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The Best Trance Artists 

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Updated January 16, 2020 10.2k votes 1.6k voters 165.4k views 200 items

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 current 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
Genre: Trance, House, Psytrance; Nationality: Netherlands
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Above & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Genre: Uplifting Trance, Progressive Trance, House; Nationality: German Democratic Republic, Germany
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Airwave is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Ferry Corsten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Genre: Trance, Progressive House, Progressive Trance; Nationality: Netherlands
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Oceanlab is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Genre: Progressive House, Trance, Pop; Nationality: Netherlands
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Robert Miles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Genre: Nu jazz, Pop music, Trip hop; Nationality: Italy
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Stoneface & Terminal... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Rank 1 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Solarstone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Gareth Emery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Genre: Electronic dance music, Trance music, Progressive house music; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Enigma is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Lom added Genre: New Age music, Electronic music, Trance music; Nationality: France
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Sasha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Genre: House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat; Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom
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Fragma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Faithless is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Super 8 vs. DJ Tab is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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PPK is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Gouryella is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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York is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trance Artists
Genre: Electronica, Acid House, Trance; Nationality: United Kingdom, England
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Age Of Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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Andrew Rayel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trance Artists
the_entranced added Genre: Uplifting trance, Trance music; Nationality: Moldova
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Klaus Schulz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trance Artists
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