The Most Influential DJs of All Time

Over 14.2K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Most Influential DJs of All Time
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DJs that broke new ground and influenced EDM's sub-genres of house, trance, and techno
Latest additions: DJ Hell, DJ Antoine, Michel von Tell
Most divisive: Ralphi Rosario

The most influential DJs of all time, from the start of turntable culture, to edm's huge waves in the early 1990s, to today, are all featured in this list below. Who are the most popular DJs of all time? This compilation of the greatest disc jockeys of all time is subjective, but without a doubt, many of these artists and producers are some of the most famous, influential electronic music pioneers of all time.

The popular DJs included on this list range from pioneers Larry Levan and Carl Cox to the old school names of Paul Oakenfold and Paul van Dyk, to modern trailblazers Tiësto, David Guetta, and Steve Aoki. These electronic musicians contain an assortment of dance music that spans beyond house, trance, and techno, and their groundbreaking music turned them into some of the best dance music bands of all time.

What makes the best DJs? And who are the top electronic music DJs? If you're wondering who the best EDM artists are, then look no further! Vote for your favorite DJs below, and be sure to vote based on their overall influence and quality of their music, rather than simply their popularity or fame.

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  • Daft Punk
    2,343 votes

    This enigmatic French duo revolutionized electronic music with their distinctive blend of house, funk, and electro-pop, while simultaneously shaping the modern DJ experience through their innovative live shows and groundbreaking visual aesthetics. Known for their anonymity behind robotic helmets, they transcended mainstream culture and became global icons, inspiring countless artists across various genres. Their technical prowess in blending traditional instruments with cutting-edge technology has paved the way for a new generation of electronic musicians and redefined the boundaries between live performance and DJing.

  • Sasha
    2,406 votes

    A true pioneer in the world of progressive house and trance, this Welsh DJ rose to prominence in the early 90s with his hypnotic, melodic soundscapes that captivated audiences worldwide. His seamless mixing skills and unparalleled track selection have earned him a reputation as one of the most technically gifted DJs on the planet, consistently pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved behind the decks. Moreover, his collaborative work with fellow DJ John Digweed has solidified his status as an electronic music legend, influencing countless artists and shaping the genre's evolution over three decades.

  • Carl Cox
    4,206 votes

    Widely regarded as the "King of Techno," this British DJ has been enthralling crowds since the late 80s with his explosive performances that seamlessly blend various styles of techno, house, and acid. Renowned for his three-deck mixing technique and flawless timing, he has become synonymous with high-energy sets that leave audiences begging for more. As a key player in shaping Ibiza's club scene, he has cemented his legacy as one of dance music's most enduring figures, inspiring generations of DJs along the way.

  • Armand Van Helden

    Hailing from Boston, this American DJ-producer is best known for his infectious remixes that helped popularize house music throughout the 90s. His unique fusion of hip-hop beats with classic disco samples created an instantly recognizable sound that has been imitated countless times, but never replicated. As one half of the duo Duck Sauce, he ventured into the world of electronic dance music (EDM) and continued to leave his mark on the genre, proving his adaptability and lasting influence on the scene.

  • Paul Oakenfold
    2,600 votes

    As a trailblazer in the British trance movement, this London-born DJ-producer is often credited with popularizing the genre outside of Europe. His legendary sets at iconic clubs such as Cream and Ministry of Sound showcased his ability to take audiences on a journey through trance's euphoric highs and hypnotic lows. Additionally, his work as a film composer and remixer for major pop acts has further solidified his status as one of electronic music's most versatile talents.

  • John Digweed
    2,459 votes

    This English DJ is best known for his long-standing partnership with fellow DJ Sasha, with whom he has crafted some of progressive house and trance's most memorable mixes. Renowned for his impeccable track selection and seamless mixing skills, he has consistently pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved behind the decks. Furthermore, his Bedrock label and club nights have been instrumental in cultivating new talent within the genre, ensuring his legacy lives on through future generations.