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The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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The most influential DJs of all time, from the start of turntable culture to today, is all here in one list of the best DJs. Who are the best 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.

This influential DJs list includes 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 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.

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

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    most listed &ranked low on reranks
    Frankie Knuckles

    Disco, House music, Rhythm and blues More
    99
  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    Danny Tenaglia

    Garage house, Progressive house music, Tribal house More
    85
  3. 3
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    Down 280
    80
  4. 4
    Up 702
    Down 467

    controversial
    Peter Rauhofer

    House music, Electronic dance music More
    74
    added by: JoeyMills
  5. 5
    Up 557
    Down 407

    controversial
    Junior Vasquez

    House music More
    73
    added by: JoeyMills
  6. 6
    Up 308
    Down 399

    controversial
    Carl Cox

    Acid house, Tech house, House music More
    71
  7. 7
    Up 350
    Down 387

    controversial
    Armin van Buuren

    Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance More
    70
  8. 8
    Up 341
    Down 375

    controversial
    David Morales

    House music More
    69
  9. 9
    Up 379
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    Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house More
    69
  10. 10
    Up 284
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    controversial
    Paul Oakenfold

    Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music More
    67
  11. 11
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    66
  12. 12
    Up 301
    Down 19

    ranked low on reranks
    Peer Van Mladen

    Tech house, Electronic dance music, Electronica More
    65
    added by: predrag
  13. 13
    Up 207
    Down 229

    controversial
    Paul van Dyk

    Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music More
    65
  14. 14
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    controversial
    David Guetta

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop More
    64
  15. 15
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Sharon White

    64
  16. 16
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    controversial
    Tony Humphries

    63
  17. 17
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    controversial
    Fatboy Slim

    Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music More
    63
  18. 18
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    Hip hop music, Tech house, Electronic music More
    63
  19. 19
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    controversial
    Susan Morabito

    62
    added by: JoeyMills
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    David Mancuso

    62
    added by: ExpatMichael
  21. 21
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    61
  22. 22
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    controversial
    Robbie Leslie

    61
  23. 23
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    Michael Fierman

    61
    added by: MarcKeepper
  24. 24
    Up 259
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    controversial
    Joel Thomas Zimmerman

    Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house More
    59
  25. 25
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    controversial
    Abel Aguilera

    59
    added by: ChuckMcClain
  26. 26
    Up 168
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    Hip hop music, Electro, House music More
    57
  27. 27
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    57
    added by: JoshuaMaggio
  28. 28
    Up 135
    Down 173
    Electro, House music, Trance music More
    55
  29. 29
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    controversial
    Manny Lehman

    House music More
    55
  30. 30
    Up 37
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    55
  31. 31
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    controversial
    Todd Terry

    55
  32. 32
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    controversial
    John Digweed

    Tech house, House music, Progressive house music More
    55
  33. 33
    Up 201
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    controversial
    Tony Moran

    House music, Electronic dance music, Dance music More
    54
  34. 34
    Up 136
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    controversial
    Kaskade

    Dubstep, Lounge music, Deep house More
    54
  35. 35
    Up 164
    Down 141
    House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat More
    54
  36. 36
    Up 99
    Down 129
    Hard trance, House music, Trance music More
    53
  37. 37
    Up 149
    Down 190

    controversial
    Michele Miruski

    House Music More
    53
    added by: terrier8
  38. 38
    Up 92
    Down 131
    Acid house, Detroit techno, Techno More
    52
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
  39. 39
    Up 79
    Down 54
    House music, Techno More
    51
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
  40. 40
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    Disco, House music, Electronic dance music More
    50
  41. 41
    Up 87
    Down 142

    controversial
    Timmy Regisford

    House music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    49
  42. 42
    Up 115
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    controversial
    Jeff Mills

    Techno More
    49
  43. 43
    Up 119
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    controversial
    Wayne G

    49
    added by: JoeyMills
  44. 44
    Up 127
    Down 157
    Trance music More
    49
  45. 45
    Up 104
    Down 122

    Joe Claussell

    48
  46. 46
    Up 22
    Down 34
    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap More
    48
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
  47. 47
    Up 57
    Down 83
    Balearic beat, Electronic dance music, Drum and bass More
    47
  48. 48
    Up 122
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    controversial
    Paul Goodyear

    47
  49. 49
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jonathan Peters

    Electronic dance music, Dance music More
    46
  50. 50
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    46
    added by: DanPeters
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