You won’t believe who’s on the 1993 DJ Mag Top 100

Over the history of the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, the coveted #1 spot has only been shared by a handful of names: Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, John Digweed, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren and now Hardwell, to be precise. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Dutch young gun soared to the top spot on the back of a hard-fought campaign and a rapidly-growing profile. “Everybody wants to be the best at what he does,” five-time winner Armin van Buuren said in the days leading up to the poll. “You play to win.”

But back in 1993, it was a very different world. Case in point? This week, UK-based producer Bodyjack unearthed a copy of DJ Mag that happened to contain the magazine’s first ever Top 100 poll and, lucky for us, posted it straight to Tumblr. As Bodyjack tells it: “Imagine a more innocent time, before the rise of super clubs and superstar DJs in the late 90s, when the only genres in the magazines were simply house & garage, techno, ragga (!), and hip-hop; when jungle/drum & bass was in its infancy, born out of a rave scene which itself had just gone “happy hardcore”; when trance bore no resemblance to what it would become just a couple of years later and Fabric was still six years from opening…and no one had heard of a CDJ, let alone an mp3.”

That’s not all that was different back then – the inaugural 1993 poll didn’t post the list in rank order, instead going for an alphabetical list (DJ Mag first started ranking DJs in 1997, and it was Carl Cox who took the very first top spot). Scroll through the 31-page spread and you’ll find plenty of gold: from the full page interviews with clear crowd favourites Frankie Knuckles and Andy Weatherall, to a photo of a very young Pete Tong and more than a few names you don’t hear kicking around much anymore, this is one hell of a time capsule.

There’s also a great story from Sasha about his most embarrassing DJ moment: “I was playing at Universe, I put this tune on and it was such a wicked record I went onto the dance floor and forgot I was DJing. I’m out there going “What a tune!” Anyway the record ran out and there was this like thirty second gap. Next minute Judge Jules comes up to me and says ‘What the fuck do you think you’re doing? You’re DJing! You’re half-way through your set…!” We’ve gone to work on a text list of the 1993 Top 100, but you’ll have to head to Tumblr to see the spread in full.

1993 DJ Mag Top 100

Aba Shanti Sound


Stu Allan

Dave Angel

Kenneth Baker

Paul Anderson

Kid Batchelor

Ashley Beadle

David Camacho

Kenny Carpenter



Carl Cox

John Course

Daniele Davoli

DJ Dag

Lenny Dee

Cesar De Melero

DJ Disciple

Miss Djax

Johnny Dynell

Darren Emerson


Terry Farley

Micky Finn

Laurent Garnier


Farley Jackmaster Funk

Funkmaster Flex

Dr S Gachet

Dave Haslam

Scott Hardkiss


Terry Hunter

Tony Humphries

DJ Hype

Jazzy Jeff

Norman Jay

Steve Jervier

Princess Julia

Frankie Knuckles

John Kelly


Lisa Loud

Bobby Konders

C J MacIntosh


Stephan Mandrax

Mark May


Derrick May

Orde Miekle

Mark Moore

Ricky Montanari

David Morales

Gianni Morri

Nori Maekawa

Mixmaster Morris

Paul Oakenfold

DJ Muggs

Dr Alex Patterson

Graham Park


John Peel

Gilles Peterson

Pee Wee Ferris

DJ Pierre

Mike Pickering

DJ Pogo

Jon Pleased Wimmin



Scott Pullen

DJ Ralf

Danny Rampling

Red Alert


Justin Robertson

David Rodigan


Kevin Saunderson

Saxon Sound

Daz Saund

Dave Seaman

Phil Smart

Sugar Ray

Soul II Soul

Sugar Ray

Todd Terry

Tok M

Pete Tong

Junior Vasquez

Sven Vath

Little Louie Vega

Andy Weatherall

Noel Watson



Steve Wright

Zoo Experience