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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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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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    Punk rock, Post-punk

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    Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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    New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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    Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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    Synthpop, Dark wave

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    Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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    Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic 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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    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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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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    Synthpop, Dark cabaret, Electronic music

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    New Wave, Industrial rock, Alternative rock

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    Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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    Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

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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, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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    Synthpop, Electronic music, Dark wave

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    Gothic rock, Trip hop, Electronica

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    Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Gothic rock, Steampunk, Ska

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    Gothic rock, New Age music, Folk music

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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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    Gothic rock, Dark wave

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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    Gothic rock, Electronic music, Dark wave

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    Gothic rock, Emo, Electronic music

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    Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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    Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Ethereal wave

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    Synthpop, Spoken word, Rock music

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    Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Trip hop

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    Gothic rock, No wave, Electronic music

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