This exclusive list guide features the top 20 best EDM DJs of 2019. These are amongst some of the Electronic & Dance artists to deliver great songs and albums in the past. Moreover, in 2019, they still rank among the very best.
Most EDM sub-genres performed by these DJs include progressive house, future bass, trance, pop, hardstyle, big room house, arena house, future house, bass, and even trap music.
Some of them have moved on to be nominated and even won a Grammy award or two or have been featured in the best 100 DJ’s on DJ Magazine.
Check out our expert picks for top 20 best EDM DJs of 2019.
1. Martin Garrix
Martin Garrix is a Dutch DJ and recording producer from Amstelveen in the Netherlands. He was ranked position one on DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs list for three consecutive years (in 2016, 2017 and in 2018). He has performed at top music festivals such as Coachella, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and Creamfields.
Garrix was a resident DJ at the Spain’s Hï Ibiza (in 2017) and Ushuaïa Ibiza(in 2016 and in 2018). Garrix gained popularity through his solo release “Animals” which was published on 16 June 2013. The song became a big hit in a significant number of countries in Europe and provided Garrix to become the first youngest person to reach at number one on Beatport.
Marshmello is an American electronic song producer and DJ. He first achieved international attention by releasing remixes of songs by Jack Ü and Zedd.
His debut studio record, Joytime, was released in January of 2016 consisting of its lead single and Marshmello’s debut profession single “Keep It, Mello.” He is best remembered for the songs “Silence,” Happier,” “Wolves,” “Friends,” and “Alone” all of which have appeared in the best 30 of the Billboard Hot 100.
In December 2018 Marshmello uncovered collaborations with Egyptian singer-songwriter Amr Diab named “Bayen Habeit” and American rapper and song producer Roddy Ricch titled “Project Dreams.” Marshmello declared that month, he was working on his forthcoming third studio album, Joytime III.
3. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike is a Belgian/Greek DJ and recording production duo, comprised of brothers Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios.
They were rated Number 1 in 2015 and were ranked Number 2 in 2014, 2016, 2017 and in 2018 on DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs list. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have gained attention for their songs such as “The Hum,” “Tremor,” and “Mammoth.”
Hardwell is a Dutch-born electro house DJ, record producer, and remixer from Breda, Netherlands. The record generator was voted the world’s number one best DJ on DJ Mag in 2013 and again in the year2014.
He was placed at number three in the top 100 DJs in 2018 poll by DJ Mag. The DJ is famously known for his sets at music festivities, including Sunburn, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland.
The Dutch DJ first gained attention in 2009 for his bootleg of the “Show Me Love vs. Be.” He established the record label Revealed Recordings in the year 2010 and a radio show and podcast Hardwell On Air in the year 2011.
He has published eight compilation albums through his music label, as well as a documentary movie. His debut studio album entitledUnited We Are was released in the year 2015. He’s recognized for songs such as “Spaceman,” “Imaginary” “Live The Night”, and “Bigroom Never Dies.”
Diplo is an American based DJ and record producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is the co-creator and head member of the electronic dancehall song project Major Lazer, a part of the supergroup LSD, with Sia and Labrinth further working with producer and DJ Skrillex as part of the electronic pair Jack Ü, as well as on the Silk City with Mark Ronson.
During his ascent to stardom, Diplo worked with British artist M.I.A., an actor who is credited with giving him much exposure in his early career.
In 2009, he was drafted for his first Grammy Award for Record of the Year for the “Paper Planes” shared with M.I.A., Switch. He was then drafted for a second Grammy Award in the year 2012, for the Best Rap Song for the “Look at Me Now” shared with musician Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne.
Diplo was then nominated for a Grammy Award in the year 2013 and also 2016 in the category Producer of the Year, Non-Classic. In the year 2016, he was further nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U. Onward with the nomination for the Best Dance/Electronic Album in the year 2016, he was additionally nominated for Best Dance Recording; Jack Ü won both awards.
ILLENIUM is an American producer, musician, and DJ. On February 15 in 2016, Illenium published his debut studio album, Ashes as a free download through Kasaya Recordings and MrSuicideSheep’s music label, Seeking Blue.
The album topped at a number 6 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and at position19 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.
Illenium also won Remix of the Year at the 2017 Electronic Music Awards for his popular “Say It” Flume remix. He additionally performed at the Electronic Music Awards record that year.
Illenium has inaugurated for artists such as The Chainsmokers, Big Gigantic, and ODESZA.
7. The Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers is an American based DJ and production duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The EDM-pop duo achieved a significant breakthrough with their 2014 tune “#Selfie,” which was a best twenty single in several countries.
Their première EP, Bouquet was published in October of 2015 and featured the single “Roses,” which entered at the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
“Don’t Let Me Down” a song which featured vocals from the vocalist Daya became their first best 5 single and won the Grammy Award for the Best Dance Recording at the 59th awards function, while “Closer” starring singer Halsey became their initial number-one single on the chart.
They have additionally won two American Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards and also eight iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Tiësto is a Dutch-born DJ and a record producer from Breda, Netherlands. He was called “the Greatest DJ of All Time” by Mix magazine in a survey voted by the followers. In 2013, he was chosen by DJ Mag readers as the “best DJ of the last 20 years”. He is likewise regarded as the “Godfather of EDM” by many references.
In 2001, he published his first solo album, In My Memory, which gave him numerous major hits that launched his career journey. He was voted World Number 1 DJ by DJ Magazine in its yearly Top 100 DJs consecutively for three years from the year 2002 to 2004.
In April of 2007, Tiësto launched his radio program Tiësto’s Club Life on Radio 538 in the Netherlands and issued his third studio album Elements of Life. The album entered number one on the Belgian album chart as well on the “Billboard Top Electronic Albums” in the United States and received a nomination for a Grammy Award in the year2008.
Tiësto published his fourth studio album Kaleidoscope in October of 2009, followed by A Town Called Paradise in June of 2014. He won the Grammy Award for the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his remixed version of John Legend’s music hit “All of Me” at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
Club Life: Volume Three Stockholm was officially released on 25 June of 2013 and it hit Number 16 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. He followed up with his third “Club Life” installment with the year 2014 effort, A Town Called Paradise. The collection featured a variety of guest stars and was preceded by two singles, “Red Lights” and the popular “Wasted” – yielding his initial two gold singles in the U.S.
In March of 2018, Billboard named Tiesto as position eight on their 2018 ranking of dance musicians named Billboard Dance 100.
Zedd is a Russian-German born record producer, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and a songwriter. In the year 2012, he released “Clarity,” which launched him to mainstream breakthrough, reaching the 8th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning him a Grammy for the Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards.
He’s additionally known for songs such as “Stay” with Alessia Cara, topping at number 7, and, as a starred artist, “Break Free” with Ariana Grande, topping at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In late 2012, Zedd signed with Interscope Records and published his debut single from the music label, “Spectrum,” with vocals by Matthew Koma. It exploded to the top of Billboard‘s Hot Dance Club Songs.
On 23 February of 2015, Zedd released his collaboration featuring Selena Gomez, the “I Want You to Know.” This song made it to position one on Billboard‘s Dance/Electronic Songs and topped at number 17 on Billboard Hot 100.
On 23 January of 2018, Zedd published his single with Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle,” which was promoted to Number 1 on the Billboard Pop Songs radio chart and topped at No. 5 position on the Billboard Hot 100.
In March of 2018, Billboard named Zedd as position seven on their 2018 ranking of dance artists titled Billboard Dance 100.
W&W is a Dutch-born DJ and record producer duo comprised of Willem van Hanegem and Ward van der Harst. They started their professions by producing trance music, before attempting into electro house and big room house.
After performing trance for five years, W&W established their own record label named Mainstage Music and became engaged in the big room house and progressive house scene.
This was succeeded by the release of their commercial big breakthrough “Bigfoot” in 2014. In the year 2017, they returned to their original trance way with the Nwyr project.
11. David Guetta
David Guetta is a French-born DJ, record producer and a songwriter who in 2011 was chosen as the position one DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. In the year 2013, Billboard honored “When Love Takes Over” as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time. Starring American R&B singer Kelly Rowland the hit song received two top nominations; Best Dance Recording and the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, and then won the latter.
Guetta gained mainstream breakthrough with his 2009 album One Love which introduced the hit singles “When Love Takes Over,” “Sexy Bitch” Gettin’ Over You,” and “Memories,” the first three of which stood number one in the United Kingdom. The very year he was assigned third in the “Top 100 DJs” poll by DJ Magazine.
Guetta’s fourth music studio album One Love was nominated as the “Best Electronic/Dance Album” at the 52nd Yearly Grammy Awards.
On 16 June of 2009, The Black Eyed Peas published the Guetta-produced “I Gotta Feeling” as their second music single from their fifth studio album, The E.N.D. Guetta was drafted twice for his legendary work with The Black Eyed Peas during the 52nd prestigious Grammy Awards; in the division Record of the Year for “I Gotta Feeling” and also the Album of the Year for their top album The E.N.D.
In early 2011 he released Nothing but the Beat, holding the hit singles “Without You,” “Titanium,” “Where Them Girls At,” “Little Bad Girl,” and “Turn Me On.” He is amongst the first DJs to get into the electronic dance music (EDM) picture and is recognized as the “grandfather of EDM.”
Afrojack is a Dutch DJ, music record producer, and remixer from Spijkenisse, in the Netherlands. His debut album Forget the World was officially released in 2014. Afrojack always features as one of the ten best artists in the Best 100 DJs published by DJ Mag.
The DJ gained international breakthrough with the song “Take Over Control” featuring Eva Simons, which mapped in 10 different countries. Afrojack was listed at position 7 on the DJ MagTop 100 DJ’s of 2011. He stood at number 9 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s of 2012. In the year 2013, he ranked at number 9 once again.
In 2011, he was highlighted on Pitbull’s number 1 hit single “Give Me Everything” alongside with Ne-Yo and Nayer. He further contributed to the single “Run the World (Girls)” by artiste Beyoncé. In January of 2012, Afrojack won a European Border Breakers Award.
On 17 March of 2015, Afrojack was highlighted in David Guetta’s single “Hey Mama” in which he co-authored with Guetta. The song featured him alongside with Nicki Minaj, and Bebe Rexha.
13. Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris, is a Scottish record producer, singer, DJ, and songwriter. His debut music studio album I Created Disco was first released in June 2007.
It produced two UK top 10 singles, “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls.” In the year 2009, Harris published his second studio album, Ready for the Weekend, which topped at position one on the UK Albums Chart and was next certified gold by the BPI. It’s lead single, “I’m Not Alone,” became his very first song to top the UK Singles Chart.
Harris climbed to international fame with the release of his third studio album, 18 Months, in October of 2012. Topping the UK charts, the music album became his very first to chart on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, topping at number 19. All eight of the music album’s singles, including “Sweet Nothing,” “Feel So Close,” and “I Need Your Love,” entered the top 10 in the UK.
Harris has co-operated with numerous other top recording artists. His collaboration with Rihanna in “We Found Love” became an international achievement, giving Harris his prime number one music single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In October of 2014, he became the first artist to place three songs together on the top 10 of the Billboard‘s Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
Harris has earned ten Brit Award nominations—three for Best British Male and four of them for Grammy nominations, winning a Grammy award for Best Music Video in the year 2013. He earned the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year in late 2013 and at the year 2015 Billboard Music Awards was classified Top Dance/Electronic Artist.
14. Dj Snake
DJ Snake, is a French-born DJ and a record producer from Paris. He’s a Grammy-nominated music producer and artist who debuted into the international picture with singles “Bird Machine” and “Turn Down for What” in the year 2013.
DJ Snake and Diplo, published in 2015 the single “Lean On” in collaboration with Diplo’s Major Lazer and MØ. In March of 2018, Billboard named DJ Snake as position nine on their 2018 ranking of dance artists titled Billboard Dance 100.
On 5 August of 2016, with the release of Encore, DJ Snake published the album’s third single, “Let Me Love You,” starring the vocals of Canadian musician Justin Bieber.
In late August of 2018, DJ Snake announced through his social media platforms that he’d be releasing a completely new song later that year. The following month, he established the song would be named “Taki Taki,” and it would feature Cardi B, Selena Gomez, and Ozuna. The track was published on 28 September 2018.
Skrillex is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, DJ, and musician. He published the Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP in the year 2010 and More Monsters and Sprites EP in late 2011.
On November 30, 2011, he earned five Grammy Award nominations at the 54th Grammy Awards, including the Best New Artist and obtained three: “Best Dance Recording,” “Best Dance/Electronica Album,” and “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.”
Skrillex has also won eight Grammy Awards and keeps the world record for most Grammys won by an Electronic Dance Music composer. Skrillex released the song “Arms Around You” on October 25 of 2018. It is a collaboration featuring Lil Pump, Maluma, XXXTentacion, and Swae Lee.
R3HAB is a Dutch-based DJ, record producer and song remixer of Moroccan origin from Breda. Alongside Afrojack and Chuckie, he is one of the proponents of the modern Dutch house subgenre.
During the 2012 WMC in Miami city, United States, R3hab gained the IDMA Best Breakthrough Artist Award.
His most distinguished releases to date are “Pump The Party” performed together with artiste Ferruccio Salvo, “The Bottle Song,” published on Wall Recordings and “Prutata,” which was R3hab’s very first collaboration with Afrojack.
17. Armin van Buuren
Armin van Buuren is a Dutch record producer, DJ, and remixer from South Holland.
Since early 2001, he has hosted A State of Trance, a popular radio show, which is broadcast to over 37 million weekly audiences in 84 countries on more than100 FM radio stations. According to the Djs And Festivals, “the radio show launched him to stardom and maintained cultivate an interest in trance music throughout the world.”
Van Buuren has acquired a number of accolades. He has been rated the number one DJ by DJ Mag a record of five times, four years consecutively. He was placed fourth on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list in the year 2015 and 2016, and third in 2017.
In 2014, he was drafted for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for his single song “This Is What It Feels Like” starring Trevor Guthrie, which makes him the fourth trance composer ever to receive a Grammy Award nomination.
18. Steve Aoki
Steve Aoki is an American record producer, DJ, electro house musician, and music executive. In the year 2012, Pollstar designated Aoki as the highest grossing dance music artist in North America from tours.
Aoki has released numerous Billboard-charting studio albums as well, prominently Wonderland, which was nominated for the Grammy Award for the Best Dance/Electronica Album in the year 2013.
The DJ finished in 6th position in the 2013 America’s Best DJ competition conducted by DJ Times magazine, and concluded in 8th place in 2013 & 2016 and 10th place in the year 2014, 2015 And in 2017 for DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs competition.
Steve Aoki presented at the 2015 Ultra Music Festival in Miami Beach, USA,on May 21. He additionally earned the Guinness record for “most traveled musician in one year,” having161 shows in 41 countries in 2014.
19. Don Diablo
Don Diablo, is a Dutch musician, DJ, record producer, and singer-songwriter of electronic dance music genre from Coevorden, Netherlands.
He was ranked pos 7th in the Top 100 DJs – 2018 draft by DJ Mag. He was additionally ranked No. 1 Producer of the Year by 1001 Tracklists. In the year 2016, he was ranked the position one Future House Artist of the Year on Beatport.
His top song “Starlight (Could You Be Mine),” made with the UK DJ/producer Matt Nash, got debuted during the last Swedish House Mafia show after Axwell signed it to his music label. The song became a Beatport Top 5 best hit, and later various of his other releases entering the Beatport Top 10.
20. Oliver Heldens
Oliver Heldens is a Dutch electronic music producer and DJ originating from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. His 2013 song “Gecko” reached the consideration of fellow Dutch DJ Tiësto, who contracted him to his label, Musical Freedom.
he song topped at number 1 on the DMC Magazine Buzz Chart and was dubbed “Essential New Tune” by the BBC’s Pete Tong on 31 January of 2014.
Heldens joined the DJ Mag Top 100 of 2014, making his debut at pos 34. He achieved the 12th position in the DJ Mag Top 100 2015, making him the highest rated house DJ on the list.
Bonus Feature: Kaskade
Kaskade is an American remixer, DJ, and record producer featuring in our list of Best EDM DJs. DJ Times voted artiste Kaskade “America’s Best DJ” in the year 2011 and 2013″. DJ Mag titled Kaskade fifty-first on its 2009 list of Top 100 DJs.
Kaskade published his first single “What I Say” on the music label in 2001.[In The Moment saw Dj Kaskade’s initial top 10 single with “Steppin’ Out” joining Number 5 on Billboard Magazine’s the Hot Dance Club Play chart and Number 6 on Dance Radio Airplay.
The fourth single album to be discharged from the album, “Everything,” reached Number 1 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play.
Also Read: The 20 best UK rappers
Kaskade’s fourth solo music album Love Mysterious was officially released in September of 2006. His fourth single published from “Love Mysterious,” “Sorry,” was his third progressive top ten hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, at Number 9. Dirty South presented a remix for “Sorry.” The remix was then nominated for a 2008 Grammy award for Best Remixed Recording.
In December of 2013, Kaskade was chosen for two Grammy Awards: the song “Atmosphere” for the Best Dance Recording and the song album Atmosphere for the Best Dance/Electronica Album.
In the year 2015, he headlined Coachella beside Drake for two weekends and, over the course of the two weekends, drew in the two most massive crowds the festival had ever seen.