Mixmag crown The Prodigy 'The Greatest Dance Act of all Time'

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As DJ Mag learnt all too well last year when David Guetta was controversially named the #1 DJ in the world, using a publically voted poll to determine anything music-related can be a contentious business indeed.

The latest magazine to bravely attempt to name the best of dance music is long-running British publication Mixmag, who’ve today announced the results of their poll searching for the ‘Greatest Dance Act of all Time’. After a solid few months of nominations and collecting public votes worldwide, electronic pioneers The Prodigy have emerged in the number one spot.

Closely behind them in the number two position was Daft Punk, with The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and even Deadmau5 all cracking the top 10. Conspicuously absent from the list, however, are the likes of Aphex Twin and Burial.

Of their victory, The Prodigy’s Keith Flint commented “To walk off a stage and feel like we smashed it – that’s the reward for us, to see the crowd react and know we’ve done what we’ve come to do. But something like this is truly voted for by the people – and essentially we are nothing without them, so it feels awesome and really respectful.”

Check out the full top 20 below and chip in your $0.02 – any glaring omissions or unworthy inclusions?

1. The Prodigy
2. Daft Punk
3. The Chemical Brothers
4. Faithless
5. Deadmau5
6. Plastikman
7. Underworld
8. Fatboy Slim
9. Orbital
10. Moby
11. Leftfield
12. Kraftwerk
13. Pendulum
14. Depeche Mode
15. Justice
16. Basement Jaxx
17. Groove Armada
18. The Shamen
19. Above & Beyond
20. The KLF



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cozza147 said on the 20th Jan, 2012

Pretty valid list in terms of whos on it (Besides Deadmau5) not sure bout the order though


mjr84 said on the 20th Jan, 2012

Faithless... hands down to the floor.... should have taken number 1.

special ed

special ed said on the 20th Jan, 2012

that list looks about what i'd expect. no surprises there (except Deadmau5)


the_bugryn_kid said on the 20th Jan, 2012

almost 5 years later and im still spewin i missed daft punk.......

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 20th Jan, 2012

I'm not the biggest fan of Groove Armada or Above and Beyond, but the fact that Justice is above them is a fucking despicable injustice.

In addition, Deadmaus above Orbital and Leftfield? Fuck and off.

As someone above said, asides from Deadmau5 and the order, that's a decent list.


Fourthstate said on the 20th Jan, 2012

Pretty good list IMO. Prodigy truly deserve #1 spot.


Heist9000 said on the 20th Jan, 2012

Nearly all of these acts did their best work before the year 2000


kane2188 said on the 20th Jan, 2012

have seen 50% of that list.. will be making it my mission to see the rest!


sifu02 said on the 20th Jan, 2012

Prodigy certainly deserve it over Daft Punk...but the likes of Orbital and Leftfield should definitely be in the top 5!

mr flauge

mr flauge said on the 20th Jan, 2012

I actually think Deadmau5 deserves to be in there.


DTrancer said on the 20th Jan, 2012

cant believe tiesto is not on there


spazzy99 said on the 22nd Jan, 2012

I was hoping Kraftwerk was gonna be higher up the list seeing as it one of the founders to the industry in very early days well before 99% on what's on the list but i guess it's all about who most popular to date,


djtoki said on the 22nd Jan, 2012

Flabbergasted that Orbital and Leftfield didnt make the top 10!


didjeridude said on the 22nd Jan, 2012

Great list but I would have thought massive attack and infected mushroom should have been in there

said on the 22nd Jan, 2012

Prodigy def number 1!!!!! Solid performers and artists album after album, constantly changing and adapting their specific sound!!!! Well done boys still smashing it at your age! I'm hanging out for the new album this year, and hopefully tour! :-)


mlirosi said on the 22nd Jan, 2012

i saw timmy trumpet on the gold coast one year...surprised didnt crack the top 10


DHindahouse said on the 23rd Jan, 2012

no Stafford Brothers? what a travesty.


ryanbond008 said on the 24th Jan, 2012

Yeah stafford brothers with Timmy trumpet should be 1 for sure ..


LunarCat said on the 24th Jan, 2012

Yep, great to see The Prodigy top the list. As for the other faves from the list, they'd be Daft Punk, Faithless, Orbital, Moby, Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode.I don't mind seeing Deadmau5 on the list, but frankly I'd put him much lover and definitely not in the top 10.


BMoney said on the 27th Jan, 2012

Popularity: "Come play my game...."


User_264758 said on the 14th Feb, 2012

Pendulum? Are you joking? Whatever you may think of their music, bad or good, they have been around for 2 seconds and have provided next to nothing in comparison to the other inspirational acts of the class of leftfield, orbital, the chems and of course the prodigy. I think that fatboy slim, plump dj's, soulwax, are some that I would have loved to see. Also the fact that aphex twin and other amazing mind benders haven't featured is fairly sad. But couldn't agree more with the number 1!!