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.

list ordered by

1
118 71
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

2
94 47
Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
New Age music, Electronic music, Trance music

3
129 103
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

4
94 64
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic music, House music, French house

5
31 11
Deadmau5 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
michonic.9053 added Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house

6
32 14
Skrillex is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
michonic.9053 added Dubstep, Piano, Emo

7
54 37
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock

8
44 38
Isao Tomita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music

9
55 55
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

10
40 42
Wendy Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music

11
52 53
Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

12
47 54
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

13
45 60
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

14
57 71
New Order is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

15
32 48
Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

16
46 69
Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

17
17 20
Edgar Froese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Electronic music

18
17 17
Cluster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music

19
24 36
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

20
30 36
Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic music, Film score, Video game music

21
21 30
Devo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

22
27 43
Front 242 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic body music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

23
20 29
Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

24
22 40
Björk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

25
15 30
CAN is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

26
17 21
Ash Ra Tempel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Krautrock, Space rock, Electronic music

27
14 18
Karl Bartos is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

28
14 23
Jamiroquai is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Ballad

29
14 27
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

30
27 37
Enigma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

31
15 29
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

32
6 8
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Bradley Jacobs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

33
1 1
m1dy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
korrgf added m1dy

34
13 23
Autechre is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Minimal techno, Electro

35
15 26
The Orb is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic music, Chill-out music, Dub

36
20 38
Ladytron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

37
3 5
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Bradley Jacobs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

38
13 25
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

39
11 22
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

40
9 20
Amon Tobin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Nu jazz, Dubstep, Trip hop

41
8 14
Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

42
1 4
Etienne de Crécy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
RodrigoBarbosa added Electro, Electronic music, House music

43
15 30
Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

44
8 19
The Future Sound of London is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Acid techno, Acid house, Trip hop

45
7 13
Hans-Joachim Roedelius is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Krautrock, Synthpop, German rock

46
13 27
Everything but the Girl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Lounge music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music

47
16 27
Art of Noise is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Downtempo, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

48
7 18
Cut Copy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

49
4 9
Conrad Schnitzler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

50
11 25
Felix da Housecat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Minimal techno, Electronic music, Alternative dance