Electronic Music The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists  

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Over the past few decades, synthpop has become known as one of the most quirky and fun genres of pop music. Originating in the 1960s, synthpop bands started popping up as more new wave, Krautrock, progressive rock, and art rock bands started incorporating synthesizers in their sound and synthpop is an offshoot of that. Synthesizer-based sounds caught on with audiences. Synthpop bands, with their abundance of and reliance on electronic instruments, creates some of the most interesting new sounds in music. At the beginning of the 2000s, synthpop reemerged as a powerful genre that coincided with the electronic music boom and has yet to subside.

So, what are the best synthpop bands and synthpop artists? Any list of synthpop bands has to include the likes of Depeche Mode, Devo, Kraftwerk, Passion Pit and M83 on it. Mixing synthpop bands old and new, these artists are some of the most recognizable bands in the genre. Between their biggest hits, album sales and sold out live shows, synthpop bands are become way more popular than they've been since the 1980s. 

That said it's up to you to vote for the best synthpop bands and synthpop artists. If you are familiar with synthpop bands and you notice that someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them to this list. This list answers the questions "who are the best synthpop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest synthpop 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 synthpop bands that you might've heard of. (148 items)

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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Depeche Mode Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses

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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Pet Shop Boys Actually, Very, Behaviour

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291 106
New Order is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
New Order Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life

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300 102
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Kraftwerk The Man-Machine, Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express

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249 97
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
KarimAntonioPlasenciaAntonio added Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Dazzle Ships, Architecture & Morality, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

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191 95
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
The Human League Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria

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195 107
Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Tears for Fears Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World

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94 29
Erasure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
LuisOscarPoltronetti added Erasure The Circus, Hits! The Very Best of Erasure, Wild!

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163 74
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added Yazoo In Your Room, The Complete Situation, The 12 Inch Mixes

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A-ha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
A-ha Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me

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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Duran Duran Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
EnriqueRosas added Alphaville Catching Rays on Giant, Afternoons in Utopia, The Singles Collection

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131 66
Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Ultravox Ultravox!, Rage in Eden, Quartet

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130 75
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Soft Cell 12inch Mixes, The Art of Falling Apart, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Lida Kelders added Gary Numan Metal Rhythm, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon

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113 75
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
A Flock of Seagulls A Flock of Seagulls, Listen, The Light at the End of the World

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Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
tirednbroke added Talk Talk Laughing Stock, Spirit of Eden, The Colour of Spring

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Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Thompson Twins Hold Me Now, In the Name of Love, The Stone

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Devo Freedom of Choice, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Fresh

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61 45
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
SpencerJH added Men Without Hats Pop Goes the World, Folk of the 80s (Part III), The Safety Dance

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55 33
Camouflage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yurado added Camouflage Relocated, Meanwhile, Voices & Images

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Frankie Goes to Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax, Welcome to the Pleasuredome, Bang!... The Greatest Hits of Frankie Goes to Hollywood

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ABC is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
ABC The Lexicon of Love, How to Be a Zillionaire, Alphabet City

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Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Spandau Ballet Through the Barricades, Journeys to Glory, True

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Visage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Visage Beat Boy, Visage, The Anvil

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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Thomas Dolby The Golden Age of Wireless, Aliens Ate My Buick, The Flat Earth

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Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yurado added Yellow Magic Orchestra X ∞ Multiplies, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Technodon

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Heaven 17 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added Heaven 17 The Luxury Gap, Penthouse and Pavement, How Men Are

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58 55
Berlin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Berlin Count Three & Pray, All The Way In, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Berlin

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Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added Blancmange Believe You Me, Mange Tout, Happy Families

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Art of Noise is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added Art of Noise Into Battle With the Art of Noise, The Seduction of Claude Debussy, Daft

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Propaganda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Propaganda 1234, A Secret Wish, Wishful Thinking

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30 29
John Foxx is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Lida Kelders added John Foxx Translucence + Drift Music, From Trash, The Pleasures of Electricity

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59 65
La Roux is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
La Roux La Roux, Sidetracked, Quicksand (Kitsuné Remixes)

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22 9
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Deborah Fritsch added Eloy Fritsch Space Music, Past and Future Sounds 1996–2006, Atmosphere

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And One is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Louis Tremblay added And One Flop!, I.S.T., Sometimes

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Hurts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
bohnenblust.lara added Hurts Exile, Happiness, Better Than Love

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Japan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Adolescent Sex, Tin Drum

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Grimes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Grimes Visions, Darkbloom, Genesis

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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Tangerine Dream Hyperborea, Tangram, Exit

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Yello is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Yello Essential Christmas, Jingle Bells, How How

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Naked Eyes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Naked Eyes Burning Bridges, Fuel for the Fire, Everything and More

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Covenant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
kzar added Covenant Sequencer, Modern Ruin, Skyshaper

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Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added Cabaret Voltaire The Arm of the Lord, Micro-Phonies, Mix-Up

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M83 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
M83 Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, Saturdays = Youth

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Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Gene Winkelmann added Howard Jones Working in the Backroom, The 12" Album, The Very Best of Howard Jones

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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
MGMT Oracular Spectacular, MGMT, Flash Delirium

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14 9
Chvrches is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Manuel Beringer added Chvrches The Bones of What You Believe, Recover EP, Gun (Remixes)

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9 3
Bronski Beat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Manuel Beringer added Bronski Beat Rainbow Nation, For a Friend: The Best of Jimmy Somerville, The Age of Consent