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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Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance

2
273 106
Above & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Vocal trance, Electronic music, Uplifting trance

3
212 84
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

4
149 76
Ferry Corsten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electro, House music, Trance music

5
138 84
Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music

6
108 63
Oceanlab is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trance Artists
BenjaminBradshaw added Vocal trance, Electronic music, Uplifting trance

7
241 164
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

8
80 43
Rank 1 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic music, Trance music

9
110 67
Solarstone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic music, Trance music

10
100 63
Gareth Emery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic dance music, Trance music, Progressive house music

11
92 62
Robert Miles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Nu jazz, Pop music, Trip hop

12
55 32
Gouryella is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic music, Uplifting trance, Trance music

13
52 31
Super 8 vs. DJ Tab is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added Trance, Progressive Trance

14
50 30
Airwave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music, Progressive house music

15
51 31
Gabriel & Dresden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trance Artists
House music, Electronic dance music, Trance music

16
57 37
Shadmehr Aghili is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Pop music, Trance music

17
42 24
Infected Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trance Artists
spiralx added Industrial rock, Electronic music, Electro house

18
28 15
RAM is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Snap Year added Trance

19
66 51
Andrew Rayel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added Uplifting trance, Trance music

20
23 12
Marlo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added

21
44 32
Arty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added

22
63 50
Andy Moor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trance Artists
BenjaminBradshaw added Trance music, Progressive house music

23
55 43
Stoneface & Terminal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

24
20 10
Jorn Van Deynhoven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added

25
45 34
Eric Prydz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trance Artists
LesRidingin added Tech house, Electro house, House music