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The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists

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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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    The Cure is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

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    Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Punk rock, Post-punk

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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    Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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    New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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    Synthpop, Dark wave

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    Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

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    Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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    Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists

    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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    Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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    Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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    The Human League is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists

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    Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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    Hardstyle, Electro-industrial, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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    Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

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    New Wave, Industrial rock, Alternative rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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    Synthpop, Dark cabaret, Electronic music

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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    Synthpop, Electronic music, Dark wave

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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    Gothic rock, Emo, Electronic music

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    Gothic rock, Dark cabaret, Alternative rock

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    Gothic rock, Trip hop, Electronica

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    Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists

    Gothic rock, Dark wave

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    Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

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    Gothic rock, Electronic music, Dark wave

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    Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists

    Gothic rock, Steampunk, Ska

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    Gothic rock, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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    Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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    Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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    Gothic rock, New Age music, Folk music

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    Theatres des Vampires is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists

    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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    Synthpop, Gothic rock, Dark wave

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    Synthpop, Spoken word, Rock music

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