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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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62 21
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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2
82 40
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

3
49 13
Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Jean Michel Jarre New Age music, Electronic music, Trance music

4
32 14
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

5
30 13
Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Giorgio Moroder Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

6
31 16
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

7
19 5
Wendy Carlos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Wendy Carlos Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music

8
40 29
Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

9
18 4
Isao Tomita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Isao Tomita Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music

10
37 29
New Order is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

11
19 6
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Eloy Fritsch New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock

12
36 30
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

13
21 11
Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Hans Zimmer Electronic music, Film score, Video game music

14
29 27
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Aphex Twin Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

15
22 23
Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Air Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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15 12
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

17
18 20
Front 242 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Front 242 Electronic body music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

18
7 4
Edgar Froese is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Edgar Froese Electronic music

19
12 16
CAN is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
CAN Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

20
17 23
Björk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

21
17 18
Alison Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Alison Goldfrapp Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

22
19 24
Ladytron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Ladytron Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

23
12 18
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

24
8 8
Ash Ra Tempel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock, Space rock, Electronic music

25
9 7
Karl Bartos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Karl Bartos Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

26
8 6
Cluster is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Cluster Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music

27
13 16
Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Boards of Canada Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

28
9 14
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

29
20 22
Enigma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Enigma Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

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30
15 17
Art of Noise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Art of Noise Downtempo, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

31
14 20
Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Blutengel Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

32
8 13
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Marillion Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

33
2 5
Lightwave is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Lightwave Ambient music

34
11 18
The Orb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
The Orb Electronic music, Chill-out music, Dub

35
0 0
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Bradley Jacobs added Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

36
0 0
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Bradley Jacobs added Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

37
10 17
And One is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
And One Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

38
16 22
Above & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Above & Beyond Vocal trance, Electronic music, Uplifting trance

39
16 22
Devo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

40
5 11
Iva Davies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Iva Davies New Wave, Rock music, Electro

41
9 13
BT is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
BT Soundtrack, Rock music, Electronic music

42
12 21
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

43
11 20
Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Fatboy Slim Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

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44
10 15
A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
A. R. Rahman Soundtrack, Bollywood, Indian classical music

45
7 15
Accessory is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Accessory Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic music

46
7 15
The Future Sound of London is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
The Future Sound of London Acid techno, Acid house, Trip hop

47
3 12
Chvrches is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Chvrches Synthpop, Electronic music

48
6 14
Cut Copy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Cut Copy Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

49
5 9
IAMX is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
IAMX Synthpop, Indie, Dark cabaret

50
9 15
Electronic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music