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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

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2,433 1,828
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
1,502 1,000
Larry Levan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

4
2,027 1,432
Carl Cox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Carl Cox Acid house, Tech house, House music

5
1,298 983
Little Louie Vega is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

6
1,271 1,101
David Morales is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
David Morales House music

7
1,418 909
Junior Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added Junior Vasquez House music

8
769 667
Francois Kevorkian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

9
839 667
Tony Humphries is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

10
984 640
Todd Terry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Todd Terry Disco, House music, Electronic dance music

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1,267 779
Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Paul Oakenfold Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music

12
1,099 725
Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Fatboy Slim Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

13
1,212 1,012
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

14
1,185 1,160
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Tiësto Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

15
544 624
David Mancuso is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
ExpatMichael added David Mancuso

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863 528
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

17
1,364 709
Sasha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Sasha House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat

18
816 645
Erick Morillo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Erick Morillo Hip hop music, Tech house, Electronic music

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607 233
Derrick Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added Derrick Carter

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1,232 963
Peter Rauhofer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added Peter Rauhofer House music, Electronic dance music

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1,366 726
John Digweed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
John Digweed Tech house, House music, Progressive house music

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650 280
Roger Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Roger Sanchez House music, Tribal house

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990 700
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Paul van Dyk Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

24
706 217
Deep Dish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Deep Dish Rock music, Electronic music, House music

25
841 663
Jeff Mills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Jeff Mills Techno

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592 424
Frankie Bones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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650 260
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Afrika Bambaataa Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

28
1,036 254
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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715 555
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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577 255
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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676 325
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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440 322
Juan Atkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Juan Atkins Hip hop music, Electro, Techno

33
491 131
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

34
614 441
Derrick May is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
EricDoriean added Derrick May Techno

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640 339
DJ Jazzy Jeff is listed (or ranked) 35 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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533 385
Kenny Dope Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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416 250
DJ Pierre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
BarbaraAnnMeshi added DJ Pierre Acid house

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472 217
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 38 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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589 188
The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 39 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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752 687
Ralphi Rosario is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoshuaMaggio added Ralphi Rosario

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433 261
DJ Sneak is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added DJ Sneak House music

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883 1,573
David Guetta is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
David Guetta Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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609 413
Victor Calderone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Victor Calderone House music, Techno

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444 370
Danny Krivit is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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352 213
Sven Väth is listed (or ranked) 45 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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786 1,058
Deadmau5 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Deadmau5 Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house

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395 311
Joey Negro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Joey Negro House music

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383 412
Joe Claussell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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135 213
Timothy Regisford is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
KervynMark added Timmy Regisford

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390 312
Dave Clarke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Dave Clarke Electro, Electronic music, Techno