The Best Independent Dance Labels of 2018, According to Billboard


Independent labels are a driving force in dance music. To recognize their contributions and success in 2018, Billboard Dance has made a list of its five best indie labels from the genre.

Check out their picks below and read the full article here.


“Each voice on the label speaks loud and strong in a variety of moods and styles, and we applaud Anjunabeats for its tireless efforts to bring quality to dance floors around the world.”

Notable artists: Above & Beyond, Mat Zo, Andrew Bayer

Armada Music

“The Netherlands-based label achieved a global presence in 2018 and was a frequent visitor on key charts, streaming playlists and radio stations, particularly in North America.”

Notable artists: Loud Luxury, Lost Frequencies, Armin van Buuren


“Formed in 2014, the indie hosts a small staff of 10 people, but puts up numbers that can compete with indie-majors due to its thorough understanding of artist development, touring, and branding.”

Notable artists: San Holo, DROELOE, Taska Black

Mad Decent

“… this independent outfit solidifies itself as one of the funniest, most innovative and well-rounded labels in the business.”

Notable artists: Diplo, TroyBoi, GTA


“The independent label has also earned 1.5 billion total streams across its catalog this year, and that’s excluding its gains on Chinese DSPs like Netease and Tencent.”

Notable artists: Conro, Slander, Noisestorm

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