The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists

With its origins beginning in the 1970s, darkwave fused post-punk with gothic rock and New Wave while adding dark introspective lyrics, differentiating itself from other genres. Darkwave bands (whose fans were known as wavers and dark wavers) took off in the 1980s. Darkwave music first gained major traction in Europe and got bigger across that decade. This type of music ultimately spawned several other subgenres. However, darkwave bands managed to maintain their brooding brand of music; and even today, darkwave music remains as relevant as ever.

So what are the best Darkwave bands of all time? Any list of darkwave music has to include the likes of Bauhaus, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division, She Wants Revenge and Siouxsie and the Banshees. These artists are widely regarded as the most important and influential darkwave bands.

That said, it's up to you to determine who the best darkwave bands are. This list answers the questions "who are the best darkwave bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest darkwave musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music (albums and songs) instead of just voting for the most popular darkwave bands that you might've heard of.

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