down 17)
55.DVBBS (Down 32)
54. Miss K8 (up to 15)
53. Ferry Corsten (Up 6)
52. Cat Dealer (Down 6)
51. Diego Miranda (Up 4)
50. Paul van Dyk (Up 37)
49.Wolf Pack (Down 11)
48. Adam Beyer (no movement)
47. Alison Wonderland (Down 3)
46. ​​Headhunterz (Down 17)
45. Alesso (up to 16)
44. Mariana Bo (Up 5)
43. Illenium (Up 21)
42. MATTN (up to 9)
41. Claptone (Up 12) (Highest House DJ)
40. Tujamo (Up 3)
39. VINAI (bottom 11)
38.Danny Avila (Up 3)
37.Diplo (up to 30)
36. Angerfist (Down 2) (Highest tough DJ)
35. Zedd (up to 15)
34. Carl Cox (Up 1)
33rd Quintino (Down 8)
32. Charlotte De Witte (Up 42) (highest climber) (highest techno)
31. Nicky Romero (Up 6)
30. Vintage culture (up to 17)
29. Bassjackers (Up 5)
28. Kygo (up to 24)
27. The chain smokers (Down 1)
26. Alan Walker (Up 1)
25. DJ Snake (Down 9)
24. Vini Vici (Up 7)
23. Fedde Le Grand (Up 7)
22. Eric Prydz (Down 5)
21. Lost Frequencies (Down 1)

DJ Mag Top 20

20. Nervo (Up 4)
19. Over and over (Up 3)
18. Calvin Harris (Up 1)
17. Hardwell (Down 5)
16. Tiësto (Down 8)
15. Skrillex (Up 6)
14. W & W (Up 4)
13. R3HAB (Up 1)
12. KSHMR (Up 3)
11. Marshmello (Down 6)

DJ Mag Top 10

10. Timmy Trumpet (Up 3)
9. Steve Aoki (Up 1)
8.Oliver Heldens (Down 1)
7. Afrojack (Up 2)
6. Don Diablo (Non-Mover) (Tallest Future House)
5. Alok (Up 6)
4. Armin Van Buuren (Non-Mover)

3. Martin Garrix

2. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

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