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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    New Order is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

    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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    Björk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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    Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Erasure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

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    Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Neo soul

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Trip hop

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    Primal Scream is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

    Rock music, Electronic music, House music

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    Acid house, Madchester, Electronic music

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    Dance-punk, Rock music, Indietronica

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    Electronic music, Alternative dance, House music

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    Cut Copy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Underworld is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

    Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

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    Madchester, Dance-rock, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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    Dance-punk, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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    New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Trip hop

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    Santigold is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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    The Presets is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

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    Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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    Brazilian Girls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

    Downtempo, Pop music, Dance-punk

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    Electronic music, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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    Indie, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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    Ace of Base is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

    Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music

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    Electronic music, Industrial rock, Grebo

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    Kele Okereke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

    Dubstep, Electro house, Alternative dance

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Alternative dance

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    Dance-punk, Alternative dance, House music

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    Cobra Starship is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands

    Synthpunk, Pop punk, Synthpop

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    Pop music, Dance-punk, Rock music

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    Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Industrial rock, Electronic music, Electro house

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    Electronic music, Dance-pop, Alternative dance

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    Urban contemporary, Garage rock, Rave music

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