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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. (233 items)
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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music
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Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Dark ambient, Synthpop, Industrial rock
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Ministry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop
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KMFDM is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal
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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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Front Line Assembly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal
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Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock
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Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music
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Coil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music
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Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music
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My Life With the Thrill Kill K... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
deanodefiance added Disco, Pop music, Electronic music
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Die Krupps is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Synthpunk, Electronic body music, Industrial metal
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Laibach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
coldspacemusic added Neoclassical Dark Wave, Industrial metal, Rock music
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:wumpscut: is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Electronic body music
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Meat Beat Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Trip hop
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Pigface is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Rock music, Industrial rock, Industrial music
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Swans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave
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Godflesh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Roy Osengar added Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal
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Leæther Strip is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
stephensonpy added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial music
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Pig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music
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VNV Nation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music
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Lords of Acid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
Acid house, Electronic body music, Rave music
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Chemlab is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Industrial music
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CombiChrist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
MichaelHillberry added Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Post-industrial music
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SPK is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Industrial Bands
KennethOblivion added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music