The 25 DJs That Rule the Earth

From stadium fillers to crossover kings and beat scientists

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Daft Punk

Daft Punk
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Based In: Paris
Ages: 38 (Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo), 37 (Thomas Bangalter)

Even though they haven't released a real dance track in years, the French robot duo loom larger over this list than anyone. Their 2007 tour, featuring a massive illuminated pyramid, set the stage for today's over-the-top events like the Electric Daisy Carnival, and their 1997 album Homework and 2001 LP Discovery are dance music's Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road. A new disc is in the works, according to Chic's guitarist Nile Rodgers, who recorded with the pair earlier this year. "The vibe between us is so powerful," Rodgers said. "Working with them was as good as anything I've ever done. It's as great as being in the studio with Bowie."

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