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. (185 items)

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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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211 63
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Sisters of Mercy Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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177 51
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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182 56
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

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162 60
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Clan of Xymox Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

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137 54
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

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107 45
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

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89 41
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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48 14
The Synthetic Dream Foundation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Synthetic Dream Foundation Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

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114 60
Wolfsheim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Wolfsheim Synthpop, Dark wave

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101 54
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Fields of the Nephilim Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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She Wants Revenge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
She Wants Revenge Gothic rock, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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The Frozen Autumn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
The Frozen Autumn Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Peter Murphy Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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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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74 39
Christian Death is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Christian Death Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Blutengel Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
VNV Nation Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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34 10
Melisande Mourning is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added Melisande Mourning

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Project Pitchfork is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Project Pitchfork Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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The Mission is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Mission New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Samantha Bouquin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added Samantha Bouquin

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Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

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Elizabeth Fawn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added Elizabeth Fawn

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Switchblade Symphony is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Switchblade Symphony Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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

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She Past Away is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
CécilePalant added She Past Away

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Natasha Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added Natasha Nightingale

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Coil is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Coil Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

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Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
London After Midnight Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

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The Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Birthday Party Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

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Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Lacrimosa Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Fad Gadget New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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

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40 26
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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Lycia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Lycia Gothic rock, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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25 14
Diamanda Galás is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Diamanda Galás Gothic rock, No wave, Electronic music

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The Creatures is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added The Creatures Gothic rock, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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Bella Morte is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Bella Morte Gothic rock, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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Abandoned Toys is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
nancygraisonn added Abandoned Toys

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Cold Cave is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Cold Cave Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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Rosetta Stone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Rosetta Stone Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

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Black tape for a blue girl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Black tape for a blue girl Dark ambient, Rock music, Folk music

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24 14
Das Ich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Das Ich Electro-industrial, Electronic music, Industrial music

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Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Rare0wner added Killing Joke Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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Poésie Noire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Poésie Noire Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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34 24
Diorama is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Diorama Synthpop, Electronic music, Dark wave