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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69 38
New Order is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

2
67 40
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

3
43 24
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

4
46 28
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

5
47 29
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

6
30 16
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

7
22 11
M83 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
dreamertilldawn added Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

8
28 17
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Elise Hennigan added Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

9
28 17
The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

10
40 29
Björk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

11
30 20
Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Neo soul

12
24 15
Justice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Dance-punk, Rock music, Indietronica

13
24 16
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
JeanDu added Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

14
22 16
Erasure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

15
19 14
Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

16
20 16
Leftfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic music, Alternative dance, House music

17
15 11
Electronic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music

18
19 16
Cut Copy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

19
14 11
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

20
22 20
Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

21
18 16
Primal Scream is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, House music

22
13 11
EMF is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Madchester, Dance-rock, Electronic music

23
9 7
Saint Etienne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Trip hop

24
17 16
Happy Mondays is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Acid house, Madchester, Electronic music

25
15 14
The Presets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Ariel Kana added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

26
14 13
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
JeanDu added Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

27
14 13
The Go! Team is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

28
13 12
The Crystal Method is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic music, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

29
19 19
Museum Of Neurotic Origins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

30
5 4
Santigold is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Elise Hennigan added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

31
13 13
Kele Okereke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Dubstep, Electro house, Alternative dance

32
11 11
CSS is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

33
18 19
Meat Beat Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Trip hop

34
9 9
Holy Ghost! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

35
8 8
The Avalanches is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic music, Hip Hop, Alternative dance

36
13 14
Pop Will Eat Itself is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic music, Industrial rock, Grebo

37
12 13
Midnight Juggernauts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

38
12 13
Friendly Fires is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

39
11 12
Republica is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Dance-punk, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

40
11 12
A Certain Ratio is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Dance-punk, Alternative dance, House music

41
9 10
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

42
1 1
Henge is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Sam Fez added

43
15 17
Ace of Base is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music

44
9 11
Cobra Starship is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpunk, Pop punk, Synthpop

45
9 11
Infected Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
spiralx added Industrial rock, Electronic music, Electro house

46
8 10
Delphic is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Indie, Shoegazing, Electronic music

47
8 10
Foals is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

48
7 9
Metronomy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
JeanDu added Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

49
6 8
Delorean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Balearic beat, Electronic music, Alternative dance

50
6 8
Crystal Fighters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, Indie, Folk music