Electronic Music 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.
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list ordered by
1
2,734 1,538
Frankie Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Disco, House music, Rhythm and blues
2
2,505 1,947
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
2,219 1,514
Carl Cox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Acid house, Tech house, House music
4
1,555 1,095
Larry Levan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
5
1,336 1,081
Little Louie Vega is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
6
1,306 1,186
David Morales is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
House music
7
1,451 992
Junior Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added House music
8
1,384 847
Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music
9
790 750
Francois Kevorkian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
10
859 744
Tony Humphries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
11
1,430 1,251
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house
12
1,424 1,063
Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance
13
1,016 710
Todd Terry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Disco, House music, Electronic dance music
14
1,225 771
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
1,433 770
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
907 569
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
563 677
David Mancuso is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
ExpatMichael added
18
1,442 752
Sasha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat
19
1,250 289
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Electronic music, House music, French house
20
842 688
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
1,087 730
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music
22
1,244 1,008
Peter Rauhofer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added House music, Electronic dance music
23
727 263
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
630 276
Derrick Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added
25
681 320
Roger Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added House music, Tribal house