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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. {#nodes}
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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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209 52
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

3
165 35
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
130 27
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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134 31
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
129 35
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Clan of Xymox Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

7
104 30
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
80 28
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
68 24
Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Fields of the Nephilim Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

10
62 21
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

11
82 35
The Frozen Autumn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Frozen Autumn Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

12
89 40
Wolfsheim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Wolfsheim Synthpop, Dark wave

13
59 21
Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Peter Murphy Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

14
73 32
Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Blutengel Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

15
70 30
Diary of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Diary of Dreams Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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77 35
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

17
69 30
The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Crüxshadows Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

18
84 42
VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
VNV Nation Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

19
73 35
She Wants Revenge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
She Wants Revenge Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

20
52 21
Switchblade Symphony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Switchblade Symphony Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

21
45 16
The Mission is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Mission New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

22
53 23
Christian Death is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Christian Death Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

23
48 20
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Human League Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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46 21
Project Pitchfork is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Project Pitchfork Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

25
47 22
London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
London After Midnight Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

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33 11
The Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Birthday Party Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

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38 17
Lycia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Lycia Gothic rock, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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29 11
Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Fad Gadget New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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31 14
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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34 18
Faith and the Muse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Faith and the Muse Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

31
15 2
She Past Away is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
CécilePalant added She Past Away

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26 12
Coil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Coil Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

33
20 7
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

34
38 23
Emilie Autumn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Emilie Autumn Synthpop, Dark cabaret, Electronic music

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42 27
:wumpscut: is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
:wumpscut: Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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36 23
Hocico is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Hocico Hardstyle, Electro-industrial, Electronic music

37
25 14
Poésie Noire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Poésie Noire Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

38
15 5
Virgin Prunes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
mike bastard added Virgin Prunes Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

39
29 18
Rosetta Stone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Rosetta Stone Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

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21 12
Ikon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Ikon Gothic rock, Electronic music, Dark wave

41
29 20
Diorama is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Diorama Synthpop, Electronic music, Dark wave

42
30 21
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Lacrimosa Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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13 5
Collide is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Collide Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Trip hop

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15 7
Das Ich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Das Ich Electro-industrial, Electronic music, Industrial music

45
16 8
Sex Gang Children is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
mike bastard added Sex Gang Children Gothic rock, Dark cabaret, Alternative rock

46
18 10
Diamanda Galás is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Diamanda Galás Gothic rock, No wave, Electronic music

47
21 13
The Cassandra Complex is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Cassandra Complex Gothic rock, Emo, Electronic music

48
23 15
William Control is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
William Control Synthpop, Spoken word, Rock music

49
26 18
The Knife is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Knife Minimal techno, Dark ambient, New Wave

50
13 6
Pink Turns Blue is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Pink Turns Blue New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music