The Top Electronic Dance Music Artists of 2020

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Get to know the top electronic dance music artists of 2020. These are the artists that are currently making waves in the EDM scene.


In recent years, electronic dance music, or EDM, has emerged as one of the most popular genres of music. Its popularity can be attributed to its upbeat, often infectious sound that encourages dancing and its wide appeal to fans of all ages.

There are a number of subgenres within EDM, including house, techno, dubstep, and trance. While each subgenre has its own distinct sound and style, they all share a common goal: to get the listener moving.

Here are 10 of the top electronic dance music artists of 2020, chosen for their popularity, innovation, and ability to get audiences moving.

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris is a Scottish music producer, DJ, and singer. His debut studio album, I Created Disco, was released in 2007 and contained the top-ten singles “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls”. His second studio album, Ready for the Weekend (2009), reached number one in the United Kingdom and included the hit singles “I’m Not Alone”, “Ready for the Weekend”, and “Flashback”. His third studio album, 18 Months (2012), featured the singles “Bounce”, “Feel So Close”, and “Let’s Go”. Harris’s fourth studio album, Motion (2014), became his second consecutive number one album in the UK and had the singles “Outside”, “Blame” and “Pray to God”. He released his fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (2017), which reached number two in the UK.

Harris has collaborated with numerous other recording artists, including Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Dizzee Rascal, Ne-Yo, John Newman, Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, Rag’n’Bone Man, Sam Smith, BIG SEAN

In 2020 Harris was ranked at number five on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list.

The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers are an American electronic music duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alexander Pall. The duo achieved success with their 2014 song “#Selfie”, which went viral on social media. They have since released a number of hit songs, such as “Don’t Let Me Down”, “Closer”, “Something Just Like This”, and “Paris”. In 2018, they became the first electronic dance music artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart with three songs (“Closer”, “Something Just Like This” and “Sick Boy”) simultaneously.


Marshmello, born Christopher Comstock in 1992, is an American electronic dance music producer and DJ. He is best known for his 2017 single “Alone”, which reached the top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100. His other notable singles include “Silence”, “Wolves”, and “Friends”.


Skrillex is one of the most popular electronic dance music artists of 2020. His unique style and sound have made him a favorite among EDM fans around the world. Skrillex has released several hit singles and albums, and he has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry.


Tiësto is a Dutch DJ and record producer from Breda. He was born in 1963 and his full name is Tijs Verwest. Tiësto is considered one of the pioneers of the trance genre. In 2013, he was voted byDJ Mag as “The Greatest DJ of All Time”. His 2004 album Parade of the Athletes won a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album. He has also released numerous other albums and compilations, including Magik (1997), Forbidden Paradise (1998), Tiësto’s In Search of Sunrise (1999), Magik Two: Story of the Fall (2000), Magik Three: Far from Earth (2001), Parade of the Athletes (2004), Elements of Life (2007) and Kaleidoscope (2009).


Hardwell, the stage name of Robbert van de Corput, is a Dutch electro house DJ, record producer and remixer. He was voted the World’s No. 1 DJ in 2013 by DJ Magazine. Hardwell first gained recognition in 2009 with his bootleg of “Show Me Love vs. Be”. He founded his own record label Revealed Recordings in 2010 and his debut studio album, United We Are, was released on 23 January 2015.

Armin van Buuren

Armin van Buuren is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer. Since 2001, Van Buuren has hosted his own radio show called A State of Trance, which has more than 37 million weekly listeners in 84 countries. His 2008 studio album, Imagine, entered the Dutch album chart at number one, making him the first DJs to do so.

Alan Walker

Alan Walker (born in Norway in 1997) is a record-breaking artist who has topped the charts in more than 20 countries. He is best known for his 2016 hit single “Faded”, which has been viewed more than 1.6 billion times on YouTube. His debut album, “Different World”, was released in December 2018 and reached number one in 18 countries. In 2019, he was ranked as the ninth most popular artist on Spotify worldwide.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are a Belgian DJ and record producer duo composed of brothers Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios. They are best known for their hit singles “The Hum”, “Tremor” and “Higher Place”. In 2019, they were ranked No. 5 on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs list.

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