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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. (78 items)
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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Moni Ca added Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music
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Yes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Daniel Velloso added Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
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A-ha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Lauren Veronese added Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave
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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
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JimJack added Synth rock, Synth pop
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Devo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop
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The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock
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The Fixx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music
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Daft Punk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Greg Brown added Electronic music, House music, French house
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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
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Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Lauren Veronese added New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock
14
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music
15
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music
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TWRP is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Christopher7931 added Electro-wave, Electronic rock, Synth-pop
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Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave
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Shiny Toy Guns is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave
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Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
MarioArley added Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music
20
Stereolab is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Lounge music, Jazz, Post-rock
21
Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
alesson-miranda-andrade added Darkcore, Rock music, Electronic music
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Zeromancer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music
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Julien-K is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Dance-punk, Industrial rock
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Apoptygma Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music
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The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial