The world was feeling PLUR last year and the record sales are there to prove it. So here’s a shout out to some of our favorite EDM producers that not only struck gold in the studio, but also went platinum on the charts in 2012. And while not always the face of the track, they were the ones making magic – and hit records – behind the scenes. David Guetta’s name appears in this list an insane total of 5 times. (A song has to be sold at least one-million times to be certified platinum by the RIAA – no easy task!)
As one of the most influential tracks in the genre, Skrillex definitely deserves a record for the wall for it.
Guetta‘s motivational banger, featuring the singer Sia, saturated the air waves and went double-platinum during 2012.
Though she’s not a producer, she’s certainly a sweetheart of EDM. Plus this tune went triple-platinum and sparked some crazy remixes!
English singer Alex Clare teamed up with Diplo and Switch (a.k.a. Major Lazer) on this grimy, sexy hit.
We know, we know! He’s a rapper, but he got some help from Axwell on this one and it went triple-platinum.
For this triple-platinum dancefloor destroyer, his main sample was borrowed from Avicii (and the lovely Etta James).
Harris’s track was a festival anthem during the summer, and platinum seller all around.
While it’s been out for a while now, this song featuring Akon kept carrying momentum and went triple-platinum in 2012.
With Nicki Minaj featured on a massive beat, it’s no surprise people ate this double-platinum tune up.
This classic whipped up by Calvin Harris went quadruple-platinum and kicked off many kisses in 2012.
David Guetta was there with the beat to assist on this unstoppable double-platinum party starter.
With the help of Usher, this jam went double-platinum and inspired car-karaoke across the nation.
The DJZ/10 is a collection of ten DJs that we think you should know about now. Some of them are already familiar to you, others you may have never heard of. The list is not based on (1) a secret computer algorithm, (2) social media popularity, or (3) payola. Every month or so we get together to decide if somebody from the broader A…Z directory is about to break out and should be included in the DJZ/10, or if somebody already on the list, for that matter, is “phoning it in” and deserved to be replaced by another DJ who is more worthy.×