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Industrial bands, over the years, have been known for their explosive live shows and ambitious, often times challenging music. The best industrial bands are known for exploring the sound space and structure and melding the formerly unfamiliar genres of electronic music and rock music. Industrial bands rose to prominence in the 1970s. Over time, industrial music has come to include ambient music as well. Several genres spawned from the initial industrial movement, like post-industrial, electro-industrial and the popular industrial metal. This list includes all industrial bands.

So, what are the best industrial bands? You'll see a bunch of familiar names, like Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Ministry, Atari Teenage Riot and Skinny Puppy on this list. Almost of all the bands on this list of industrial bands is widely recognized for their innovation and creativity in experimenting with sound. While many of these bands never achieved commercial acclaim, others became some of the biggest bands in the world.

That said, it's up to you to decide what are the best industrial bands. If you notice that an industrial band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them.  This list answers the questions "who are the best industrial music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest industrial music 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 industrial music bands that you might've heard of. (218 items)
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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Skinny Puppy Dark ambient, Synthpop, Industrial rock

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Ministry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Ministry Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

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161 61
KMFDM is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
KMFDM Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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108 36
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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106 35
Front 242 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Front 242 Electronic body music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

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Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Throbbing Gristle Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

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99 35
Front Line Assembly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Front Line Assembly Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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89 32
Coil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Coil Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

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72 23
My Life With the Thrill Kill K... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult Disco, Pop music, Electronic music

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Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

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100 48
:wumpscut: is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
:wumpscut: Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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55 18
Die Krupps is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Die Krupps Synthpunk, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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Laibach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
coldspacemusic added Laibach Neoclassical Dark Wave, Industrial metal, Rock music

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Leæther Strip is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Leæther Strip Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial music

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Pigface is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Pigface Rock music, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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66 36
CombiChrist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added CombiChrist Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Post-industrial music

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55 30
Pig is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Pig Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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87 58
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
VNV Nation Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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Meat Beat Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Meat Beat Manifesto Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Trip hop

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Assemblage 23 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Assemblage 23 Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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55 35
Lords of Acid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Lords of Acid Acid house, Electronic body music, Rave music

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47 31
Alien Sex Fiend is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Alien Sex Fiend Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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43 28
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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45 32
Machines of Loving Grace is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Machines of Loving Grace Industrial rock, Grunge, Industrial music

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Test Dept is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Test Dept Industrial music

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Chemlab is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Chemlab Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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And One is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
And One Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

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Godflesh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Godflesh Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal

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Download is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Download Electronic music, Post-industrial music, Industrial music

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Haujobb is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Haujobb Electro-industrial, Electronic music, Industrial music

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OOMPH! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
OOMPH! Post-metal, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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29 21
Lard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Lard Industrial metal, Industrial music, Punk rock

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37 30
Mindless Self Indulgence is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Mindless Self Indulgence Synthpunk, Hip hop music, Dance-punk

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40 34
Angelspit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Angelspit Synthpunk, Synthpop, Electro-industrial

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13 5
Nurse with Wound is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Nurse with Wound Dark ambient, Drone music, Industrial music

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25 18
Fear Factory is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Fear Factory Thrash metal, Industrial metal, Groove metal

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52 48
Filter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Filter Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music

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40 35
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Static‐X Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

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24 18
Bile is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Bile Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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33 28
The Legendary Pink Dots is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
The Legendary Pink Dots Noise rock, Synthpop, Rock music

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20 14
SPK is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
KennethOblivion added SPK Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Atari Teenage Riot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Atari Teenage Riot Synthpunk, Electronic music, Noise music

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28 23
Noise Unit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Noise Unit Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial music

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16 10
Electric Hellfire Club is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Electric Hellfire Club Industrial metal, Industrial music

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Stabbing Westward is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Stabbing Westward Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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13 7
Swans is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Swans Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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10 4
Current 93 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Current 93 Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Neofolk

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The Young Gods is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
The Young Gods Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Industrial rock