The 25 DJs That Rule the Earth

From stadium fillers to crossover kings and beat scientists

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David Guetta
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6. David Guetta

Based In: Paris
Age: 44

No one has done more to make EDM part of the pop universe than David Guetta. The Paris-born DJ spent years honing his skills at underground clubs across Europe, throwing unforgettable bashes like his world-renowned "Fuck Me, I'm Famous" parties in Ibiza. It wasn't until 2009 that he made his move on the U.S. pop charts – producing the Black Eyed Peas' inescapable "I Gotta Feeling," one of the hugest chart smashes of all time. Guetta has gone on to orchestrate megahits featuring Usher, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson and more. You can hear his fingerprints all over tons of other artists' work, too: Whenever a Top 40 star starts singing a feel-good hook over a house pulse, they should probably consider cutting this guy a check. Things have certainly changed since those early days and late nights in Ibiza. "I remember going to full-moon parties that were free," he says. "People would take mushrooms and look at the moon and the stars, and you would have thousands of cars in the middle of nowhere. That's how it started." But Guetta isn't complaining: "Is this a huge phenomenon? Yes. Is this a good thing? It's wonderful."

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