Best of The Best | The Top 5 Electro House Artists of 2013

Electro House Music is currently one of, if not the most popular genre of Electronic Dance Music. Most of the Mainstage’s at major festivals in 2013 have been dominated by top Electro DJ’s and the popularity of this genre seems to be almost unstoppable as it continues to penetrate every facet of the mainstream media.

Now, some people may be confused and not know the difference between Electro House and Progressive House, that’s okay! The reason I feel it’s important to explain the difference between the two genres is basically to minimize the backlash from those of you who might question why artists like Axwell, W&W, Nervo or any other big/popular DJ’s (who may play some electro in their sets) aren’t on this list.

The difference between Progressive House and Electro House

In the simplest terms, Electro house music is HARD house music highlighted by massive build ups, aggressive bass heavy drops and generally in the 127-130 BPM range, while progressive house is more popular (“mainstream”) house music with melodic and harmonic leads and verses, massive synths and generally catchy vocals (also in the 126-130 BPM range). Any one who has been to a festival or electro DJ’s concert understands how energetic and fun this genre of music is and OTB has compiled a list of the Top 5 Electro Artists of 2013.


There is always an infinite amount of varying opinions when it comes to a list of the top 5 or top (fill in number) of anything. Everyone believes in something different and that is the beauty about music and being an individual with different styles and tastes.

Factor’s We’ve Taken Into Consideration

When compiling the list of the 2013 Top 5 Electro DJ/Producers in the world, many factors were taken into consideration in order to create a list that could be understood by people (even though their opinion may be different). Some of these factors include, but are not limited to

1)   Productions – quality and amount

2)   DJ sets – quality and fan base (how many people attend your shows)

3)   Name recognition and longevity (are these djs established or have they established themselves this year as some of the best.)

While most of those factors listed are subjective, it is our duty to be as objective as possible and compile a list based on facts.

so without further ado…

Only The Beat’s Top 5 Electro House Artists of 2013

1) Hardwell


Originally I wanted to just put this DJ/ Producers name up here with no explanation because I felt it would be a waste of words and it would be self-explanatory. But, for those of you that do not know, any Top Electro DJ (or top overall DJ) list without this DJ would be blasphemous. Hardwell announced his arrival to the top of the Electro world in 2013 with a bang. From his high energy sets that leave everyone in attendance raging face and wanting more, to his unreal list of produced tracks, Hardwell has easily earned his way onto the list of top 5 Electro DJs. If you don’t agree watch his Tomorrowland 2013 set or his UMF 2013 set or his Tomorroworld set or…. any set of his period because his sets are a prime example of what it means top be at the top of your game.


To the right, to the right…


2) Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike


This year this Duo has been on fire, producing number 1 electro song after another. Just to demonstrate the onslaught of electro music these guys have produced this year I have compiled a list of some of these guys best tracks so it is understood why they are on this list.

1)   Mammoth

2)   Turn It Up

3)   Project T

4)   Wakanda

5)   Chattahooche

If that is not enough for you to put this duo in your top 5, think about this: Dimitri Vegas & Like mike were the face of Tomorrowland.

3) Nicky Romero


Energetic, fun ragers is all Nicky Romero seems to throw. Every set is full of life and adrenaline pumping electro music that keeps the crowd jumping from beginning to end. For anyone who has not seen Nicky Romero live imagine hundreds of people in the V mask from V for Vendetta, and thousands of dancing people all having a blast for an hour/hour and a half simultaneously. For me, Nicky’s live sets alone can put him on this list, but what’s more amazing is that although he doesn’t produce tracks with the frequency of many other producers today, the tracks he produces are high quality and stay relevant for a longer period of time (which is rare in the current EDM world). This year he has produced some amazing tracks (Legacy, Symphonica and S.O.T.U), but we still hear his older tracks (like Toulouse) with some frequency and that’s what makes this DJ/Producer so great.

4) Showtek


In the age of Music ADD, where we need a new song every other day, some of us may have forgotten that these guys may have produced two of the top 10 Electro songs of the year. With Cannonball, Get Loose and a slew of other phenomenal productions and collabs (Booyah, Hey, How We Do) this duo has truly raised the bar for all Electro DJ’s and Producers. Even those who “claim” to have never heard of Showtek, but have listened to any main stage DJs’ this year have heard a Showtek track or two and when the biggest DJ’s in the world are playing Showteks’ tunes, you know they are on top.

5) Afrojack


While many people may not like to believe that Afrojack belongs on this list, the bottom line is that any rankings of the top 5 Electro DJ/producers, without this man would be hard to take seriously. Many people don’t like the fact that Afrojack has went “mainstream” (which is a ridiculous statement because in order to go mainstream a whole lot of people have to buy into and love his music) and many more people think that he has gotten away from that “Afrojack” sound of old that won him so many fans (Pacha on Acid, Selecta, Bangduck). Having said all that, any person who truly knows electro house music understands that this year Afrojack has produced some phenomenal tracks that make him belong on this list. Ranging from hard electro (Air Guitar) and dark electro house (Griever) to the very massive electro anthems we know and love (Rocker, Yubaba) Afrojack makes sure that his musical productions are not limited in any way. Although, I do believe he is moving more in a progressive house direction, right now Afrojack belongs on this list because he is still one of the best to do it.


What’s your top 5 Electro DJ/Producer list for 2013 and how would you rank the artists? We would love to hear what you think! let us know in the comments section below!

Sam Storch

A recent grad from Rutgers University, Sam has been involved with DJing and music production since the age of 16!
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