We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ's Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag's Top 100

The DJ Mag Top 100 comes out yearly and tends to go away dance music followers all around the world somewhat irritated. The frequent complaints are that the listing is only a reputation contest and that DJ’s are inspired to spend hundreds in promoting to obtain votes. Therefore it’s not a dependable listing who’s the most effective or most proficient in manufacturing or behind the decks. In years previous the listing truly did have an effect on an artist’s livelihood as even reserving businesses and promoters took the listing into consideration when calculating charges.

Luckily that’s now not the case, as there are a number of different metrics which an artist’s efficiency over the yr may be damaged down by. This is the place we acquired to pondering, what if we ran all numbers to see who was truly the highest DJ on the planet primarily based on their efficiency throughout a number of completely different metrics. Would it evaluate to the listing that everybody likes to hate? Or would it not be wildly completely different? The outcomes actually stunned us, they usually simply may depart you a bit shocked as nicely.

The Metrics

We determined to have a look at eight fundamental classes which might be considered qualitatively. Many these classes even have sub-categories. We additionally put a minimal threshold on some the quantity counts.

Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases

The first metric we gathered was the whole Spotify streams for the artist’s 2018 releases. This was completed by including up the whole play rely for each monitor that the artists launched beginning January 1, 2018, till October 20, 2018. Remixes by different artists that had been on the calculated artist’s web page had been ignored on this class. Artists who gathered lower than 100,000,000 Spotify streams on their 2018 releases didn’t obtain factors on this class.

Limitations: This methodology does include some limitations. Sometimes Spotify incorrectly tags a remix which an artist did and options it on the unique producer’s web page. We didn’t work to search out each single tune, and solely pulled knowledge from the songs featured on the artist’s fundamental Spotify Page. Unfortunately, it might have been almost unimaginable to seek out each single tune that was not accurately attributed to an artist.

Total Soundcloud Streams For 2018 Releases

The subsequent metric which was gathered was the whole Soundcloud Streams for 2018 uploads. These numbers had been collected by totaling the play counts for each monitor that was uploaded to the artist’s Soundcloud web page underneath the Tracks part from January 1, 2018, till October 21, 2018. In this metric, we collected all tracks together with remixes from different artists hosted on the unique producer’s web page, in addition to radio exhibits and dwell units uploaded to the Tracks part. Artists who gathered lower than 1,000,000 Soundcloud streams on their 2018 releases didn’t obtain factors on this class.

Limitations: Since we didn’t discriminate on uploads to the artist’s Soundcloud web page for this metric, the quantity uploads an artist had performed an element. Producers who hosted weekly radio exhibits clearly had many extra uploads than those that did not.

Total Revenue For 2018

This metric was pulled from Forbes annual listing the top-earning DJ’s in 2018. To see a full listing the top-earning DJ’s 2018 you possibly can go to Forbes’ listing right here. Artists who didn’t make Forbes 2018 listing acquired no factors on this class.

Limitations: We didn’t double examine Forbes’ numbers. Obviously, because the listing is revealed earlier than the top the yr, many the numbers are each earned income and extrapolations for the rest the yr.

Total YouTube Views For Videos Uploaded In 2018

These numbers had been collected by totaling the play rely for each video the artist uploaded in 2018. We collected view counts for each single video, regardless if it was a vlog, recap, dwell set, music video, or lyric video. This was completed to know an artist’s reputation as a model in addition to a producer. Artists who gathered lower than 1,000,000 YouTube views on their 2018 movies didn’t obtain factors on this class.

Limitations: The identical situation which arose when amassing Soundcloud numbers additionally appeared right here. DJ’s who uploaded weekly movies, similar to marshmello together with his cooking collection, had many extra alternatives to gather views. Radio pleasant tracks produced with pop-stars additionally had a lot larger YouTube numbers than producers who labored outdoors the realm pop in 2018.

Total Shows Played In 2018

The complete quantity exhibits carried out in 2018 was collected by reviewing present totals from each Song Kick and Bands In Town. When the 2 aggregators confirmed discrepancies, the very best quantity was used. This metric was collected because it demonstrates promoters and occasion organizers all over the world have a want to ebook producers on this listing.

Limitations: These two aggregator companies have their limits. They don’t account for shock units and different exhibits the place the artists weren’t particularly billed. The truth the 2 websites had discrepancies additionally demonstrates that they don’t seem to be the top all, be all for complete efficiency numbers.

Total Unique DJ Spins In 2018

To gauge how artists had been supported by their friends, we used 1001 Track Lists’ complete listing distinctive DJ spins for 2018. This listing exhibits how a lot help artist’s acquired by their friends from October 1, 2017, till September 30, 2018. You can view the total listing from 1001 Tracklists right here. If artists didn’t make 1001 Track Lists 2018 listing, they acquired no factors on this class.

Limitations: While 1001 Track Lists is impressively thorough, they don’t have knowledge for each single set on the planet. These numbers are at finest estimates, and since some artists solely out positioned others by just a few performs, the listing should be taken with a grain salt.

Most Googled Artists Of 2018

While this metric is likely to be shocking for a lot of, over 90% internet periods start with a search engine inquiry. Therefore, we needed to know which artists had been being searched by followers the world over. Our knowledge factors had been collected utilizing the Google Trends instrument which demonstrates how search phrases are used throughout the yr. Here is a pattern report a Google Trends graph we used whereas compiling our knowledge. We solely took outcomes for the 15 most Googled artists 2018, as previous that the information was not vital sufficient to gather on a world stage.

Limitations: Google isn’t out there in all nations and due to this fact the information is not going to be consultant all your complete world.

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard EDM/Dance Charts

As entry to Nielsen info is extremely costly, we determined one of the simplest ways to acquire charting info was through the use of the Billboard chart archives. We pulled the quantity weeks artists spent at #1 for “Hot Dance/Electronic Songs“, “Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs“, “Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales“, “Top Dance/Electronic Album Sales“.

Limitations: We would have preferred to drag extra info than solely the #1 spot for weeks in 2018, however the archives are restricted to solely the highest spot. Billboard knowledge makes use of Nielsen’s Sound Scan which solely information knowledge from the United States, due to this fact this isn’t an correct illustration world metrics.

How We Determined The Artists And Awarded Points

We initially began with an inventory over 50 artists we deemed to be hottest throughout digital dance music. Very rapidly it was discovered that even artists who’re extremely well-liked in most individuals’s eyes (similar to Bassnectar, Excision, Oliver Heldens, and lots of extra), couldn’t compete with the numbers the ultimate 20 artists we included on this listing.

Each class carried the very same weight because the others. A degree complete was given primarily based on the rank an artist achieved in a class. If an artist positioned #1 in a class they acquired 20 factors, if #2 then 19 factors, and so forth till the bottom rating member a class solely was given 1 level.

We additionally made minimal thresholds in some classes the place if an artist didn’t meet the numbers for they had been awarded no factors. If an artist was no featured on an inventory similar to Forbes’ listing income or 1001 Tracklist DJ performs, they acquired no factors as nicely.

If you wish to see the whole numbers for all artists throughout the board, you could request entry to our findings right here.

So with all that rationalization out the way in which, let’s get to the listing. A gold spotlight is used if the artist ranked #1 out these on this listing for that class. A silver spotlight is used if the artist ranked #2 out these on this listing for that class.

19. Kaskade (USA)

We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ's Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag's Top 100
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Total Points Awarded: 21

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: <100,000,000

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: <1,000,000

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $13,500,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 5,242,714 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 70

Total DJ Spins In 2018: Did not make 1001 Track Lists 2018 listing

Google Trends Analysis: Data not vital sufficient to be recorded

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

18. Afrojack (NED)

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Total Points Awarded: 32

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: <100,000,000

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 1,090,600

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $10,000,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: eight,943,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 75

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 853

Google Trends Analysis: Data not vital sufficient to be recorded

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

17. Skrillex (USA)

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Total Points Awarded: 35

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: <100,000,000

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: <1,000,000

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: Did not make 2018 Forbes listing

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: <1,000,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 17

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 1337

Google Trends Analysis: #9 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

16. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (NED)

We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ&#039;s Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag&#039;s Top 100

Total Points Awarded: 37

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: <100,000,000

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: <1,000,000

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $10,500,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 73,724,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 92

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 484

Google Trends Analysis: Data not vital sufficient to be recorded

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

15. Axwell//Ingrosso (SWE)

We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ&#039;s Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag&#039;s Top 100

Total Points Awarded: 38

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: <100,000,000

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: <1,000,000

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $12,000,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 19,225,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 61

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 1157.5

Google Trends Analysis: Data not vital sufficient to be recorded

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

14. Alan Walker (NOR)

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Total Points Awarded: 46

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 166,644,997

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: <1,000,000

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: Did not 2018 Forbes make listing

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 267,401,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 60

Total DJ Spins In 2018: Did not make 1001 Track Lists 2018 listing

Google Trends Analysis: #1 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

13. Hardwell (NED)

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Total Points Awarded: 49

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: <100,000,000

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 1,775,700

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: Did not make Forbes 2018 listing

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 24,704,600 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 73

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 1096

Google Trends Analysis: #15 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

12. Armin van Buuren (NED)

We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ&#039;s Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag&#039;s Top 100
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Total Points Awarded: 50

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: <100,000,000

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: four,029,000

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: Did not make Forbes 2018 listing

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 65,236,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 74

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 856

Google Trends Analysis: #14 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

11. Don Diablo (NED)

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Total Points Awarded: 63

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 317,141,698

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 1,435,110

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: Did not make 2018 Forbes listing

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 62,641,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 94

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 1,352

Google Trends Analysis: Data not vital sufficient to be recorded

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

10. Steve Aoki (USA)

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Total Points Awarded: 72

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 187,383,767

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: four,387,400

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $28,000,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 24,654,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 75

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 574

Google Trends Analysis: #13 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

9. Kygo (NOR)

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Total Points Awarded: 77

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 412,410,645

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: <1,000,000

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $11,500,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 242,359,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 76

Total DJ Spins In 2018: Did not make 1001 Track Lists 2018 List

Google Trends Analysis: #6 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: 1

eight. DJ Snake (FRA)

We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ&#039;s Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag&#039;s Top 100

Total Points Awarded: 81

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 200,120,734

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 5,zero75,800

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $11,000,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 370,000,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 74

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 674

Google Trends Analysis: #eight Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

7. Diplo (USA)

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Total Points Awarded: 100

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 618,631,607

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 28,660,600

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $20,000,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 290,974,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 91

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 995

Google Trends Analysis: #12 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

6. Tiesto (NED)

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Total Points Awarded: 101

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 394,294,664

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 6,959,600

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $33,000,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 140,983,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 109

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 1,086

Google Trends Analysis: #11 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

5. Martin Garrix (NED)

We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ&#039;s Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag&#039;s Top 100

Total Points Awarded: 106

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 532,524,876

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 6,317,600

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $13,000,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 479,685,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 99

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 954

Google Trends Analysis: #three Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: zero

four. Zedd (GER)

We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ&#039;s Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag&#039;s Top 100
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Total Points Awarded: 112

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 653,857,913

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 11,300,300

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $22,000,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 222,065,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 113

Total DJ Spins In 2018: Did not make 1001 Track Lists 2018 listing

Google Trends Analysis: #9 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: 86

(Tied) three. Calvin Harris (UK)

We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ&#039;s Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag&#039;s Top 100
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Total Points Awarded: 113

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 832,177,504

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 1,560,692

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $48,000,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 632,897,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 48

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 548

Google Trends Analysis: #5 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: 1

(Tied) three. The Chainsmokers (USA)

We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ&#039;s Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag&#039;s Top 100

Total Points Awarded: 113

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 601,893,220

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 1,608,966

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $45,500,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 485,040,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 117

Total DJ Spins In 2018: Did not make 1001 Track Lists 2018 listing

Google Trends Analysis: #10 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: 34

2. David Guetta (FRA)

We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ&#039;s Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag&#039;s Top 100
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Total Points Awarded: 117

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 1,008,190,000

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 5,506,300

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $15,000,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 367,401,00 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 71

Total DJ Spins In 2018: 783

Google Trends Analysis: #four Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: 2

1. Marshmello (USA)

We Ran Thousands Of Numbers To Determine The Top DJ&#039;s Of 2018, See How It Compares To DJ Mag&#039;s Top 100
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Total Points Awarded: 130

Total Spotify Streams For 2018 Releases: 1,138,738,000

Total Soundcloud Plays For 2018 Uploads: 38,670,200

Total Revenue Earned In 2018: $23,000,000

Total YouTube Plays On 2018 Videos: 584,704,000 views

Total Shows Played In 2018: 100

Total DJ Spins In 2018: Did not make 1001 Track Lists 2018 List

Google Trends Analysis: #2 Most Googled DJ within the World

Total Weeks At #1 On Billboard Charts: 35