The term “electronic music” refers to more than just the conventional, pounding “noise.” Acid house, which is often thought of as energetic rave music, acid house, which focuses on making mellow, down-tempo beats, and techno, which embraces more experimental, high-octane electrified sounds. Despite the impression that electronic dance music (EDM) has become more popular recently, it has been around since the 1980s.
Electronic music artists have been making their impact in the media by dishing out platinum-certified bangers for the past few decades, stealing the show with this approach. These musicians are the subject of this discussion, in which we’ll list the best 10 EDM acts of 2023 in no particular order. Buckle up, we’re taking off!
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1. Martin Garrix
Martin Garrix spins a catchy brew of progressive house, electro, and future bass as a member of the explosion of Dutch electronic music producers that arose in the early 2010s. His multi-platinum international hit “Animals” from his first album, Gold Skies, helped him break through in 2013. He later had EPs like 2016’s Seven and 2018’s Bylaw reach the Billboard dance charts. Garrix, who topped DJ ranking lists in the late 2010s, has remained a top choice for club music around the world. His crossover singles with Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, David Guetta and Khalid, have helped him rise to the top of the charts.
2. David Guetta
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, a glittering wave of DJs who mixed Daft Punk’s slick house music with a dash of electroclash punch surged to prominence. His house anthems, which frequently feature well-known figures from the pop and rap worlds, such as frequent collaborators Nicki Minaj, Sam Martin, Sia, Morten, Chris Willis, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, and Afrojack, became staples on the dance charts into the 2010s after achieving international crossover success with the chart-topping songs One Love and Nothing But the Beat during the late 2000s EDM boom. Guetta also took home two Grammys in 2011 together with the other two performers.
Since 2000, Grammy-winning Dutch DJ and producer Tisto has been at the forefront of electronic dance music. With his legendary extended live sets, prolific output, and pop-oriented crossover appeal, Tisto has scored numerous hit singles in the 2010s, including “Red Lights,” “Feel It in My Bones” with Tegan & Sara, “Wasted” with Matthew Koma, and “Jackie Chan” with Dzeko, Preme, and Post Malone. Tisto has consistently ranked in the top ten in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Ranking. He has also received numerous honors throughout his career, including a Grammy in 2015 for his remix of John Legend’s “All of Me” and a royal appointment as an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau, one of the highest distinctions in the Netherlands.
One of the most well-known DJs and producers to come out of the Dutch dance music scene is Nick van de Wall, nicknamed Afrojack. He has scored platinum-certified international hits like “Take Over Control” (featuring Eva Simons, 2010) and “The Spark” (featuring Spree Wilson, 2013), as well as co-writing or featuring on global hits by Beyoncé, David Guetta, and Pitbull. He is a regular at EDM festivals and consistently ranks in the Top Ten of DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 DJs poll.
5. The Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers, an electronic production duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, blend indie, dance, and pop into a number-one sound that has given rise to ten multi-platinum singles. The duo’s official debut song, “#Selfie,” a number one dance hit that both praised and parodied the narcissism of the 2010s, was released in 2014. In 2016, “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” two Top Ten pop hits that were each certified at least five times platinum, followed. Halsey’s vocals on “Closer” helped it to reach the top during the summer of 2016, stay there for 12 weeks, and finally become 12-times platinum.
Electronic dance music with a strong bass and synth element is produced by mysterious, masked DJ/producer Marshmello, who achieved popular crossover success in the late 2010s. Marshmello performs while completely covered up, in this case by a marshmallow mask, in the style of other similarly clad dance artists like Deadmau5 and Daft Punk. Before achieving two consecutive number one dance albums, Joytime II and Joytime III, he had achieved a number five Billboard electronic/dance album with his full-length debut, Joytime.
7. Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris, a Scottish producer and DJ, rose to fame in the 2000s and 2010s with radio-friendly electronic dance crossover hits including “Feel So Close,” “This Is What You Came For,” “Slide,” and “One Kiss” after first self-releasing his music online. He was named Forbes’ highest-earning DJ in 2013 in addition to winning a Grammy that year. He also broke Michael Jackson’s record for the most U.K. Top Ten singles from a single album.
8. Steve Aoki
Steve Aoki, a DJ, producer, author, fashion designer, and label owner, established his reputation through boisterous live performances, well-known remixes and collaborations, and his independent record label, Dim Mak Records. His official debut album, Wonderland, received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album in 2013, and subsequent albums consistently ranked in the Top Five of the U.S. dance chart. He has been performing since the mid-1990s. One of the producers who collaborates the most, Aoki has produced hundreds of features and remixes, including Top Ten dance songs.
When Sonny Moore, better known as Skrillex, left his position as the front-man of the post-hardcore band From First to Last for the dancefloor-focused project Skrillex in 2008, he immediately became a club and popular celebrity. He had previously used the name for live DJ sets. The project moved into the studio in 2009, with Skrillex remixing hits by artists like Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg.
If dominating the club charts wasn’t enough to establish the producer’s success, winning three Grammy Awards in 2011—Best Dance/Electronica Album for Scary Monsters and Best Dance Recording for the album’s title track—helped a great deal.
10. Armin Van Buuren
Since the late 1990s, Armin van Buuren has continued to be one of the most popular and significant figures in trance and progressive house. He developed a cinematic style that was influenced by early synth masters like Klaus Schulze and Jean Michel Jarre, and before he started his lengthy run of mix CDs, he had chart success with early songs like 1997’s “Blue Fear.” In 2003, he helped co-found Armada, and the label has continued to play a significant role in the EDM scene.
Hardwell is a well-known EDM DJ who hails from the Netherlands and has also been a fixture in the scene for many years. He was chosen by fans as the best DJ in the world in 2013 and 2014 for his expert production and excellent mixing, and he still rules the globe charts and festival stages today.
Both on stage and behind the scenes as the head of his record label, Revealed Recordings, Hardwell is a force to be reckoned with. With his distinctive sound and avant-garde approach, Hardwell is still pushing the envelope in electronic music today.
12. Alan Walker
One of the most well-known electronic dance music performers of the era is Alan Walker, a Norwegian DJ, producer, and YouTuber who was born in the United Kingdom. Walker has amassed millions of followers worldwide and developed a reputation for creating dance music of the highest caliber that soars to the top of international music charts.
Numerous Walker supporters have also voiced concern over the performer’s recent departure from his distinctive dance sound. Walker, though, keeps making music available to the public in spite of certain complaints and worries from fans, and he will continue to play an important role in the international EDM scene for many years to come.
13. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike have been progressively rising through the ranks of the business for years and are now regarded as some of the top EDM acts in the world. When Like Mike and Dimitri Vegas initially met as DJs in Belgium, their friendship grew quickly.
They soon learned how much they adored electronic music, so they decided to become a DJ pair. They have traveled the world together, releasing chart-topping singles that have revolutionized the EDM landscape.
Diplo is one of those EDM musicians who struggled in this unpredictable field but managed to stay relevant by never giving up and continually putting out music that fans enjoy. Diplo has always been at the forefront of the EDM industry, from his early days as a DJ in Philadelphia to his breakthrough work with the band LSD to his successful collaborations with Skrillex and Mark Ronson. He has never lost sight of his objectives or allowed setbacks to stop him from pursuing what he loves, not even in the face of difficulty.
One of the most intriguing and cutting-edge EDM performers working today is Alesso. He has discovered a sound that appeals to both popular and underground audiences with his distinctive fusion of house, electro, progressive, and dubstep music.
Alesso, a Swedish native, started his musical career when he was very young. When he was just 15 years old, he began DJing, and soon after that, he was producing and remixing music for some of the biggest names in the business.
16. DJ Snake
In the EDM industry, DJ Snake is well-known for his distinctive approach to mixing and composing songs that cross many various genres. Hip-hop, pop, electro, and techno are all combined in his songs to produce an unmistakable sound.
DJ Snake, a Frenchman by birth, developed a love for DJing throughout the years and eventually rose to prominence as one of Paris’ most in-demand musicians. He continued to push the limits of EDM by working with notable artists like Lady Gaga, Major Lazer, and Justin Bieber.
The Norwegian DJ and music producer Kyrre Grvell-Dahll, better known by his stage name Kygo, has been enthralling crowds with his inventive blends of tropical house, dancehall, and electro since the early 2010s.
Kygo came up with his stage name while attending the international summer school at Oslo University. It is made up of the first two letters of his first and surname names. He originally came to public attention when his remix of Ed Sheeran’s song “I See Fire” was well-received. As he travels the globe, Kygo continues to develop his distinctive and avant-garde sound.
18. Swedish House Mafia
Since the founding of this legendary ensemble in 2008, it has been a major force in the EDM industry. Swedish House Mafia, a group best known for their number-one singles “Don’t You Worry Child” and “One,” has made a name for themselves as one of the most well-known acts in contemporary electronic music.
The Swedish House Mafia returned in 2022 with their most recent album, Paradise Again, despite taking a break in 2013. Swedish House Mafia appears to be here to stay, as seen by the abundance of tour dates they have scheduled for the remainder of the year.
Dutch-Moroccan DJ and music producer Fadil El Ghoul, also known as R3hab, has recently gained international recognition in the EDM field. He is one of the select few who exhibits perseverance and consistency in the face of shifting trends.
R3hab began his career as a modest producer but quickly rose to prominence after fellow Breda DJ Hardwell remixed his song “Mrkrstft.” R3hab has consistently put out top-charting music and played to huge crowds at concerts all around the world.
Tchami, a French DJ and music producer who was born Martin Bresso, is a major player in the EDM industry at the age of 37. From his debut EP “Promesses” through his most recent album “Recession,” Tchami has garnered praise for his distinctive sound, which fuses house and bass music. Tchami is currently one of the most in-demand DJs in EDM, with a devoted following that keeps supporting him and his creative music.