Ten Reasons Rolling Stone's "25 DJs That Rule the Earth" Is Total Bullshit

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Rolling Stone just farted out a list of turds and called it the "25 DJs That Rule the Earth."

But we here at Crossfade have got more than a bone to pick with them about it. Not only is this list completely nonsensical and asinine, it plays like a tired attempt at relevancy by a dancing corpse that hasn't said anything cool since the mid '80s.

We'll concede some of the rankings aren't totally stupid. But still, looking directly at it will cause any real EDM fan to puke out of their eye-sockets. Let us spare you the pain and give you a ten-point breakdown of why Rolling Stone got it wrong.

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What the Fuck Is the Premise for This Shit?
First of all, Rolling Stone gives literally no insight into how they reached these conclusions, nor do their sometimes one-sentence explanations make any good arguments. It seems the criteria were just to surf the blogs for a minute, check out some festival lineups, throw a dart, and then just make it up.



Daft Punk at No. 25?
We'll concede that we're completely, 100-percent obsessed with Daft Punk, and therefore possibly biased. But placing Daft Punk (arguably the most influential DJ duo of all time) at the bottom of this list is unforgivable. Some people say, "But they are producers, not DJs. They use Ableton." Please, Alive 1997 was recorded before computers took over, and they killed it. Daft Punk is Top Three in any list of influencers, period.
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diabloargentino10
diabloargentino10

the fact that armin not being on that list isn't in YOUR list also makes your list a joke.

yhoobblowz
yhoobblowz

 

Deadmau5 is the product of hype and advertising.. he is the the McDonalds of EDM.. a lot of people may know about him, but that doesn't make his music or his DJ'ing good.Before anyone knew who this hack was,  he was ripping off Crystal Method in this "album" Get Scraped. Then he changed his "style," became popular and completely ripped off Daft Punk's live show.

chellesouthern
chellesouthern

i love lcd soundsystem...any he should be on any list above anyone on this list. But im pretty sure he is not a DJ. He makes music not presses a button for a shit load of stupid peoples money!!...i virtually rip up this list and toss it in the bin...its Trash!!!

 

Daft Punk below 10 on any DJ list...Epic FAil!.. Dance music has gone to shite.....

davisgalvincurry
davisgalvincurry

If you actually listen to a Porter Robinson set instead of just casting him aside before doing ANY research on him AT ALL, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE CRITICIZING THEM FOR DOING, you will see why he belongs on this list.

ariz4226
ariz4226

Great blog ...I live in San Diego and we bring in all those DJs and the people on this coast don't know EDM they just get excited to hear noise! The one DJ that you failed to mention was Pauly D...I almost threw up in my mouth when I saw he made the RollingStone Cut!

lizzow1
lizzow1

Why do these lists make people so crazy, it's just an editor at an old rock centric music magazine which is probably trying to catch onto a younger demographic. Who cares? Make your own list publish it and the haters will attack lol 

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

that list sucks, what does rolling stone know about edm any way, they are a rock magazine

martin.fearn
martin.fearn

Why did Americans feel the need to come up with the term 'EDM'?

djzo3
djzo3

Is so easy to come to a conclusion to this ROLLING stone is TOP 40 they will go for what is playing now and not the REAL EDM as I don't see Underworld or Mark knight on this list ... Anyway I don't waste time reading crap like this same goes for the top 100 djs wich dosen't make any sense at all !!  

Daft Punk , Sasha , Underworld , chemical brothers , even Bjork is more influential than Deadrat or Avitti LOL 

romanlopezwp
romanlopezwp

the people at rolling stone are just shmegs that try to make what thy want cool anything else is wack. fuck them they put people like justin bieber on the cover. music my dick!

sgalbazzinim22
sgalbazzinim22

Agreed 100%. And I would add the fact that Armin van Buuren is not included as another reason

Sam Heywood
Sam Heywood

Why do underground acts like Swedish House Mafia always get shafted?! Grrrrr!!!!

JonWoltke
JonWoltke

Agreed, bullshit. They're being like MTV, trying to get into de EDM scene the easy way. Of course EDM fanboys would looooovee to know that their EDM mainstream artists are being picked up by these HUGE companies.. but thats actually hurting the scene and not doing any work. These people have to stop! i mean, continue with ur bullshit program and if ya'll gonna approach the dance music scene at least do it the right way. and do some homework for Christ sake!.

Crossfade
Crossfade

These days, too many people love everything, Steve Vaynshtok. The world needs its critics.

Dan Bremen
Dan Bremen

ive read both these articles and am not going to dispute were some should be placed and not listed.....but what everyone has to realize its music. just like sports, tv business and any other business for that matter its all opinionated. me for one thinks every one should stop judging music in general. If you like a song/genre great if not stfu and dont listen to it...... reading all these opinionated articles is like watching 2 high school girls fight over a guy.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

I very much enjoy how the definition of a producer and dj has become blended by mainstream media as well as the fact that there is not one drum & bass dj on this list. Amazing how not even Andy C is considered. Oh well moving on there is nothing to see here...

Nick Lagattuta
Nick Lagattuta

Any and all of these lists are bullshit. They're created by pretentious hipsters that think they know what the best is

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