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The Most Influential DJs of All Time  

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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.
list ordered by
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Frankie Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Disco, House music, Rhythm and blues
2
Carl Cox is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
House, Techno, Tech House
3
Danny Tenaglia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Garage house, Progressive house music, Tribal house
4
Deep Dish is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Rock music, Electronic music, House music
5
Larry Levan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
6
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Electro, House, Pop
7
John Digweed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Tech house, House music, Progressive house music
8
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Progressive House, Trance, Pop
9
Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Trance, House, Psytrance
10
Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Electronica, Acid House, Trance
11
David Morales is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
House music
12
The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Electronica, Big Beat, Techno
13
Little Louie Vega is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
14
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Uplifting Trance, Progressive Trance, House
15
Sasha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat
16
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Electronica, Big Beat, Rave
17
Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Big Beat, Electronica, Acid House
18
Tony Humphries is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
19
Derrick Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added
20
Roger Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added House music, Tribal house
21
Junior Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added House music
22
Grandmaster Flash and th... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
KervynMark added Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro
23
Richie Hawtin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added Minimal techno, Detroit techno, Ambient music
24
Erick Morillo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Tech house, House
25
Francois Kevorkian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time