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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. {#nodes}
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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Daniel Velloso added Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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A-ha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Lauren Veronese added A-ha Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Lauren Veronese added Eloy Fritsch New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock

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Ghost Town is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
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Apoptygma Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Apoptygma Berzerk Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
MarioArley added Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Passion Pit Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
alesson-miranda-andrade added Pendulum Darkcore, Rock music, Electronic music

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Stereolab is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Stereolab Lounge music, Jazz, Post-rock

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Shiny Toy Guns is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Shiny Toy Guns Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Zeromancer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Zeromancer Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music

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The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Crüxshadows Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

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Peter Bjorn and John is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Peter Bjorn and John Indie pop, Synthpop, Experimental rock

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Julien-K is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Julien-K Synthpop, Dance-punk, Industrial rock

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The Sounds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Sounds New Wave, Dance-punk, Synth rock

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Terminal Choice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Terminal Choice Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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Shy Child is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Shy Child Synthpop, Rock music, Indietronica

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Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Paradise Lost Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

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The Fixx is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Fixx Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Trans Am is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Trans Am Krautrock, Synth rock, Post-rock

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t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
t.A.T.u. Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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Deadstar Assembly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Deadstar Assembly Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Synth rock

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Apollo 440 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Apollo 440 Rock music, Electronic music, Synth rock

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Gothminister is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Gothminister Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Synth rock

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Yoko Kanno is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Yoko Kanno New Age, Electronic music, J-pop

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I:Scintilla is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
I:Scintilla Rock music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

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Claudio Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Claudio Sanchez Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Datarock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Datarock Disco, Pop music, Dance-punk

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Project Pitchfork is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Project Pitchfork Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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Unkle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Unkle Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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Cradle of Thorns is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Cradle of Thorns Nu metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

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MUTEMATH is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
MUTEMATH Psychedelic soul, Trip hop, Rock music

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The Faint is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Faint New Wave, Dance-punk, Synth rock

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Deadsy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Deadsy Nu metal, New Wave, Gothic rock

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Action Action is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Action Action Synth rock, Electronic dance music, Indie rock

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Rah Bras is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Rah Bras New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Saffari is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Wayo Erazo added Saffari

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Reggie and the Full Effect is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Reggie and the Full Effect Pop punk, Rock music, Metalcore

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Heavens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Heavens Rock music, Synth rock, Alternative rock

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Tragic Black is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Tragic Black Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic body music

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National Skyline is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
National Skyline Shoegazing, Electronic music, Experimental rock