It’s official: David Guetta is the No.1 DJ for 2020, crowned by DJ Mag. Taking over from the reign of the powerhouse duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, who took over from Martin Garrix as the winners in 2019, Guetta is taking the title for a whole year.
Announcing the news via an extra special livestream performance which brought in the likes of Armin van Buuren, Don Diablo and Afrojack b2b Nicky Romero, AMF (Amsterdam Music Festival) continued their streak of hosting the crowning ceremony.
The French maestro returns to the top spot for the first time since 2011.
It’s things such as his massive livestreams in Miami and New York, and the incredible Future Rave movement with close friend and collaborator MORTEN that pushed him to the number one spot.
Also with collaborations with the likes of Sia, he’s made waves all over the world. Breaking multiple records for most weeks in the Netherlands top 40 charts, and breaking two fan-based Guinness World Records, he has truly made his mark all over the world this year.
“It’s really incredible, I think I feel happier than the first time!” Guetta told DJ Mag upon finding out. Last time he won, Guetta said that winning the Top 100 DJs poll meant more to him than having a No.1 hit record in America. A full decade after he last won the title in 2011, it’s evident that winning it a second time means even more to him than that.
“It’s interesting, cos it’s a different time,” he said. “Things are way faster now. When I won ten years ago, the reality was that I felt like it came late. The reality of the numbers when I was touring, it was already like two years where I felt, ‘Why am I not winning?’, y’know?
“When I won the first time, I was like ‘OK, if I go to Google search and my name is ten times higher, it should have happened’,” he said. “It’s funny because ten years ago when I won, all the trance fans were so mad against me because it was the first time that trance wasn’t winning — for years. It was the beginning of that EDM era in the festivals.”
DJ Mag received just under 1.3 million verified votes in the poll this year, only a fraction below last year’s record-breaking total.