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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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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Air is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Front 242 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Enigma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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The Orb is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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New Order is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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808 State is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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The Future Sound of Lond... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Edgar Froese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Orbital is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Björk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Devo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Electronic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists
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Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Electronic Bands & Artists