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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356 173
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

2
268 124
Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Dark ambient, Synthpop, Industrial rock

3
261 121
Ministry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

4
225 114
KMFDM is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

5
173 82
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
155 77
Front Line Assembly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

7
158 82
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

8
138 72
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

9
125 75
Coil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

10
219 150
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

11
112 69
Laibach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
coldspacemusic added Neoclassical Dark Wave, Industrial metal, Rock music

12
87 51
Die Krupps is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Synthpunk, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

13
111 72
My Life With the Thrill Kill K... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Disco, Pop music, Electronic music

14
125 87
:wumpscut: is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

15
65 36
Meat Beat Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Trip hop

16
90 60
Pigface is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Rock music, Industrial rock, Industrial music

17
43 20
Godflesh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal

18
83 57
Leæther Strip is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial music

19
75 51
Pig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

20
43 22
Swans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

21
89 65
CombiChrist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Post-industrial music

22
99 75
VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

23
39 22
Chemlab is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music

24
79 61
Assemblage 23 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

25
53 36
The Synthetic Dream Foundation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk