Van Buuren began his career as a DJ in the nightclub, Nexus, where he used to play 7-hour sets. When he was just 20 years, “Blue Fear” made it into the UK Singles Chart, which helped the DJ become famous. Two years later, he founded his own label. Soon Armin’s name made it into the charts with the new track “Communication”. It became a hit on Ibiza in 1999 and reached the 18th spot on the UK Singles Chart
In the summer of 2003, Armin Van Buuren celebrated the 100th episodes of a famous electronic music radio show, A State of Trance, with the release a debut LP, 76. The album contained 13 songs, the total time of which was 76 minutes. The same year, the DJ made it to the third position of the top-100 DJ list according to the fans’ opinion in the DJ Magazine. He stayed on the list for two years. Many organizers wanted to book Armin Van Buuren for private events.
In 2007, DJ Mag called Armin the best DJ in the world. Next year, he earned one of the most wanted pop artist awards in the Netherlands, Buma Cultuur Pop Award. The same year, Van Buuren released the third LP, Imagine, which immediately topped the national Dutch chart.
In 2009, three labels, Foreign Media Games, Cloud 9 Music, and Armada released a music game Armin van Buuren: In the Mix for Wii, which allowed the fans to create their own DJ sets. A year later, the artist released his third LP, Mirage, which featured such popular tracks as "This Light Between Us" and "Full Focus". The album reached high spots on European charts.