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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437 136
Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance

2
246 98
Above & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Vocal trance, Electronic music, Uplifting trance

3
193 79
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

4
132 71
Ferry Corsten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electro, House music, Trance music

5
227 145
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

6
131 79
Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music

7
101 60
Oceanlab is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trance Artists
BenjaminBradshaw added Vocal trance, Electronic music, Uplifting trance

8
102 63
Solarstone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic music, Trance music

9
71 42
Rank 1 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic music, Trance music

10
87 58
Gareth Emery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic dance music, Trance music, Progressive house music

11
52 29
Gouryella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic music, Uplifting trance, Trance music

12
55 32
Shadmehr Aghili is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Pop music, Trance music

13
85 59
Robert Miles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Nu jazz, Pop music, Trip hop

14
37 19
Infected Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trance Artists
spiralx added Industrial rock, Electronic music, Electro house

15
46 29
Super 8 vs. DJ Tab is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added Trance, Progressive Trance

16
43 27
Gabriel & Dresden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trance Artists
House music, Electronic dance music, Trance music

17
44 28
Airwave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music, Progressive house music

18
21 9
Marlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added

19
22 12
RAM is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Snap Year added Trance

20
36 27
Arty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added

21
46 37
Orjan Nilsen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added House music, Trance music

22
57 48
Andy Moor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trance Artists
BenjaminBradshaw added Trance music, Progressive house music

23
57 48
Andrew Rayel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added Uplifting trance, Trance music

24
31 23
Faithless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trip hop, Electronic music, House music

25
36 28
Bobina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music, Progressive house music

26
39 31
Eric Prydz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Trance Artists
LesRidingin added Tech house, Electro house, House music

27
14 7
Jorn Van Deynhoven is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added

28
21 14
Ronski Speed is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added Trance music

29
38 31
Sasha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Trance Artists
House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat

30
47 41
Stoneface & Terminal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

31
33 27
Roger Shah is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Trance Artists
BenjaminBradshaw added Balearic beat, Chill-out music, Trance music

32
23 17
Talla 2XLC is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electronic body music, Trance music, Techno

33
21 15
Airbase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added Trance

34
17 11
Maor Levi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added

35
12 6
Robert Nickson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

36
49 44
Sean Tyas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

37
28 23
Enigma is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

38
22 17
George Acosta is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music, Progressive house music

39
10 5
Protoculture is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added

40
40 36
Sander van Doorn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Electro house, House music, Electronic dance music

41
38 34
Nadia Ali is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Trance Artists
House music, Electronic dance music, Trance music

42
33 29
Signum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

43
24 20
Art of Trance is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

44
23 19
Shane 54 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Pop music, Trance music

45
22 18
Sunny Lax is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music, Progressive house music, Techno

46
20 16
Judge Jules is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Trance music

47
19 15
Shogun is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Trance Artists
MarioArley added

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
51 49
Kaskade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Dubstep, Lounge music, Deep house