1,680 votes 137 voters 22,986 views 129 items tags f p @

Best Alternative Dance Bands

List Criteria: Only alt dance bands and artists. Other genres of EDM should be here

Mixing elements of rock, most notably post-punk, indie and alternative rock with electronic dance music, alternative dance was a predominantly British-focused genre for its initial existence. This fusion of rock and dance music allowed for alternative dance music to become popular in the club and allowed it to reach a bigger audience. The beauty of alternative dance and the alternative dance music movement is that it spawned other subgenres, all of which remain popular today due to these alternative dance bands.

So, what are the best alternative dance bands? All of the best alt dance bands are on this list and you won't be surprised to see the likes of New Order - the alternative dance pioneers - along with the likes of 1990s alt dance icons The Prodigy,  Hot Chip and Justice on this list. All of these great alt dance artists were at some point the biggest dance music band and made waves on rock radio. Generally, the best alternative dance bands came from outside the U.S., yet they were all able to achieve some degree of success in the States.

That said, it's up to you to determine what is the best alternative dance band and alternative dance artist. If you're a fan of alternative dance, take a look at this list and vote for the best band. If you notice someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative dance bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative dance musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular alternative dance bands that you might've heard of. (129 items)

Best Alternative Dance Bands Bands/Musicians
  • 1 ReRank
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options
B Comments
& Embed
2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 38
    - 13

    Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life

    ; buy at  
  2. 2
    + 35
    - 14

    Demon Days, Gorillaz, Plastic Beach

    ; buy at  
  3. 3
    + 20
    - 7

    The Fat of the Land, More Music for the Jilted Generation, Always ...

    ; buy at  
  4. 4
    + 25
    - 13

    Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

    ; buy at  
  5. 5
    + 18
    - 8

    Album, Metal Box, This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get

    ; buy at  
  6. 6
    + 13
    - 4

    Dig Your Own Hole, Surrender, Exit Planet Dust

    ; buy at  
  7. 7
    + 15
    - 7

    added by JeanDu
    Oracular Spectacular, MGMT, Flash Delirium

    ; buy at  
  8. 8
    + 21
    - 14

    One Pure Thought, The Warning, One Life Stand

    ; buy at  
  9. 9
    + 13
    - 7

    added by elise
    Sound of Silver, This Is Happening, LCD Soundsystem

    ; buy at  
  10. 10
    + 16
    - 10

    Satyricon, Archive Things 1982-88, Subliminal Sandwich

    ; buy at  
  11. 11
    + 12
    - 7

    XTRMNTR, Screamadelica, Evil Heat

    ; buy at  
  12. 12
    + 12
    - 7

    The Man-Machine, Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express

    ; buy at  
  13. 13
    + 9
    - 4

    added by dreamertilldawn
    Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, Saturdays = Youth

    ; buy at  
  14. 14
    + 17
    - 13

    Actually, Very, Behaviour

    ; buy at  
  15. 15
    + 14
    - 10

    †, D.A.N.C.E, Audio

    ; buy at  
  16. 16
    + 9
    - 5

    added by elise

    buy at  
  17. 17
    + 16
    - 13

    The Cities And The Trees, Osiris Is Back, M.O.N.O. 2.4

    ; buy at  
  18. 18
    + 13
    - 10

    In Ghost Colours, Bright Like Neon Love, Free Your Mind

    ; buy at  
  19. 19
    + 12
    - 9

    Open Up, Afrika Shox, Leftism

    ; buy at  
  20. 20
    + 11
    - 8

    Gossamer, Manners, Chunk of Change

    ; buy at  
  21. 21
    + 11
    - 8

    Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, Bummed, Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four ...

    ; buy at  
  22. 22
    + 21
    - 19

    A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!

    ; buy at  
  23. 23
    + 10
    - 8

    Thunder, Lightning, Strike

    ; buy at  
  24. 24
    + 9
    - 7

    Cansei de Ser Sexy, Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above, Donkey ...

    ; buy at  
  25. 25
    + 9
    - 7

    The Circus, Hits! The Very Best of Erasure, Wild!

    ; buy at  
  26. 26
    + 8
    - 6

    New York City, Talk to La Bomb, Brazilian Girls

    ; buy at  
  27. 27
    + 8
    - 6

    Drop Dead Gorgeous, Speed Ballads, Republica

    ; buy at  
  28. 28
    + 8
    - 6

    Partie Traumatic, Wizard of Ahhhs, Cemetery Lips

    ; buy at  
  29. 29
    + 11
    - 10

    added by Ariel Kana
    Apocalypso, Beams, Pacifica

    ; buy at  
  30. 30
    + 10
    - 9

    Dystopia, Uncanny Valley, The Crystal Axis

    ; buy at  
  31. 31
    + 9
    - 8

    The Boxer, The Hunter, Tenderoni

    ; buy at  
  32. 32
    + 9
    - 8

    This Is the Day...This Is the Hour...This Is This!, Cure for Sanity, Box ...

    ; buy at  
  33. 33
    + 8
    - 7

    To Each..., Early, Force

    ; buy at  
  34. 34
    + 8
    - 7

    added by JeanDu
    Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, United, Bankrupt!

    ; buy at  
  35. 35
    + 7
    - 6

    While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets, ¡Viva La Cobra!

    ; buy at  
  36. 36
    + 7
    - 6

    Vegas, Legion of Boom, Tweekend

    ; buy at  
  37. 37
    + 7
    - 6

    Epsom Mad Funkers: The Best of EMF, Schubert Dip, Stigma

    ; buy at  
  38. 38
    + 7
    - 6

    added by Ariel Kana
    The Experiment, Magic Fountain, Art vs. Science

    ; buy at  
  39. 39
    + 6
    - 5

    Beaucoup Fish, A Hundred Days Off, Oblivion With Bells

    ; buy at  
  40. 40
    + 5
    - 4

    1992 The Love Album, 30 Something, Post Historic Monsters

    ; buy at  
  41. 41
    + 6
    - 6

    added by JeanDu
    The English Riviera, Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe), Late Night ...

    ; buy at  
  42. 42
    + 5
    - 5

    “i”, 69, rem‘i’xes

    ; buy at  
  43. 43
    + 5
    - 5

    Since I Left You, When I Met You, El Producto

    ; buy at  
  44. 44
    + 5
    - 5

    Counterpoint, Collections, Acolyte

    ; buy at  
  45. 45
    + 5
    - 5

    The Arm of the Lord, Micro-Phonies, Mix-Up

    ; buy at  
  46. 46
    + 4
    - 4

    Sound of Water, I Was Born on Christmas Day: Xmas '93, Xmas '98

    ; buy at  
  47. 47
    + 10
    - 11

    The Bomb, Fantastic Playroom, Get Lucky

    ; buy at  
  48. 48
    + 9
    - 10

    Happy Nation, The Bridge, Singles of the 90s

    ; buy at  
  49. 49
    + 9
    - 10

    LateNightTales: Friendly Fires, Pala, iTunes Festival: London 2011

    ; buy at  
  50. 50
    + 8
    - 9

    Here Come the Drums, Better in the Dark, The Sound of Drums

    ; buy at  
130 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >