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The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists 

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Updated May 12, 2020 13.4k votes 1.7k voters 106.2k views 200 items

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. (200 items)
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Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Siouxsie & the Bansh... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Wolfsheim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Diary of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Echo & the Bunnymen ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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The Frozen Autumn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Switchblade Symphony is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Faith and the Muse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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She Wants Revenge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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She Past Away is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Einstürzende Neubau... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
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Project Pitchfork is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists