Bands/Musicians The Best Industrial Bands  

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Industrial bands, over the years, have been known for their explosive live shows and ambitious, often times challenging music. The best industrial bands are known for exploring the sound space and structure and melding the formerly unfamiliar genres of electronic music and rock music. Industrial bands rose to prominence in the 1970s. Over time, industrial music has come to include ambient music as well. Several genres spawned from the initial industrial movement, like post-industrial, electro-industrial and the popular industrial metal. This list includes all industrial bands.

So, what are the best industrial bands? You'll see a bunch of familiar names, like Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Ministry, Atari Teenage Riot and Skinny Puppy on this list. Almost of all the bands on this list of industrial bands is widely recognized for their innovation and creativity in experimenting with sound. While many of these bands never achieved commercial acclaim, others became some of the biggest bands in the world.

That said, it's up to you to decide what are the best industrial bands. If you notice that an industrial band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them.  This list answers the questions "who are the best industrial music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest industrial music 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 industrial music bands that you might've heard of. (229 items)
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249 117
Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Dark ambient, Synthpop, Industrial rock

2
326 164
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

3
240 118
Ministry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

4
208 110
KMFDM is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

5
152 78
Front 242 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Electronic body music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

6
148 77
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

7
142 74
Front Line Assembly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

8
130 66
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

9
117 69
Coil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

10
206 142
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

11
106 64
Laibach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
coldspacemusic added Neoclassical Dark Wave, Industrial metal, Rock music

12
102 66
My Life With the Thrill Kill K... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Disco, Pop music, Electronic music

13
80 48
Die Krupps is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Synthpunk, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

14
120 83
:wumpscut: is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

15
41 17
Swans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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57 33
Meat Beat Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Trip hop

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84 58
Pigface is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Rock music, Industrial rock, Industrial music

18
79 55
Leæther Strip is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial music

19
94 70
VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

20
39 19
Godflesh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal

21
84 62
CombiChrist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Post-industrial music

22
69 48
Pig is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

23
53 34
The Synthetic Dream Foundation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

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75 58
Assemblage 23 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

25
35 20
SPK is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
KennethOblivion added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

26
46 32
Test Dept is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial music

27
30 16
Nurse with Wound is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Dark ambient, Drone music, Industrial music

28
68 55
Lords of Acid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Acid house, Electronic body music, Rave music

29
59 46
Alien Sex Fiend is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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35 22
Chemlab is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

31
51 41
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

32
68 60
Filter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music

33
47 38
Download is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electronic music, Post-industrial music, Industrial music

34
21 11
Current 93 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Neofolk

35
44 36
The Legendary Pink Dots is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Noise rock, Synthpop, Rock music

36
55 49
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

37
41 34
The Young Gods is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Industrial rock

38
38 31
Haujobb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Electro-industrial, Electronic music, Industrial music

39
37 30
Lard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial metal, Industrial music, Punk rock

40
36 29
Fear Factory is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Thrash metal, Industrial metal, Groove metal

41
50 45
Angelspit is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpunk, Synthpop, Electro-industrial

42
50 45
Machines of Loving Grace is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial rock, Grunge, Industrial music

43
50 45
OOMPH! is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Post-metal, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

44
54 50
And One is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

45
34 29
Suicide is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpunk, New Wave, No wave

46
44 42
Mindless Self Indulgence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Synthpunk, Hip hop music, Dance-punk

47
56 56
Stabbing Westward is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

48
46 46
Atari Teenage Riot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpunk, Electronic music, Noise music

49
28 26
Big Black is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Noise rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

50
28 26
Gravity Kills is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Nu metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock