Armin van Buuren has been revealed as the winner of the Highest Trance category at this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. Armin came in at No. 4 overall in the annual publicly-voted for poll.
Other winner’s at the 2018 awards include Carl Cox (Highest Techno), Claptone (Highest House), Headhunterz (Highest Hard) and more, with Martin Garrix being crowned the No. 1 DJ for a third time in a row on Saturday night (20th October) as part of the Amsterdam Music Festival.
Since Top 100 DJs launched over two decades ago, few DJs have been as consistently successful in the poll as Armin van Buuren. First placing way back in 2001, the Dutchman jumped in at No. 27. The next year he made it all the way to fifth place, and hasn’t left the top five ever since!
And, while there are still other DJs who’ve won a spot in the poll more times than Armin — Coxy and Paul van Dyk, for example — he still holds the titles for most wins (five) and most wins in a row (four).
2018 has been yet another typically huge year for Armin. February saw his ASOT radio show notch up its 850th episode, the annual cheer for which went up in front of a sold-out 30,000-strong crowd at Utrecht’s vast Jaarbeurs Hall. That went hand-in-hand with Armin’s mixing of ‘A State Of Trance 2018’ — one of the two compilations he released over the last 365.
He also continued to spin at his Omnia, Vegas residency and — for its second year — his summer tenure at Hï Ibiza, which played host to Armin no less than 13 times throughout. Elsewhere there were appearances at festivals including Ultra and EDC, as well as a major China tour.
One thing Armin hasn’t managed to do in 2018 is release an album. Yet, anyway. Although knowing the Armada boss’s insane work ethic and proflici output in the studio, we can’t imagine a new LP from the trance boss is far off. All hail, Armin!
Read Armin van Buuren's full Top 100 DJs profile interview here.