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Best Synthpop Bands/Artists

Over the past few decades, synthpop has become known as one of the most quirky and fun genres of pop music. Originating in the 1960s, synthpop bands started popping up as more new wave, Krautrock, progressive rock, and art rock bands started incorporating synthesizers in their sound and synthpop is an offshoot of that. Synthesizer-based sounds caught on with audiences. Synthpop bands, with their abundance of and reliance on electronic instruments, creates some of the most interesting new sounds in music. At the beginning of the 2000s, synthpop reemerged as a powerful genre that coincided with the electronic music boom and has yet to subside.

So, what are the best synthpop bands and synthpop artists? Any list of synthpop bands has to include the likes of Depeche Mode, Devo, Kraftwerk, Passion Pit and M83 on it. Mixing synthpop bands old and new, these artists are some of the most recognizable bands in the genre. Between their biggest hits, album sales and sold out live shows, synthpop bands are become way more popular than they've been since the 1980s. 

That said it's up to you to vote for the best synthpop bands and synthpop artists. If you are familiar with synthpop bands and you notice that someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them to this list. This list answers the questions "who are the best synthpop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest synthpop 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 synthpop bands that you might've heard of. (63 items)

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    Actually, Very, Behaviour

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    Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses

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    The Man-Machine, Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express

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    Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life

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    Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me

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    Dazzle Ships, Architecture & Morality, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the ...

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    Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria

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    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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    Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World ...

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    In Your Room, The Complete Situation, The 12 Inch Mixes

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    Catching Rays on Giant, Afternoons in Utopia, The Singles Collection

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    Ultravox!, Rage in Eden, Quartet

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    Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

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    12inch Mixes, The Art of Falling Apart, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

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    A Flock of Seagulls, Listen, The Light at the End of the World

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    Laughing Stock, Spirit of Eden, The Colour of Spring

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    Relax, Welcome to the Pleasuredome, Bang!... The Greatest Hits of Frankie ...

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    1234, A Secret Wish, Wishful Thinking

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    Believe You Me, Mange Tout, Happy Families

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    Metal Rhythm, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon

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    Hold Me Now, In the Name of Love, The Stone

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    Freedom of Choice, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Fresh

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    Through the Barricades, Journeys to Glory, True

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    The Golden Age of Wireless, Aliens Ate My Buick, The Flat Earth

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    Count Three & Pray, All The Way In, 20th Century Masters: The ...

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    Pop Goes the World, Folk of the 80s (Part III), The Safety Dance

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    Relocated, Meanwhile, Voices & Images

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    Exile, Happiness, Better Than Love

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    La Roux, Sidetracked, Quicksand (Kitsuné Remixes)

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    Translucence + Drift Music, From Trash, The Pleasures of Electricity

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    Oracular Spectacular, MGMT, Flash Delirium

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    Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, Saturdays = Youth

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    Cruel Summer, Greatest Hits Collection, Shy Boy

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    Sequencer, Modern Ruin, Skyshaper

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    In Ghost Colours, Bright Like Neon Love, Free Your Mind

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    Tango & Cash, Kuffs, The Running Man

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    Into a Secret Land, The Long Play, Ten on One (The Singles)

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, United, Bankrupt!

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    X ∞ Multiplies, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Technodon

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    Make It Big, The Best of Wham!: If You Were There..., The Final

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    Cause & Effect, Trip, Innermost Station

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    Fever, Light Years, Rhythm of Love

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    Mecano, Aidalai, Descanso Dominical

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    Meanwhile, Continuous, She's A Secretary

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    Give Up, Against All Odds, We Will Become Silhouettes

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    Sound of Silver, This Is Happening, LCD Soundsystem

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    One Pure Thought, The Warning, One Life Stand

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    Bad Blood, No One’s Here to Sleep, Remixed

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    We Collide, Automation Baby, An Alternative Solution

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    Ocean Eyes, Maybe I'm Dreaming, Of June

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