Oliver Heldens tops 1001Tracklists’ ‘Top 101 Producers 2020’ list
Top Ten artists include Oliver Heldens, MEDUZA, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, and David Guetta. UK House dominates the Top 40 this year. 45 artists enter the Top 101 list for the first time.
1001Tracklists has revealed its winning bill for their annual Top 101 Producers list, after announcing the awards just last month. Crowning the 2020 list of top contenders for the first time is Heldeep Records label head Oliver Heldens. The Dutch producer’s diligent work in the studio over the past year has commended him the reward of No. 1 — up from the 24th spot in 2019 — thanks to a massive run of diverse releases across both his own name and his HI-LO alias.
Twenty-one countries are represented in this year’s rankings, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and USA.
Following Heldens, Grammy-nominated trio MEDUZA takes both the No. 2 spot and the highest new entry for this year. This year’s Top 5 is rounded off with acclaimed dance music titans Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, and last year’s winner David Guetta, whose roles as long-standing mavens of the industry are once again upheld through 1001Tracklists’ performance metrics.
Continually rising acts like RetroVision climbed their way up from the previous year’s ranking, coming in at No. 6. The French Future House producer launched his own label imprint, Time Machine, under Hexagon in 2020, and garnered success with a number of chart-topping originals like “Feel Your Touch,” “All Night Long,” and “Switch That.”
Next up are list regulars Diplo at No. 7, then Don Diablo at No. 8 who took the title of No. 1 in 2018. Leandro Da Silva, who is also slated to performance on the Minecraft virtual lineup, comes in at No. 9 this year.
To close out the winning installment, we welcome another new artist onto the bill — studio savant Martin Ikin. Ikin is well known in the industry for his work under a multitude of former aliases but is now making strides with a breakthrough in the Top 101 rankings with his current UK House self-named project. UK House comes in very strong in the Top 40 this year, with artists like Martin Ikin, CamelPhat, Eli Brown, Solardo, Low Steppa, Wh0, BISCITS, and Sonny Fodera in the rankings.
Together with MEDUZA, Ikin joins 45 other first time entrants entering the Top 101 list for the first time, leading an era of newcomers and fresh talents rising to the top. A sign of the shift away from mainstream and commercialization, this year’s list also welcomed over 30 artists representing the sounds of House, Tech House, and Progressive House.
1001Tracklists celebrated the Top 101 Producers 2020 rankings with a virtual Minecraft live-stream featuring ARTY, BROHUG, David Guetta, DubVision, EDX, MOTi, Nicky Romero, Nitti Gritti, Noizu, Nora En Pure, Oliver Heldens, Yotto, and more.
TOP 101 PRODUCERS LIST
|3||Armin van Buuren|
|9||Leandro Da Silva|
|19||Raven & Kreyn|
|22||Steff Da Campo|
|43||Purple Disco Machine|
|69||Illyus & Barrientos|
|81||Above & Beyond|
|84||Armand van Helden|
|96||Metta & Glyde|