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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. (216 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
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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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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Front 242 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Front 242 Electronic body music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

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Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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

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

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My Life With the Thrill Kill K... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult Disco, Pop music, Electronic music

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:wumpscut: is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
:wumpscut: Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body 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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Coil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Coil Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

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

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Leæther Strip is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Leæther Strip Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial music

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Laibach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Laibach Neoclassical Dark Wave, Industrial metal, Rock music

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CombiChrist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
CombiChrist Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Post-industrial music

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Pigface is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Pigface Rock music, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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Pig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Pig Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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Meat Beat Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Meat Beat Manifesto Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Trip hop

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VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
VNV Nation Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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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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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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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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Machines of Loving Grace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Machines of Loving Grace Industrial rock, Grunge, Industrial music

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The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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And One is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
And One Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

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OOMPH! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
OOMPH! Post-metal, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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Haujobb is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Haujobb Electro-industrial, Electronic music, Industrial music

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

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Lard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Lard Industrial metal, Industrial music, Punk rock

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Angelspit is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Angelspit Synthpunk, Synthpop, Electro-industrial

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

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Bile is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Bile Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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Chemlab is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Chemlab Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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Download is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Download Electronic music, Post-industrial music, Industrial music

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Test Dept is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Test Dept Industrial music

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

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Razed in Black is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Razed in Black Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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Noise Unit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Noise Unit Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial music

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Filter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Filter Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music

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Atari Teenage Riot is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Atari Teenage Riot Synthpunk, Electronic music, Noise music

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Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Static‐X Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

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Big Black is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Big Black Noise rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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16 Volt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
16 Volt Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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Stabbing Westward is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Stabbing Westward Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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Nurse with Wound is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Nurse with Wound Dark ambient, Drone music, Industrial music

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Godflesh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Godflesh Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal

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Electric Hellfire Club is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electric Hellfire Club Industrial metal, Industrial music

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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