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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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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music
2
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music
3
Air is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music
4
Edgar Froese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Electronic music
5
Enigma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat
6
Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
New Age music, Electronic music, Trance music
7
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
8
Front 242 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic body music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music
9
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient
10
Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop
11
New Order is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
12
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Bradley Jacobs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
13
Björk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house
14
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music
15
Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Disco, Pop music
16
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music
17
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism
18
Devo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop
19
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Electronic music, House music, French house
20
Isao Tomita is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music
21
Wendy Carlos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
passionsears added Synthpop, Electronic music, Classical music
22
Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music
23
Ladytron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing
24
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock
25
CAN is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music