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The Most Influential Electronic Music Pioneers

Making a list of the most influential electronic music pioneers may seem like a breeze, but it isn't. The choices are virtually endless, spanning decades off electronic music. These are just some of the best of the best, so to speak. In each case, the artist or artists directly affected the future of electronic music, offering fans a totally unique perspective on the genre. Read on to find out about some of the most influential musicians in electronic music, and be sure to vote on your electronica favorites!

Who are some of the most influential electronic music pioneers? There are plenty to choose from, and a bunch got their start in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Groups like Kraftwerk, New Order to name a few are considered some of the greatest electronic music bands of all time.

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    Germany's Kraftwerk is arguably among the very best when it comes to influential electronic music. With a signature style that also includes some pretty awesome hooks, Kraftwerk remains a leader in the genre, influencing everyone from David Bowie to Afrika Bambaataa.

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    Depeche Mode deserves a place on any list that includes pioneers of electronic music, particularly electro-pop. This British band, fronted by the brilliant David Gahan, has recorded heavily synthesized tunes that range from the upbeat (early Depeche) to the brooding and dark (later years). Depeche remains hugely popular today. Bands like The Crystal Method cite Depeche Mode as a massive influence.

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    Peer Van Mladen Added by: predrag

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    The Grammy Award-winning French duo Daft Punk collaborate to create innovative and fascinating electronic music that not only thrills critics, but also fans. Daft Punk is still collaborating with mainstream artists like Kanye West and the duo also composed the movie soundtrack for the 2010 film "Tron: Legacy." If you ever get the opportunity to check out a Daft Punk live show, do it. Move Heaven and Earth to get there - you won't be disappointed!

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    The British alternative/electronic band New Order burst onto the scene in the 1980s, putting out a series of mainstream hit songs that remain a staple on radio today. New Order became extremely influential - the band's unique blend of electronic dance and new wave music spawned a host of other acts. New Order was also part of the alt dance supergroup Electronic, which featured members (or former members) of the Pet Shop Boys, the Smiths, and - lo and behold - a former member of Kraftwerk.

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    The British electronic group The Prodigy was extremely influential in the genre, particularly in the so-called "big beat" area of music. With heavy back beats and rhythm similar to techno, The Prodigy managed to influence while enjoying a great deal of mainstream popularity. Listen to The Prodigy and you'll hear everything from rave music to industrial to rock and punk and, of course, electronica.

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