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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.
list ordered by

1
2,701 1,514
Frankie Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Disco, House music, Rhythm and blues

2
2,494 1,923
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
2,177 1,499
Carl Cox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Acid house, Tech house, House music

4
1,540 1,079
Larry Levan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

5
1,328 1,062
Little Louie Vega is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

6
1,299 1,168
David Morales is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
House music

7
1,441 978
Junior Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added House music

8
1,361 836
Paul Oakenfold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music

9
783 735
Francois Kevorkian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

10
853 728
Tony Humphries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

11
1,389 1,045
Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance

12
1,386 1,230
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

13
1,008 696
Todd Terry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Disco, House music, Electronic dance music

14
1,189 761
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
1,418 758
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
896 560
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
1,419 744
Sasha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
House music, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat

18
557 666
David Mancuso is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
ExpatMichael added

19
1,186 282
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Electronic music, House music, French house

20
837 678
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
1,242 998
Peter Rauhofer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoeyMills added House music, Electronic dance music

22
1,067 720
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

23
722 252
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
618 267
Derrick Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added

25
671 311
Roger Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added House music, Tribal house

26
872 688
Jeff Mills is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Techno

27
672 285
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Hip hop music, Disco, Electro

28
608 455
Frankie Bones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

29
726 581
Kevin Saunderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Acid house, Detroit techno, Techno

30
534 234
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

31
700 351
Richie Hawtin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added Minimal techno, Detroit techno, Ambient music

32
588 280
Green Velvet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Minimal techno, Christian music, Electronic body music - aka Cajmere, Curtis Alan Jones

33
522 152
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
KervynMark added Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

34
649 202
The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

35
450 348
Juan Atkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Hip hop music, Electro, Techno

36
674 365
DJ Jazzy Jeff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rap

37
624 462
Derrick May is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
EricDoriean added Techno

38
537 407
Kenny Dope Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

39
980 1,620
David Guetta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

40
424 268
DJ Pierre is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Acid house

41
619 435
Victor Calderone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added House music, Techno

42
760 707
Ralphi Rosario is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JoshuaMaggio added

43
848 1,085
Deadmau5 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house

44
445 281
DJ Sneak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
jazmartin added House music

45
447 391
Danny Krivit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time

46
376 228
Sven Väth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
JeffreyBeauchamps added House music, Electronic dance music, Trance music

47
321 173
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
IvanChinoG added Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

48
331 193
Faithless is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
MarioArley added Trip hop, Electronic music, House music

49
404 327
Joey Negro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time
FredinhoRickBones added House music

50
388 429
Joe Claussell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential DJs of All Time