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Best Darkwave Bands/Artists

With its origins beginning in the 1970s, darkwave took post-punk and New Wave and added dark introspective lyrics that differentiated it from other genres. darkwave bands whose fans were known as wavers and dark wavers, took off in the 1980s. darkwave music first took off in Europe and got bigger across that decade. and ended up spawning several other subgenres. But darkwave bands managed to maintain their brooding brand of music and even today, darkwave music remains as relevant as ever.

So what are the best Darkwave bands? Any list of darkwave music has to include the likes of Bauhaus, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division, She Wants Revenge and Siouxsie and the Banshees. These are widely regarded as the most important and influential darkwave bands. Their impact on spreading darkwave music to the masses and helping set it up as an important genre that remains popular.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best darkwave bands. If you notice a band is missing from this poll of darkwave bands, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best darkwave bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest darkwave 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 darkwave bands that you might've heard of. (204 items)

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    Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry

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    Floodland, First and Last and Always, Body and Soul

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    Bela Lugosi's Dead, In the Flat Field, Lagartija Nick

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    Medusa, Clan of Xymox, Hidden Faces

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    Aion, The Serpent's Egg, Spleen and Ideal

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    Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Substance

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    People Are Strange, Evergreen, Crocodiles (bonus disc)

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    Nekrolog 43, Freak Perfume, Psychoma?

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    Fragments of Memories, Pale Awakening, Is Anybody There?

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    Casting Shadows, Dreaming Apes, Popkiller

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    Metal Rhythm, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon

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    This Is Forever, She Wants Revenge, Save Your Soul

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    Complicated, Love Is Colder Than Death, En Grande Colère / Pity for ...

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    Opheliac: The Deluxe Edition, Enchant, A Bit o' This & That

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    Selected Scenes From the End of the World, Oddities, Violent Acts of ...

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    The Burning Season, Evidence of Heaven, Annwyn

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    Ionia, Cold, A Day in the Stark Corner

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    Call of the West, Dark Continent, Dark & Crazy: A Retrospective

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    The Art of Creating Confusing Spirits, Amaroid, Pale

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    Boo Hoo, Spooky Songs for Creepy Kids, Then and Again

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    Avatar, Unison, Eternity

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    Asphodel, Underworld, One Winter's Night...

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    As the Reasons Die, Where Shadows Lie, Bleed the Grey Sky Black

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