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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
    Frankie Knuckles

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

    Garage house, Progressive house music, Tribal house More
    85
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    often listed
    Larry Levan

    80
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Peter Rauhofer

    House music, Electronic dance music More
    75
    added by: JoeyMills
  5. 5
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    Down 404

    controversial
    Junior Vasquez

    House music More
    74
    added by: JoeyMills
  6. 6
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    Peer Van Mladen

    Tech house, Electronic dance music, Electronica More
    73
    added by: predrag
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    often listed &controversial
    Carl Cox

    Acid house, Tech house, House music More
    70
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Armin van Buuren

    Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance More
    69
  9. 9
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    often listed &controversial
    David Morales

    House music More
    69
  10. 10
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Tiësto

    Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house More
    69
  11. 11
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    often listed &controversial
    Paul Oakenfold

    Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music More
    67
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    66
  13. 13
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Paul van Dyk

    Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music More
    65
  14. 14
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    controversial
    Sharon White

    64
  15. 15
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    often listed &controversial
    David Guetta

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop More
    64
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    often listed &controversial
    Tony Humphries

    63
  17. 17
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    Susan Morabito

    63
    added by: JoeyMills
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    controversial
    Fatboy Slim

    Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music More
    63
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    Hip hop music, Tech house, Electronic music More
    63
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    ranked high on reranks
    Michael Fierman

    62
    added by: MarcKeepper
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    controversial
    Robbie Leslie

    61
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    often listed &controversial
    David Mancuso

    61
    added by: ExpatMichael
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    61
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    controversial
    Abel Aguilera

    59
    added by: ChuckMcClain
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    controversial
    Joel Thomas Zimmerman

    Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house More
    58
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    57
    added by: JoshuaMaggio
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    Hip hop music, Electro, House music More
    57
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    2greendollars

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    55
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    controversial
    Manny Lehman

    House music More
    55
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    controversial
    Ferry Corsten

    Electro, House music, Trance music More
    55
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    controversial
    Todd Terry

    55
  32. 32
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    Tech house, House music, Progressive house music More
    55
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    controversial
    Tony Moran

    House music, Electronic dance music, Dance music More
    54
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    ranked low on reranks
    Sasha

    House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat More
    54
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    controversial
    Kaskade

    Dubstep, Lounge music, Deep house More
    54
  36. 36
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    Hard trance, House music, Trance music More
    53
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    controversial
    Michele Miruski

    House Music More
    53
    added by: terrier8
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    Acid house, Detroit techno, Techno More
    52
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
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    House music, Techno More
    51
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
  40. 40
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    Disco, House music, Electronic dance music More
    50
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    controversial
    Wayne G

    50
    added by: JoeyMills
  42. 42
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    Techno More
    49
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    controversial
    Timmy Regisford

    House music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music More
    49
  44. 44
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    Trance music More
    49
  45. 45
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap More
    48
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
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    controversial
    Joe Claussell

    48
  47. 47
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    Paul Goodyear

    48
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    Balearic beat, Electronic dance music, Drum and bass More
    47
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    Danny Krivit

    46
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    Electronic dance music, Dance music More
    46
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