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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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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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+ - 149 31
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Sisters of Mercy Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

3
+ - 117 21
Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Bauhaus Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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+ - 132 27
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

5
+ - 117 25
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

6
+ - 116 27
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Clan of Xymox Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

7
+ - 96 26
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

8
+ - 74 22
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

9
+ - 83 30
Wolfsheim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Wolfsheim Synthpop, Dark wave

10
+ - 77 28
The Frozen Autumn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Frozen Autumn Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

11
+ - 66 23
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

12
+ - 65 25
The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Crüxshadows Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

13
+ - 59 21
Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Fields of the Nephilim Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

14
+ - 53 18
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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+ - 53 19
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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+ - 64 27
Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Blutengel Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

17
+ - 75 35
VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
VNV Nation Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

18
+ - 68 31
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

19
+ - 47 18
Switchblade Symphony is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Switchblade Symphony Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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+ - 64 31
She Wants Revenge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
She Wants Revenge Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

21
+ - 42 16
Project Pitchfork is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Project Pitchfork Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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+ - 44 18
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

23
+ - 40 16
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Human League Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

24
+ - 46 21
Christian Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Christian Death Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

25
+ - 28 8
Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Fad Gadget New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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+ - 35 14
The Mission is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Mission New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

27
+ - 36 15
Lycia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Lycia Gothic rock, Rock music, Ethereal wave

28
+ - 28 10
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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+ - 32 15
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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+ - 42 24
:wumpscut: is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
:wumpscut: Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

31
+ - 37 20
Emilie Autumn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Emilie Autumn Synthpop, Dark cabaret, Electronic music

32
+ - 26 11
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

33
+ - 22 9
Coil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Coil Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

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+ - 25 12
Poésie Noire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Poésie Noire Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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+ - 18 6
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

36
+ - 33 20
Hocico is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Hocico Hardstyle, Electro-industrial, Electronic music

37
+ - 14 3
Virgin Prunes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Virgin Prunes Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

38
+ - 27 16
Rosetta Stone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Rosetta Stone Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

39
+ - 15 5
Sex Gang Children is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Sex Gang Children Gothic rock, Dark cabaret, Alternative rock

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+ - 28 18
Diorama is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Diorama Synthpop, Electronic music, Dark wave

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+ - 14 5
Black tape for a blue girl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Black tape for a blue girl Dark ambient, Rock music, Folk music

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+ - 20 11
The Cassandra Complex is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Cassandra Complex Gothic rock, Emo, Electronic music

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+ - 21 12
Bella Morte is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Bella Morte Gothic rock, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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+ - 23 14
Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Suspiria Gothic rock, Dark wave

45
+ - 25 16
The Knife is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Knife Minimal techno, Dark ambient, New Wave

46
+ - 13 5
The Danse Society is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Danse Society Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

47
+ - 15 7
Cold Cave is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Cold Cave Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

48
+ - 26 18
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Lacrimosa Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

49
+ - 28 20
Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Voltaire Gothic rock, Steampunk, Ska

50
+ - 11 4
Love Spirals Downwards is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Love Spirals Downwards Shoegazing, Rock music, Ethereal wave