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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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56 17
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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2
78 38
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

3
45 12
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
29 12
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

5
29 12
Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Giorgio Moroder Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

6
30 15
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
37 28
Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

8
17 5
Wendy Carlos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Wendy Carlos Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music

9
36 28
New Order is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

10
17 4
Isao Tomita is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Isao Tomita Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music

11
18 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
20 11
Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Hans Zimmer Electronic music, Film score, Video game music

13
32 28
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

14
26 26
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Aphex Twin Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

15
20 22
Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Air Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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16
12 10
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

17
12 15
CAN is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
CAN Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

18
16 19
Front 242 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Front 242 Electronic body music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

19
19 23
Ladytron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Ladytron Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

20
16 22
Björk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

21
16 17
Alison Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Alison Goldfrapp Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

22
12 17
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

23
8 8
Ash Ra Tempel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock, Space rock, Electronic music

24
9 6
Karl Bartos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Karl Bartos Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

25
5 4
Edgar Froese is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Edgar Froese Electronic music

26
13 16
Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Boards of Canada Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

27
9 14
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

28
7 6
Cluster is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Cluster Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music

29
14 17
Art of Noise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Art of Noise Downtempo, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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17 21
Enigma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Enigma Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

31
2 5
Lightwave is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Lightwave Ambient music

32
16 21
Above & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Above & Beyond Vocal trance, Electronic music, Uplifting trance

33
11 18
The Orb is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
The Orb Electronic music, Chill-out music, Dub

34
7 13
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Marillion Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

35
12 20
Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Blutengel Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

36
16 22
Devo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

37
5 11
Iva Davies is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Iva Davies New Wave, Rock music, Electro

38
12 21
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

39
9 17
And One is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
And One Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

40
10 15
A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
A. R. Rahman Soundtrack, Bollywood, Indian classical music

41
3 11
Chvrches is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Chvrches Synthpop, Electronic music

42
5 12
Icehouse is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

43
7 15
Accessory is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Accessory Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic music

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45
3 12
London Grammar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added London Grammar

46
6 14
Cut Copy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Cut Copy Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

47
6 14
808 State is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
808 State New Wave, Neurofunk, Rave music

48
10 20
Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Fatboy Slim Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

49
3 10
Colin Newman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Colin Newman Electronic music, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

50
4 8
Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists