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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461 141
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
527 201
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Actually, Very, Behaviour

3
294 108
New Order is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life

4
303 102
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
The Man-Machine, Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express

5
251 97
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
KarimAntonioPlasenciaAntonio added Dazzle Ships, Architecture & Morality, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

6
195 95
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria

7
197 109
Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Songs From the Big Chair, The Hurting, Everybody Wants to Rule the World

8
94 30
Erasure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
LuisOscarPoltronetti added The Circus, Hits! The Very Best of Erasure, Wild!

9
164 75
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added In Your Room, The Complete Situation, The 12 Inch Mixes

10
297 142
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Hunting High and Low, Minor Earth | Major Sky, Take On Me

11
124 67
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

12
187 100
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

13
136 65
Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
EnriqueRosas added Catching Rays on Giant, Afternoons in Utopia, The Singles Collection

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

15
131 75
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
80 29
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Lida Kelders added Metal Rhythm, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon

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113 77
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
81 62
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Hold Me Now, In the Name of Love, The Stone

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97 55
Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
tirednbroke added Laughing Stock, Spirit of Eden, The Colour of Spring

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96 75
Devo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Freedom of Choice, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Fresh

21
62 45
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
SpencerJH added Pop Goes the World, Folk of the 80s (Part III), The Safety Dance

22
56 33
Camouflage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yurado added Relocated, Meanwhile, Voices & Images

23
83 65
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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25 20
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
78 79
Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Through the Barricades, Journeys to Glory, True

26
30 18
Visage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Beat Boy, Visage, The Anvil

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60 61
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
43 28
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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26 19
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
58 56
Berlin is listed (or ranked) 30 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

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51 55
Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added Believe You Me, Mange Tout, Happy Families

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21 16
Art of Noise is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added Into Battle With the Art of Noise, The Seduction of Claude Debussy, Daft

33
73 61
Propaganda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
1234, A Secret Wish, Wishful Thinking

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30 30
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
23 9
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Deborah Fritsch added Space Music, Past and Future Sounds 1996–2006, Atmosphere

36
59 66
La Roux is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
La Roux, Sidetracked, Quicksand (Kitsuné Remixes)

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20 17
And One is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Louis Tremblay added Flop!, I.S.T., Sometimes

38
57 67
Hurts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
bohnenblust.lara added Exile, Happiness, Better Than Love

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18 16
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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17 17
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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11 20
Naked Eyes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Burning Bridges, Fuel for the Fire, Everything and More

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17 18
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Hyperborea, Tangram, Exit

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30 25
Grimes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Visions, Darkbloom, Genesis

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32 41
Covenant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
kzar added Sequencer, Modern Ruin, Skyshaper

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12 13
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Melvin Pointdexter added The Arm of the Lord, Micro-Phonies, Mix-Up

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11 5
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Gene Winkelmann added Working in the Backroom, The 12" Album, The Very Best of Howard Jones

47
15 9
Chvrches is listed (or ranked) 47 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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10 3
Bronski Beat is listed (or ranked) 48 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

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55 63
M83 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, Saturdays = Youth

50
59 69
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Oracular Spectacular, MGMT, Flash Delirium