bands/musicians The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists  

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With its origins beginning in the 1970s, darkwave took post-punk and New Wave and added dark introspective lyrics that differentiated it from other genres. darkwave bands whose fans were known as wavers and dark wavers, took off in the 1980s. darkwave music first took off in Europe and got bigger across that decade. and ended up spawning several other subgenres. But 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? 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 are widely regarded as the most important and influential darkwave bands. Their impact on spreading darkwave music to the masses and helping set it up as an important genre that remains popular.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best darkwave bands. If you notice a band is missing from this poll of darkwave bands, feel free to add them. 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 instead of just voting for the most popular darkwave bands that you might've heard of. (214 items)
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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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205 59
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

3
200 61
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Sisters of Mercy Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

4
169 48
Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Bauhaus Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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174 54
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

6
159 55
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Clan of Xymox Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

7
131 52
Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Dead Can Dance Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

8
103 44
Echo & the Bunnymen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Echo & the Bunnymen New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

9
47 11
The Synthetic Dream Foundation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Synthetic Dream Foundation Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

10
85 39
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

11
111 58
Wolfsheim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Wolfsheim Synthpop, Dark wave

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98 52
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

13
92 48
Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Blutengel Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

14
95 51
The Frozen Autumn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Frozen Autumn Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

The Best New Country Artists

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74 36
Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Peter Murphy Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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83 43
Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Fields of the Nephilim Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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81 42
Diary of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Diary of Dreams Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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88 48
She Wants Revenge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
She Wants Revenge Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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32 7
Melisande Mourning is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added Melisande Mourning

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29 5
Elizabeth Fawn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added Elizabeth Fawn

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64 32
Project Pitchfork is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Project Pitchfork Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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103 63
VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
VNV Nation Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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27 5
Samantha Bouquin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added Samantha Bouquin

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27 5
Natasha Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added Natasha Nightingale

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68 38
Christian Death is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Christian Death Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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64 36
Switchblade Symphony is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Switchblade Symphony Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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59 33
The Mission is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Mission New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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80 50
The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Crüxshadows Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

21 Musicians Who Are (Supposedly) in the Illuminati

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33 14
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

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28 11
She Past Away is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
CécilePalant added She Past Away

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42 23
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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56 35
London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
London After Midnight Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

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58 37
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Human League Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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36 19
Coil is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Coil Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

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41 25
The Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Birthday Party Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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40 25
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Lacrimosa Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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34 20
Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Fad Gadget New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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39 25
Faith and the Muse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Faith and the Muse Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

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22 11
Black tape for a blue girl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Black tape for a blue girl Dark ambient, Rock music, Folk music

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23 12
Das Ich is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Das Ich Electro-industrial, Electronic music, Industrial music

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41 29
Lycia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Lycia Gothic rock, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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23 13
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Throbbing Gristle Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

Rock Stars Who Died at Age 30

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27 17
Bella Morte is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Bella Morte Gothic rock, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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27 17
The Cassandra Complex is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Cassandra Complex Gothic rock, Emo, Electronic music

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28 18
Poésie Noire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Poésie Noire Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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16 7
Abandoned Toys is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
nancygraisonn added Abandoned Toys

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18 9
Cold Cave is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Cold Cave Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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35 25
Rosetta Stone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Rosetta Stone Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

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22 13
Diamanda Galás is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Diamanda Galás Gothic rock, No wave, Electronic music

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24 15
The Creatures is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Creatures Gothic rock, Electronic music, Experimental rock