The 20 Best DJ Mixes of 2019

A truly exceptional DJ mix isn’t just about moving a crowd, though it can certainly do that. As the past 10 years of streaming music have taught us, a great set can be just as powerful when heard through headphones at home as it is the middle of a crowded dancefloor. And with these new listening options, more experimental mixes—ambient, eclectic, heady, disorienting—have arisen alongside more habitual club fare. More than ever, the DJ mix is a medium for self-expression—for formulating ideas, making arguments, connecting dots, and capturing all kinds of emotion, from the most enduring to the most fleeting.