The Best Alternative Dance Bands Bands/Musicians

The Best Alternative Dance Bands

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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)
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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    Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

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    Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

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    Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Neo soul

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    Dance-punk, Rock music, Indietronica

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Madchester, Dance-rock, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

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    Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Trip hop

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    Electronic music, Alternative dance, House music

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    Rock music, Electronic music, House music

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    Acid house, Madchester, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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    Electronic music, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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    Dance-punk, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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    New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music

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    Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music

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    Dubstep, Electro house, Alternative dance

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Trip hop

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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    Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

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    Downtempo, Pop music, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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    Indie, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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    Electronic music, Industrial rock, Grebo

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    Dance-punk, Alternative dance, House music

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Alternative dance

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    Pop music, Dance-punk, Rock music

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    Synthpunk, Pop punk, Synthpop

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    Industrial rock, Electronic music, Electro house

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    Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Balearic beat, Electronic music, Alternative dance

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    Urban contemporary, Garage rock, Rave music

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