The 10 Best EDM Artists & Top DJs (Updated: 2019)

I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say:

Catching the best EDM artists live at festivals can be life changing.

But are you missing out on the latest and greatest DJs? How would you know if you don't know, right?

Here's the deal:

There are a lot of conflicting opinions in the electronic dance music community - especially when it comes to favorite musicians. That's why we set out to research the most credible polls on the subject.

But really:

We wanted to compare the crowd favorites to our own list of the best EDM artists based on a few criteria.

The burning questions:

Would the popular DJs chosen in the polls match up with our festival-formed preferences?  Will the DJs famous for songs with big bass drops hit both lists? Will the duo with the top club songs of all time rank in both top 10 pools?

Spoiler alert:

One of the lists tributes the producer of the most popular EDM songs of all time. The other list features the biggest DJ in the world right now.

10 Best EDM Artists (2019)

  1. GRiZ
  2. Gramatik
  3. Big Gigantic
  4. Thievery Corporation
  5. The Floozies
  6. Benny Benassi
  7. Shiba San
  8. Daft Punk
  9. Hardwell
  10. The Chemical Brothers

You might also be thinking:

Will there be house music artists?


Will there be artists that play epic party songs?


But before we get to the good stuff, let's quickly recap some essential definitions.

What is an EDM artist?

An EDM artist is any DJ, musician, or producer who creates electronic music that falls into a wide range of genres, including house, dubstep, techno, glitch, trap, electro, trance, and hard style.

In general, their music is intended for dance culture enthusiasts across club and festival scenes.

Who Are The Best EDM Artists?

he 10 best EDM artists are GRiZ, Gramatik, Big Gigantic, Thievery Corporation, The Floozies, Benny Benassi, Shiba San, Daft Punk, Hardwell, and The Chemical Brothers because of their contributions to electronic dance music and incredible live performances. We also believe in listening to others' opinions - popular or not - so here is a list based on a live poll hosted by Ranker.

(Side Note: You Can Find Your Favorite EDM Artist's T Shirts On Amazon)

The 10 Best EDM DJs According to Ranker Voters (January 2019)

  1. Martin Garrix
  2. Illenium
  3. Marshmello
  4. Alan Walker
  5. Kygo
  6. Tiesto
  7. Zedd
  8. Armin Van Buuren
  9. Steven Lions
  10. The Chain Smokers

Here are a few screenshots of the list when we checked:

Ranker report claims top 3 EDM DJs to be Martin Garrix, Illenium and Marshmello

 Alan Walker, Kygo, and Tiesto listed 4th to 6th best EDM artists on Ranker report

last 4 DJs on the top 10 EDM artists list

Rankers list of the best EDM artists had a few of the same faces in January 2019, but most of the top 10 have changed.

Here are the 10 best EDM DJs according to Ranker voters in 2018:

  1. Tiesto
  2. Avicii
  3. Skrillex
  4. Deadmau5
  5. Daft Punk
  6. Calvin Harris
  7. Zed
  8. Martin Garrix
  9. Hardwell
  10. Swedish House Mafia

Again, pics or it didn't happen:

list of 10 best EDM artists by Ranker voters with profile images

Top 10 EDM Artists According to Voters

(2nd Side Note: You Can Find EDM Clothes On Amazon, Too)

And Now for Our Featured List...

The Best EDM Artists of All Time

These are the producers we humbly submit as contenders for the best EDM DJ ever.


BASSNECTAR's west coast bass style has been grinding it out at the best music festivals in the world for years. If he comes by your city, we suggest you go for it.

Learn more:

Major Lazer

Major Lazer knows the best EDM artists keep it fresh. And his epic tracks do just that. With music featuring captivating hooks and gut wrenching drops, this is one set you won't want to miss.

Learn more: Major Lazor

Benny Benassi

You'll find Benny Benassi on most top 10 EDM DJ lists. His sets will swipe you off your feet and caress you with layered dance beats that push you deeper into the night. Music festivals in the U.S. should be honored by his presence.

Learn more: Benny Bennasi

Want to catch your favorite EDM artists at a festival this season?

Here's a  quick list of a few good ones with epic lineups.

10 Best EDM Artists According to Mojo

  1. Paul Oakenfold
  2. Tiesto
  3. Armin van Buuren
  4. Paul van Dyk
  5. Carl Cox
  6. Frankie Knuckles
  7. Sasha
  8. Pete Tong
  9. David Guetta
  10. John Digweed

(Last Side Note: You Can Also Find Epic EDM Glasses On Amazon)

(Last Side Note: You Can Also Find Epic EDM Glasses On Amazon)

Best EDM Festivals According to Complex

In case you're curious about what festivals will be the best ones to catch these artists on stage, here is a list of the 6 best EDM festivals, according to

  1. Electric Daisy Carnival
  2. Shambhala
  3. Ultra Music Festival
  4. TomorrowLand
  5. Electric Zoo
  6. Movement

DJs play house music on dance floor at Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival

Listen to the best EDM artists with us each week!

Did you know that Best Music Fest posts festival inspired playlists every Friday? Be sure to check them out to discover new EDM artists and the best electronic music, coming soon to a festival near you.

Remember to turn your speakers up loud and put some bass in your face. Go ahead and dance it out too - you'll probably need to. Just pretend you're at one of the best music festivals in the world and you should feel like your king of the world.

By the way:

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Best EDM Artists & Top DJs (Updated: 2019)
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Best EDM Artists & Top DJs (Updated: 2019)
A list of the best EDM artists and top DJs of 2019 from a few surprising perspectives. The experts agree, you won't want to miss them this year.
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