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The Most Influential DJs of All Time

List Criteria: "Influential" means they broke new ground and influenced the genres and subgenres of house, electronic, trance, & techno

The most influential DJs of all time, from the start of turntable culture to today, are all here in one list of the best DJs. Who are the most popular DJs of all time? The list of the most influential DJs in club culture history is subjective, but without a doubt these are some of the most famous DJs and some of the most influential electronic music pioneers of all time for you to vote on as the greatest DJ ever.

The popular DJs on this list include pioneers like Larry Levan as well as obvious choices like Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, and lesser known (yet equally influential) DJs like Tee Scott. These pioneering DJs represent an assortment of strains of dance music and isn't limited to just house, trance, and techno. These groundbreaking DJs are often cited as influences for some of the best dance music bands of all time.

What makes the best DJs? Who are the top electronic music DJs? Who are the best EDM DJs? This top influential DJs list is here to sort out these questions and help fans pick their choice for the most influential DJ ever. If your favorite famous DJ, whether a dance, trance, or EDM DJ isn't on the list, make sure to add their name so other fans can get to know all the greatest DJs in history.

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    most listed
    Disco, House music, Rhythm and blues

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 2333
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    the people's #1
    Garage house, Progressive house music, Tribal house

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    - 1351


    Acid house, Tech house, House music

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    House music

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    added by JoeyMills
    House music

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    - 586
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    Disco, House music, Electronic dance music

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  11. 11
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    - 888

    added by JoeyMills
    House music, Electronic dance music

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  12. 12
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    - 556

    often listed & added by ExpatMichael

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  13. 13
    + 1049
    - 710


    Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 759
    - 465


    Hip hop music, Electro, House music

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 953
    - 932


    Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 909
    - 650


    Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

    ) open
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    - 574


    Hip hop music, Tech house, Electronic music

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    + 742
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    Techno

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    + 644
    - 510

    often listed & added by FredinhoRickBones
    Acid house, Detroit techno, Techno

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  20. 20
    + 828
    - 650

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

    ) open
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    - 210

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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    - 226

    ranked low on reranks & added by FredinhoRickBones
    House music, Tribal house

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    Tech house, House music, Progressive house music

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    House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat

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    - 181

    added by jazmartin

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    - 159

    added by MarioArley
    Rock music, Electronic music, House music

    ) open
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    - 213


    Electronic music, House music, French house

    ) open
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    + 517
    - 205

    added by BarbaraAnnMeshi
    Minimal techno, Christian music, Electronic body music aka Cajmere, Curtis Alan Jones

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 512
    - 299

    added by FredinhoRickBones
    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 542
    - 411

    added by EricDoriean
    Derrick May

  31. 31
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

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  32. 32
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    - 350
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  33. 33
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    added by JoshuaMaggio

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  34. 34
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

    ) open
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    - 365
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  36. 36
    + 580
    - 367

    added by FredinhoRickBones
    House music, Techno

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    + 575
    - 286

    added by jazmartin
    Minimal techno, Detroit techno, Ambient music

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    + 352
    - 96

    ranked low on reranks & added by KervynMark
    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 362
    - 217

    added by BarbaraAnnMeshi
    Acid house

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  40. 40
    + 456
    - 156

    added by MarioArley
    Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 364
    - 380

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Joe Claussell

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    - 196
    ) open
  43. 43
    + 356
    - 179

    added by MarioArley
    Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

    ) open
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    + 388
    - 218

    added by jazmartin
    House music

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    + 389
    - 294
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  46. 46
    + 660
    - 988

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house

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  47. 47
    + 342
    - 285


    Electro, Electronic music, Techno

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    + 115
    - 180

    often listed & added by KervynMark

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    + 397
    - 332


    Danny Krivit

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    + 540
    - 672

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    ) open
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