The 2 (or 3) Songs DJs Most Often Mixed Together in 2016

Ever wondered what songs other DJs are mixing together? How unique or common are these mixes? In this article we reveal some of the most commonly mixed tracks and sequences in 2016. Keep reading for the full data and mix details!

Kado’s Insights Into DJ Sets

After being a beta tester on the Kado software this year, I got a chance to chat with Ean and his team about some of the data they were starting to gather on DJ sets. Because they’re pulling from an ever-increasing list of DJ sets, I wanted to know if they’d be able to go beyond simple track-based recommendations and find out trends in DJ sets overall.

The Kado team took these questions and built some of them into an end-of-year insights report called “A Year On The Decks“.

What Two Songs Did DJs Most Commonly Transition Between?

For this data, the Kado team first looked at what they consider “Pro DJs” – or professionals who are playing big gigs, festivals, large clubs. These are not resident DJs or mobile DJs – they’re touring DJs.

The most common two-song transitions for this set of Pro DJs were as follows (descending by number of unique DJs who played these transitions):

  • Chocolate Puma – “Listen To The Talk” > Firebeatz & Schella – “Dat Disco Swindle”
    DJs who played this transition include: Benny Benassi, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Bassjackers, and more.


into

  • Skrillex & MUST DIE! – “VIP’s” > Getter & Ghastly – “666!”
    DJs who played this transition include: Major Lazer, Sidney Samson, Annie Nightingale, Getter, Jayceeoh, and more.
  • Dirty Audio & Rickyxsan – “Gettin’ That”  > Antiserum & Mayhem & Gent & Jawns – “Where You Been? (Acappella)”
    DJs who played this transition include: The Chainsmokers, Ookay, Jack Ü, K Theory, Boombox Cartel, Dirty Audio
  • Wolfpack & Warp Brothers – “Phatt Bass 2016” > Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. W&W’ – “Arcade”
    DJs who played this transition include: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Wolfpack, Andrew Rayel,
  • Future – “Fuck Up Some Commas” > Keys N Krates – “Dum Dee Dum (NGHTMRE Remix)”
    DJs who played this transition include: Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Diplo, Party Favor, Brillz, Dillon Francis, Keys N Krates, DJ Mustard

Looking at their entire collection of DJ sets in 2016, the Kado team instead looked at their own users – not the main room / festival headlining DJs above. This means a lot of real working club/mobile DJs mixes are included – and the two-song combo results are more predictable:

  • Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” > Robin Thicke feat Pharrell Williams – “Blurred Lines”


into

  • Daft Punk – “Get Lucky” > Robin Thicke feat Pharrell Williams – “Blurred Lines”
  •  Rihanna Feat Drake – “Work” > Drake Feat Beenie Man – “Controlla”
  •  Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” > Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”
  •  DNCE – “Cake By The Ocean” > Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” 

What 3 Song Vignettes / Sequences Did Touring DJs Most Commonly Mix Together?

I thought it would be amazing to take this exact same idea and go one layer deeper. Many DJs talk about vignettes, clusters, or sequences of songs when putting together a set. Touring DJs do this as well – so I also asked the Kado team to find out what the most common three-song sequences were mixed together. They were only able to pull out a single three song combo as the top sequence:

  • Drake – “Hotline Bling (Ookay Remix)” > Soulja Boy “Crank That” > Major Lazer & DJ Snake – “Lean On (Ookay It’s Lit Bootleg)”
    DJs who played this sequence: Flosstradamus, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland, and more

The Most Popular Genres

Interestingly, genres that DJs have played have also changed this year versus last:

There’s also a predictable genre gap between Traktor and Serato users:

The Most Popular Remixes and Remixers?

The Kado team also shared some of the most popular remixes that were played in 2016 – here’s the top 3:

1. SUPERSYTLIN’ (RIVA STAR EDIT) – GROOVE ARMADA
Played more than 655 times by 500 DJs including Roger Sanchez, Steve Angello and Mark Knight

2. I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) – MIKE POSNER

Played 639 times by 302 DJs including Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Laidback Luke and Carl Cox

3. FUEGO (JULIAN JEWEIL REMIX) – DUBFIRE & OLIVER HUNTEMANN

Played 456 times by 390 DJs including Max Graham, Tocadisco and Markus Schulz

Keep Reading: The Most Original + Most Boring DJs in 2016

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  • Noneofyourbeezwax

    Omg the threads under each article on DJTT these days are pure salt.

    Get an actual life and love the music you love. Without putting other peoples choices down. To the purists, your day will come again… the fake DJs of today will be gone soon and true art will become “cool”. But until then just calm your technics and at keep your elitism in your DJ bag

  • Kyler Killips

    man i wish the genre numbers were true in my area. every rave i go to is dubstep and trap. however i am on the come up as a house dj

  • t jones

    arrrrrrrggghhhhh, wow, this kind of stuff makes me want to scream….utter bull… get a life!

  • John

    wow. No wonder I can get gigs so easy.
    DJ’s SUCK AT MUSIC SELECTION SOOOOO BAD.
    (Hit: you dont need anything but vinyl from ’74-’89. Basically in any genre)

    • Ezmyrelda Andrade

      If you only played music from 74-89, I’d think your music selection sucked.. regardless of how good that music was.

      • Kerem Say?n

        I disagree. Having witnessed House/Acid House Scene of the late eighties, i’m convinced that contemporary House Music sucks. House Music of today has neither spirit nor energy.

        • Ezmyrelda Andrade

          Ok, but you’re taking my statement about all music and applying it to your definition of a very specific genre. If all you played was contemporary house music I would say your taste in music sucked too.. Point being.. If you confine your collection to any decade, or any genre.. I’ll think your taste in music sucks.

    • elsupertai

      Oh look, another self absorbed DJ who thinks he’s special for not knowing any music from the last 25 years.

  • ithinkmynameismoose

    Cause Traktor users not only use the better program but we listen to better music as well.

  • Kurtis P

    I like the idea of gathering data on dj sets, and I hope this is just the beginning. Like others, I’d love to be able to search particular genres or a particular list of djs.

    I do find the provided information hilarious. All these big room djs mixing the exact same records together. Just shows how entirely unoriginal that whole scene can be.

    • Marquee Mark

      yes, big data has finally come to dj sets. The results are nothing short of hilarious!
      I agree if we could filter the data somehow, maybe even excluding big room and mainstream djs from the mix, it would be much more fascinating

      • Spacecamp

        Good feedback guys- I’ll pass this along to the folks over at Kado for future data projects they do!

        • Ztronical

          Must have Windows or mobile,
          Or I pad version, I almost want to by a Mac just so I too can Kado

          • TKap

            I am a Kado user and I can say that for the time being it is not so useful for djs that play less mainstream music.
            I hope this will improve in the future by adding more data.

          • Spacecamp

            Interesting – what type of “less mainstream music” do you play?

          • TKap

            Trip hop, soul, some jazz etc. I also play a lot of Greek music – which is tottaly understandable to have very little data.

            The main idea behind Kado is great, and also the app is very well built but from my experience (based on the music styles I play) it’s much more helpful for House or similar styles.

          • Ezmyrelda Andrade

            If Kado can’t make recommendations.. It’s pretty safe to say.. that’s less mainstream music.

          • Ztronical

            Yeah one of my problems is I seem to always skip mainstream, I dig for obscure and much of my taste in music is weird to most, and that is not just one genre, I like odd old punk, alternative/eclectic, stuff with a trippy sound, actually I like a lot, but I seem to always miss the popular and still good music, I go too far into the rabbit hole, an app like Kado might be just what I need to get a better mix.

  • Marquee Mark

    unique set of data here but I wish there was a way you all could show the top transitions from DJs who I care about in addition to these top-of-the-pops results

  • calgarc

    I don’t know any of this music C:

    • Oddie O'Phyle

      Same. I recognize Keys N Kate, but that’s about it. I look at it as a good thing. Who wants to sound like everybody else?