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The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists 

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Updated July 20, 2019 3.6k votes 714 voters 83.8k views 78 items

Synth rock, also known to many as electro rock and electronic rock, is one of the most popular genres of rock to emerge in the past few decades. Though it's origins are in psychedelia, synth rock didn't become commercially popular until the 1970s. At the time, synth rock was associated with the intricate sounds of prog rock, but over time, synth rock has become it's own quirky genre that's infused indie rock. Obviously, the key element of synth rock is the use of a synthesizer and other electronic instruments. Without these instruments, there would be no synth rock.

So, what are the best synth rock bands? Any list of synth rock bands has to include the likes of Passion Pit, PInk Floyd, Yes, ELO, Devo and Depeche Mode. These bands are closely associated with synth rock, both when the genre was first emerging and today. The best synth pop bands have catchy melodies that are powered by a synthesizer, or at minimum, music that utilized synths. In the 2000s, more synth rock bands emerged with the growth of technology and the ability to record music on a single laptop computer.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best synth rock bands. There are a slew of terrific synth rockers, only a few can be considered at or near the top. This list answers the questions "who are the best synth rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest synth rock 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 synth rock bands that you might've heard of. (78 items)
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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Emerson, Lake & Palm... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Devo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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A-ha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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The Fixx is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Stereolab is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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TWRP is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Shiny Toy Guns is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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IAMX is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Julien-K is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Deadsy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Zeromancer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists