Carl Cox voted ‘Top DJ of the past 25 years’

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Mixmag asked its readers to nominate their top five dance tunes, acts and DJs of the past quarter century. You may be surprised by the results…

Carl Cox, techno workhorse and honorary Australian (well, almost), was crowned the top jock ahead of Fatboy Slim, Sasha, Pete Tong and Tiesto. “It’s a big honour to be considered the number one DJ after such a long time,” Cox told the mag. “I am very happy that people still enjoy my music and are still coming out to see me.”

Altogether now, “Lager, lager, lager…” Yes, Underworld’s Born Slippy got the nod for top dance tune, followed by Massive Attack’s seminal heartbreaker Unfinished Sympathy in the second spot. No prizes for guessing the top five dance acts, although some may contest the rankings. It’s Daft Punk who came out as number one, with Prodigy and Chemical Brothers awarded silver and bronze respectively. The pyramid’s power knows no bounds…

Top 5 dance tunes of the last 25 years

Underworld – Born Slippy

Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy

Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You

Energy 52 – Café Del Mar

Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up

Top 5 dance acts of the last 25 years

Daft Punk


Chemical Brothers



Top 5 DJs of the last 25 years

Carl Cox

Fatboy Slim


Pete Tong


Check out the videos from Mixmag’s iconic 25th anniversary cover photo-shoot, which brought together Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, LCD Soundsystem, The Prodigy, Underworld and so many more.