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Claude VonStroke named ‘America’s Best DJ’

In a surprising turn of events, Claude VonStroke has been named America’s Best DJ in Pioneer DJ and DJ Times’ annual poll. The rankings, which are based upon fan votes, both online and in-person, favored the beloved Dirtybird ringleader over such global powerhouses as Kaskade, The Chainsmokers, and Bassnectar.

It’s a fitting acknowledgement for VonStroke and crew, who have spent tireless years building Dirtybird into a formidable label and events curator. Beyond that, it’s a surefire sign of the changing tastes of dance fans in America. Last year’s winner, for instance, was Steve Aoki — that alone should speak volumes about how far we’ve come in just a year.

Of course, it’s also worth admitting that DJ rankings are inherently flawed and never truly paint the full picture. For one, the definition of a “DJ” has been so far obscured over time that it’s no longer clear what criteria these polls actually take into consideration. Secondly, with the prevalence of voting scandals — and sheer lack of nationwide participation — these rankings should always be taken with a grain of salt.

With that said, we’re quite delighted to see Claude VonStroke take home this honor.  Here’s what he had to say about the award:

“My fans are so kind hearted and amazing and I love them so much for creating such an awesome community where people feel safe and can have fun together. They voted for me to win over artists with huge radio hits and business machines which is so inspiring and surprising, for that I am truly humbled.” – Claude VonStroke

View the full rankings for America’s Best DJ below:

1st Place • Claude VonStroke

2nd Place • Kaskade

3rd Place • The Chainsmokers

4th Place • Bassnectar

5th Place • Skrillex

6th Place • Dillon Francis

7th Place • Diplo

8th Place • Markus Schulz

9th Place • JAUZ

10th Place • Porter Robinson

11. A-Trak

12. Seven Lions

13. Krewella

14. DJ Dan

15. Dubfire

16. Carnage

17. Jazzy Jeff


19. 3lau

20. GRiZ

21. RL Grime

22. Kill The Noise

23. Green Velvet

24. Tritonal

25. Justin Martin

26. Borgeous

27. Armand Van Helden

28. DJ Mustard

29. TJR

30. Skribble

31. Cash Cash

32. Flosstradamus

33. Kevin Saunderson

34. Maceo Plex

35. MK

36. Pretty Lights

37. Qbert

38.Soul Clap

39. 12th Planet

40. Danny Tenaglia

41. Mija

42. Victor Calderone

43. Lee Foss

44. AC Slater

45. BT

46. J.Phlip

47. Destructo

48. DJ Craze

49. DJ Shadow

50. Lauren Lane

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