David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, – the same names always pop up on these sorts of DJ lists. But usually, that’s because they earn the most with the most records sold, and with the biggest arenas.
Forbes released the 2016 list of most paid DJ’s in the world. Well, we added internet search popularity, fan-following across youtube, Facebook, twitter & Instagram to offer the best of DJs to you. Here you go :
#12 Avicii – $14.5 Mn
Fans – Youtube : 10.5 Mn Facebook : 19.3 Mn
Twitter : 1.9 Mn Instagram : 5.7 Mn
Tim Bergling (born 8 September 1989), better known by his stage name Avicii, stylized as ΛVICII and ◢ ◤), is a Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer.
Bergling was ranked third on DJ Mag in 2012 and 2013[ and has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award, once for his work on “Sunshine” with David Guetta in 2012 and once for his song “Levels” in 2013. Some of his most famous songs are “I Could Be the One” with Nicky Romero, “Wake Me Up”, “You Make Me”, “X You”, “Hey Brother”, “Addicted to You”, “The Days”, “The Nights”, “Levels” and “Waiting for Love”. He released his debut studio album, True, in 2013. It received generally positive reviews from music critics, peaked within the top ten in more than fifteen countries and topped the Australian, Swedish, Danish and US charts.
#11 Afrojack – $15 Mn
Fans – Youtube : 1.4 Mn Facebook : 9.1 Mn
Twitter : 2.6 Mn Instagram : 3.6 Mn
Nick van de Wall (born 9 September 1987), professionally known as Afrojack, is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer. In 2014, he released his debut album Forget the World.
#10 Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – $15.5 Mn
Fans – Youtube : 2.5 Mn Facebook : 9.4 Mn
Twitter : 1 Mn Instagram : 2.9 Mn
Dimitri and Michael Thivaios are Greece-born brothers who grew up in the Flemish town of Willebroek. They began to make their first steps as DJ’s reportedly at a young age. Very quickly, they made several appearances in small clubs and were resident BeatFM radio DJs. Dimitri then left Flanders in 1999 and began touring Europe. He lived in Mallorca and then in Halkidiki, Greece before moving to Ibiza in 2003, where he was a resident in major clubs such as Privilege and Space.
After living in Mallorca and on the Canary Islands, he settled in Zante, Greece where he was a resident of Amnesia and The End in 2006. In autumn 2006, Dimitri returned to Belgium to work with his brother Mike, and produced their first release “La Cocaina (Eivissa 2007)”. His remix of “Work That Body”, 2008 caught the attention of Axwell, who entrusted them with a remix of “Rotterdam City of Love” by Abel Ramos for his label Axtone.
#9 Martin Garrix – $16 Mn
Fans – Youtube : 6.2 Mn Facebook : 14.6 Mn
Twitter : 5.37 Mn Instagram : 12.2 Mn
Martijn Gerard Garritsen (born 14 May 1996), known professionally Martin Garrix (stylized as Mar+in Garri×), is a Dutch DJ, record producer and musician. He is ranked number 1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list for 2016. In 2016, he founded the label STMPD RCRDS months after leaving Spinnin’ Records, before signing with Sony Music. In 2017, he was announced as a resident DJ at Hï Ibiza.
#8 Kaskade – $19 Mn
Fans – Youtube : 0.2 Mn Facebook : 1.82 Mn
Twitter : 1.41 Mn Instagram : 1.1 Mn
Ryan Gary Raddon (born February 25, 1971), better known by his stage name Kaskade, is an American DJ, record producer and remixer. On October 20, 2011, DJ Mag announced the results of their magazine, with Ultra Music, Kaskade placed at No. 30. DJ Times voted Kaskade “America’s Best DJ 2011” and “America’s Best DJ 2013”.
Along with producers deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner, Kaskade became popular during the revival of American progressive house in late 2008–early 2009.
#7 Skrillex – $20 Mn
Fans – Youtube : 15 Mn Facebook : 20.3 Mn
Twitter : 6.6 Mn Instagram : 7.9 Mn
Sonny John Moore (born January 15, 1988), known professionally as Skrillex, is an American electronic dance music producer, DJ, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Growing up in Northeast Los Angeles and in Northern California, Sonny Moore joined the American post-hardcore band From First to Last as the lead singer in 2004, and recorded two studio albums with the band (Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count, 2004, and Heroine, 2006) before leaving to pursue a solo career in 2007.
He began his first tour as a solo artist in late 2007. After recruiting a new band lineup, Moore joined the Alternative Press Tour to support bands such as All Time Low and The Rocket Summer, and appeared on the cover of Alternative Press’ annual “100 Bands You Need to Know” issue.
#6 Diplo – $23 Mn
Fans – Youtube : 0.2 Mn Facebook : 3.3 Mn
Twitter : 2.2 Mn Instagram : 3.8 Mn
Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978), better known by his stage name Diplo, is an American record producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and record executive based in Los Angeles, California. He is the co-creator and lead member of the dancehall music project, Major Lazer, and along with producer and DJ Skrillex, formed the electronic duo Jack Ü.
He founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as co-founding the non-profit organization Heaps Decent. Among other jobs, he has worked as a schoolteacher in Philadelphia. His 2013 EP Revolution debuted at number 68 on the US Billboard 200. The song was later featured in a commercial for Hyundai and is featured on the WWE 2K16 soundtrack.
#5 Steve Aoki – $23.5 Mn
Fans – Youtube : 8.7 Mn Facebook : 2.7 Mn
Twitter : 0.7 Mn Instagram : 0.2 Mn
Steven Hiroyuki “Steve” Aoki (born November 30, 1977) is an American electro house musician, record producer, DJ, and music executive. In 2012, Pollstar designated Aoki as the highest grossing dance artist in North America from tours. He has collaborated with producers and vocalists such as will.i.am, Afrojack, LMFAO, Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, Laidback Luke, and Louis Tomlinson, and is known for his remixes of artists such as Kid Cudi.
Aoki has released several Billboard-charting studio albums as well, notably Wonderland, which was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013. He is the founder of the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund, which raises money for global humanitarian relief organizations.
#4 Zedd – $24.5 M
Fans – Youtube : 3.2 Mn Facebook : 6.9 Mn
Twitter : 4.9 Mn Instagram : 4.6 Mn
Anton Zaslavski (born 2 September 1989), better known by his stage name Zedd ( /zɛd/), is a Russian-born German record producer, DJ, and musician. He primarily produces and performs electro house music, but has diversified his genre and musical style, drawing influences from progressive house, dubstep, and classical music. Zedd grew up and began his career in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Zedd’s best-known productions to date are the songs “Stay” (with Alessia Cara) which is his highest single charting at number 7 in the Billboard Hot 100 and also “Clarity” featuring Foxes which charted at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number one of the US Hot Dance Club Songs; and “Break Free”, a song which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, becoming his second song to do so before “I Want You to Know”. Zedd won the Grammy award for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards for “Clarity”
#3 David Guetta – $28 M
Fans – Youtube : 13.9 Mn Facebook : 54.2 Mn
Twitter : 21.7 Mn Instagram : 7.8 Mn
Pierre David Guetta (born 7 November 1967) is a French DJ, record producer, remixer, and songwriter. He co-founded Gum Productions with Lisa Dodgson and released his first album, Just a Little More Love, in 2002. Later, he released Guetta Blaster (2004) and Pop Life (2007).
Guetta achieved mainstream success with his 2009 album One Love which included the hit singles “When Love Takes Over”, “Gettin’ Over You”, “Sexy Bitch”, and “Memories”, the first three of which reached number one in the United Kingdom. The 2011 follow-up album, Nothing but the Beat, continued this success, containing the hit singles “Where Them Girls At”, “Little Bad Girl”, “Without You”, “Titanium”, and “Turn Me On”. He is among the first DJs to get into the EDM scene and is known as the “Grandfather of EDM”.
Guetta has sold over nine million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. In 2011 Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the ‘DJ Mag Top 100 DJs’ fan poll. In 2013, Billboard crowned “When Love Takes Over” as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time.
#2 Tiësto – $38 M
Fans – Youtube : 2.3 Mn Facebook : 19.5 Mn
Twitter : 4.9 Mn Instagram : 5.1 Mn
Tijs Michiel Verwest (born 17 January 1969), better known by his stage name Tiësto, is a Dutch DJ and record producer. He is named “the Greatest DJ of All Time” by MixMag magazine in a poll voted by the fans. In 2013, he was voted by DJ Magazine readers as the “best DJ of the last 20 years”. He is also regarded the “Godfather of EDM” by many sources.
#1 Calvin Harris – $63 M
Fans – Youtube : 11.2 Mn Facebook : 14.3 Mn
Twitter : 10.5 Mn Instagram : 8.9 Mn
Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish record producer, DJ, singer and songwriter. His debut studio album I Created Disco was released in June 2007, and was the precursor to his UK top 10 singles “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls”. In 2009.
Harris has collaborated with numerous other recording artists. His collaboration with Rihanna “We Found Love” became an international success, giving Harris his first US number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Additionally, Harris topped Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid DJs for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016. One of the most successful musicians in contemporary British popular culture, Harris appeared on Debrett’s 2017 list of the most influential people in the United Kingdom. Harris runs his own record label, Fly Eye Records.