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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. (85 items)
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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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Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Ghost Town is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
PsychoEmoVampire added Ghost Town Can't add any info like genre or labels sadly. Everytime I try, I get error codes so here are some links. Wiki:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Town_(band) Youtube:  ...

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IAMX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
1518510020800 added IAMX Synthpop, Indie, Dark cabaret

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Gary Wright is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Winston Smith added Gary Wright Rock and roll

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The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
MarioArley added Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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Zeromancer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Zeromancer Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music

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Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
alesson-miranda-andrade added Pendulum Darkcore, Rock music, Electronic music

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Apoptygma Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Apoptygma Berzerk Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

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Magenta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Magenta Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Synth rock

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Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Passion Pit Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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The Fixx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Fixx Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Greg Brown added Daft Punk Electronic music, House music, French house

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Stereolab is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Shiny Toy Guns Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Anders Manga is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
OccultRock added Anders Manga Gothic rock, Industrial music, Dream pop

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The Sounds is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Sounds New Wave, Dance-punk, Synth rock

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The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Crüxshadows Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

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Shy Child is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Shy Child Synthpop, Rock music, Indietronica

The Best Rock Vocalists

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Peter Bjorn and John is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Peter Bjorn and John Indie pop, Synthpop, Experimental rock

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Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Paradise Lost Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

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Project Pitchfork is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Project Pitchfork Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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Julien-K is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Julien-K Synthpop, Dance-punk, Industrial rock

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Trans Am is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Trans Am Krautrock, Synth rock, Post-rock

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Gothminister is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Gothminister Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Synth rock

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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Terminal Choice is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Terminal Choice Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

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MUTEMATH is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
MUTEMATH Psychedelic soul, Trip hop, Rock music

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t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
t.A.T.u. Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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Heavens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Heavens Rock music, Synth rock, Alternative rock

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Unkle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Unkle Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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Yoko Kanno is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Yoko Kanno New Age, Electronic music, J-pop

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Apollo 440 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Apollo 440 Rock music, Electronic music, Synth rock

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Claudio Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Claudio Sanchez Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Deadstar Assembly is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Deadstar Assembly Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Synth rock

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I:Scintilla is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
I:Scintilla Rock music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

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Cradle of Thorns is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Cradle of Thorns Nu metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Datarock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Datarock Disco, Pop music, Dance-punk

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The Faint is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
The Faint New Wave, Dance-punk, Synth rock

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British Whale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
British Whale Synthpop, Synth rock

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Rah Bras is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Rah Bras New Wave, Pop music, Rock music