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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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list ordered by
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New Order is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
2
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop
3
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
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The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music
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Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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M83 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
dreamertilldawn added Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica
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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
JeanDu added Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk
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Björk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house
9
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music
10
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Elise Hennigan added Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music
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The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music
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Justice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Dance-punk, Rock music, Indietronica
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Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Neo soul
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Electronic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music
15
Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave
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Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
JeanDu added Synthpop, New Wave, French rock
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Happy Mondays is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Acid house, Madchester, Electronic music
18
Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk
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Erasure is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
20
Primal Scream is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, House music
21
EMF is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Madchester, Dance-rock, Electronic music
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Cut Copy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk
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Leftfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic music, Alternative dance, House music
24
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop
25
Henge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Sam Fez added