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List Rules "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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2,567 1,372
Frankie Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Frankie Knuckles Disco, House music, Rhythm and blues

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2,424 1,808
Danny Tenaglia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Danny Tenaglia Garage house, Progressive house music, Tribal house

3
1,494 981
Larry Levan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

4
1,994 1,417
Carl Cox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Carl Cox Acid house, Tech house, House music

5
1,290 967
Little Louie Vega is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

6
1,263 1,085
David Morales is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
David Morales House music

7
1,413 895
Junior Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added Junior Vasquez House music

8
764 648
Francois Kevorkian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

9
832 654
Tony Humphries is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

10
976 626
Todd Terry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Todd Terry Disco, House music, Electronic dance music

11
1,240 768
Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Paul Oakenfold Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music

12
541 612
David Mancuso is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
ExpatMichael added David Mancuso

13
1,074 716
Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Fatboy Slim Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

14
1,163 1,000
Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Armin van Buuren Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance

15
851 519
Armand Van Helden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Armand Van Helden Hip hop music, Electro, House music

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1,130 1,150
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Tiësto Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

17
1,338 699
Sasha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Sasha House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat

18
813 636
Erick Morillo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Erick Morillo Hip hop music, Tech house, Electronic music

19
605 222
Derrick Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added Derrick Carter

20
1,230 952
Peter Rauhofer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added Peter Rauhofer House music, Electronic dance music

21
1,349 718
John Digweed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
John Digweed Tech house, House music, Progressive house music

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637 274
Roger Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Roger Sanchez House music, Tribal house

23
699 210
Deep Dish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Deep Dish Rock music, Electronic music, House music

24
966 694
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Paul van Dyk Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

25
838 655
Jeff Mills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Jeff Mills Techno

26
590 414
Frankie Bones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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642 252
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Afrika Bambaataa Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

28
987 253
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

29
711 548
Kevin Saunderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Kevin Saunderson Acid house, Detroit techno, Techno

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571 249
Green Velvet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Green Velvet Minimal techno, Christian music, Electronic body music - aka Cajmere, Curtis Alan Jones

31
434 315
Juan Atkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Juan Atkins Hip hop music, Electro, Techno

32
665 318
Richie Hawtin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added Richie Hawtin Minimal techno, Detroit techno, Ambient music

33
483 125
Grandmaster Flash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
KervynMark added Grandmaster Flash Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

34
607 436
Derrick May is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
EricDoriean added Derrick May Techno

35
628 331
DJ Jazzy Jeff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added DJ Jazzy Jeff Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap

36
530 379
Kenny Dope Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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414 246
DJ Pierre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
BarbaraAnnMeshi added DJ Pierre Acid house

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458 214
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added The Prodigy Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

39
750 680
Ralphi Rosario is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoshuaMaggio added Ralphi Rosario

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574 185
The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added The Chemical Brothers Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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431 255
DJ Sneak is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added DJ Sneak House music

42
606 407
Victor Calderone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Victor Calderone House music, Techno

43
864 1,560
David Guetta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
David Guetta Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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442 366
Danny Krivit is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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346 208
Sven Väth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JeffreyBeauchamps added Sven Väth House music, Electronic dance music, Trance music

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381 407
Joe Claussell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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391 307
Joey Negro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Joey Negro House music

48
760 1,052
Deadmau5 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Deadmau5 Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house

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133 208
Timothy Regisford is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
KervynMark added Timmy Regisford

50
386 307
Dave Clarke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Dave Clarke Electro, Electronic music, Techno