UK punters vote on ‘the most influential dance acts of all time’

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It was just last week that we put the word out to inthemix contributors to cast their vote on the 30 greatest live acts in dance music, which saw the contributor massive name a diverse list of acts both big – Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk – and small – Henrik Schwarz, Apparat. Well now the UK crew behind Global Gathering have done something similar, asking fans to vote for “the most influential dance act of all time”.

The survey comes as part of the celebrations for Global Gathering’s 10th anniversary – following last week’s very amusing festival lexicon – and canvassed 2000 festival goers’ opinions. As it turns out, the overseas punters have similar feelings to Timers, putting together a near-identical list to ours.

The full top ten from the Global Gathering survey can be seen below but it’s interesting to note that five of the artists in our top ten ranked well in the Global Gathering list, with Kraftwerk, Orbital, Faithless and The ‘Chems all coming in strong, whilst the top two spots in our list were switched, with The Prodigy edging out the French robots for the #1 crown.

Interestingly enough, the only live act in the Global Gathering list to not make the ITM list is New Order, who land at #4 with the UK crowd. Clearly ITMers are sick to death of Peter Hook sullying their rep.

10 Most Influential Dance Acts as voted by Global Gathering fans:

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%)

Check out the entire countdown of ITM’s 30 Greatest Live Acts In Dance Music.


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daveyac8881 said on the 13th Jul, 2010

I love the prodigy, but most influential? more so than new order and kraftwerk? i don't think so...


bombayboy said on the 13th Jul, 2010

umm.... Oaky, Cox, and Fatboy.... are DJ's... not (live) acts... or am i missing something?


daverh said on the 13th Jul, 2010

Well our list was live acts, there's is not restricted just to live acts. Just thought it was interesting that despite that both our lists were pretty close!


FunkyJ said on the 13th Jul, 2010

It's obvious people in the UK don't understand English, because apart from Pendulum, who have Prodigy influenced?


beyondandabove said on the 13th Jul, 2010

Prodigy have influenced a whole generation of bands in the hard rock/metal world heavily and I think their place is pretty well justified. If you ask people who are not that into dance music to name some dance artists they would most likely say the prodigy. And I am not making the point of popularity=influence but the fact they have made inroads into mainstream does hold some merit.


chobbi said on the 13th Jul, 2010

Prodigy are huge in the UK, the same with Pendulum. Since prodigy infulenced pendulum the UKers must hold prodigy prett damn high


The3rdPlumpDj said on the 13th Jul, 2010

prodigy influenced me... back when i was metal head at BDO 1997. i had already been slowly warming to electronic music then but when i saw them i was hooked. plus also stumbling into the boiler room in awe thinking 'wtf is this!'


theHordern said on the 13th Jul, 2010

although theyre pretty sweet, new order have nothing on joy division. bring back ian curtis


heaney said on the 13th Jul, 2010

Moodymann? Underground Resistance? Aphex Twin?

Henry Johnstone

Henry Johnstone said on the 13th Jul, 2010

The Prodigy most definitely have a place amongst some of the most influential electronic acts. OK so they're maybe not as influential as someone like Kraftwerk, but in the end its a poll and people probably end up voting based on their personal favourites instead of what the poll actually asks for.

In terms of the best live electronic act though, from back in the early 90s until now, IMO Prodigy are at the top of the pile.


Marky said on the 13th Jul, 2010

Interesting that there's not a single american artist in that list. In fact, one french act, one german, and the rest are all UK! For mine, you can't talk about "influential" without mentioning the pioneers of US house and techno. This poll is definitely more a measure of popularity than influence.

The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor said on the 14th Jul, 2010

Surely Tom Moulton, Walter Gibbons should be mentioned?


daysofourlives said on the 14th Jul, 2010

depends on your definition of influence. The Prodigy helped to break dance music in the UK.


the_bugryn_kid said on the 15th Jul, 2010

booka shade are fairly shite


meow_girrrl said on the 23rd Feb, 2011

Daft Punk should have been number one...much more influential than prodigy