15 Best EDM DJs of 2021

Don’t we all love to groove and relax to some good EDM? From being just a party essential to spreading itself across various aspects of life, it has evolved tremendously.

EDM is one of the most sought-after genres (3rd to be specific) in the music industry for several years, and its popularity has been touching the skies.

For those wanting to stay up-to-date and appreciate the creators of the art that you all cherish, this is the spot for you. Here is a list of the world’s finest and off-the-charts, DJs in the year 2021 that you absolutely cannot miss out on.

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1. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

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Currently, on the top of their game, this Belgian duo has been releasing back-to-back hit singles like “Instagram”, “Boomshakalaka”, “Complicated” and “Selfish”.

They are invincible for the time being and have been on the top of the table twice. Dimitri and Mike are the best performers in Tomorrowland since 2014.

In 2020, they will be performing in more than 10 music events including DLDK and World Club Dome.

2. Martin Garrix

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At the age of 23, Martin has won 20 awards as DJ and record producer. With a very distinct music style, Martin rose to global fame at the mere age of 18 after the release of his super hit single “Animals”.

In 2016, he launched his own record label Stmpd Rcrds for benefitting other artists like him.

He has performed in events like Coachella, Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Fest and is set to perform in UEFA Championships 2020 to celebrate its 60 years.

3. David Guetta

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Does he need an introduction? Absolutely not. “One Love” is what changed his entire music game. From releasing numerous hit albums to being the UEFA Ambassador to giving mind-boggling concerts, this French man has done it all and done it right.

He has won 2 Grammys for Best Remixing record for “When Love Takes Over” and “Revolver” ft. Afrojack and various accolades for “Hey Mama”. David has been in the Top 10 DJs list for 13 years straight, with No. 1 position in 2011.

4. Armin van Buuren

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You might get used to the trend of witnessing talented Dutch artists by now, and Buuren is one of them. He has a whopping 7 studio albums in his 20+ years of career and has won 50 awards, including 14 Best DJ titles.

He has a very widely heard radio show called “The State of Trance” and his own online masterclass. This year, his schedule is full of exciting events like Tomorrowland, A State of Trance Fest, Ultra Music Fest 2020, World Club Dome 2020 and much more.

5. Marshmello

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Marshmello’s popularity has grown exponentially since “Joytime I” in 2016 till “Joytime III” in 2019. He has made his place in the Top 5.

He has won the International Dance Music Award for “Happier” with the band Bastille in 2019 and has been nominated for various other accolades.

His other most heard songs are “Silence”, “Wolves” ft. Selena Gomez and “Friends” ft. Anne Marie.

In 2020, Marshmello will host the first “Fortnite Concert”. He will also be performing in the “SAGA Festival 2020” and in the “Ultra Music Fest” in Miami, alongside plenty of tours.

6. Carl Cox

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Since legends are never forgotten, Carl Cox won’t be either. He has been a DJ and record producer since the 80s and has transformed over the years, like Tiesto.

He continues to grace festivals and music events and 2020 looks brighter than ever. He is set to play at Glastonbury 2020 and California Spring Fest 2020 alongside a beautiful indie line-up and DJs underground.

Ultra Music Fest is an absolute essential for all fans as well.

7. W&W

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This Dutch combo gained popularity in 2014 with the single “BigFoot” and have metamorphosed from trance to big house music.

They have their music label company named “Mainstage Music” and in 2020 looks pretty relaxed for their tours and concerts, with 4 locations so far. W&W have had their best set of performances in Tomorrowland.

8. Tiesto

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Tiesto is hands-down one of the oldest and most seasoned DJs out in this list. He has been in this business since 1994 and has managed to stay not only relevant but also in the top-tier.

He has won about 50 awards for 5 albums and uncountable performances, including 1 Grammys and has consistently been in the Top-10 for almost 2 decades.

Although it is an injustice to pick a few, “C’Mon”, “Silence”, “The Only Way is Up”, “Feel it in My Bones” and “Love Comes Again” are songs that fans swear by.

Tiesto is set to perform in some states of the US, The SAGA Festival 2020 in Bucharest and Beyond Wonderland 2020, so stay tuned for that.

9. The Chainsmokers

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No, this popular duo does not smoke. Jokes apart, they don’t need an introduction to them unless you’re living under the rock. These New Yorkers got fame with the single “Roses”.

The Chainsmokers’ first Grammys came in after the song “Don’t Let Me Down” with Daya was released, after which “Closer” happened. It was a sensation in the US and UK. “I Want Something Just Like This” ft. Coldplay is also one of their masterpieces.

Their Albums “Sick Boy” and “World War Joy” have really refreshing songs. 2020 is looking quite happening for them with “Super Bowl Maxim Party” in February and a mini Europe tour in October.

10. DJ Snake

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We all have loved (and hated) this French guy for songs like “Turn Down for What” ft. Lil John, “Magenta Riddim” and “Lean On” ft. Major Lazer.

With two amazing album launches and some super hit collaborations, DJ Snake has stolen many hearts and has made party staples. He has two albums, Encore and Carte Blanca have produced hits like “Taki Taki”, “Fuego” and “Let me Love You” ft. Justin Bieber.

He has won two Billboard awards and is all set to tour in 10 countries, including France and South Africa in 2020.

11. Calvin Harris

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Being in the industry for over 14 years, his music has never failed to entertain people and stay on their minds.

He rose to fame with his album “18 Months” in 2012 and won a Grammy the same year for We Found Love as the best short music video. He was the highest-paid DJ from 2013-18 and is currently working on an upcoming 6th album.

His most sought-after singles are “We Found Love”, “Summer”, “One Kiss” and “This is what we came for.”

12. Zedd

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Another superb DJ and record producer, this Russian-German artist is known for popular chart-busters like, “Clarity”, “Stay” featuring Alessia Cara and “Break Free” with Ariana Grande.

He is a two-time Billboard award winner and one-time Grammys achiever, with his most recent award being the Top Dance Song for “The Middle” ft. Maren Morris and Grey

He will be releasing his upcoming studio album in 2020 and is set to perform in Dubai, Australia, Mexico and the USA in the first half of this year. His most recent collaboration with Kehlani “Good Thing” is a chill and catchy number to dance to.

13. Afrojack

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This Dutch jockey has been around since 2010. His most popular numbers have been “Hey Mama” ft. David Guetta and “Back to Life” ft. Dubvision.

Apparently, his height is also what makes him “stand out”, at 6 ‘9″.

In 2020, he will be on tour across Europe, South Africa, parts of America and Australia, so check the dates out and book your tickets ASAP if you have planned to visit these locations.

14. Hardwell

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The EDM scenario in The Netherlands is top-notch, and Hardwell belongs here. He gained popularity in the 2010s and was declared as the “Best DJ on Earth” after the hit single “Spaceman” and the “I am Hardwell tour” between 2012-13. Hardwell is extremely popular for his phenomenal tours and superb remixes to songs. He has his own music recording firm called Revealed Recordings which has released 11 records and one documentary.

In 2020, he is all set to go to music fests like Tomorrowland and Sunburn.

15. Flume

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This 28-year-old Australian music producer is super popular for Albums like “Skin” released in 2016, which garnered a huge amount of accolades including the best Album award by ARAI. His album “Hi This is Flume” was nominated for Grammys 2020 and, he is planning to release a new album really soon. So for 2020, we are starting off pretty well.

Fun tip: If you are planning to visit Miami in March, do not miss out on the Ultra Music Fest, you might just see Flume perform.

It is important to note that this list has been curated keeping in mind the ranks, upcoming performances and hype around these mind-blowing creators.

P.S. If you aren’t an EDM fan yet, you will definitely get hooked to their songs.

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