Among the laundry list of criticisms for DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs poll is the staunch reality that there is a severe lack of female representation every year. Still, the list manages to be widely circulated and holds further potential for who gets booked at the world’s biggest venues and festivals.
To smooth out some of these criticisms, DJ Mag has recently teamed up with Beatport to bring the Top 100 Alternative DJs list, which calculates the world’s most popular house and techno artists based on polling data and 2018 record sales trends. While more women do appear on the list, another publication has released a list of purely female acts who are dominating globally.
The results of this year’s DJane Mag‘s Top 100 list are not only a response to the inherent sexism in dance music, but they’ve uncovered a new cast of names to keep on everyone’s radar. To measure the rankings, the editorial staff at DJane Mag took fan votes, number of releases, number of gigs, and social media followings into account to create what they deem the “most objective world ranking among female DJs.”
“We took into consideration the number of votes every DJ received during the year and the additional points, which every DJ gained after a research of her releases throughout the year, a number of gigs, social pages and other important factors.”
Among the top 10 are mostly US-based DJs, including NERVO taking the top spot, which is unsurprising since the duo appears has appeared as the top females on DJ Mag‘s list year in and year out. Coming off her highly lauded sophomore AWAKE album, Alison Wonderland comes in at No. 2. Rounding out the top five are Nina Kravitz, Krewella, and REZZ. Notable tech artist Charlotte de Witte is also included in the top 10.
There’s still a bevy of recognizable names after the top 10, including Mija, TOKiMONSTA, Tigerlily, Hannah Wants, Annie Mac, Anna Lunoe, CloZee, Maya Jane Coles, and Peggy Gou, to name a few. At the same time, there are plenty of widely unknown female DJs to make the list, which speaks to visibility issue female DJs experience on a macro scale.