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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    Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life

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

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

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

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    To Each..., Early, Force

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    The Experiment, Magic Fountain, Art vs. Science

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

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

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

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