rock The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists  

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Synth rock, also known to many as electro rock and electronic rock, is one of the most popular genres of rock to emerge in the past few decades. Though it's origins are in psychedelia, synth rock didn't become commercially popular until the 1970s. At the time, synth rock was associated with the intricate sounds of prog rock, but over time, synth rock has become it's own quirky genre that's infused indie rock. Obviously, the key element of synth rock is the use of a synthesizer and other electronic instruments. Without these instruments, there would be no synth rock.

So, what are the best synth rock bands? Any list of synth rock bands has to include the likes of Passion Pit, PInk Floyd, Yes, ELO, Devo and Depeche Mode. These bands are closely associated with synth rock, both when the genre was first emerging and today. The best synth pop bands have catchy melodies that are powered by a synthesizer, or at minimum, music that utilized synths. In the 2000s, more synth rock bands emerged with the growth of technology and the ability to record music on a single laptop computer.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best synth rock bands. There are a slew of terrific synth rockers, only a few can be considered at or near the top. This list answers the questions "who are the best synth rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest synth rock 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 synth rock bands that you might've heard of. (77 items)

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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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Yes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Zeromancer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Zeromancer Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music

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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Paradise Lost Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

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Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Passion Pit Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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Apoptygma Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Apoptygma Berzerk Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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Terminal Choice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Terminal Choice Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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Project Pitchfork is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Project Pitchfork Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Crüxshadows Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

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Shiny Toy Guns is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Shiny Toy Guns Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Pendulum Darkcore, Rock music, Electronic music

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The Sounds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Sounds New Wave, Dance-punk, Synth rock

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Yoko Kanno is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Yoko Kanno New Age, Electronic music, J-pop

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Deadstar Assembly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Deadstar Assembly Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Synth rock

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Gothminister is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Gothminister Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Synth rock

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The Fixx is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Fixx Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
t.A.T.u. Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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Girls Under Glass is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Girls Under Glass Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Saffari is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists

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Tragic Black is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Tragic Black Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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I:Scintilla is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
I:Scintilla Rock music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

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Stereolab is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Stereolab Lounge music, Jazz, Post-rock

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Peter Bjorn and John is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Peter Bjorn and John Indie pop, Synthpop, Experimental rock

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Shy Child is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Shy Child Synthpop, Rock music, Indietronica

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Action Action is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Action Action Synth rock, Electronic dance music, Indie rock

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Trans Am is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Trans Am Krautrock, Synth rock, Post-rock

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Julien-K is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Julien-K Synthpop, Dance-punk, Industrial rock

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Heavens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Heavens Rock music, Synth rock, Alternative rock

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Cradle of Thorns is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Cradle of Thorns Nu metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Claudio Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Claudio Sanchez Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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MUTEMATH is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
MUTEMATH Psychedelic soul, Trip hop, Rock music

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Datarock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Datarock Disco, Pop music, Dance-punk

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Unkle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Unkle Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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Apollo 440 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Apollo 440 Rock music, Electronic music, Synth rock

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The Faint is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Faint New Wave, Dance-punk, Synth rock

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Reggie and the Full Effect is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Reggie and the Full Effect Pop punk, Rock music, Metalcore

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Deadsy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Deadsy Nu metal, New Wave, Gothic rock

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Stefy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Stefy Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Ataxia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Ataxia Experimental rock, Synth rock, Indie rock

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British Whale is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
British Whale Synthpop, Synth rock

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theSTART is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
theSTART Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Jonezetta is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Jonezetta Pop punk, Synth rock, Dance music