Kado, a website currently in beta dedicated to compiling and recommending tracks based on its users’ unique preferences, has just come out with a comprehensive list of the best and worst tracks, artists, sets, transitions and more for the 2016 calendar year. Dubbed the “Year On The Decks,” the list takes into account over 200,000 DJ sets from the site’s users and setlists found online, “to create a review of the DJ world.”

Out of the 201,300 sets analyzed, Kado found 1,330,772 total tracks played with 2,576,125 transitions made between them. The site looked at each of the most famous DJs in the roster, giving them an originality score based on how often they play the same tracks between sets and how many other DJs are playing those songs.

According to their results, the three most original DJs in 2016 were Hernan Cattaneo, Dave Clark and Noisia. On the other end of the spectrum, the three most “boring” DJs who played the same tracks the most amount of times were none other than DJ Snake, Yellow Claw and Galantis.

Kado calculated the setlists to find the artists whose original tracks were played out the most by DJs throughout the year, and found – unsurprisingly – that The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Rihanna and Major Lazer were at the top of the list. As far as remixers went, flips from Claptone, Don Diablo, Purple Disco Machine and Tiësto came out on top. Check out the two graphics below to see the rest of the most popular DJs in their respective categories.

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As the end-of-year charts have already shown in overwhelming numbers, the top three most played tracks of 2016 were Drake’s “One Dance,” The Chainsmokers and Halsey’s “Closer” and DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s “Let Me Love You.” The most played remixes were Riva Star’s edit of Groove Armada’s “Superstylin’,” Seeb’s remix of Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza,” and Julian Juweil’s remix of Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann’s “Fuego.”

Perhaps the most interesting finding by Kado was the most played transition of the year. According to data strictly found through published setlists of touring DJs, the transition between Chocolate Puma’s “Listen To The Talk” and Firebeatz and Schella’s “Dat Disco Swindle” was performed by the most DJs in 2016, specifically Benny Benassi, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Pandaboyz.

Finally, Kado broke down the genres most played throughout the year. As a series of pie charts indicates, electro house and trance saw the biggest decline from 2015, with deep house, hip hop and drum and bass seeing the most significant rises.

Check out the charts below, and head over to Kado’s “Year On The Decks” for more.


Source: Kado | Image: Rory Kramer