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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

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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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Frankie Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: Disco, House music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Carl Cox is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: House, Techno & Tech House; Nationality: United Kingdom
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John Digweed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: Tech house, House music & Progressive house music; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Larry Levan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
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Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: Electronica, Acid House & Trance; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Deep Dish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
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Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: Big Beat, Electronica & Acid House; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Danny Tenaglia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: Garage house, Progressive house music & Tribal house; Nationality: United States of America
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Roger Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Genre: House music and Tribal house; Nationality: United States of America
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Junior Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added Genre: House music; Nationality: United States of America
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Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: Uplifting Trance, Progressive Trance & House; Nationality: German Democratic Republic
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Little Louie Vega is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
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Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: Trance, House & Psytrance; Nationality: Netherlands
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Sasha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: House music, Electronic dance music & Breakbeat; Nationality: Wales
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Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: Progressive House, Trance & Pop; Nationality: Netherlands
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Grandmaster Flash and th... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
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David Morales is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: House music; Nationality: United States of America
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Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
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The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
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Derrick Carter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
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Tony Humphries is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
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The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added
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Erick Morillo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: Tech house and House; Nationality: United States of America
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Jeff Mills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Genre: Techno; Nationality: United States of America
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Green Velvet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Genre: Minimal techno, House & Tech house; Nationality: USA
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