Musicians 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

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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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1
2,710 1,524
Frankie Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Disco, House music, Rhythm and blues

2
2,501 1,932
Danny Tenaglia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Garage house, Progressive house music, Tribal house

3
2,190 1,508
Carl Cox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Acid house, Tech house, House music

4
1,545 1,086
Larry Levan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

5
1,329 1,072
Little Louie Vega is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

6
1,301 1,177
David Morales is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
House music

7
1,446 986
Junior Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added House music

8
1,366 841
Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music

9
786 742
Francois Kevorkian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

10
854 737
Tony Humphries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

11
1,398 1,051
Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance

12
1,394 1,238
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

13
1,011 702
Todd Terry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Disco, House music, Electronic dance music

14
1,198 766
Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

15
1,420 765
John Digweed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Tech house, House music, Progressive house music

16
899 564
Armand Van Helden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Hip hop music, Electro, House music

17
559 672
David Mancuso is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
ExpatMichael added

18
1,424 749
Sasha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat

19
1,202 284
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Electronic music, House music, French house

20
839 683
Erick Morillo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Hip hop music, Tech house, Electronic music

21
1,242 1,003
Peter Rauhofer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added House music, Electronic dance music

22
1,071 724
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

23
722 259
Deep Dish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Rock music, Electronic music, House music

24
622 272
Derrick Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added

25
675 315
Roger Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added House music, Tribal house