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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.

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

2
2,476 1,891
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

3
2,120 1,477
Carl Cox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Carl Cox Acid house, Tech house, House music

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1,523 1,051
Larry Levan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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1,312 1,036
Little Louie Vega is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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1,283 1,147
David Morales is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
David Morales House music

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

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779 710
Francois Kevorkian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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846 706
Tony Humphries is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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1,328 814
Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Paul Oakenfold Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music

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999 677
Todd Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Todd Terry Disco, House music, Electronic dance music

12
1,329 1,211
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Tiësto Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

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1,327 1,035
Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Armin van Buuren Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance

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1,162 751
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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1,402 745
John Digweed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
John Digweed Tech house, House music, Progressive house music

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886 547
Armand Van Helden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Armand Van Helden Hip hop music, Electro, House music

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552 649
David Mancuso is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
ExpatMichael added David Mancuso

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1,398 729
Sasha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Sasha House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat

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833 664
Erick Morillo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Erick Morillo Hip hop music, Tech house, Electronic music

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1,139 274
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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715 238
Deep Dish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Deep Dish Rock music, Electronic music, House music

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1,236 983
Peter Rauhofer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added Peter Rauhofer House music, Electronic dance music

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614 253
Derrick Carter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added Derrick Carter

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1,038 712
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Paul van Dyk Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

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662 296
Roger Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Roger Sanchez House music, Tribal house

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863 676
Jeff Mills is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Jeff Mills Techno

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665 273
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Afrika Bambaataa Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

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603 442
Frankie Bones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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721 570
Kevin Saunderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Kevin Saunderson Acid house, Detroit techno, Techno

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588 269
Green Velvet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Green Velvet Minimal techno, Christian music, Electronic body music - aka Cajmere, Curtis Alan Jones

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692 340
Richie Hawtin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added Richie Hawtin Minimal techno, Detroit techno, Ambient music

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513 226
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added The Prodigy Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

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508 145
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
KervynMark added Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

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445 339
Juan Atkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Juan Atkins Hip hop music, Electro, Techno

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631 194
The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added The Chemical Brothers Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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667 354
DJ Jazzy Jeff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added DJ Jazzy Jeff Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap

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619 454
Derrick May is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
EricDoriean added Derrick May Techno

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534 397
Kenny Dope Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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421 260
DJ Pierre is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
BarbaraAnnMeshi added DJ Pierre Acid house

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955 1,600
David Guetta is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
David Guetta Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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613 425
Victor Calderone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Victor Calderone House music, Techno

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754 698
Ralphi Rosario is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoshuaMaggio added Ralphi Rosario

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442 271
DJ Sneak is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added DJ Sneak House music

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825 1,073
Deadmau5 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Deadmau5 Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house

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444 382
Danny Krivit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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369 220
Sven Väth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JeffreyBeauchamps added Sven Väth House music, Electronic dance music, Trance music

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313 167
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
IvanChinoG added Underworld Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

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322 186
Faithless is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Faithless Trip hop, Electronic music, House music

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401 320
Joey Negro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Joey Negro House music

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386 421
Joe Claussell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time