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The Best Industrial Bands 

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Updated March 4, 2020 21.8k votes 1.7k voters 89.1k views 227 items

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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. (227 items)
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Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Ministry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Front 242 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Front Line Assembly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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KMFDM is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Einstürzende Neubau... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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OOMPH! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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My Life With the Thrill ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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:wumpscut: is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Die Krupps is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Coil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Laibach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Leæther Strip is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Pigface is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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CombiChrist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Meat Beat Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Assemblage 23 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Pig is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Lords of Acid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Megaherz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
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Alien Sex Fiend is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Industrial Bands