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

2
543 273
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Actually, Very, Behaviour

3
169 40
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!

4
318 163
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
The Man-Machine, Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express

5
319 177
New Order is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life

6
268 157
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
KarimAntonioPlasenciaAntonio added Dazzle Ships, Architecture & Morality, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

7
206 134
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria

8
178 83
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added In Your Room, The Complete Situation, The 12 Inch Mixes

9
140 77
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

10
215 151
Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World

11
307 153
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

12
149 69
Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
EnriqueRosas added Catching Rays on Giant, Afternoons in Utopia, The Singles Collection

13
198 107
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

14
142 71
Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Ultravox!, Rage in Eden, Quartet

15
139 80
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

16
90 35
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Lida Kelders added Metal Rhythm, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon

17
124 81
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

18
109 60
Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
tirednbroke added Laughing Stock, Spirit of Eden, The Colour of Spring

19
87 69
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Hold Me Now, In the Name of Love, The Stone

20
66 35
Camouflage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yurado added Relocated, Meanwhile, Voices & Images

21
102 81
Devo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Freedom of Choice, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Fresh

22
64 50
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
SpencerJH added Pop Goes the World, Folk of the 80s (Part III), The Safety Dance

23
88 69
Frankie Goes to Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Relax, Welcome to the Pleasuredome, Bang!... The Greatest Hits of Frankie Goes to Hollywood

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30 24
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

25
86 84
Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Through the Barricades, Journeys to Glory, True

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36 23
Visage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Beat Boy, Visage, The Anvil

27
64 67
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
The Golden Age of Wireless, Aliens Ate My Buick, The Flat Earth

28
47 33
Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yurado added X ∞ Multiplies, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Technodon

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29 23
Heaven 17 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added The Luxury Gap, Penthouse and Pavement, How Men Are

30
26 21
Art of Noise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added Into Battle With the Art of Noise, The Seduction of Claude Debussy, Daft

31
78 65
Propaganda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
1234, A Secret Wish, Wishful Thinking

32
60 62
Berlin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Count Three & Pray, All The Way In, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Berlin

33
52 60
Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added Believe You Me, Mange Tout, Happy Families

34
33 35
John Foxx is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Lida Kelders added Translucence + Drift Music, From Trash, The Pleasures of Electricity

35
24 21
And One is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Louis Tremblay added Flop!, I.S.T., Sometimes

36
27 15
Chvrches is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Manuel Beringer added The Bones of What You Believe, Recover EP, Gun (Remixes)

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23 21
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Hyperborea, Tangram, Exit

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61 72
La Roux is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
La Roux, Sidetracked, Quicksand (Kitsuné Remixes)

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21 21
Japan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Adolescent Sex, Tin Drum

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20 20
Yello is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Essential Christmas, Jingle Bells, How How

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23 14
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Deborah Fritsch added Space Music, Past and Future Sounds 1996–2006, Atmosphere

42
58 72
Hurts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
bohnenblust.lara added Exile, Happiness, Better Than Love

43
15 5
Bronski Beat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Manuel Beringer added Rainbow Nation, For a Friend: The Best of Jimmy Somerville, The Age of Consent

44
34 31
Grimes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Visions, Darkbloom, Genesis

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35 44
Covenant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
kzar added Sequencer, Modern Ruin, Skyshaper

46
15 16
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added The Arm of the Lord, Micro-Phonies, Mix-Up

47
14 9
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Gene Winkelmann added Working in the Backroom, The 12" Album, The Very Best of Howard Jones

48
17 21
Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added Best of Fad Gadget, Incontinent, Fireside Favourites

49
12 26
Naked Eyes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Burning Bridges, Fuel for the Fire, Everything and More

50
58 69
M83 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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