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Here's the top 50 house & techno acts from Top 100 DJs 2017

Did your favourite underground DJ make the cut?

The Top 100 DJs poll results always make for interesting reading. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably realised by now that Martin Garrix has again been voted the world’s No.1 DJ, while in the upper echelons there’s not a great deal of movement — bar a few significant exceptions.

Tomorrowland poster boys Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have hung onto the No.2 spot, while Armada label head Armin van Buuren is back up to No.3 — a spot he held for several years in the mid-noughties before rising to the apex for a record-breaking five times. Armin leapfrogs his sometime Two Is One partner Hardwell — another former winner — while Tiesto, David Guetta, Afrojack and Steve Aoki all hold steady in the top 10.

Here's a few interesting stats about this year's poll. There were over a million legitimate votes cast this year — a marginal increase on 2016’s million-smashing achievement — and this was undoubtedly due in part to further opening up the voting process to China this year via a fully updated and translated validation mechanism. There were 10 new entries, seven re-entires and five non-movers in 2017 with the most votes coming from the USA, followed by Brazil, Mexico, The Netherlands, India, UK, Spain and more. 

Interestingly, EDM acts have been less popular than previous year's in our 2017 poll, the void is being filled — at festivals and larger clubs — by big names from more discerning scenes. Many underground acts from 2016's Next 50 list have managed to break into the poll, including Solomun who rose from No. 142 to No. 81 this year, and Ellum head Maceo Plex who's up a whopping 55 spots from No. 146 to 91. 

There’s also more underground acts in this year’s poll than there have been for a decade, with Carl Cox coming in as both highest underground spinner and highest techno DJ in 2017. Next up at No. 69 is Claptone — who also took out the gong for Highest House — followed by Richie Hawtin, Solomun, Black Coffee, Maceo Plex and Paul Kalkbrenner, while British duo Disclosure are in at No. 100. Check out the full list below.

1. Carl Cox
2. Claptone
3. Richie Hawtin
4. Solomun
5. Black Coffee
6. Maceo Plex
7. Paul Kalkbrenner
8. Disclosure
9. Loco Dice
10. Marco Carola
11. Adam Beyer
12. Jamie Jones
13. Green Velvet
14. Seth Troxler
15. Nina Kraviz
16. Erick Morillo
17. Kölsch
18. Martin Solveig
19. Mark Knight
20. Sasha
21. Joris Voorn
22. Sven Väth
23. Duke Dumont
24. Charlotte de Witte
25. John Digweed
26. Umek
27. Amelie Lens
28. Gui Boratto
29. Roger Sanchez
30. John Dahlbäck
31. Hernan Cattaneo
32. Dubfire
33. Guy J
34. Sam Paganini
35. Hot Since 82
36. Stephan Bodzin
37. The Martinez Brothers
38. Tale of Us
39. Joseph Capriati
40. Carl Craig
41. Pan-Pot
42. Nicole Moudaber
43. Annie Mac
44. Patrick Topping
45. Alan Fitzpatrick
46. Danny Howells
47. Chris Liebing
48. Gorgon City
49. Solardo
50. Ben Klock

Last week, we also released our Next 50 list, which details all the acts that fell just short of the poll ranking from 101 to 150, and you can read it here.

Charlotte Lucy Cijffers is DJ Mag’s digital and Ibiza editor. Follow her on Twitter here.