bands/musicians 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. (118 items)
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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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460 157
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Pet Shop Boys Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

3
227 75
New Order is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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196 70
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
KarimAntonioPlasenciaAntonio added Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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233 76
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

6
147 63
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
The Human League Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

7
152 73
Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Tears for Fears Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

8
127 53
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added Yazoo Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

9
152 73
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Duran Duran Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

10
52 8
Erasure is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
LuisOscarPoltronetti added Erasure Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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97 48
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

12
250 114
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
A-ha Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

13
108 56
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

14
106 51
Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
EnriqueRosas added Alphaville Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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105 52
Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Ultravox Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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94 54
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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66 43
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Thompson Twins Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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49 16
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Lida Kelders added Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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76 43
Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
tirednbroke added Talk Talk Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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76 56
Devo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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69 51
Frankie Goes to Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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45 33
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
SpencerJH added Men Without Hats Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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36 18
Camouflage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yurado added Camouflage Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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67 62
Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Spandau Ballet Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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11 7
ABC is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
ABC Synthpop, New Wave, Disco

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51 46
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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44 39
Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added Blancmange Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

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15 4
Visage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Visage Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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21 17
John Foxx is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Lida Kelders added John Foxx Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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48 45
Berlin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Berlin Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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61 48
Propaganda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Propaganda Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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13 5
And One is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Louis Tremblay added And One Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic body music

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16 9
Grimes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
julian-matthias added Grimes Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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12 5
Art of Noise is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added Art of Noise Downtempo, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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50 53
Hurts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
bohnenblust.lara added Hurts Synthpop, New Wave, Hi-NRG

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49 53
La Roux is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
La Roux Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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11 6
Japan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Japan Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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7 7
Naked Eyes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Naked Eyes Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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11 8
Heaven 17 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added Heaven 17 Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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25 27
Covenant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
kzar added Covenant Synthpop, Electronic body music, Electronic music

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7 4
Yello is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Yello Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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5 2
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

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6 9
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
julian-matthias added M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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6 5
Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added Fad Gadget New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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46 49
M83 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
M83 Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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6 6
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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4 2
Section 25 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added Section 25 Electro, Electronic music, Alternative dance

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6 5
Electric Youth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
ΜανιτσαΡοκ added Electric Youth

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16 20
Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yurado added Yellow Magic Orchestra Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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4 3
Harmjoy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Uli Luise Lessing added Harmjoy