bands/musicians The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists  

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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. (118 items)
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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Pet Shop Boys Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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New Order is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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The Human League is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
The Human League Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Tears for Fears Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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+ - 92 45
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Duran Duran Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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A-ha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
A-ha Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

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Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yazoo Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Erasure is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Erasure Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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+ - 101 56
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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+ - 102 49
Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Alphaville Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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+ - 102 51
Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Ultravox Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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+ - 63 43
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Thompson Twins Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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+ - 44 16
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Talk Talk Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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+ - 70 56
Devo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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+ - 68 51
Frankie Goes to Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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+ - 43 33
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Men Without Hats Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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ABC is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
ABC Synthpop, New Wave, Disco

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Camouflage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Camouflage Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Spandau Ballet Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Blancmange Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

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Propaganda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Propaganda Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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John Foxx is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
John Foxx Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Berlin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Berlin Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Visage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Visage Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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And One is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
And One Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

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La Roux is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
La Roux Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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Art of Noise is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Art of Noise Downtempo, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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Hurts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Hurts Synthpop, New Wave, Hi-NRG

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Grimes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Grimes Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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Japan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Japan Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Naked Eyes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Naked Eyes Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Heaven 17 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Heaven 17 Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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Covenant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Covenant Synthpop, Electronic body music, Electronic music

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Yello is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yello Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Fad Gadget New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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Section 25 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Section 25 Electro, Electronic music, Alternative dance

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+ - 45 49
M83 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
M83 Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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Harmjoy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists

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Landscape is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Landscape Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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+ - 34 47
Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Bananarama Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

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Chris & Cosey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Chris & Cosey Chris & Cosey, now performing as Carter Tutti, are a band formed in 1981, consisting of couple Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, both previously members of industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle.