The Top 10 Dance Music Acts Of All Time

The Prodigy, above, have been named the most influential dance act of all time, according to a GlobalGathering survey of UK club goers released today.

The Top 10 most influential dance acts are:

  1. The Prodigy (29%)
  2. Daft Punk (13%)
  3. Faithless (11%)
  4. New Order (9%)
  5. Orbital (7%)
  6. Kraftwerk (5%)
  7. Paul Oakenfold (4%)
  8. Carl Cox (4%)
  9. Fatboy Slim (3%)
  10. Chemical Brothers (2%)

Over 2000 festival and club goers took part in the survey, which was commissioned by the UK dance festival GlobalGathering to mark ten years of the festival. Music fans were asked to vote for the dance act they considered the most influential from a shortlist compiled by the Global team.

This top 10 list is clearly a reflection of the GlobalGathering audience – but many of these artists would show anywhere you asked the question.

Do you think these are really the top 10 most influential dance music artists? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

About GlobalGathering’s Top 10 Dance Music Acts Of All Time

Here’s what the festival has to say about their top 10 acts:

  • The Prodigy continue to both push musical boundaries and garner critical acclaim. From the band’s debut single; Charly whose chart success hooked thousands of new converts to dance music to their recent critically acclaimed album ‘Invaders Must Die’ the band continue to be acclaimed as pioneers of dance music. Blending hardcore rock with drum & bass and techno, the Prodigy have created a truly unique sound which has often been emulated but rarely bettered. Commonly cited as one of the first dance acts to successfully crossover into the live arena, the band remain a festival favourite throughout the UK and Europe.
  • French duo Daft Punk, 2006 headliners at the dance festival, came second in the survey with 13% of the vote. Bursting on to the scene in 1995 with their debut album ‘Homework’ the duo have been widely credited with helping to break dance music in the USA and the band’s blend of chart bound yet credible techno-disco continues to both grow in influence and transcend musical genres having been sampled extensively by hip hop stars including Kanye West, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot.
  • Faithless, famous for timeless club hits such as “Insomnia”, “God Is a DJ” and “We Come 1” took third place in the poll. With over 10 Million global record sales, Faithless continue to be one of dance music’s biggest live draws and the band performed to over 7 million people on their most recent tour proving they are one of the most successful and influential dance groups of all time.
  • New Order who came fourth in the poll, currently hold the title for ‘best selling 12-inch single of all time’ for the 80’s hit ‘Blue Monday’. The single release proved to be a defining moment in dance music history appealing to both dance music and indie fans alike. New Order embraced electronica throughout the 80’s and 90’s and also spawned the infamous Hacienda nightclub which was a focal point for the Manchester scene of the late 1980’s.
  • The hugely influential electronica duo Orbital came 5th in the poll. The Hartnoll brothers, who have recently re-formed after their split in 2004, will be celebrating 20 years of festival-rousing anthems and cinematic sounds this year. One of the most influential acts in dance music history, Orbital accompany their music with expansive audio-visuals, and their trademark torch-glasses. Orbital were fixed firm at the top of the bill for the festival in 2009.
  • Kraftwerk who are widely considered the inventors of Electronic music came in at 6th in the survey. The German band who still tour sporadically have been making music since the 70?s and went on to become a huge influence on the first wave of Detroit house and hip hop producers.
  • Ranking in at seventh in the survey is trance DJ, producer and artist Paul Oakenfold, famous for his legendary Ibiza sets and remix work for the likes of The Happy Mondays, U2 and Madonna, Paul was the biggest DJ in the world throughout the 90’s and continues to play to packed dancefloors throughout the world. Fellow UK DJ and producer, Carl Cox ranks at number 8 in the poll, One of the most influential DJs in dance music history, Carl Cox has had a successful career that’s spanned almost 30 years, taking him from acid house veteran to the champion of techno.
  • Also featuring in the top ten is Norman cook aka Fatboy Slim. Credited with originating the ‘Big beat’ sound, Cook received a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to British music’ placing him amongst some of the greatest British music acts of all time.
  • Pioneers of the big beat electronic dance genre, The Chemical Brothers, complete the top 10. The world’s favourite psychedelic acid-beat duo have always combined moments of egotistic indulgence and mind-numbing formula with visionary brilliance. This duo were one of the first electronic acts to move from clubs to arena.

15 thoughts on “The Top 10 Dance Music Acts Of All Time

    1. This is done by youngsters, it has to be, Also, the fact that faithless and Kraftwerk feature so highly shows it was done by G.G. audiences. I’m not a huge fan of Carl Cox and Oakey but they’ve done more for electronic dance music than either Faithless or Kraftwerk will ever do! If it’s just based on the event that they each put on, then surely The Chemical Brothers should be closer to the top?

  1. As an originator Kraftwerk is according to my opinion totally to far down the list, however I guess the survey audience is a bit to young, and I agree that Moroder should defently have had a place on the list as the daddy disco.

  2. 'Scuse me? Gary Numan? Granted, he did/does much more than "dance," but since everyone seems to remember The Pleasure Principal, and since he's been sampled/copied…well, a lot, I would figure he'd be there somewhere.

    Of course, the irony is that his album "Dance" is by far the least danceable of his albums…

  3. Where's Depeche Mode? Maybe not thought of as the hardcore club act nowadays, but every other electronic act cites them as an influence. This list is crazy.

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