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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. (135 items)
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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Orchestral Manoeuvres in... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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New Order is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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A-ha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Erasure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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The Human League is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Devo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Frankie Goes to Hollywoo... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists
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Visage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Synthpop Bands & Artists