“It feels unreal to have won,” Garrix says in a press release. “I 100 percent did not expect it at all. I’ve had an amazing year, with awesome shows and amazing fans — I’m so thankful for their support. I didn’t even do a campaign, and it just shows how dope the fanbase is.”
Garrix is now the proud owner of his own label STMPD RCRDS, he’s gearing up to drop his debut album, and he’s still dropping a song a day during his week in Amsterdam. He’s got two back-to-back sold-out arena shows at ADE, he has a huge hit on his hands with Bebe Rexha and “In the Name of Love,” and now, he’s the fan-voted numero uno.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike didn’t fall far: They slide in at No. 2, ahead of Hardwell (No. 3) and Armin Van Buuren (No. 4). Marshmello makes his list debut at No. 28, the highest new entry of the year.
DJ Mag also introduced a first-ever “tech leaning” list, topped by Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Umek. It’s kind of like DJ Mag‘s underground response to its own main event. See who rounds out the top 10 big boy list below, and see the full 100 online.
DJ Mag top 10 of 2016
1. Martin Garrix
2. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
4. Armin Van Buuren
6. David Guetta
7. Steve Aoki
8. Oliver Heldens