1001Tracklists has dropped its Top 101 Producers list for this year and dance music fans will see plenty of familiar faces, as well as some new entries, in the highest spots. The world’s leading tracklist database unveiled the fifth installment of its annual rankings on social media Wednesday. Oliver Heldens came in No. 1, followed by Meduza, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto and David Guetta, respectively, in the top five slots.
The rankings were calculated by adding up each artist’s “unique DJ support” from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020. 1001Tracklists defines that as one artist supporting a single track. Tracks became eligible if they had been supported by at least three DJs and were released within the last two years or were first played within that time frame.
Here are the producers who placed in the top 10, along with comments from 1001Tracklists:
1. Oliver Heldens
“After a remarkable year of releases under his own name and his HI-LO alias, Heldeep Records head honcho Oliver Heldens takes home the crown.”
The Italian group “have an unmatched ability to balance club and radio appeal with their tracks. The trio have scored a second place finish as they enter the rankings for the first time.”
3. Armin van Buuren:
“Trance legend Armin van Buuren has moved up every year in the rankings and claims his highest finish yet.”
“Consistently at the top of the rankings, Tiësto earns another Top 5 finish.”
5. David Guetta
“Last year’s winner David Guetta followed up his victory with another incredible year as he and MORTEN have pioneered the Future Rave sound.”
“French producer RetroVision has enjoyed an incredible year of releases & launched his own imprint Time Machine under Don Diablo‘s Hexagon label. He’s one of the top young producers in the world.”
“The owner of the 2020 track ‘On My Mind’ “has earned a Top 10 finish in all five iterations of the Top 101 Producers.”
8. Don Diablo
“Hexagon label owner Don Diablo continues to show off his musical diversity and growth as an artist, and finishes in the Top 10 for the 5th year in a row.”
9. Leandro Da Silva
“Brazilian artist Leandro Da Silva calls Italy home, where he has made an enormous name for himself. He lands in the Top 10 for the first time.”
10. Martin Ikin
The British producer is “this year’s 2nd highest new entry, riding a run of massive tech house productions.”
1001Tracklists isn’t the only ranking out this fall—DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll winners will be announced on its social media platform on November 7.