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The Best Trance Artists

List RulesTrance DJs and artists only.

Widely known as one of the most popular genres of electronic dance music, trance first rose to prominence during the early 1990s in Germany. Trance artists are recognized for the up-and-down nature of their songs, which culminates in a big build with a soft breakdown and melodic phases. Many trance songs don't have lyrics and are purely instrumental, featuring an atmospheric sound that's a hit with clubgoers. The best trance DJs have spun all over the world, and their club shows often run till the wee hours, leaving fans clamoring for more. Though trance music takes elements of techno, house and chill-out, it's a stand-alone genre.

So, who are the best trance artists? Any list of trance artists has to include the names Armin Van Buurin, Above & Beyond, Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Gareth Emery, and Tiesto. These DJs are widely known as some of the best trance artists in the world, and with good reason. People love dancing to their beats, and their remixes for other artists are often more popular than the original tracks. The top trance DJs and singers are some of the most popular music artists in the world, and with the growth of dance music, don't expect to see that change any time soon.

That said, it's up to you to determine who the best current trance DJs and old school trance artists are. This list answers the questions "who are the best trance music artists of all time?" and "who is the greatest trance music musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the bands' edm music (albums and songs) instead of just voting for the most popular or famous trance music artists that you might've heard of.