Electronica 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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472 144
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
533 203
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Actually, Very, Behaviour

3
304 110
New Order is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life

4
257 100
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

5
307 106
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
The Man-Machine, Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express

6
199 96
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria

7
205 109
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
96 33
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
128 67
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
299 143
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
165 78
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added In Your Room, The Complete Situation, The 12 Inch Mixes

12
191 102
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

13
140 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
133 67
Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Ultravox!, Rage in Eden, Quartet

15
133 76
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
81 31
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
114 78
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
100 55
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
81 63
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
97 76
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
57 33
Camouflage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yurado added Relocated, Meanwhile, Voices & Images

22
62 46
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
84 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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26 21
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
81 79
Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Through the Barricades, Journeys to Glory, True

26
33 19
Visage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Beat Boy, Visage, The Anvil

27
61 62
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 29
Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Yurado added X ∞ Multiplies, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Technodon

29
26 20
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
22 16
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
75 62
Propaganda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
1234, A Secret Wish, Wishful Thinking

32
58 58
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
51 57
Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Railtrack added Believe You Me, Mange Tout, Happy Families

34
31 32
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
22 17
And One is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Louis Tremblay added Flop!, I.S.T., Sometimes

36
60 67
La Roux is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
La Roux, Sidetracked, Quicksand (Kitsuné Remixes)

37
23 10
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Deborah Fritsch added Space Music, Past and Future Sounds 1996–2006, Atmosphere

38
20 17
Japan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Adolescent Sex, Tin Drum

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58 67
Hurts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
bohnenblust.lara added Exile, Happiness, Better Than Love

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20 10
Chvrches is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Manuel Beringer added The Bones of What You Believe, Recover EP, Gun (Remixes)

41
17 18
Yello is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Essential Christmas, Jingle Bells, How How

42
11 21
Naked Eyes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Burning Bridges, Fuel for the Fire, Everything and More

43
17 19
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
steveresin added Hyperborea, Tangram, Exit

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30 26
Grimes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Visions, Darkbloom, Genesis

45
33 41
Covenant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
kzar added Sequencer, Modern Ruin, Skyshaper

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12 14
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
56 64
M83 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, Saturdays = Youth

48
11 6
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Gene Winkelmann added Working in the Backroom, The 12" Album, The Very Best of Howard Jones

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61 71
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
Oracular Spectacular, MGMT, Flash Delirium

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10 4
Bronski Beat is listed (or ranked) 50 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