Get ready to have a bitch and moan. The results of DJ magazine's Top 100 poll for 2006 are in.
And the results? Well, the fate of DJ Mag may still hang in the balance, but one thing is for certain - their readers love trance. Paul Van Dyk wins the top spot for the second year, while Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto trade places in the No. 2 and 3 spots. Tiesto telling fans not to vote for him didn't seem to work it seems. American voters can also pat themselves on the back for a job well done with LA's Christopher Lawrence rocketing up to take fourth position.
A new trend seems to be the mainstream nodding to psychedelic trance: Infected Mushroom and Astrix are up, and Simon Posford and DJ Skasi make appearances for the first time.
Progressive is still hanging in there: Sasha, John Digweed, Deep Dish and Hernan Cattaneo all lost ground but still finished in the top 20, while Sander Kleinenberg, Steve Lawler and Danny Howells continued their descent for a second year in a row.
Last year's "minimal invasion" proved to be short-lived. Richie Hawtin fell 21 places with none of his M_nus cohorts getting a look in. But good news for techno old hands John Acquaviva and Phil Kieran - new entries in the poll at 22 and 35.
Perhaps it's more important to talk about what's NOT there. Electrohouse is pretty much a no show, likewise drum n bass, breaks and deep house. Villalobos is not there, and neither are young guns Paul Woolford and Nic Fanciulli. Carl Craig fans will weep.
Big congratulations however must go to the ten or more new entries. Nope, we've never heard of Amadeus, Dion Mavath or Menno de Jong either. Please drop us a line and tell us who you are.