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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Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock Soft rock

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The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave Industrial rock

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave Electronic music

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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock Rock music

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The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop Electronic music

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Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop Rock music

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Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Passion Pit Indie pop, Synthpop New Wave

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Zeromancer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Zeromancer Industrial metal, Rock music Electronic music

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Shiny Toy Guns is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Pendulum Darkcore, Rock music Electronic music

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Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Paradise Lost Doom metal, Death-doom Synthpop

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Apoptygma Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Apoptygma Berzerk Synthpop, Electro-industrial Electronic body music

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Yoko Kanno is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Yoko Kanno New Age, Electronic music J-pop

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Saffari is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Saffari

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I:Scintilla is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
I:Scintilla Rock music, Electronic music Post-industrial music

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t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
t.A.T.u. Synthpop, Rock music Electronic music

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The Fixx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Fixx Synthpop, New Wave Rock music

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Claudio Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Claudio Sanchez Pop punk, Rock music Emo

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Trans Am is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Trans Am Krautrock, Synth rock Post-rock

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Shy Child is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Action Action Synth rock, Electronic dance music Indie rock

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Julien-K is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Julien-K Synthpop, Dance-punk Industrial rock

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The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Crüxshadows Synthpop, Indie Electro-industrial

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Project Pitchfork is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Project Pitchfork Synthpop, Electro-industrial Gothic rock

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MUTEMATH is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
MUTEMATH Psychedelic soul, Trip hop Rock 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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Unkle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Unkle Downtempo, Trip hop Electronic music

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Peter Bjorn and John is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Peter Bjorn and John Indie pop, Synthpop Experimental rock

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The Sounds is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Sounds New Wave, Dance-punk Synth rock

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Deadstar Assembly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Deadstar Assembly Industrial metal, Industrial rock Synth rock

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Stefy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Stefy Synthpop, New Wave Electronic music

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Ataxia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Ataxia Experimental rock, Synth rock Indie rock

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Terminal Choice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Terminal Choice Electro-industrial, Electronic body music Industrial metal

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Deadsy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Deadsy Nu metal, New Wave Gothic rock

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The Faint is listed (or ranked) 39 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) 40 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Reggie and the Full Effect Pop punk, Rock music Metalcore

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Apollo 440 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Apollo 440 Rock music, Electronic music Synth rock

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Datarock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Datarock Disco, Pop music Dance-punk

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theSTART is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
theSTART Synthpop, New Wave Rock music

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Vanity Beach is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Vanity Beach New Wave, Gothic rock Industrial metal

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British Whale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
British Whale Synthpop, Synth rock

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Jonezetta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Jonezetta Pop punk, Synth rock Dance music

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Dead Inside the Chrysalis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Dead Inside the Chrysalis Synthpunk, Synthpop New Wave

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Tragic Black is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Tragic Black Synthpunk, Gothic rock Electronic body music

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Chris Pitman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Chris Pitman Experimental rock, Synth rock Electronic dance music

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Dolchamar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Dolchamar Indie pop, Synthpop Ska punk