Best of 2017: A year in review

2017 had it all.

From NTS Radio’s brilliant ‘Radio Ghibli’ special to the ‘Final Episode’ of Carl Cox’s infamous radio show ‘Global’, 2017 spoiled us with some of the finest examples of online radio in the world.

Data from 2017 has also shown us how much amazing and fascinating online radio lives on Mixcloud, from reggae and hip-hop to political podcasts and workout mixes.

Here’s a rundown of the what, where and why on Mixcloud in 2017:

The fall of jazz

Popularity of genres by year on Mixcloud in 2017

Overall, not much changed in listening habits between 2016 to 2017, with the top 7 genres on Mixcloud holding their position year-on-year.

But there was one very noticeable change last year. Jazz fell from the 8th most-listened to genre in 2016 to the 12th in 2017, its lowest position since at least 2012.

This probably has you asking…why? Well, this possibly has more to do with the growing popularity of other genres than the lack of love for jazz. Genres like R&B, urban and disco all increased in popularity over the past few years.

Conclusion? Don’t give up on jazz just yet!

California Jammin’

Most searched for genres in the US on Mixcloud in 2017

Did you know, in 2017 Californians were more interested in discovering reggae music than any other genre on Mixcloud?

Meanwhile, Massachusetts listeners were most interested in discovering R&B music and trance was the most searched for genre in Alaska.

State of the Union

Where genres were listened to the most on Mixcloud in 2017

With Trump dominating the headlines, 63% of all listens to politics-related shows in 2017 came from the United States. Australia, on the other hand, was responsible for 50% of all listens to shows tagged with ‘training’, aka workout mixes.

Another fascinating nugget from 2017 was the fact 68% of listens to tango shows came from Greece, a country where tango has massively increased in popularity over the past few years.

Go Greece!

‘And the winners were….’

2017 was another great year for our Online Radio Awards. It was perhaps the most diverse year yet, with 30 winners spread across a variety of categories, including three new awards for the ‘Rising Stars’ of online radio.

Remember, the Online Radio Awards is free to enter and is a fantastic opportunity for independent DJs, radio presenters and stations to get recognition for the amazing work they do throughout the year.

Find out more about the awards and the 2017 winners here.

Best of 2017

So which profiles came out on top when it comes down to the most listener minutes in 2017? Here are the number one profiles split by genre:

Most listened-to radio station: NTS Radio

Most listened-to label profile: Defected Records

Most listened-to magazine/blog: Stamp The Wax

Most listened-to beats and bass profile: DJ Blighty

Most listened-to dance profile: John Digweed

Most listened-to eclectic profile: DJ Dimsa

Most listened-to jazz/funk/soul profile: Jazzcat

Meanwhile, the biggest and best shows in 2017 were:

Most listened-to show in 2017: ‘Vol 23’ by Maestros del Ritmo


Most listened-to female show in 2017: ‘Yearmix 2016’ by Juicy M


Most favorited show in 2017: ‘Summer 17 Mix’ by Nathan Dawe


Thanks to all of our listeners, DJs, Podcasters and radio stations for an incredible year!

Mixcloud

Best of 2017: Dance

Most Listened To Dance

Whether it’s dark and moody techno or uplifting trance and progressive house, dance music’s meteoric rise all over the globe showed no signs of slowing down in 2017.

Mixcloud is not only home to the most successful dance DJs and selectors in the world, but it’s also a community of talented and emerging stars hoping to be the next-generation’s Carl Cox or Above & Beyond.

But which top 10 dance profiles did we spend the most minutes listening to on Mixcloud in 2017? Read below to find out.

This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per profile on Mixcloud.

10. Don Diablo


With a highly-anticipated album due in 2018, Don Diablo has fast-become one of the leading figures in the global EDM movement.

His weekly show ‘Hexagon Radio’ has reached its 150th episode, a deserving milestone for one of the busiest DJs on the circuit today.

9. Above & Beyond


Described by DJ Magazine as “the biggest DJ/production collective the UK has ever produced”, Above & Beyond have cemented their reputation as pioneers of dance music.

‘Group Therapy’, the trio’s weekly radio show, blends guest mixes with interviews and the finest ‘trance and progressive’ sounds, a combination which has won the group a loyal listeners from all over the world.

8. Carl Cox


Nine months ago and 722 episodes later, Carl Cox shocked the dance community when he announced the end to his legendary radio show ‘Global’.

Even so, the three-deck wizard still managed to rank in our top 10 most listened to dance profiles on Mixcloud in 2017, landing at number 8. Global might be no more, but it seems as though we just can’t get enough of Carl Cox.

7. Adam Beyer


Adam Beyer is without doubt one of the most formidable forces in dance music today.

His modern techno imprint, Drumcode, is recognised throughout the world as an authority on all things techno and his weekly radio show ‘Drumcode Radio’ treats fans to live recordings from Beyer’s seemingly endless globe-trotting tour.

6. Markus Schulz


Since Markus Schulz joined the platform, over 60 million minutes have been spent listening to his Global Radio Broadcast radio show on Mixcloud. To put it in perspective, that equates to over 114 years of non-stop music.

The numbers are phenomenal and go to show how the Miami-based DJ/producer has rightfully earned his place in trance royalty.

5. Nicole Moudaber


There’s no slowing down for Nicole Moudaber. 2017 has been a huge year for the unstoppable techno DJ and producer, with an insanely busy schedule taking her famous ‘MOOD’ brand all over the world.

Her weekly radio show ‘In The MOOD’, now in its third year, is just another example of why Nicole Moudaber is perhaps one of the most underrated DJs around today. Expect dark and ‘moody’ selections, whether recorded in the confines of a studio or live at one of Nicole’s many worldwide appearances.

4. DJ HACKs


Claiming the fourth spot in this year’s most listened to dance profiles on Mixcloud is DJ HACKs. The Tokyo-based DJ has become renowned for his yearly round-up of the biggest dance hits, from EDM and trance to house and future bass.

In fact, his ‘Best 2017 (So Far) Vol. 1’ mix was the third most listened to show on Mixcloud in 2017, which is no small feat for even the biggest names in the scene today.

3. Maestros Del Ritmo


Comprised of John Trend and the duo Dirty Nano, Maestros Del Ritmo are a Romanian collective currently taking the Mixcloud charts by storm with their monthly shows. The trio specialise in strictly the finest deep house and tech house, and clock up tens of millions of minutes on Mixcloud.

What’s more, their ‘Vol 23’ mix was the most listened to show on Mixcloud this year, which will help earn them even more loyal followers from around the globe.

2. DJ Stevie B


DJ Stevie B is proof, if ever it were needed, that you don’t need to be a superstar DJ to top the Mixcloud charts. Over 300 shows later, Germany-based Stevie B has captivated Mixcloud listeners with his eclectic blend of dance music, from melodic tech house to nu-disco.

With over 42,000 followers and counting, Stevie B’s rise to the top seems inevitable.

1. John Digweed


Taking home the number one spot in our most listened to dance profiles this year is UK veteran John Digweed. His weekly radio show, Transitions, is a staple in the dance community, broadcasting across 45 countries to a staggering weekly audience of 14 million.

This year, Digweed surpassed the 200,000 follower milestone on Mixcloud, making him one of the most followed artists on the platform. All the signs point to another successful year ahead, with Transitions destined to become the most listened to radio show on Mixcloud.

Congratulations John Digweed!

Best of 2017: Beats and bass

Most listened to beats and bass in 2017

From mumble rap to afrobeats, 2017 has seen a variety of genres break-through into the mainstream.

Mixcloud has always been the proud home to some of the world’s finest selectors of ‘beats and bass’, who regularly top our charts and shine a light on the best hip-hop, RnB, grime, dancehall and more.

But which DJs and selectors of ‘beats and bass’ did you listen to the most in 2017? Find out below.

This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per profile on Mixcloud.

10. Robbo Ranx

Robbo Ranx is a veteran when it comes to all-things dancehall. His ‘Dancehall 360’ radio show has become a staple in the scene and is the place to hear exclusive promos and the latest dancehall hits.

9. Emily Rawson

Not only did Emily Rawson deliver one of the most listened to female shows of the year with her RnB & Hiphop 2000-2005 mix, the London-based DJ was also one of the most listened to beats and bass selectors in 2017.

Expect throwbacks to the best eras of hip-hop and RnB, as well as the finest new grime, trap and more.

8. DJ Stylus

A recent member of our 1 million plays club, DJ Stylus is one of the hardest working DJs on the circuit right now. If he’s not out playing in clubs all over the UK, he’s at home recording new shows for his followers on Mixcloud, who have come to expect tightly mixed shows packed with R&B, afrobeats and hip-hop.

7. Mista Bibs

Mista Bibs makes topping the Mixcloud charts look easy. His ‘Block Party’ shows regularly find their way to the number one spots and feature the biggest new R&B, hip-hop and dancehall releases.

6. DJ P Montana

If dropping the 5th most listened to show in 2017 wasn’t enough, DJ P Montana has also claimed the 6th spot in our list of the most popular ‘beats and bass’ DJs on Mixcloud. The future looks promising for this London-based selector, who was recently listed in the ‘Top 50 most exciting DJs in the world‘ by Crack Magazine.

5. DJ Jukess

DJ Jukess has spent years establishing his reputation as a specialist in hip-hop and RnB, which has seen him play at some of the finest venues around the world alongside the likes of Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, YG, Akon, Skepta and more. 2018 shows no signs of slowing down for Jukess.

4. DJ Vadim

DJ Vadim is a prime example of what it takes to become one of the most popular profiles on Mixcloud. Whether it’s dedication to the cause, expert mixing or simply unrivalled selections, DJ Vadim clearly has it all. His party-inspired mixes combine everything from drum ‘n’ bass and dancehall to hip-hop and reggae.

3. DJ Arvee

With mixes featured on BBC 1xtra, BBC Asian Network and Capital Xtra, DJ Arvee has been in hot demand throughout 2017. And the numbers speak for themselves, with DJ Arvee racking up nearly 4 million plays on Mixcloud since he first joined the platform. Not bad, right?

2. Nathan Dawe

Not content with only having the 2nd most listened to show on Mixcloud in 2017, Nathan Dawe has also claimed the 2nd place spot for most popular ‘beats and bass’ profile this year. Jumping between house, hip-hop, grime and bassline, Nathan Dawe is without doubt one of the finest ‘multi genre’ DJs right now.

1. DJ Blighty

The number one spot this year goes to the prolific DJ Blighty, who is fast-emerging as one of the leading DJs in the scene right now. 2017 has been a huge year for DJ Blighty, who has clocked over 4 million plays on Mixcloud since joining the platform and is no stranger to the top of our global trending chart.

Best of 2017: Most listened to female shows on Mixcloud

Most Listened To Female Shows

Which female shows did you listen to the most in 2017? From four-to-the-floor mixes to relaxing lounge vibes, we’ve rounded-up the top 10 shows by female DJs and selectors, which you spent the most minutes listening to this year.

These shows might not have quite made it into our overall top 10 most listened to shows, but they deserve a special mention in our end-of-year ‘Best of’ lists nonetheless.

This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per show.

10. ‘Si – Dusk [enr40]’ by BØC


There’s a lot to like about Hungary-based DJ BØC. Whether it’s her uncanny ability to pick out the finest melodic electronica or her sheer talent at crafting an hour-long mix, BØC has spent the past few years building a legion of loyal followers on Mixcloud.

‘Si – Dusk’ aka ‘Experiment number 40’ is perhaps her best work yet; over 70 minutes of atmospheric techno and house, featuring huge tracks from Anton Boyar, Joris Voorn and more.

9. ‘My Fangtasy Vol 116’ by DJ Vampire


Whether it’s trance, EDM, deep house or old-school mashups, Prague’s Jana L aka ‘DJ Vampire’ is focused on one thing: dancefloor fillers designed to make you move.

In one of her most popular shows to date, she expertly blends classic remixes from Dario Nunes, anthems from Thomas Gold and more.

8. ‘Best of 2PM Mix’ by DJ MojA


Unless you’re a fan of K-pop, you’ll be forgiven for not knowing about DJ MojA. The Tokyo-based DJ has been quietly establishing herself as the go-to source for all things K-pop and K-hiphop on Mixcloud for the past few years.

7. ‘Ocean Spray’ by Ocean Spray


DJ Linny’s message is simple: “My passion is smooth jazz, R&B and of course lounge. Anything that makes you want to sit and chill after a hard day”.

August’s ‘Ocean Spray’ is DJ Linny at her best. Blending sunset grooves with relaxing house, expect over an hour of music you’ll want to listen to after a ‘hard day’.

6. ‘2017 New Year’s Dance Mix’ by DJ Chrissy


From Christmas sing-a-longs to dancehall club hits, DJ Chrissy’s shows have a habit of delivering the unexpected.

In her ‘2017 New Year’s Dance Mix’ she teams up with DJ Den Imasa to deliver new and old party anthems. It’s 80 minutes of guaranteed crowd favourites.

5. ‘BBC 1Xtra RnB & Hiphop 2000-2005’ by Emily Rawson


Emily Rawson is one of the UK’s most in demand DJs and promoters. Her club night, Supa Dupa Fly, ranks as one the biggest throwback Hiphop & RnB nights in the country, while her all female brand, Rock The Belles, is pushing gender boundaries in music by championing female DJ talent.

This ‘RnB & Hiphop 2000-2005’ mix is Rawson doing what she does best; taking listeners on a nostalgic trip back to the biggest hits of the era, from the likes of Aaliyah, Usher and Jagged Edge.

4. ‘In The MOOD – Episode 178 (Part 1)’ by Nicole Moudaber


Nearly 200 episodes in, ‘In The MOOD’ is fast-becoming one of the best techno radio shows in the world. Listeners tune in every week to hear Nicole Moudaber deliver her trademark techno grooves, whether it’s recorded in a studio or at one of her many live events.

Episode 178 (part 1) sees Moudaber go B2B with Dubfire and Paco Osuna, and was recorded live from the Resistance Closing party. Another example of why she’s one of the finest DJs on the circuit right now.

3. ‘Best Before: Maya Jane Coles’ by Maya Jane Coles


2017 has been a crucial year for Maya Jane Coles. Her ambitious double LP ‘Take Flight’ won her new fans in the dance world, while tours in Ibiza, the US and at home in the UK, kept the London-based DJ-producer busy throughout the year.

In this mix, recording live for Channel 4’s Best Before show, Maya Jane Coles shows off her strength at combining dark, hard-hitting techno with lighter shades of house.

2. Defected In The House Radio Show: Sam Divine Takeover’ by Sam Divine


The Defected In The House Radio Show has become a staple for dance fans all over the world, mostly thanks to its host, Sam Divine.

You’ll struggle to find a more passionate fan of house music than Divine. Better still, she’s simply a brilliant DJ, which you can find out for yourself in this special ‘takeover’ episode of the Defected radio show. The show features a live recording of Divine’s killer debut headline set at Ministry Of Sound.

1. ‘Yearmix 2016’ by Juicy M


Regularly topping the Mixcloud charts, Juicy M is a familiar name among Mixcloud listeners who favour everything from electro house and dubstep to bass and trap.

The Barcelona-based DJ has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the best dance-selectors on Mixcloud and her “Yearmix 2016′ show is perhaps her best yet. Delivering on all the things you want from a year tribute mix, this show is packed with party anthems and club hits all the way to the end.

Best of 2017: Most listened to shows on Mixcloud

Mixcloud Most Listened To Shows

2017 had it all. The legendary Carl Cox called an end to his Global radio show, while the likes of NTS Radio continued to pioneer online radio with original shows such as ‘Radio Ghibli‘.

But which shows did you listen to the most in 2017? All is revealed below in our list of the overall top 10 most popular shows this year. This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per show.

And while you’re here, why not check out the most listened to shows by female DJs and selectors in 2017? They might not have quite made it into the overall top 10 most listened to shows, but they deserve a special mention in our end-of-year ‘Best of’ round-up.

10. ‘The Block, Tel Aviv 22.09.2017’ by Richie Hawtin


ENTER boss and all-round techno pioneer, Richie Hawtin, shared this brilliant live recording of his set at The Block in Tel Aviv.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what the Canadian DJ-producer had to say about the mix: “The night was a perfect synchronous moment between the audience and I, immersed together in warm frequencies emanating from a sound system impeccably curated by the clubs owner”.

Sounds about right to us.

9. ‘Global 722 – The Final Episode’ by Carl Cox


The three deck wizard shocked the dance community when he announced the end to his ground-breaking radio show, Global. But not all was lost because we were left with this seminal show with a track-list spanning three decades of music.

8. ‘Summertime Vol. 8’ by DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK


DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK’s ‘Summertime’ series is a highlight of the year for hip-hop heads all over the world. Volume 8 dropped at the start of July and immediately topped our charts, with its slick blend of retro and soulful vibes.

More of the same please.

7. AMMONA Mix 2017′ by BZMR


With 60 minutes of non-stop club anthems and EDM hits; it’s no surprise this AMMONA show has racked up over 100,000 plays and climbed to the eight most-listened to show of 2017.

6. ’90s VS 2000s Hip Hop Mixtape My Favorite Rappers’ by DJ Vadim


You can always rely on DJ Vadim to deliver. A veteran of Mixcloud, the Russian-born producer-DJ is famous for his tight blends of reggae, hip-hop and anything that will make you bounce.

Tune into his ’90s VS 2000s’ mixtape to hear what all the fuss is about.

5. ‘February 2017 R&B & Hip Hop Mix’ by DJ P Montana


It’s been a phenomenal year for the London-based DJ, who has been a driving force behind the afrobeats sound sweeping over the capital.

His Mixcloud shows have become the definitive source for new R&B, afro-bashment and hip-hop, and show off his unrivalled skills as one of the finest selectors for today’s generation.

4. ‘Best of 2016 End of Year Mix’ by DJ Arvee and DJ Stylus


UK-based DJ Arvee and DJ Stylus teamed up for this special 2016 end of year show, featuring the biggest tracks in R&B, hip-hop, grime and house.

But topping the Mixcloud charts isn’t exactly a rarity for this prolific pair, with DJ Arvee and DJ Stylus both dropping mixes year-round that regularly feature in our No.1 spots.

3. ‘Best 2017 (So Far) Vol.1’ by DJ HACKs


Claiming third place in this year’s most listened to shows on Mixcloud is Japan’s DJ HACKs. Expect (some of) the year’s best uplifting pop and EDM from the Tokyo-based DJ, who has developed a keen ear for the sounds topping the pop charts all over the world.

2. ‘Summer 17 Mix’ by Nathan Dawe


When you’ve been booked to play in no less than five venues on NYE, you’re probably doing something right. Nathan Dawe is clearly a DJ in high demand and has built a solid reputation for delivering huge shows on Mixcloud, spanning house, grime and hip hop.

This ‘Summer 17’ show is a prime example of why all the hype is justified. Nathan mixes big bassline anthems with hip-hop re-edits and grime, helping him climb to the 2nd spot in this year’s most listened to shows.

1. ‘Vol 23’ by Maestros del Ritmo


No other mix has accumulated as many minutes on Mixcloud in 2017 as ‘Vol 23’ by the Romanian-based trio Maestros del Ritmo.

Comprised of John Trend and duo Dirty Nano, Maestros del Ritmo have amassed a dedicated following in their homeland, who have come to expect the biggest deep house and tech house floor-fillers from the trio.

This show features some of the year’s biggest dance anthems, from the likes of Martin Garrix, Axwell and Clean Bandit. Congratulations Maestros del Ritmo!

Ministry of Sound thanks you!

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As you may or may not know, Ministry of Sound was included in our Best of 2014 Top Dance Music chart. To express their gratitude to everyone who supports, enjoys and follows them,  they have compiled a special celebratory mix of their favourite tunes from 2014!

We hope you enjoy their mix as much as we do!

If you’re not subscribed to their channel yet, you now know where to find them!

And we invite you to discover all the other wonderful categories of our Best of 2014 series.

Mixcloud Best of 2014: Crate Diggers

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Next in our Best of 2014 series are the crate diggers. They seem to be a rare breed but still going strong!  Surely this list of top 25 crate diggers will catch your attention.

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11. *CLONE FUNK

12. Reggae Revolution Radio Show

13. Dub Hi Fi

14. TJ-KID (The True Jazzchild)

15. Soulsearching: Michael Ruetten

16. Pete Smith (Planet Records)

17. MUKATSUKU

18. The Soul Preacher

19. Chris Read (MusicofSubstance)

20. Dust & Grooves

21. Dubwise Garage

22. The Jazz Pit

23. HeavySoulBrutha

24. Kieran Lockyear

25. DJ Andy Smith