Tiesto voted ‘The Greatest DJ of All Time'

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While many dance portals often do an annual top DJ poll – ourselves included with our ITM50 – UK dance music bible Mixmag took things a step further with their highly-publicised The Greatest DJ of All Time survey. The winner of that title has now been revealed, with voters crowning Tiesto as the #1 DJ ever.

Yes, that’s right, the master of ‘Trouse’ himself beat out other legends of the ones and twos such as Carl Cox, Sasha and Larry Levan for the title in Mixmag’s list. The result will surely be debated for days and weeks to come but it certainly shows just how powerful mobilised trance fans can be!

Check out the Top 10 greatest DJs ever as voted by Mixmag readers below.

10. 2manydjs
9. Tony De Vit
8. Sasha
7. Paul Van Dyk
6. Ricardo Villalobos
5. Carl Cox
4. Andy C
3. Sven Vath
2. Richie Hawtin
1. Tiesto

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angy

angy said on the 19th Jan, 2011

buahahaha! Funny thing is, other than Tiesto being at the top, it's not such a bad list in terms of those who've been consistently excellent over the years... You can get down to the nitty gritty of others being recognised, but they pretty much all deserve to be on there.

noelw14

noelw14 said on the 19th Jan, 2011

Tony De Vit... He was brilliant... shame he died at the start of my clubbing career. I think its probably missing Digweed in place of 2manydjs, which i think is a typo... tiestio used to be great but turned to poo but can understand why he is up there,

daverh

daverh said on the 19th Jan, 2011

Not sure if the print edition has a longer list or not, would be interesting to see where others like Levan, Jazzy Jeff, Mills, etc rank.

noelw14

noelw14 said on the 19th Jan, 2011

jazzy jeff played tank about 5 years ago... was the worst gig i have ever been too... it was like they took his ears off him at immigration.

bonfiglio

bonfiglio said on the 19th Jan, 2011

I want to say some very nasty things here, but that would make me no better than the invalids who vote in these polls. If you rate Cheese Sandwich over here as the greatest DJ, please educate yourself, you're missing out!

JackT

JackT said on the 19th Jan, 2011

noelw14, weirdly enough, Digweed wasn't even on the original list of nominees. http://www.inthemix.com.au/news/intl/48068/The_search_is_on_for_the_greatest_DJ_of_all_time

Marky

Marky said on the 19th Jan, 2011

Kinda depends on your definition of "great", dunnit? Which in turn might depend on the age of the voter. Somone like Levan, without whom DJ culture as we know it wouldn't exist... that's "great", inmho. But probably completely irrelevant to the young clubbers of today.For mine - Sasha, Digweed, Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin probably my biggest influences.

JackT

JackT said on the 19th Jan, 2011

That new press shot is endlessly amusing

noelw14

noelw14 said on the 19th Jan, 2011

yeah if sasha is on there then digweed has to be surely...Tiesto made everything a lot bigger in the last 10 years... to be honest, i know now he is shithouse but back in the day oakenfold was a god... i went every Saturday for 2 years to cream to watch him in the courtyard, he was a pioneer...

hamo32

hamo32 said on the 19th Jan, 2011

yeah what's with the marshalls?

special ed

special ed said on the 19th Jan, 2011

remember its not really "greatest dj of all time" its " most popular dj voted by kids who read mixmag & wouldn't have a clue about the history of dance music if they fell over it"

JackT

JackT said on the 20th Jan, 2011

It's all about Marshalls when you're rocking Vegas casinos

special ed

special ed said on the 20th Jan, 2011

needs more jeremy healy or boy george IMO

Poondaddy Shortbread

Poondaddy Shortbread said on the 20th Jan, 2011

Get fucked. Greatest horsefaced DJ, maybe.

theHordern

theHordern said on the 20th Jan, 2011

oi. come one. none of that.

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 20th Jan, 2011

Glad to see Andy C and Carl Cox in there.

mattpolo8

mattpolo8 said on the 20th Jan, 2011

are we being punkd by tiesto again?

jbgillet

jbgillet said on the 20th Jan, 2011

At the rate he is going, i'm sure Armin Van Buuren will be up there.In a couple of years.Good solid list. Tiesto has pretty much been a huge influence and great asset to the dance scene (love him or hate him) for many years now.

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 20th Jan, 2011

You can't say "love him or hate him" in the same sentence as "great asset". If I hate the guy, it means I think he's a shit asset.

tweebs

tweebs said on the 20th Jan, 2011

Rollin 3 Marshall stacks deep.

javaboi

javaboi said on the 20th Jan, 2011

who votes for these things? this is not a rating of skills, but the artist with the most fans. Doesn't always mean they are a good DJ. It is like politics, you always question the person who wins, but I sure as hell didn't vote for them.

eddy96

eddy96 said on the 20th Jan, 2011

really?.... Tiesto? Who didnt see that coming. Good to see 2 Many DJ's are in the top 10

Oli-G

Oli-G said on the 20th Jan, 2011

Grandmaster Flash, Digweed, Levan, Derrick May, Grooverider, fuck there are so many people would could vie to the title. Choosing one dj to be the greatest is ridiculous and impossible imo

mute

mute said on the 20th Jan, 2011

I like how old mate Sander pronounces 'Tiesto'Sounds like 'Chesto'!

Purpose

Purpose said on the 20th Jan, 2011

FUCK THIS, I VOTED FOR HAWTIN SOO MANY TIMES JUST SO TIESTO WOULDN'T WIN.However I'm very happy we got some dnb in there good on ya andy c.

Purpose

Purpose said on the 20th Jan, 2011

Also I'm proud to say I'm 19 and have seen everyone besides de vit who died when i was 7 or something haha

Wowk

Wowk said on the 20th Jan, 2011

What. The. Fuck. I mean I didn't hold high hopes for that list, but that is genuine shite.

FreeSoul82

FreeSoul82 said on the 20th Jan, 2011

MY BEST DJ IN THE WORLD TIESTO keeps winning...keep dropping NUMBER 1 records..Keeps getting million of views on youtube..but a hater will stay a hater ;) KEEP ROCKING IT TIESTO! so they can hate more :)

gee-up

gee-up said on the 21st Jan, 2011

Fark yeah Tiesto! Go you good thing! I have loved his music since the late 90s and have grown and adapted with it. At least he's not pumping out the same beats year after year after year. There's plenty of trance djs (every second one it seems) to keep the purists happy.

sonicc

sonicc said on the 21st Jan, 2011

Well trolled mixmag

FreeSoul82

FreeSoul82 said on the 23rd Jan, 2011

I just came from Armin Only...Now I know why Tiesto is Greatest DJ of all time..coz Armin is boring...I have been listening to his same sounds for the last 10 years..and now HE IS BORING...TIESTO ur the man!! Ur sounds are evolving with ur fans' taste!!! #RESPECT

dom-06

dom-06 said on the 27th Jan, 2011

bullshit, Tiesto WAS one of the greatest years ago, now all he does is commercial shit, he should hold hands to David Ghetta and go and play at retirement villages

puretrance89

puretrance89 said on the 31st Jan, 2011

what is the point of these lists anyway? it seems like its just something to fill this month's issue of mixmag.

damnadam

damnadam said on the 11th Feb, 2011

really?! and thats why I dont read mixmag anymore

damnadam

damnadam said on the 11th Feb, 2011

really?! and thats why I havent read mixmag in years..

damnadam

damnadam said on the 11th Feb, 2011

really?! and thats why I havent read mixmag in years..

damnadam

damnadam said on the 11th Feb, 2011

really?! and thats why I havent read mixmag in years..

damnadam

damnadam said on the 11th Feb, 2011

really?! and thats why I havent read mixmag in years..