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bands/musicians 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. (209 items)

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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Sisters of Mercy Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Bauhaus Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Clan of Xymox Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

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Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Dead Can Dance Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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Echo & the Bunnymen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Echo & the Bunnymen New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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Wolfsheim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Wolfsheim Synthpop, Dark wave

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The Frozen Autumn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Frozen Autumn Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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Diary of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Diary of Dreams Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Crüxshadows Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

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VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
VNV Nation Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Peter Murphy Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Fields of the Nephilim Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Blutengel Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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She Wants Revenge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
She Wants Revenge Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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Project Pitchfork is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Project Pitchfork Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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Switchblade Symphony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Switchblade Symphony Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
London After Midnight Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

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Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Fad Gadget New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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Christian Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Christian Death Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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The Mission is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Mission New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Lycia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Lycia Gothic rock, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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The Human League is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Human League Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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The Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Birthday Party Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

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Faith and the Muse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Faith and the Muse Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

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Emilie Autumn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Emilie Autumn Synthpop, Dark cabaret, Electronic music

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Virgin Prunes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Virgin Prunes Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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:wumpscut: is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
:wumpscut: Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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Coil is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Coil Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

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Poésie Noire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Poésie Noire Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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Rosetta Stone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Rosetta Stone Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

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Hocico is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Hocico Hardstyle, Electro-industrial, Electronic music

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The Cassandra Complex is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Cassandra Complex Gothic rock, Emo, Electronic music

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Bella Morte is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Bella Morte Gothic rock, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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Diorama is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Diorama Synthpop, Electronic music, Dark wave

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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Suspiria Gothic rock, Dark wave

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The Knife is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Knife Minimal techno, Dark ambient, New Wave

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Black tape for a blue girl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Black tape for a blue girl Dark ambient, Rock music, Folk music

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Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

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The Creatures is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Creatures Gothic rock, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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Wall of Voodoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Wall of Voodoo New Wave, Industrial rock, Alternative rock

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Sex Gang Children is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Sex Gang Children Gothic rock, Dark cabaret, Alternative rock

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The Danse Society is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Danse Society Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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Diva Destruction is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Diva Destruction Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

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Cold Cave is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Cold Cave Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock