Doing it well? That's an entirely different story.
The crux of this statement can be explained simply by the words "Ableton" and "Live." Almost all of the acts you saw this year were probably utilizing the program in one way or another, but "how" and "for what" depends entirely on the artist in question. If you're feeling lazy, Live can be a little like playing a video game, except instead of Mario, you get to control your latest album. At its most dynamic, however, Live can act as a central hub for an entire band, while having enough functions to keep an octopus with a penchant for improvised techno happy. As we said, it all comes down to the user.
Unsurprisingly, the acts that fared best in our poll were those opening themselves up to the elements by taking risks and not relying too heavily on the computer—if at all. Laurent Garnier moved back into the live arena this year with the help of a six-piece band, while acts like Moderat and Fever Ray brought the mainstream success of their respective albums to the world's stages in much the same vein as an indie rock band.
The one thing that did unite all of the acts in the top ten, though, is sweat—physical or metaphorical. Because after all, if the artist you're dancing to is making it look easy, then it probably is.