Bands/Musicians The Best Electronica Artists  

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Though the genre has exploded since the end of the 1990s, the best electronica artists have had their roots planted in dance music for a long time. As you probably expect, electronica music features drum machines, synthesizers, and well, other electronic instruments. This list of electronic bands takes into account DJs and artists from across all subsection of dance music, including house, techno, drum & bass and trip hop. Today, many electronica artists are some of the popular musicians in the world. Between the big, thumping beats, laid back grooves and everything in between, electronica music dominates what many people listen to.

So, with all of these great DJs and electronica bands, which one can truly be called the best? For starters, the likes of Grammy Award winners Daft Punk, Moby, The Chemical Brothers, Giorgio Moroder, The Prodigy and New Order can be considered electronica music. These are some of the biggest names in electronic music and with good reason. Their track record and back catalogue demonstrates their importance to growth of electronica. While these bands are certainly some of the biggest names, there are other names that will off your tongue pretty quickly as well.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best electronica DJs. If you notice someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list of electronic bands answers the questions "who are the best electronica bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest electronica 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 electronica bands that you might've heard of. (396 items)
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748 401
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

2
287 220
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Electronic music, House music, French house

3
151 105
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

4
163 124
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

5
79 52
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
jackslee2 added Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

6
143 114
Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

7
149 131
Björk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

8
147 179
Moby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

9
121 125
The Chemical Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

10
50 40
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

11
87 96
Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

12
97 99
Portishead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Krautrock, Breakbeat, Folktronica

13
78 78
New Order is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

14
116 129
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

15
53 48
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

16
66 58
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

17
147 150
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

18
77 80
Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

19
61 73
Air is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

20
41 38
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

21
48 47
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

22
57 51
Orbital is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Acid techno, Acid house, Minimal techno

23
49 52
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Electro house, Alternative dance, House music

24
25 18
Erasure is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

25
11 6
Don Diablo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
MarioArley added Hip hop music, Dubstep, Disco

26
69 67
Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

27
48 58
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

28
58 56
Autechre is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Hip hop music, Minimal techno, Electro

29
15 17
Martin Solveig is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
MarioArley added Pop music, Deep house, Electronic music

30
214 241
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

31
62 82
M83 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

32
33 37
Crystal Castles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave

33
49 56
Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

34
20 16
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

35
59 66
Tiësto is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Downtempo, Vocal trance, Electro house

36
46 59
Deadmau5 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Minimal techno, New Wave, Electro house

37
60 69
Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Vocal trance, Electro house, Neo-trance

38
46 48
The Orb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Electronic music, Chill-out music, Dub

39
16 8
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
sssvnnn added Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

40
15 12
Cluster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
passionsears added Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music

41
43 54
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

42
32 36
Squarepusher is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Acid techno, Electronic music, Acid jazz

43
23 25
Robert Miles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
MarioArley added Nu jazz, Pop music, Trip hop

44
21 26
Chvrches is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Synthpop, Electronic music

45
22 24
Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
jackslee2 added Synthpop, Deep house, Electronic music

46
55 60
The Crystal Method is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Electronic music, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

47
29 33
Knife Party is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Dubstep, Electro house, House music

48
55 66
DJ Shadow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Hip hop music, Trip hop, Electronic music

49
41 49
Paul van Dyk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
Pop music, House music, Electronic dance music

50
18 12
Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Electronica Artists
sssvnnn added New Age music, Electronic music, Trance music