But while RA has contributors from around the world that have picked our site's top jocks in the past, we decided to try something a bit different this year. We opened our top DJs poll to you—the RA users—to see who you felt was consistently rocking dance floors in 2008. So we set up a page, locked out all of the fake e-mail spamming street teamers and let you at it.
The results were overwhelming, with thousands of votes pouring in for DJs of nearly every conceivable genre. House, techno, trance, dubstep, electro, disco, indie and more: It's a list that has Tiesto rubbing shoulders with Mathias Kaden, Boys Noize with Theo Parrish and Damian Lazarus sandwiched right between Aeroplane and Armin Van Buuren. Ladies and gentlemen, your Top 100 DJs of 2008.
In an age where we can find out the name of our favorite DJ's pet parakeet, Ricardo Villalobos is a rare breed: A superstar DJ that we still know precious little about. Sure, tiny bits of information leak out every time that he grants a rare interview, but it's been a long time since we've had someone so famous remain such a mystery. Perhaps that's one reason that we love him: Forced to focus on the wondrous music he selects (and makes), we inevitably cast him in the role we want him to play. Floor filler? Undoubtedly. At his late 2008 gig at Fabric, you could barely step into the main room at 7 AM. Futurist? There's no other DJ making massive crowds dance to such defiantly strange house music. Romantic? Of course! Who else would play heartbreaking folk songs from Chile in the middle of his sets? The best DJ in the world in 2008? Yep, that too.