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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240 112
Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Dark ambient, Synthpop, Industrial rock

2
310 159
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

3
230 116
Ministry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

4
202 106
KMFDM is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

5
145 75
Front 242 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Electronic body music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

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143 76
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

7
136 72
Front Line Assembly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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123 65
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

9
112 68
Coil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

10
198 140
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

11
102 64
Laibach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
coldspacemusic added Neoclassical Dark Wave, Industrial metal, Rock music

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98 63
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
118 81
:wumpscut: is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

14
77 48
Die Krupps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Synthpunk, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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38 15
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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54 32
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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81 58
Pigface is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Rock music, Industrial rock, Industrial music

18
77 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
90 69
VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

20
52 33
The Synthetic Dream Foundation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

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81 61
CombiChrist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Post-industrial music

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67 48
Pig is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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34 18
Godflesh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal

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73 57
Assemblage 23 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

25
29 14
Nurse with Wound is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Dark ambient, Drone music, Industrial music

26
34 22
Chemlab is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

27
32 20
SPK is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
KennethOblivion added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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43 32
Test Dept is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial music

29
64 54
Lords of Acid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Acid house, Electronic body music, Rave music

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55 45
Alien Sex Fiend is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic music

31
47 37
Download is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electronic music, Post-industrial music, Industrial music

32
50 41
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

33
67 59
Filter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music

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20 10
Current 93 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Neofolk

35
43 35
The Legendary Pink Dots is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Noise rock, Synthpop, Rock music

36
38 30
Haujobb is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Electro-industrial, Electronic music, Industrial music

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37 29
Lard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial metal, Industrial music, Punk rock

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50 45
OOMPH! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Post-metal, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

39
50 45
Machines of Loving Grace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial rock, Grunge, Industrial music

40
49 44
Angelspit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpunk, Synthpop, Electro-industrial

41
39 33
The Young Gods is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Industrial rock

42
52 48
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

43
53 50
And One is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

44
34 29
Fear Factory is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Thrash metal, Industrial metal, Groove metal

45
33 29
Suicide is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpunk, New Wave, No wave

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46 45
Atari Teenage Riot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpunk, Electronic music, Noise music

47
32 30
Noise Unit is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial music

48
54 56
Stabbing Westward is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

49
42 42
Mindless Self Indulgence is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Synthpunk, Hip hop music, Dance-punk

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