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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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2,651 1,446
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
2,459 1,867
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
2,083 1,461
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

4
1,516 1,033
Larry Levan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

5
1,308 1,015
Little Louie Vega is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

6
1,276 1,131
David Morales is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
David Morales House music

7
1,426 937
Junior Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added Junior Vasquez House music

8
776 694
Francois Kevorkian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

9
843 691
Tony Humphries is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

10
1,308 800
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

11
994 660
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
1,276 1,187
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Tiësto Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

13
1,272 1,028
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
1,140 740
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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1,386 738
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

16
875 539
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
550 639
David Mancuso is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
ExpatMichael added David Mancuso

18
1,383 720
Sasha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Sasha House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat

19
713 229
Deep Dish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Deep Dish Rock music, Electronic music, House music

20
826 658
Erick Morillo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Erick Morillo Hip hop music, Tech house, Electronic music

21
1,235 976
Peter Rauhofer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added Peter Rauhofer House music, Electronic dance music

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1,094 266
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

23
611 247
Derrick Carter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added Derrick Carter

24
658 289
Roger Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Roger Sanchez House music, Tribal house

25
1,017 708
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Paul van Dyk Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

26
855 670
Jeff Mills is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Jeff Mills Techno

27
656 268
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
598 434
Frankie Bones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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718 565
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

30
583 264
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

31
686 335
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

32
503 140
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
441 334
Juan Atkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Juan Atkins Hip hop music, Electro, Techno

34
502 224
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added The Prodigy Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

35
621 191
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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654 351
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

37
616 451
Derrick May is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
EricDoriean added Derrick May Techno

38
533 394
Kenny Dope Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

39
419 257
DJ Pierre is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
BarbaraAnnMeshi added DJ Pierre Acid house

40
926 1,590
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

41
611 421
Victor Calderone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Victor Calderone House music, Techno

42
753 696
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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439 267
DJ Sneak is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added DJ Sneak House music

44
802 1,067
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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444 378
Danny Krivit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

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359 218
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

47
306 165
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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319 184
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

49
398 318
Joey Negro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Joey Negro House music

50
386 419
Joe Claussell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time