When you think of the greatest and best DJs in the work right now, who do you think of? Names such as Martin Garrix, David Guetta, and Hardwell come to mind.
Because they produce great hits, sell the most records, have the biggest following, earn lots of most money, fill the biggest arenas and their music is featured on top charts and the best music download sites in the world.
Apart from these undisputed kings, who are the other top DJs in the world? We considered several factors when deciding on this list, including those mentioned above (hits, record sales, following, etc). So, though we know this has been the top of many arguments, we have decided on the list below as the top 15 DJs in the world…
#1 MARTIN GARRIX
Martin Garrix is a pro-Dutch DJ, musician and producer. Garrix is regarded by many as the best DJ in the world at the moment, or more correctly, the biggest DJ in the world.
He was discovered by Tiësto and became a superstar before he was 18. You may know him for his viral hit ‘Animals’ which was released in 2013. In 2016, he left Spinning Records to form his own label, STMPD Records.
Garrix is currently in a deal with Sony music and his latest hitmaker “So Far Away” has amassed over 100 million views on YouTube.
The single is in collaborator with another top DJ, David Guetta and features guest vocals from British singer and songwriter Jamie Scott and Dutch singer Romy Dya. The song premiered during Garrix’s performance at Tomorrowland 2017.
Over the years, Garrix has collaborated with world-renowned artists like Troyes Sivan, Bebe Rexha, and Dua Lipa.
Martin Garrix’s Hit Songs
- Only Way Is Up (ft Tiësto)
- Scared to be Lonely (ft Dua Lipa)
#2 DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE
Second on our list of the best DJs in the world is the undisputed kings of tomorrow land, Dimitri and Michael Thivaios.
These Belgian DJs and producers started their careers at a young age and became the resident DJs at BeatFM Radio before they rose to fame.
They became famous after remixing the song ‘The Rotterdam City Of Love’ which was released in November 2008.
In their DJ careers, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike have collaborated with many famous artistssuch including David Guetta, Martin Garrix, and Hardwell, to name a few.
DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE’s Best Songs
- Hey baby (Ft Diplo & Deb’s daughter)
- Complicated (Ft Kiiara & David Guetta)
- Higher Place (Ft Ne-Yo)
#3 ARMIN VAN BUUREN
Amin Van Buuren is a top Dutch DJ, record producer, and remixer. This Grammy-nominated DJ is famous for his hit song “This Is What It Feels Like” feat Trevor Guthrie.
His dedication to electronic music has won him a top spot in the DJ’ing world along with his weekly radio show known as “A State of Trace” that airs in over 84 countries.
Van Buuren headlines hundreds of shows every year at leading venues and festivals around the world. You may know him from Omnia Nightclub in Las Vegas, Tomorrowland (Belgium), Ushuaia (Ibiza) and many others.
Armin Van Buuren’s Greatest Hits
- This Light Between Us
- Waiting For The Night
#4 DAVID GUETTA
Known as the grandfather of electronic dance music, Piere David Guetta is a French record producer, remixer, song writer and of course, DJ.
He was playing in nightclubs before releasing his first album (Just a Little More Love) in 2002, prior to being the co-founder of Gum Productions in 2001.
He released Guetta Blaster in 2004 and Pop Life in 2007, which were followed by many hit songs with famous music artists like Dj Tiësto, Kelly Rowland, and others.
David Guetta has many accolades and achievements in his career including a Grammy nomination in 2011, for his album “One Love”. He won two Grammy awards in 2010 and 2011 and also bagged the coveted American Music Award for favorite EDM category.
David Guetta’s Top Songs
- Titanium feat. Sia
- Memories feat. Kid Cudi
- 2U feat. Justin Bieber
Marshmello is a rising DJ and EDM producer whose talent is highly evident from his music. You may know him as the DJ who wears a marshmallow helmet, but no one knows the man behind the mask. Well, we know but..shhhh..
We will just say that rumor has it that Christian Comstock known as DJ Dotcom is the American dude behind the mask.
He first came into the limelight in 2015, after releasing his first hit “WaVeZ”. He earned the support of major DJs in the world like Skrillex, who aided his quest by reposting his song “Find Me” on SoundCloud.
Marshmello has also collaborated with famous artistslike DJ Khalid, Selena Gomez, Troye Sivan and numerous others.
Marshmello’s Greatest Songs
- Silence feat. DJ Khalid
- Keep It Mello Ft. Omar LinX
- Wolves Ft. Selena Gomez
Robert van de Corput, better known as Hardwell, is a world-famous Dutch DJ, record producer, and remixer.
He is known for his legendary judo skills and has been nominated as the world’s number 1 DJ by DJ Magazine in 2013 and 2014. His hip-hop DJ career started at the age of twelve and since then he has played with legendary artists, including his mentor Tiësto.
Hardwell came to the limelight after releasing “Show Me Love vs Be” in 2009, just before launching his own label Revealed Recording in 2010.
He is well known for his major work “United We Are” and you might recognize him from the International Dance Music Awards where he won the best breakthrough DJ in 2012.
Hardwell’s Greatest Songs
- Apollo feat. Amba Shepard
- Zero 76 (ft. Tiësto)
#7 CALVIN HARRIS
Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ, singer and record producer also known as Adam Richard Wiles.
His musical journey started in 1999 when he recorded his first demo and rose to fame in 2007 after recording his debut album ‘I Created Disco’, released by Colombia Records.
In 2010, Calvin Harris started ‘Fly Eye Records’, his own record label and later formed a partnership with ATV Music in 2014. You may know for winning the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in 2013 for being the Songwriter of the year.
Calvin Harris’s Top Songs
- How Deep Is Your Love
- One Kiss (ft. Dua Lipa)
- We Found Love (ft. Rihanna)
Tiësto is the stage name for Tijs Michiel Verwest, a Dutch record producer, and an international EDM DJ.
Many respect him as the greatest DJ of all time and the Godfather of EDM. He started his career at Noculan records in 1994, working with sub-labels “Coolman” and “Chemo”.
Tiësto became popular after remixing the song “Silence” by Delerium in October 2000. He has collaborated with artists such as Armin van Buuren, Gouryella, Kamaya painters and others.
His love for electronic dance music has won him many awards, including a Grammy for mixing John Legend’s song “All of Me”. He is also the founder of Black Hole Recordings.
Tiësto’s Top Hits
- Lethal Industry
- Feel It In My Bones (ft. Tegan & Sara)
- Adagio for Strings
Deadmau5 is a Canadian DJ, record producer and dance artist. His real name is Joel Thomas Zimmerman.
The name Deadmau is actually pronounced “dead mouse”. He is known for wearing a strange looking mouse costume.
He has amazing skills in electronic music and he has worked with a number of famous DJs around the world. Deadmau5 released his debut album (Get Scraped) in July 2005 and is a six-time Grammy award nominee.
In 2007, Deadmau5 started his own recording label (Mau5trap) and released a number of great hits. He has featured in video games like DJ Hero 2 and has performed alongside world known artists like Lady Gaga, Wolfgang and others.
Deadmau5’s Top Songs
- Ghosts n Stuff (ft. Rob Swire)
- I Remember (ft. Kaskade)
#10 THE CHAINSMOKERS
The Chainsmokers is a famous American DJ duo made up by Andrew Taggart and Alex Paul. You may know these guys from their hitmaker ‘#Selfie’ which was released in 2014, followed by another viral hit ‘Roses’ in 2015.
They won a Grammy for the song “Don’t Let Me Down” under the best dance recording category.
The Chainsmokers have collaborated with famous artistslike Emily Warren, Hasley, Coldplay and many others. Their latest hit songs include “Paris” featuring Emily Warren and “Closer” featuring Halsey, which achieved a Grammy nomination.
The Chainsmokers’ Top Hits
- Something Just Like This (featuring Coldplay)
- Don’t Let Me Down (featuring Daya)
- Closer (featuring Halsey)
Sonny John Moore ‘Skrillex’ is an American songwriter, singer, music producer, instrumentalist and DJ. His music career started in 2004 when he was chosen to be the lead vocalist for the Rock band after volunteering to play the guitar.
Together with the band, Skrillex continued to produce major hits until 2007, when he launched his solo career.
Skrillex has bagged eight (yes 8!) Grammy awards and two consecutive MTV Music Video awards in his career. You may know him from major albums like ‘More Monsters and Sprites’, ‘Bangarang’ and ‘My Name Is Skrillex”, to mention a few.
Skrillex’s Top Songs
- Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites
- Where Are U Now (ft. Justin Bieber)
- Cinema (ft. Gary Go)
Nick Van De Wall, better known as Afrojack is a renowned Dutch record producer, remixer, and DJ. He started his career at 14 years and released his first song in 2007.
The song was titled ‘In Your Face’ and was released under his stage name. He later collaborated with Eva Simons and released ‘Take Over Control’, a song that earned him international recognition.
AFROJACK ranks as the 7th highest paid DJ in the world and has associated with many international artists. This artists include the likes of David Guetta, Hardwell, Beyonce and Bebe Rexha.
AFROJACK’s Top Songs
- Hey Mama featuring Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, and Bebe Rexha
- Take Over control featuring Eva Simons
- Give me Everything featuring Nayer, Pitbull, and Ne-Yo
#13 STEVE AOKI
Steven Hiroyuki Aoki is a talented American DJ, record producer, music executive and EDM artist popularly known by his stage name, STEVE AOKI.
He is the founder of Dim Mak, a global music brand responsible for unveiling many top electronic DJs. You may know him for throwing birthday cakes to his fans at live concerts.
In 2012, Steve was ranked as the highest earning dance artist in North America. He has collaborated with famous vocalists and producers like Afrojack, BTS, Will.I.AM, Iggy Azalea and Kid Cudi, among others.
Steve Aoki’s Greatest Songs
- Just Hold On (ft. Louis Tomlinson)
- Warp 1.9
- Pursuit of Happiness
#14 NICKY ROMERO
Nicky Romero is a stage name for Nick Rotteveeel, a professional Dutch DJ, remixer, musician and record producer.
He is the founder of the Dutch record label, Protocol Recording which has become a success through his music.
He started his career at Once Records and has worked with many music brands like Spinning Records, Ministry of Sound and many others.
In addition to releasing hit music singles, Nicky Romero has collaborated with famous artists like Rihanna, David Guetta, Britney Spears and Sia Furler.
Nicky Romero’s Greatest Songs
- I Could Be The One ft. Avicii
- Metropolis ft. David Guetta
Closing our list of the best DJs in the world is Avicii. Born Tim Bergling, Avicii is a Swedish DJ, musician, record producer, and remixer, popularly known by his stage name Avicii.
He began by posting his remixes on EDM forums at the age of 16 which landed him his first recording deal. He became famous in 2011, after releasing his hit single ‘Levels’.
Avicii is a Grammy award nominee and has collaborated with major music producers and writers, resulting in great hits. He is known for working with artists like Chris Martin, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Rita Ora and others.
Avicii Top Songs
- Wake Me Up
- Hey Brother
Sadly, Avicii died on 20 April 2018 at the age of 28. While the cause of death was not immediately given, it was later determined to be suicide due to self-inflicted injuries with a broken wine bottle. Avicii struggled with bouts of depression and found it difficult to understand the meaning of life. May his soul rest in peace.
There you have it, the best DJs in the world right now. The guys are the true game changers, the snowmakers. Do you agree with our list?
Who do you think should be added or removed? Of course, as time goes by, this list of the biggest and best DJs in the world will change and we will update as necessary.