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The 25 DJs That Rule the Earth

From stadium fillers to crossover kings and beat scientists

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It's a rave new world out there! Meet the 25 party-starters, beat-droppers, headliners and underground kings who rock the dance floor from Miami to Ibiza.

This list is from the November 22, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone.

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Tiësto

Based In: Breda, Netherlands
Age: 43

Before DJs were superstars in the USA, the Dutch trance legend (born Tijs Michiel Verwest – try pronouncing that with a pacifier in your mouth!) was a U2-size draw in Europe – dropping more-epic-than-Avatar synth bombs everywhere from Ibiza to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Now he rules just as large here – rocking festival mainstages with a sound that's evolved from shiver-inducing trance spirals toward chunkier electro-based grooves. And even though he makes a reported $20 million a year, he's not settling for the bajillion fans he already has. "Skrillex has a completely different fan base than I have," says Tiësto. "So I can win fans from him or other DJs. They know the name Tiësto, but they don't know what I spin!"