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. (193 items)
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Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

2
253 65
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

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26 1
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219 63
Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

5
23 1
ASP is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Alex Gaginsky added Gothic rock, Industrial metal, Gothic metal

6
177 59
Blutengel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

7
159 53
Diary of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic music

8
107 29
Faith and the Muse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

9
156 58
The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

10
120 45
Switchblade Symphony is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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314 163
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

12
43 6
Vernian Process is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

13
84 28
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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268 145
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Punk rock, Post-punk

15
261 145
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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78 28
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

17
131 62
Echo & the Bunnymen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

18
130 62
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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32 4
Die verbannten Kinder Evas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Dark wave

20
137 69
Wolfsheim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Dark wave

21
106 50
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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219 126
Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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214 123
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
StaceyHaza added New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

24
117 61
The Frozen Autumn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

25
51 16
Das Ich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Darkwave Bands/Artists
Electro-industrial, Electronic music, Industrial music