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The Best Industrial Bands

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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. (215 items)
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    Dark ambient, Synthpop, Industrial rock

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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    Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

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    Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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    Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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    Electronic body music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

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    Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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    Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

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    Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

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    Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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    Disco, Pop music, Electronic music

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    Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

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    Synthpunk, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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    Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial music

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Post-industrial music

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    Rock music, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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    Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    Acid house, Electronic body music, Rave music

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    Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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    Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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    Industrial rock, Grunge, Industrial music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

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    Synthpunk, Synthpop, Electro-industrial

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    Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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    Electro-industrial, Electronic music, Industrial music

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    Synthpunk, Hip hop music, Dance-punk

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    Noise rock, Synthpop, Rock music

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    Post-metal, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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    Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Trip hop

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    Electronic music, Post-industrial music, Industrial music

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    Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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    Industrial metal, Industrial music, Punk rock

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    3 Teeth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Industrial Bands

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

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    Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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    Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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    Electric Hellfire Club is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Industrial Bands

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    Industrial metal, Industrial music

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    Synthpunk, Electronic music, Noise music

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    Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Test Dept is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Industrial Bands

    Industrial music

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    Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Industrial rock

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    Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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    Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Post-industrial music

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    Dark ambient, Drone music, Industrial music

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    Noise rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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    Nu metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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