Rock The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists  

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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. (77 items)
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145 75
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

2
84 56
Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

3
78 55
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

4
30 10
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Lauren Veronese added Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

5
28 13
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Daniel Velloso added Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

6
50 45
Devo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

7
21 13
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Lauren Veronese added New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock

8
60 65
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

9
34 42
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

10
1 0
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Moni Ca added Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

11
22 30
The Fixx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

12
22 31
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
MarioArley added Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

13
19 27
Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
alesson-miranda-andrade added Darkcore, Rock music, Electronic music

14
9 13
Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Greg Brown added Electronic music, House music, French house

15
31 44
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

16
3 5
TWRP is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Christopher7931 added Electro-wave, Electronic rock, Synth-pop

17
26 38
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

18
6 11
Ghost Town is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
PsychoEmoVampire added

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:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpGGNeFzRz88gi4WCy7C23w

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20 32
Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

20
1 5
TWRP(tupperware remix party) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Christopher7931 added

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2 7
IAMX is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
1518510020800 added Synthpop, Indie, Dark cabaret

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12 22
The Sounds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Dance-punk, Synth rock

23
14 25
Zeromancer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music

24
11 21
Julien-K is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Dance-punk, Industrial rock

25
16 29
Apoptygma Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music

26
12 23
Shiny Toy Guns is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

27
6 14
Shy Child is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, Indietronica

28
5 14
Magenta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Synth rock

29
12 25
Stereolab is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Lounge music, Jazz, Post-rock

30
8 19
Project Pitchfork is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

31
9 21
The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

32
9 21
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

33
3 12
Anders Manga is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
OccultRock added Gothic rock, Industrial music, Dream pop

34
4 14
Apollo 440 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Electronic music, Synth rock

35
12 28
t.A.T.u. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

36
2 11
Heavens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Synth rock, Alternative rock

37
3 14
Deadstar Assembly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Industrial metal, Industrial rock, Synth rock

38
3 14
Trans Am is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Synth rock, Post-rock

39
3 14
Yoko Kanno is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
New Age, Electronic music, J-pop

40
4 17
Terminal Choice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Electro-industrial, Electronic body music, Industrial metal

41
4 17
I:Scintilla is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

42
3 15
Datarock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Disco, Pop music, Dance-punk

43
3 15
Unkle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

44
2 13
theSTART is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

45
2 13
Cradle of Thorns is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

46
2 13
VCR is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Dance-punk, Synth rock

47
2 13
British Whale is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Synth rock

48
2 13
The Faint is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Dance-punk, Synth rock

49
2 14
Deadsy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, New Wave, Gothic rock

50
2 14
Action Action is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synth rock, Electronic dance music, Indie rock