Electronic Music The Best Electronic Bands & Artists  

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With the growth of electronic dance music, it's easy to forget that there's a separate genre called electronic music. Not all electronic music is meant for dancing, and while a number of the electronic music bands on this list are of the dance variety, there is also a subgenre of electronic music that isn't necessarily meant for dancing. The top electronic music bands do make dance music, and obviously they're considered some of the best electronic music bands, but dance music isn't a precursor for success. Electronic music, technically, is defined as using and employing electronic instruments. It's easy to forget this with the burgeoning popularity of EDM artists, but it is the definition of electronic music.

So, that said, who should be on the electronic bands list? Including the top EDM bands, the list is plentiful. Familiar faces like Daft Punk and Kraftwerk are rightfully on here, as are other electronic bands like Depeche Mode, Air and Brian Eno. Again, the similar quality that these seemingly diverse artists have is that they use electronic instruments to create music. The electronic music bands list should include all electronic music bands, not just one of group or another. 

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide who are the best electronic bands. This list answers the questions "who are the best electronic bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest electronic musician ever?" Only you know the answer to that question. This poll of best electronic bands should be the best way to determine who is the greatest of all time.

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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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81 34
Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Jean Michel Jarre New Age music, Electronic music, Trance music

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110 87
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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51 26
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Eloy Fritsch New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock

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40 27
Isao Tomita is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Isao Tomita Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music

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38 31
Wendy Carlos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Wendy Carlos Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music

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71 56
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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20 5
Deadmau5 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
michonic.9053 added Deadmau5 Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house

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20 6
Skrillex is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
michonic.9053 added Skrillex Dubstep, Piano, Emo

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48 44
Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Giorgio Moroder Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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48 48
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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51 64
New Order is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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42 48
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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45 64
Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

The Best Similar Artists Like Illenium

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39 57
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Aphex Twin Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

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22 33
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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28 46
Air is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Air Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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12 18
Edgar Froese is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Edgar Froese Electronic music

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14 25
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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24 41
Front 242 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Front 242 Electronic body music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

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27 35
Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Hans Zimmer Electronic music, Film score, Video game music

The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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20 36
Björk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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12 16
Cluster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Cluster Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music

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20 38
Ladytron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Ladytron Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

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13 18
Karl Bartos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Karl Bartos Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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19 27
Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Boards of Canada Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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12 22
Autechre is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Autechre Hip hop music, Minimal techno, Electro

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13 28
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

The Youngest EDM Artists

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13 28
CAN is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
CAN Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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19 28
Devo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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13 20
Ash Ra Tempel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock, Space rock, Electronic music

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4 7
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Bradley Jacobs added Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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23 35
Enigma is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Enigma Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

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10 21
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Marillion Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

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13 26
The Orb is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
The Orb Electronic music, Chill-out music, Dub

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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13 26
Everything but the Girl is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Everything but the Girl Lounge music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music

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8 14
Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Fad Gadget New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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15 30
Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Blutengel Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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8 19
The Future Sound of London is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
The Future Sound of London Acid techno, Acid house, Trip hop

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1 4
Etienne de Crécy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
RodrigoBarbosa added Etienne de Crécy Electro, Electronic music, House music

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11 24
Felix da Housecat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Felix da Housecat Minimal techno, Electronic music, Alternative dance

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7 18
Cut Copy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Cut Copy Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

The Best New Country Artists

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16 27
Art of Noise is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Art of Noise Downtempo, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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12 21
Jamiroquai is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Jamiroquai Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Ballad

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8 20
Amon Tobin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Amon Tobin Nu jazz, Dubstep, Trip hop

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8 20
Accessory is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Accessory Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic music

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4 9
Conrad Schnitzler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Conrad Schnitzler Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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3 12
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Boney M

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11 25
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Throbbing Gristle Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

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17 29
Above & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Above & Beyond Vocal trance, Electronic music, Uplifting trance