bands/musicians The Best Alternative Dance Bands  

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List Rules Only alt dance bands and artists. Other genres of EDM should be here

Mixing elements of rock, most notably post-punk, indie and alternative rock with electronic dance music, alternative dance was a predominantly British-focused genre for its initial existence. This fusion of rock and dance music allowed for alternative dance music to become popular in the club and allowed it to reach a bigger audience. The beauty of alternative dance and the alternative dance music movement is that it spawned other subgenres, all of which remain popular today due to these alternative dance bands.

So, what are the best alternative dance bands? All of the best alt dance bands are on this list and you won't be surprised to see the likes of New Order - the alternative dance pioneers - along with the likes of 1990s alt dance icons The Prodigy,  Hot Chip and Justice on this list. All of these great alt dance artists were at some point the biggest dance music band and made waves on rock radio. Generally, the best alternative dance bands came from outside the U.S., yet they were all able to achieve some degree of success in the States.

That said, it's up to you to determine what is the best alternative dance band and alternative dance artist. If you're a fan of alternative dance, take a look at this list and vote for the best band. If you notice someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative dance bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative dance 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 alternative dance bands that you might've heard of. (130 items)
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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Gorillaz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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New Order is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
The Prodigy Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Pet Shop Boys Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Panic! at the Disco Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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M83 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
dreamertilldawn added M83 Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
The Chemical Brothers Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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Erasure is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Erasure Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Elise Hennigan added LCD Soundsystem Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

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Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Hot Chip Indie pop, Synthpop, Neo soul

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Justice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Justice Dance-punk, Rock music, Indietronica

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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
JeanDu added MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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Leftfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Leftfield Electronic music, Alternative dance, House music

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EMF is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
EMF Madchester, Dance-rock, Electronic music

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Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Passion Pit Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Underworld Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

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Saint Etienne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Saint Etienne Indie pop, Synthpop, Trip hop

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Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Public Image Ltd Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

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Cut Copy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Cut Copy Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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The Go! Team is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
The Go! Team Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

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Electronic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music

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Primal Scream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Primal Scream Rock music, Electronic music, House music

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Happy Mondays is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Happy Mondays Acid house, Madchester, Electronic music

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The Crystal Method is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
The Crystal Method Electronic music, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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Santigold is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Elise Hennigan added Santigold Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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Museum Of Neurotic Origins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Museum Of Neurotic Origins Synthpop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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Meat Beat Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Meat Beat Manifesto Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Trip hop

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Kele Okereke is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Kele Okereke Dubstep, Electro house, Alternative dance

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13 12
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
JeanDu added Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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Delphic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Delphic Indie, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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Ace of Base is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Ace of Base Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music

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Henge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Sam Fez added Henge

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Friendly Fires is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Friendly Fires Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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Pop Will Eat Itself is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Pop Will Eat Itself Electronic music, Industrial rock, Grebo

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Republica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Republica Dance-punk, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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CSS is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
CSS Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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Infected Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
spiralx added Infected Mushroom Industrial rock, Electronic music, Electro house

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9 9
Cobra Starship is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Cobra Starship Synthpunk, Pop punk, Synthpop

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Foals is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Foals Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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

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Holy Ghost! is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Holy Ghost! Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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The Avalanches is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
The Avalanches Electronic music, Hip Hop, Alternative dance

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The Presets is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Ariel Kana added The Presets Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

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In-Grid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
In-Grid Pop music, Dance-pop, Alternative dance

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Brazilian Girls is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Brazilian Girls Downtempo, Pop music, Dance-punk

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Front Line Assembly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Front Line Assembly Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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A Certain Ratio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
A Certain Ratio Dance-punk, Alternative dance, House music

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Crystal Fighters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Crystal Fighters Synthpop, Indie, Folk music