Wow! Our Top 100 most popular DJs of all time list certainly sparked a lot of controversy. It's kind of weird when you think about it, because all we did is present the data that is already out there, but just from a different, broader perspective. DJ Mag was quick to distance themselves from this list, which is understandable in a way, because they did not publish this list themselves. And people started tweeting them about it.
@gerardo_l93 that list is nothing to do with us
— DJmag (@DJmag) October 15, 2013
Nevertheless the data is based on all the DJ Mag Top 100 polls so far, so it might not be 'official' it's still just as relevant, because it is calculated via their actual data. It is not based on new votes or opinion. So in other words: if DJ Mag or anyone else, DJ's included, is taking their annual results serious, it's hard to ignore this list. We've got some positive feedback:
Oh wow! This made for a great Saturday morning!... http://t.co/dZ3ynmeYZX
— DJ Dan (@DJDanmusic) October 5, 2013
— Roger Sanchez (@djrogersanchez) October 14, 2013
Thank you :) http://t.co/DiFWPEFSF6
— Nick Warren (@DJNickWarren) October 16, 2013
— Philip Belikov (@FEEL_DJ) September 29, 2013
Thanks to Dash Berlin World for voting me number 75 best DJ's in the world and recognizing my 27 years off hard work as a DJ.
— Anthony Pappa (@djanthonypappa) October 12, 2013
— SEB FONTAINE (@sebfontaine) October 11, 2013
We believe that Paul van Dyk deserves some respect for his achievements. It would be cool to see DJ Mag present some kind of award for this in the future. It's fantastic to see how fast new talent came up these last couple of years, but as our list shows you, we can't ignore the past. The first big DJ heroes, like our number one; Paul van Dyk deserve our respect, deejays like him paved the way for all the current EDM stars of the moment. That is the statement that we are trying to make here and the motivation behind the most popular dj of all time list.
We at DBW are big fans of the DJ Mag Poll and if you see how many people are discussing it again this year, it's still as relevant as it ever was. Maybe even more now that America seems to have joined in on the fun, when the list used to be centered around the UK heroes and Dutch DJ's. Not everybody is a fan though, take a look at some interesting tweets from the past:
Oh no dj Angerfist beat me in the dj mag poll. My career is over.
— Sasha (@sashaofficial) October 20, 2012
The @DJmag poll is full of Lance Armstrongs. Who really gives a fuck?
— Sasha (@sashaofficial) October 19, 2012
— Sasha (@sashaofficial) August 2, 2012
@filip_myself i don't care about DJ mag. i didn't even ask anyone to vote this year. im very happy with my sound thank you.
— Gareth Emery (@garethemery) October 30, 2012
Apols for the DJ Mag tweet, that was someone from management tweeting on my account. First thing I did when I woke up was to delete it… lol.
— Gareth Emery (@garethemery) July 2, 2012
Please save me from the dj mag spamings..... Lets do a ticket sales top 100 list instead based on reality? :)
— Marcus Schossow (@marcusschossow) July 26, 2011
stop bothering me with lame beging emails for dj mag votes. jisses. go spend ur time in the studio instead or do something for ur real fans.
— Marcus Schossow (@marcusschossow) August 2, 2011
What if DJ Mag put on their front page a story like "How to get into our top 100 with 4 gigs in a year".......... would they be proud ? :)
— Marcus Schossow (@marcusschossow) October 25, 2010
@harleymoon i do! its a list that represents the most skillful and talented dj's out there right? i mean its printed in DJ MAG, so its true!
— 5ander (@kleinenberg) July 28, 2010
.. everybody already "not" voted for me.. GREAT! hope dj mag are not going to be to pissed off... like with Ricky Stoner..
— 5ander (@kleinenberg) September 7, 2009
Let us know what you think about all of this in the comments. More poll news; Armin talks in interview about his new position, controversy around the Most Popular DJ of All Time list and highest climber accidentally revealed. Results of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs for 2013, 2012 and 2011.