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Intelligent dance music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good intelligent dance music bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top intelligent dance music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Intelligent dance music groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all intelligent dance music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest intelligent dance music bands of all time, since the most famous intelligent dance music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best intelligent dance music music.

You can click on the intelligent dance music band names to see more information about that particular notable intelligent dance music group. If they're near the top of the best intelligent dance music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top intelligent dance music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the intelligent dance music band names themselves.

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The list includes all new intelligent dance music bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of intelligent dance music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into intelligent dance music music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good intelligent dance music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent intelligent dance music bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best intelligent dance music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest intelligent dance 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 intelligent dance music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Aphex Twin Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

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30 6
Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Boards of Canada Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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25 4
Autechre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Autechre Hip hop music, Minimal techno, Electro

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18 4
Koolmorf Widesen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
EVES added Koolmorf Widesen

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13 3
The Tuss is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
The Tuss Acid techno, Electro, Electronic music

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Squarepusher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Squarepusher Acid techno, Electronic music, Acid jazz

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Mike Paradinas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Mike Paradinas Jazz-funk, Electro, Electronic music

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Orbital is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Orbital Acid techno, Acid house, Minimal techno

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Tim Hecker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Tim Hecker Drone music, Glitch, Intelligent dance music

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B12 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
B12 Electronic music, Intelligent dance music, Techno

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Chris Clark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Chris Clark Intelligent dance music, Electronica

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Gescom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Gescom Experimental hip hop, Electronic music, Industrial music

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Jega is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Jega Intelligent dance music

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Boxcutter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Boxcutter Dubstep, Intelligent dance music

The Best Electronica Artists

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Lackluster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Lackluster Downtempo, Chill-out music, Chiptune

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Ulrich Schnauss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Ulrich Schnauss Shoegazing, Electronic music, Indietronica

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Plaid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Plaid Electronic music, Intelligent dance music

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Gerald Donald is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Gerald Donald Electro, Electronic dance music, Experimental music

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Leftfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Leftfield Electronic music, Alternative dance, House music

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Matmos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Matmos Electronic music, Post-industrial music, Glitch

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3 4
Alarm Will Sound is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Alarm Will Sound Electronic music, Classical music, Experimental classical music

The Best Electro Bands/Artists

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6 8
Björk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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2 4
Mouse on Mars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Mouse on Mars Electronic music, Experimental music, Intelligent dance music

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2 4
edIT is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
edIT Experimental hip hop, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

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2 4
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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The Orb is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
The Orb Electronic music, Chill-out music, Dub

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Fine Cut Bodies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Fine Cut Bodies Hip hop music, Minimal techno, Electro

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Suspicion Breeds Confidence is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Suspicion Breeds Confidence Electronic music, Industrial music, Glitch

The Best Big Beat DJs

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James Holden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
James Holden Minimal techno, Neo-trance, House music

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Amon Tobin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Amon Tobin Nu jazz, Dubstep, Trip hop

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6 9
The Future Sound of London is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
The Future Sound of London Acid techno, Acid house, Trip hop

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6 9
Venetian Snares is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Venetian Snares Dark ambient, Orchestra, Glitch

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3 6
Loscil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Loscil Electronic music, Experimental music, Intelligent dance music

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3 6
Tricky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Tricky Hip hop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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Sven Väth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Sven Väth House music, Electronic dance music, Trance music

The Best House Music DJs

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2 5
Tipper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Tipper Hip hop music, Downtempo, Breakbeat

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Larry Heard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Larry Heard Deep house, House music, Intelligent dance music

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Nocore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Nocore Noise, Glitch, Intelligent dance music

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Kirk Degiorgio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Kirk Degiorgio Electronic music, Broken beat, Intelligent dance music

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Michael Mayer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Michael Mayer Electronic dance music, Intelligent dance music, Electronica

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Luomo & Raz Ohara is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Luomo & Raz Ohara Electronic dance music, Dub, Intelligent dance music

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0 3
Gas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Gas Intelligent dance music, Ambient music, Techno

The Best Rave Music Artists

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Jan Jelinek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Jan Jelinek Minimal techno, Glitch, Intelligent dance music

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0 3
The Summer Obsession is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
The Summer Obsession Hip hop music, Pop punk, Pop music

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Phoenecia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Phoenecia Electronic music, Intelligent dance music

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Stendeck is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Stendeck Electro, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

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0 3
Volsoc is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Volsoc Electro, Electronic music, Intelligent dance music

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0 3
Heights of Abraham is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Heights of Abraham Nu jazz, Downtempo, Electronic music

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Unit is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Unit Intelligent dance music

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0 3
Travis Stewart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Intelligent Dance Music DJs/Artists
Travis Stewart Hip hop music, Pop music, Glitch