The Top Ten Trance Music Producers

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The Top Ten Trance Music Producers according to Trance Music Blog. Find out who made the cut and why they’re considered the best of the best.

Armin van Buuren

Armin van Buuren is a Dutch trance music producer, DJ, and remixer. He has won five Grammy Awards and been ranked the No. 1 DJ by DJ Mag a record five times.

Ferry Corsten

Ferry Corsten is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer. He is well known for producing many pioneering trance tracks during the 1990s and 2000s under his various aliases, including System F, Moonman, Pulp Victim and Gouryella. His 1999 single “Out of the Blue” was voted the third all-time greatest trance track in a 2011 poll by Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show. In 2013, he was voted the 21st greatest DJ of all time by readers of DJ Magazine.

Paul van Dyk

Paul van Dyk is a German DJ, musician, and record producer. One of the world’s leading trance artists, he is best known for his hit singles “For an Angel” and “Eternity.” He has also produced numerous remixes of popular songs, including Madonna’s “Ray of Light” and U2’s “Beautiful Day.”


Tiësto, born Tijs Verwest, is a Dutch DJ and record producer from Breda, North Brabant. He is known as the “Godfather of Trance”, and is also regarded as one of the world’s best DJs. He has been voted “The Greatest DJ of All Time” by Mixmag in 2002 and was voted number 1 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll four times, in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007. In 2013, he was ranked at number 3 on DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 DJs list.


Sasha is a Welsh DJ, record producer and Grammy Award winner. He was voted World No. 1 DJ in 2000 in a poll conducted by DJ Magazine. He has collaborated with John Digweed to form Sasha & Digweed, one of the most popular acts in trance music.


John Digweed is a British DJ, record producer and actor. He began DJing professionally at the age of 16, and has been known for his work in the electronic music genres of trance and progressive house since the early 1990s. In 1998, he founded the record label Bedrock Records with Nick Muir. His 1999 mix album, Tronic Rituals, was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2001, Digweed was voted the No. 1 DJ in the world by DJ Magazine.

Hernan Cattaneo

Hernan Cattaneo is an Argentine DJ and producer of trance and progressive house music. He is a three-time DJ Awards winner and a two-time nominee for the Grammy Awards. His style is characterized by melodic tunes and a deep, emotional sound.

John Digweed

John Digweed is often credited as one of the most influential DJs of the trance genre. Hailing from England, Digweed first made a name for himself in the early 1990s when he and Sasha were resident DJs at the world-famous Gatecrasher nightclub in Sheffield. The pair quickly rose to prominence in the global club scene and their weekly residency at Gatecrasher became legendary. In 1996, they founded their own record label, Bedrock, which has gone on to release some of the best-selling trance records of all time.

Digweed is also a highly accomplished producer, with many of his tracks being widely regarded as classics in the genre. His 2000 album, Transitions, is considered by many to be one of the best trance albums ever made. In recent years, Digweed has continued to be a major force in trance music, with his DJ sets and production work both receiving critical acclaim.

Danny Tenaglia

Danny Tenaglia is a New York City DJ, producer and remixer. He has been voted one of the world’s top DJs in various DJ polls and has headlined at clubs and festivals across the globe. Tenaglia’s musical style is house music with elements of techno, tribal and Latin music. He is known for his three-hour+ sets which often include marathon sets of over eight hours.

Christopher Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence is an American trance music producer. He has released five studio albums and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. Lawrence is considered one of the pioneers of the trance music genre and is one of the world’s top-selling trance artists.

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