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
    87
  3. 3
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    the people's #1
    Larry Levan

    83
  4. 4
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Carl Cox

    Acid house, Tech house, House music More
    75
  5. 5
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    House music, Electronic dance music More
    73
    added by: JoeyMills
  6. 6
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    House music More
    72
    added by: JoeyMills
  7. 7
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    House music More
    71
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    71
  9. 9
    Up 197
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    Disco, House music, Electronic dance music More
    70
  10. 10
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    Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance More
    69
  11. 11
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    Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music More
    67
  12. 12
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    Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house More
    67
  13. 13
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    66
  14. 14
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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop More
    65
  15. 15
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    Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music More
    64
  16. 16
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    64
    added by: ExpatMichael
  17. 17
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    Hip hop music, Tech house, Electronic music More
    63
  18. 18
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    No image
    62
  19. 19
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    Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music More
    62
  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    Peer Van Mladen

    Tech house, Electronic dance music, Electronica More
    62
    added by: predrag
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    62
  22. 22
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    62
  23. 23
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    61
  24. 24
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    Hip hop music, Electro, House music More
    59
  25. 25
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    Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house More
    59
  26. 26
    Up 177
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    House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat More
    58
  27. 27
    Up 186
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    Tech house, House music, Progressive house music More
    57
  28. 28
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    Susan Morabito

    57
    added by: JoeyMills
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    56
    added by: ChuckMcClain
  30. 30
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    House music More
    56
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    54
    added by: JoshuaMaggio
  32. 32
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    Dubstep, Lounge music, Deep house More
    53
  33. 33
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    Timmy Regisford

    53
  34. 34
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    ranked low on reranks
    Michael Fierman

    53
    added by: MarcKeepper
  35. 35
    Up 102
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    Hard trance, House music, Trance music More
    52
  36. 36
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    Electro, House music, Trance music More
    52
  37. 37
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    House Music More
    52
    added by: terrier8
  38. 38
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    House music, Techno More
    51
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
  39. 39
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    Techno More
    51
  40. 40
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    Acid house, Detroit techno, Techno More
    51
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
  41. 41
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    48
  42. 42
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap More
    48
    added by: FredinhoRickBones
  43. 43
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    48
    added by: DanPeters
  44. 44
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    Joe Claussell

    47
  45. 45
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    47
  46. 46
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    Paul Goodyear

    47
  47. 47
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    Electronic dance music, Dance music More
    47
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    Danny Krivit

    46
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    46
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    Trance music More
    45
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