Top DJ Pioneers of the 21st Century

Dance music is not what it used to be. The repetitive drops and lack of originality are characteristics of the current state of EDM. Throughout the 00s however, some artists have been pioneers for the dance music industry. For the new EDM fanboys that are only delighted by the hopes of going to Tomorrowland, you should go through this list to understand the DJs who have brought the scene where it is right now. Many artists are not mentioned here (many Trance artists especially), but this list only includes the biggest game-changers of the genre.

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1Tiësto

Although he is not what he used to be, Tiësto has revolutionized the dance world in the 2000s with his massive Trance hits and his impressive arena shows. He was the first DJ to actually fill a whole arena as a main event. Tiësto will forever be a legend and we hope he goes back to his old style one day.

Top 3 songs:
1) Traffic
2) Adagio for Strings
3) Dance4Life

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3Swedish House Mafia

The third position belongs to SHM as a group but also to Axwell, Ingrosso and Angello as individuals. They have always been able to bring new sounds to the table and thus raising the bar year after year. It's sad they have split, but they are also massive as solo artists!

Top 3 songs:
1) One (Your Name)
2) Leave The World Behind (with Laidback Luke)
3) Greyhound

4Armin Van Buuren

He's been considered the top DJ in the world for many years in a row and he fully deserved it. The Dutch sensation has been the king of his genre (Trance) and troughout the year he even explored sub-genres while still staying true to its roots. Trance wouldn't be the same without AvB.

Top 3 songs:
1) In And Out of Love
2) Not Giving Up on Love
3) Mirage

5Daft PunkDaft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.

This duo does not need any presentation. Their electro/robot sound has transcended the world for years and they are acclaimed everywhere in the world as superstars. They have been huge innovators in the 90s and the 00s which is the main reason why they are on this list.

Top 3 songs:
1) One More Time
2) Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
3) Get Lucky

6AviciiTim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, is a Swedish electronic musician, DJ, remixer and record producer.

This young swedish prodigee has been stepping the game up for a few years now with his outstanding melodies and production quality. More recently, he did a transition to 'country-house' which was a big bet that he has been able to pull off brilliantly. For the unitiated, I highly recommend listening to some of his older material, it is mind-blowing.

Top 3 songs:
1) Levels
2) Bromance (and Seek Bromance)
3) Wake Me Up

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8Benny Benassi

It may be surprising for some, but there was no way this list could not include Benny Benassi. The Italian DJ has been a pioneer in electro, known for his buzzing electro bass. He is not as active as he used to be, but his work has been outstanding.

Top 3 songs:
1) Satisfaction
2) Bring the Noise
3) Cinema

9HardwellRobbert van de Corput, who performs under the stage name Hardwell, is a Dutch big room house and electro house DJ and music producer.

This superstar dutch sensation has been on a roll for the past few years. His older work is absolutely amazing, but he is on this list because of the immense recognition he brought to EDM recently. He is currently the number one DJ and he fully deserves it.

Top 3 songs:
1) Spaceman
2) Encoded
3) Zero 76

10Deadmau5Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for pioneering work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse. Notable songs include Ghosts n' ...read more.

This hilarious DJ is someone who does not care about being politically correct. His production have supported him over the years. Initially known for his delirious progressive house pluck sound, he has explored numerous sub-genres with a continuous high level of quality. Cheers to the mau5!

Top 3 songs:
1) Strobe
2) Ghosts N Stuff
3) Faxing Berlin

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11SkrillexSkrillex is an American EDM producer who is known for popularizing dubstep. He is part of the bands Jack Ü (DJ) and From First To Last (Lead Singer). His album Recess debuted at 4 on the BB200, tying him with Zedd for the highest debut for an EDM album on that chart. He is best known for Scary Monsters ...read more.
12Bob Sinclar

Yes, Bob Sinclar. He is not the most famous DJ at the moment but his work in the 2000s have brought joy and light to a harder and darker electronic music scene. His hit «Love Generation» is still remembered by everyone that's for sure.

Top 3 songs:
1) Love Generation
2) World, Hold On
3) Far L'Amore

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15Nujabes

Greatest pioneer of the 21 century his songs can bring you to tears

16AfrojackNick van de Wall, commonly known by his stage name Afrojack, is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer.

Nick van de Wall, professionally known as Afrojack, is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer. In 2014, he released his debut album Forget the World. Afrojack regularly features in the top 10 of DJ Mag Top 100 DJs

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