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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207 86
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
2
102 90
Yes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock
3
24 10
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Moni Ca added Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music
4
97 89
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
5
46 35
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
47 37
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Lauren Veronese added Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave
7
61 63
Devo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop
8
67 81
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock
9
42 55
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
10
22 30
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Lauren Veronese added New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock
11
28 39
The Fixx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music
12
35 53
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music
13
30 46
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music
14
16 26
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
22 35
Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
alesson-miranda-andrade added Darkcore, Rock music, Electronic music
16
28 45
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
MarioArley added Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music
17
8 15
TWRP is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Christopher7931 added Electro-wave, Electronic rock, Synth-pop
18
23 38
Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave
19
16 29
Stereolab is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Lounge music, Jazz, Post-rock
20
15 28
Zeromancer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Industrial metal, Rock music, Electronic music
21
14 27
Shiny Toy Guns is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave
22
12 24
Julien-K is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Dance-punk, Industrial rock
23
3 10
IAMX is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
terribletotem added Synthpop, Indie, Dark cabaret
24
17 32
Apoptygma Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Synth Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Electronic body music
25
6 15
Ghost Town is listed (or ranked) 25 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