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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. (153 items)
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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
The Man-Machine, Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express
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New Order is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life
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Erasure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
LuisOscarPoltronetti added The Circus, Hits! The Very Best of Erasure, Wild!
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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
KarimAntonioPlasenciaAntonio added Dazzle Ships, Architecture & Morality, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Music for the Masses
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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight
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Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
SpencerJH added Pop Goes the World, Folk of the 80s (Part III), The Safety Dance
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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Actually, Very, Behaviour
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Metric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
terribletotem added Synthetica, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
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Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added Believe You Me, Mange Tout, Happy Families
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A-ha is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me
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The Human League is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria
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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Rio, Come Undone, Greatest
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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Lida Kelders added Metal Rhythm, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon
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Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
12inch Mixes, The Art of Falling Apart, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World
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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
A Flock of Seagulls, Listen, The Light at the End of the World
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Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Ultravox!, Rage in Eden, Quartet
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Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added In Your Room, The Complete Situation, The 12 Inch Mixes
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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
EnriqueRosas added Catching Rays on Giant, Afternoons in Utopia, The Singles Collection
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Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
tirednbroke added Laughing Stock, Spirit of Eden, The Colour of Spring
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Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Hold Me Now, In the Name of Love, The Stone
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Devo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Freedom of Choice, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Fresh
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ABC is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
The Lexicon of Love, How to Be a Zillionaire, Alphabet City
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Camouflage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yurado added Relocated, Meanwhile, Voices & Images