This is not a radically different list from last year—every music scene has its mainstays of course—but the movers and shakers make for intriguing reading. House, techno and their myriad offshoots naturally represent the bulk of artists on the list, although disco veterans, dubstep selectors and Detroit mavericks all challenge the order. Whoever they were and wherever they came from, these were the DJs who packed dance floors, travelled the world and quite possibly changed some lives in 2010.
There's something comforting about seeing Ricardo Villalobs at #1 for the second time in three years. It means that you value a DJ willing to take risks. A DJ that doesn't court the media. A DJ that still plays vinyl almost exclusively. There is a cult about him, sure. But sometimes these things arise for good reasons. What made Villalobos particularly great in 2010? All of those aforementioned elements, in addition to a punishing schedule that saw him play just about anywhere (aside from an aborted gig in the United States at Movement) that matters in the world of electronic music. London, Berlin, Ibiza, Australia: All of these places and many more got to see just what makes Ricardo Villalobos your #1 DJ of 2010.