The Most Influential DJs of All Time Bands/Musicians
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The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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

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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
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    most listed
    Frankie Knuckles

    Disco, House music, Rhythm and blues More
    99
  2. 2
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    Garage house, Progressive house music, Tribal house More
    85
  3. 3
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    the people's #1
    Larry Levan

    80
  4. 4
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    Acid house, Tech house, House music More
    71
  5. 5
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    House music More
    69
    added by: JoeyMills
  6. 6
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    Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance More
    69
  7. 7
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    House music More
    69
  8. 8
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    67
  9. 9
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    Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house More
    67
  10. 10
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    Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music More
    66
  11. 11
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    ranked low on reranks
    Peter Rauhofer

    House music, Electronic dance music More
    66
    added by: JoeyMills
  12. 12
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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop More
    65
  13. 13
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    63
  14. 14
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    Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music More
    63
  15. 15
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    61
    added by: ExpatMichael
  16. 16
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    Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music More
    61
  17. 17
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    61
  18. 18
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    Hip hop music, Tech house, Electronic music More
    61
  19. 19
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    59
  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    Peer Van Mladen

    Tech house, Electronic dance music, Electronica More
    58
    added by: predrag
  21. 21
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    57
  22. 22
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    Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house More
    57
  23. 23
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    Hip hop music, Electro, House music More
    55
  24. 24
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    53
    added by: ChuckMcClain
  25. 25
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    House music More
    53
  26. 26
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    House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat More
    53
  27. 27
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    Susan Morabito

    53
    added by: JoeyMills
  28. 28
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    Tech house, House music, Progressive house music More
    53
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    Todd Terry

    51
  30. 30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kaskade

    Dubstep, Lounge music, Deep house More
    51
  31. 31
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    Electro, House music, Trance music More
    51
  32. 32
    Up 101
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    Hard trance, House music, Trance music More
    50
  33. 33
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    50
    added by: JoshuaMaggio
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    ranked low on reranks
    Michael Fierman

    49
    added by: MarcKeepper
  35. 35
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    House music, Electronic dance music, Dance music More
    48
  36. 36
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    House Music More
    47
    added by: terrier8
  37. 37
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    House music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    47
  38. 38
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    House music, Techno More
    47
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
  39. 39
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    Acid house, Detroit techno, Techno More
    46
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
  40. 40
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    Techno More
    46
  41. 41
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    Disco, House music, Electronic dance music More
    45
  42. 42
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap More
    44
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
  43. 43
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    Balearic beat, Electronic dance music, Drum and bass More
    43
  44. 44
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    43
    added by: DanPeters
  45. 45
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    43
  46. 46
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    Joe Claussell

    43
  47. 47
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    Trance music More
    43
  48. 48
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    Paul Goodyear

    42
  49. 49
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    Electronic dance music, Dance music More
    42
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    Danny Krivit

    42
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