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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76 41
New Order is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

2
69 45
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

3
46 27
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

4
49 30
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

5
50 34
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

6
31 18
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

7
42 31
Björk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

8
24 14
M83 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
dreamertilldawn added Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

9
29 20
LCD Soundsystem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Elise Hennigan added Synthpop, Dance-punk, Electronic music

10
29 21
The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

11
30 23
Hot Chip is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Neo soul

12
26 19
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
JeanDu added Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

13
24 18
Justice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Dance-punk, Rock music, Indietronica

14
21 17
Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

15
22 19
Erasure is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

16
20 18
Happy Mondays is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Acid house, Madchester, Electronic music

17
16 14
Electronic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music

18
24 23
Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

19
20 19
Leftfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic music, Alternative dance, House music

20
16 15
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
JeanDu added Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

21
15 14
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

22
14 13
EMF is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Madchester, Dance-rock, Electronic music

23
20 20
Primal Scream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, House music

24
10 9
Saint Etienne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Trip hop

25
15 15
Pop Will Eat Itself is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Dance Bands
Electronic music, Industrial rock, Grebo