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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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88 32
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

2
75 19
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

3
94 65
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

4
44 9
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Eloy Fritsch New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock

5
35 9
Wendy Carlos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Wendy Carlos Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music

6
35 8
Isao Tomita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Isao Tomita Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music

7
44 26
Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Giorgio Moroder Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

8
42 27
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

9
36 30
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

10
41 47
Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

11
44 45
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

12
39 47
New Order is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

13
32 40
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Aphex Twin Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

14
27 34
Air is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Air Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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15
24 23
Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Hans Zimmer Electronic music, Film score, Video game music

16
17 22
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

17
21 32
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
11 16
Ash Ra Tempel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock, Space rock, Electronic music

19
8 12
Edgar Froese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Edgar Froese Electronic music

20
12 14
Karl Bartos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Karl Bartos Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

21
17 33
Björk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

The Most Influential Electronic Music Pioneers

22
12 26
CAN is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
CAN Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

23
12 26
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

24
19 34
Ladytron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Ladytron Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

25
11 14
Cluster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Cluster Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music

26
22 31
Enigma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Enigma Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

27
17 29
Alison Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Alison Goldfrapp Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

28
1 2
Etienne de Crécy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
RodrigoBarbosa added Etienne de Crécy Electro, Electronic music, House music

The Best Electronic Body Bands/Artists

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1 6
Darkside is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Darkside Downtempo, Electronica, Ambient music

30
9 19
Marillion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Marillion Neo-progressive rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock

31
8 18
Accessory is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Accessory Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic music

32
13 26
Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Boards of Canada Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

33
9 23
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

34
10 17
Electronic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music

35
2 5
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Bradley Jacobs added Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

The Best Gothic Novelists

36
14 28
Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Blutengel Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

37
14 28
Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Fatboy Slim Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

38
10 22
Felix da Housecat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Felix da Housecat Minimal techno, Electronic music, Alternative dance

39
15 25
Art of Noise is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Art of Noise Downtempo, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

40
11 19
Jamiroquai is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Jamiroquai Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Ballad

41
16 27
Above & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Above & Beyond Vocal trance, Electronic music, Uplifting trance

42
7 18
The Future Sound of London is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
The Future Sound of London Acid techno, Acid house, Trip hop

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43
6 20
Amon Tobin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Amon Tobin Nu jazz, Dubstep, Trip hop

44
11 25
Everything but the Girl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Everything but the Girl Lounge music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music

45
16 28
Devo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

46
6 17
Cut Copy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Cut Copy Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

47
9 22
Autechre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Autechre Hip hop music, Minimal techno, Electro

48
7 19
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

49
10 24
And One is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
And One Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

50
5 16
Icehouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music