Bands/Musicians The Best Trance Artists  

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Widely known as one of the most popular genres of dance music and electronic dance music, trance first rose to prominence in the early 1990s in Germany. Trance artists are known 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 and the atmospheric sound is 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 that has become something separate from those genres.

So, who are the best trance artists? Any list of trance artists has to include the likes 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 music and their remixes for other artists are often more popular than the original songs. The best trance DJs 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 are the best trance artists. If you notice a trance DJ isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. 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 artist's music instead of just voting for the most popular trance music artists that you might've heard of.
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460 138
Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance

2
256 99
Above & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Vocal trance, Electronic music, Uplifting trance

3
201 81
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

4
138 72
Ferry Corsten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electro, House music, Trance music

5
133 79
Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music

6
233 153
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

7
104 60
Oceanlab is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trance Artists
BenjaminBradshaw added Vocal trance, Electronic music, Uplifting trance

8
106 63
Solarstone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic music, Trance music

9
75 42
Rank 1 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic music, Trance music

10
93 58
Gareth Emery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic dance music, Trance music, Progressive house music

11
57 33
Shadmehr Aghili is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Pop music, Trance music

12
52 29
Gouryella is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic music, Uplifting trance, Trance music

13
87 59
Robert Miles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Nu jazz, Pop music, Trip hop

14
47 28
Airwave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music, Progressive house music

15
48 29
Super 8 vs. DJ Tab is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added Trance, Progressive Trance

16
46 28
Gabriel & Dresden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trance Artists
House music, Electronic dance music, Trance music

17
38 21
Infected Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trance Artists
spiralx added Industrial rock, Electronic music, Electro house

18
23 9
Marlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added

19
23 12
RAM is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Snap Year added Trance

20
61 48
Andrew Rayel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added Uplifting trance, Trance music

21
39 28
Arty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added

22
41 31
Eric Prydz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trance Artists
LesRidingin added Tech house, Electro house, House music

23
46 36
Sander van Doorn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electro house, House music, Electronic dance music

24
58 48
Andy Moor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trance Artists
BenjaminBradshaw added Trance music, Progressive house music

25
37 28
Bobina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music, Progressive house music

26
46 37
Orjan Nilsen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added House music, Trance music

27
50 41
Stoneface & Terminal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

28
15 7
Jorn Van Deynhoven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added

29
31 23
Faithless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trip hop, Electronic music, House music

30
21 14
Ronski Speed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added Trance music

31
38 31
Sasha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Trance Artists
House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat

32
33 27
Roger Shah is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Trance Artists
BenjaminBradshaw added Balearic beat, Chill-out music, Trance music

33
23 17
Talla 2XLC is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic body music, Trance music, Techno

34
21 15
Airbase is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added Trance

35
17 11
Maor Levi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added

36
12 6
Robert Nickson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

37
49 44
Sean Tyas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

38
28 23
Enigma is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

39
24 19
Shane 54 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Pop music, Trance music

40
23 18
Sunny Lax is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music, Progressive house music, Techno

41
22 17
George Acosta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music, Progressive house music

42
54 50
Kaskade is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Dubstep, Lounge music, Deep house

43
10 5
Protoculture is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added

44
38 34
Nadia Ali is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Trance Artists
House music, Electronic dance music, Trance music

45
33 29
Signum is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

46
32 28
Alexander Popov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Trance Artists
BenjaminBradshaw added

47
24 20
Art of Trance is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

48
15 11
Jerome Isma-Ae is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

49
14 10
York is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Downtempo, Electronic music, Chill-out music

50
5 1
Astrix is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Trance Artists
JoãoFerreira added Psychedelic trance