For the second year in a row, Billboard Dance crunched the streaming numbers, ticket sales, fan votes and more to quantify who really is running the electronic dance music scene. Marshmello took the top spot, which is unsurprising after a huge year of YouTube, radio and Fortnite dominance, but there are plenty of new faces on the list — 15, to be exact.
Hustle pays off, and these artists know that from experience. Meet the new faces of the Billboard Dance 100 in 2019 below:
No. 30: RÜFÜS DU SOL
The Australian trio had the biggest debut of the year. It’s third album Solace was one of the biggest electronic releases of 2018, topping our critic’s list for the year. A big tour followed and yet continues with an upcoming headline slot at Coachella, three upcoming shows at Brooklyn’s Mirage, plus stops at Lollapalooza in Chicago and a two headlines at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
No. 78: Loud Luxury
There’s no such thing as “overnight success,” though a surface-level look at this Canadian duo’s trajectory could inspire jealousy. Before breakout hit “Body,” Loud Luxury worked years honing its sound with releases on home label Armada. The Brando-featured tune was released in late 2017, and it was tireless work and attention that the group and its team brought “Body” to No. 80 on the Hot 100 charts and earned the duo a Juno Award nomination. In 2019, it got a remix featuring Pitbull and Nicky Jam, and there’s more crossover collaboration to come.
No. 81: Fisher
Imagine releasing five songs in a year and a half and earning a Grammy nominated for Best Dance Recording. That’s Fisher’s tale, the pro-surfer turned DJ who absolutely took over the scene. The booming horn on “Losing It” gave him his biggest hit, but the grooveable bass of “Ya Kidding,” “Crowd Control,” “Stop It” and “Ya Didn’t” are equally hip-notizing. He didn’t win the Grammy, but he did perform three sold-out shows alongside his buddy Chris Lake at LA’s Shrine Expo Hall, and next, he’s coming to Coachella 2019.
No. 85: Deorro
Los Angeles native Deorro is one serious studio fiend. His 2017 album Good Evening is one of the genre’s most cinematic and experimental LPs in recent years. In 2018, he dropped 11 singles, including “Bring It Back” with MAKJ and Max Styler, which has more than 9 million streams on Spotify. He toured his sound relentlessly throghout the year, both as a support act on Steve Aoki‘s Neon Future III run and as a solo performer, with festival stops at We Are NRG and Beyond Wonderland.
No 87: Showtek
Showtek are no newcomers to the scene. The duo had a string of hits in 2014, including “Bad” with David Guetta. In 2018, they got back with their French friend for “Your Love.” The collaboration interpolated the famous ’90s anthem “Show Me Love,” and peaked at No. 19 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Big looks at Ultra in Miami and Tomorrowland also put Showtek’s name on fans’ minds and set them up for BBD 100 greatness.
No. 88: Felix Jaehn
The fresh-faced German producer hit the scene hard in 2015 with breakout hit “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” featuring Jasmine Thompson on the mic. He’s continued to brew club hits with big name collaborations including Adam Lambert and Gucci Mane. In 2018, he sold out his album tour and released “So Close” with NOTD, Georgia Ku and Captain Cuts. The song currently sits at No. 40 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, his first foray into that space.
No. 89: The Martinez Brothers
Let no one call these cool cats fresh on the scene. The blood brothers have been DJing major clubs since high school. They’ve collaborated with absolute legends, and in 2018, they released EPs with Louie Vega and Tiga. They are regulars at Space in Miami where they hold down the annual 24-hour closing party, and they continue to put miles on the map with events planned throughout Europe this summer.
No. 91: Netsky
Netsky is another name with deep roots in the dance scene. The Belgian released his debut, self-titled LP in 2010, but in 2018, his song “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore” hit big with features from cross-genre collaborators Bazzi and Lil Wayne. It currently sits at No. 26 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, making waves in 2019, too. His tune “Ice Cold” with David Guetta was another hit with more than 7 million streams on Spotify.
No. 93: CamelPhat
If you missed CamelPhat’s 2018 Gramy-nominated “Cola” with Elderbrook, we hope the rock you live under is at least comfortable. in 2018, the British duo kept up with a slammed tour schedule that took it around Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. It’s tune “Breathe” with Cristoph and Jem Cooke spent more than 11 weeks on the Dance Club Songs chart, and “Panic Room” with Au/Ra smashed more than 40 million Spotify plays. Look out for CamelPhat at Coachella in a couple weeks, as well as Lollapalooza Chicago, Creamfields, Reading Festival and Leeds Festival.
No. 94: Nina Kraviz
She’s a techno titan with mixing skills that have taken her high places – most notably to spin atop two of the world’s most famous monuments; the Great Wall of China and the Eiffel Tower. She handled both those iconic gigs in 2018, and she released a string of remixes, including “Blue Train Lines” by Mount Kimbie and “Always Ascending” by Franz Ferdinand. Kraviz is also slated to play Coachella 2019, Primavera Sound in Barcelona and more throughout 2019.
No 95: Petit Biscuit
In 2017, the little French cookie broke out with the soft, rosy sounds of “Sunset Lover.” His debut album Presence was a chilled out triumph, and a 2018 performance at Coachella, complete with live guitar and special guests, put his name on the map even more. His single “Problems” featuring Lido is a fan favorite that landed at No. 49 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and his big North American tour in support of his album helped push him onto our 2019 list.
No. 96: Whethan
The Chicago producer may be 19, but there’s real wisdom in his sound design and production technique. There’s also a lot of soul in his dance-pop melodies, from Dua Lipa collaboration “High” to the ultimate groove of “Radar” with HONNE. His EP Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1 became the occasion for a North American tour featuring his biggest stage production to date. He’s quickly becoming a powerhouse in the making, and in 2019, you can catch him with Zedd at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Electric Forest Festival, and playing a big hometown victory lap at Lollapalooza.
No. 97: Slushii
He’s one of Marshmello‘s best friends, and the two have collaborated tons in the past, including on 2018 single “There X2” which peaked at No. 31 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. But it was Slushii’s debut album Dream that made him a star in our hearts. It’s beautiful, experimental and vulnerable, exactly the sort of statement an artist makes when they’ve found their stride. His latest single “Never Let You Go” featuring Sofia Reyes is getting serious plays, and he’s about to hit the road with backing by Monster Energy, so listen for sugary beats coming to a city near you.
No. 99: Lost Kings
Lost Kings broke onto the charts in 2016 with “Phone Down” featuring Emily Warren, but it was the single “When We Were Young” with Norma Jean Martine that put the duo on the road toward the Billboard Dance 100. It peaked at No. 32 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and was followed in the beginning of 2019 by the Paper Crowns EP, which gave the Kigs their biggest hit to date, “Don’t Kill My High” with Wiz Khalifa and Social House. It’s bound to be a big year all over again.
No. 100: Bob Moses
Beauty breaks through, as this live electronic duo’s hypnotizing sound fights for a spot on the Billboard Dance 100. It’s 2018 album Battle Lines is compelling, emotional, and majestic, and it peaked at No. 8 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in September of 2018. The duo is slated to make magic at Coachella, Governors Ball, Firefly, Electric Forest and Ouside Lands in 2019. The band will also support fellow Dance 100 debut act RÜFÜS DU SOL during the trio’s headline performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.