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The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Disco, House music, Rhythm and blues

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    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

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


    Larry Levan

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    Acid house, Tech house, House music

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    House music

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    Junior Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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    Junior Vasquez House music

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    Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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    Paul Oakenfold Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music

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    Disco, House music, Electronic dance music

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    often listed & added by ExpatMichael

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    Hip hop music, Electro, House music

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    Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time


    Fatboy Slim Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

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    Hip hop music, Tech house, Electronic music

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    House music, Electronic dance music

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    Sasha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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    Sasha House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat

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    House music, Tribal house

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    Deep Dish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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    Deep Dish Rock music, Electronic music, House music

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    Tech house, House music, Progressive house music

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    Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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    Armin van Buuren Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance

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    Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time


    Paul van Dyk Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

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    Jeff Mills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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    Jeff Mills Techno

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    Acid house, Detroit techno, Techno

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    Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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    Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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

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    Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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    Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

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    Techno

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    Kenny Dope Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time


    Kenny Dope Gonzalez

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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap

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    Acid house

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    Hip hop music, Electro, Techno

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    Minimal techno, Detroit techno, Ambient music

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    Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

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    Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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    House music, Techno

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    David Guetta is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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    David Guetta Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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    House music

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    Joey Negro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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    Joey Negro House music

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    Electro, Electronic music, Techno

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