Top 10 Greatest Electronic Artists

The Top Ten

1 Daft Punk Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.

Even a brainless monkey will no that daft punk are the true essence of electronica. There should be a statue of them in every city in the world!

With out a shout of a doubt, the best electronic duo ever! They made more memorable songs than ANY electronic artist ever! You cannot argue with "Da Funk, " "One More Time, " "Aerodynamic, " "Harder Better Fast Stronger, " "Robot Rock, " "Technologic, " & "Too Long, " because they are all the pioneer of the electronic genre!

Legendary artists. They did popularize electronic music after all

Daft Punk has opened my mind to music. All other electronic "music" nowadays just sounds like a collection of noise that should be featured in a "Call of Duty" montage. Daft Punk's music has soul; unlike the other music being produced today by the world's top "artists". I quote artists because people attempting to recite bad poetry while a metronome drowns out their vocals is not music. The same goes for the people who think computer noises are better than real instruments that Daft Punk includes in their songs. They've hit every genre right on the head and revolutionized every single thing they've touched upon. They're up there with legends; perhaps past them.

2 Deadmau5 Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for popularizing work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse, along with the genres themselves. ...read more.

He revived the electronic genre scene and his talent shows in his original mixes and his remixes. He can be considered the "Kanye West" of the electronic scene with his oversized ego but a genius when it comes to his art.

I wouldn't EVER compare deadmau5 to that knob we call Kanye West. Deadmau5 is actually inspiring, and doesn't call himself what he isn't.

Why is Deadmau5 no. 19!?! Has anyone hurd of em. He's amazing listen to strobe, aural pynapse, ghosts n' stuff then come back here and vote for him!

Dead mau5 should definitely be higher. He makes very good music. Strobe is personally my favorite. Ghosts and stuff is also a very good song.

Deadmau5 is the most realistic character in the "Electronic Music Scene" and definitely at least deserves #2 if not more so.

I Am glad he has not let any of his inner struggles as well as other people, and artists affect him too much instead he's very defensive, and he should be the world is envious of his throne.

3 Aphex Twin Richard David James (born 18 August 1971), known by his stage name Aphex Twin, is an Irish-born English electronic musician and composer. He is known for his influential and idiosyncratic work in electronic music styles such as IDM and acid techno in the 1990s, for which he won widespread critical acclaim. ...read more.

HAHAHA Owl City at number 2 before Aphex Twin HAHAHA

Aphex Twin changed the face of electronica forever because he's a real artists who creates to express himself. He said it, the most important thing in music is emotion. Would Owl City say that? No. He doesn't even believe that himself.

Its absurd to put skrillex or deadmau5 above this dude. He truly is a living talent with electronic music techno, acid, ambient you name it this dude can do it he is an early pioneer of this stuff and a big influence to electronic artists on the charts. The stuff he put out in the 90s shouldn't even exist in the 90s almost as if he came from the future. He can have a song with 100 different noises and they all seem to be perfectly placed where they should be genius.

Most of the artists here have been directly influenced by this man. Aphex Twin & Kraftwerk are the two acts that have shaped electronic music into what it is today.

Ask yourself, who in this list is going to be remembered for centuries? Whose music and legacy will be studied in colleges and universities around the world in the same way Mozart, Beethoven, Shakespeare, and other legends are in the years to come? Who not only changed the game but is completely irreplaceable and is the only person in the world capable of making music the way he does? This guy right here. However, I suppose I understand why he's not number 1 on this list as a lot of these artists are here because of their current popularity or whatever. Come back in a decade and this list may change dramatically- but you'll certainly see him still here on this list, probably closer to number 1.

4 Skrillex Skrillex is an American (Born in 1988, in Los Angeles, California) EDM producer who is known for popularizing dubstep. He is part of the bands Jack Ü (DJ) and From First To Last (Lead Singer). His album Recess debuted at 4 on the BB200, tying him with Zedd for the highest debut for an EDM album on ...read more.

He truly is great. I feel that people only hate on him because he's gotten so popular all of the sudden, and a lot of stupid people think that he's the only artist that makes electronic music (although they think all electronic music is dubstep). Don't hate the artist, hate the ignorant mass of people that don't know anything about electronic music, and make skrillex look bad. (If you truly don't like skrillex because you don't like him music, and not because of his awful fan base, then I have nothing against you. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, If you barley listen to any of his music, and you just don't like him because he's gotten more mainstream and has an awful fan base, then grow up. Judge someone's music on their actual music, and nothing else. )

Skrillex is one of the best DUBSTEP artists out their and yes I say Dubstep. Its sad how some to many of his fans don't even know that dubstep is a sub genre to electronic music. To the electronic music is dubstep. And this may make skrillex look bad. However on the other side if you just hate skrillex because he has too much fame then just call yourself a hipster (ha ha hipsters don't call themselves hipsters) Skrillex did a nice job on his new EP with my new Favorite song The Reason. You should check it out. However even if Skrillex is the best Dubstep producer you should check out other sub genres like House or Electronica.

The main reason he's the best is that he knows how to create and combine kick-ass and beautiful in his tracks. That and the influence of his music in the modern society. He reached the point where every electronic artist want to make a remix of his songs ad that's because everybody gets amazed by them.

Better producer than most modern artists, more pioneering than 'Deadmau5' and basically started a whole subgenre of electronic music and kept it to himself. The adolescent bombastic appeal to many of his compositions continue to irk me but his production skills are really top notch, and his mixes pristine. Later releases like EP Leaving show that his music has the potential to mature in interesting ways.

5 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf. The band was fronted by both Hütter and Schneider until Schneider's departure in 2008.

OK, could someone please tell me why the pioneers of electronic music are on #13, under Owl City? I can't imagine someone who doesn't think Kraftwerk are the best... they should be #1 for sure!

Without Kraftwerk, 100% none of these other bands would have existed.

Have you even listened before voting?
Try just to imagine all these other artist in our time creating electronic music and then Kraftwerk doing it 40 years before.
That is AVANGARDE.( it still is. )

You kids won't get electronic music if it wasn't for this genius German group from Germany! Respect the true pioneers of electronic music!

6 Porter Robinson

An artistic genius through-and-through. Porter has been pushing the boundaries of electronic music ever since he burst onto the scene as a teenager in 2010 with his hit single 'Say My Name'. Watching his evolution as an artist is nothing short of extraordinary, and I daresay; revolutionary. From the first release on Skrillex's OWSLA label; his 2011 EP, Spitfire, which was hard-hitting, in-your-face EDM, to 2012's timeless progressive house track; 'Language', which marked the first of many shifts in style for Porter as an true artist. He continued the melodic/progressive house trend with 2013's collaboration with fellow artist, Mat Zo, titled: 'Easy'. Then in 2014 he dropped his seminal debut album: 'Worlds'. Which was a major departure from all his previous works, paying homage to 80's synths, and pulling influence from video game and anime OST's alike. While retaining dance music's heavy drums, the sweet synthpop melodies accompanied by vast soundscapes found throughout 'Worlds' ...more

Porter should be number one, hands down. He doesn't make "sick beats", he pioneers new sounds that have real meaning. With luscious synths, unpredictable chord progressions, and hard hitting drums, (not to mention live shows! Seriously! ) Porter is quickly revolutionizing the world of electronic music. Just listen to the first track on worlds and you'll understand.

This guy is a musical genius! At a young age, and SELF--TAUGHT, look what he can make! Just listen to his album "World." It is amazing and a truly beautiful album. Don't listen to all those copycat DJs, they flat out don't know a thing compared to Porter Robinson. He's a true musical genius, and should be at least in the top five choices. If you love electro music, please take my word and listen to his album "World." It wouldn't hurt to try

If you've ever seen a live Porter Robinson show you would know what the hype is. My first time seeing "Sad Machine" live I was on my friend's shoulders and balled my eyes out. It is so much more different than the insane strobe lights you'll see at Zedd, for example. His visuals have meaning, each tells its own story. Oh AND HE SINGS HIS SONGS LIVE. he has an incredible voice if he isn't amazing enough already. A genius in my view

7 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Radiohead should be way higher on this list. They completely got me into the genre of electronica. It's just real intelligent music and Radiohead are way better than Skrillex.

They got awesome tracks like Idioteque, Everything In Its Right Place, Where Blue Birds Fly and Feral

I admit they are more of an alternative rock band, but their electronic songs (15 Step for example) are some of their best and they deserve to be higher.

Radiohead is like my favorite band granted they are mainly alt rock but they are still really great, but I think Thom Yorke's solo work and his side band Atoms for peace are more in the electronica genre.

8 Madeon

Good Faith. Adventure. The two best electronic albums I've ever heard. Madeon.

Madeon is basically a prodigy when it comes to electronic music. His production skills and understanding of sound design are literally out of this world. I mean have you listened to his debut album? It's EASILY on par with, if not better than Porter Robinson's 'Worlds' and the guy is only a mere 20 years old! Also, was anybody else around when he was pumping out mind boggling remixes at the tender age of 16? I mean, the guy is just amazing...

To be honest Madeon is literally 2x younger than many of these artists and he's making music just as good, or better. He has a distinct style to his songs, which is hard to find nowadays with many artists using the same kinds of sounds.

Madeon definitely deserves to be in the top ten. He is an extremely talented producer with very original synths and melodies, and not to mention much younger than other producers. I can listen to the Adventure album forever and never get tired of it. He is simply one of a kind.

9 The Prodigy The Prodigy are an English electronic music group from Braintree, Essex, formed by Liam Howlett in 1990. The members were originally Liam Howlett (keyboardist and composer), Keith Flint (dancer and vocalist), Maxim (MC and vocalist), Leeroy Thornhill (dancer and occasional live keyboardist), and a female ...read more.

Prodigy. Is crafted at its worst. Its sounds and music are uncomparable. I don't know why they are not first in this list. I don't know why they are even in this list AT ALL.

How can you put them to 8 position? They must be at the 1 position! I think this guys are more better then any other electronic group in this top 10, come on people, they are fathers of this genre!

How are these guys down here! Are you people mental? The best live act known to man and just a godly band all round ;) forever prodigy

The Prodigy are the greatest of all time because they bridged the gap between alternative rock and electronica and managed to create some of the greatest electronica jams ever conceived. They are also basically the founders of the rave so most electronica artists owe their souls to the Prodigy.

10 Bassnectar Lorin Ashton, better known as Bassnectar, is an electronic music producer from Santa Cruz, California, who specialises in dark dubstep and trap, using elements of downtempo, drum and bass, and ambient; describing his music as "amorphous and ever-changing". Notable tracks include the haunting "Underwater", ...read more.

Bassnectar's music combines multiple electronic genres into one to create amazing masterpieces of sound unique to him only. He should be in the top ten just because his music has the capability of making you want to dance and relax at the same time.

How is bassnectar not in the top 10? Nothing beats seeing him live. close your eyes take a trip and never come home

More musical talent than many of the metal musicians who inspired him

One of the best live acts ever.

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? Grimes Claire Elise Boucher, better known by the stage name Grimes, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, music video director, and record producer.

The Contenders

11 Knife Party Knife Party are an Australian electronic music duo comprising Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, two members of the drum and bass band Pendulum.

From the perspective of an avid listener to bot the dubstep and electronica genres, I was a huge fan of Pendulum's drum and bass sound and Knife Party's emergence into the electronica and club music genre has made a significant impact in my opinion. They have some really strong beats to dance to in addition to their unique sound all their own. Internet Friends is just the beginning but move into Rage Valley and the new Haunted House EP and you'll truly discover the talent these individuals possess

Knife Party knows exactly what they're doing, and what they are doing is great. "Centipede" is a staple of brutal electronic music, and the reggae beats of songs like "Bonfire" and "Give it up" are surprisingly nice combinations with electronic music. Knife Party, in my opinion, has not reached its peak, and has a long way to go.

These guys, especially Rob Swire, are absolute masters at their craft. In today's age of electronic music, very few can get to these guys' level of skill.

You can have no regret that knife party brings the pack of electro and dubstep to a beast

12 Massive Attack Massive Attack are an electronic music duo from Bristol, England, who use distorted, psychedelic, dynamic atmospheres as a definitive style of their music. They are noted as one of the most influential acts in electronic music to date, whose musical style was claimed to be far ahead of its time, and ...read more.

Massive attack created the urban scene in Britain. And have some absolute classics up their sleeve like unfinished symphony how are these guys not higher?

Their quality is objective, that may sound condescending, but please, listen to Blue Lines and prove me wrong

Daft punk are annoying, owl city is just a one hit wonder, so massive attack are the best

Beautiful music with meaning and a million styles

13 Zedd Zedd is a Russian- German DJ known for his hits such as Clarity, Transmission, and Break Free. He is best known for his album True Colors, which has the highest debut on the Billboard 200 for an EDM album (tied with Skrillex's Recess). He is one the the richest EDM artists in the industry.

You don't even need to know the name of the song to know it's Zedd when you hear it! His style may not appear different and unique the first time you hear it, but as you listen to more of his music, you soon notice things that make his style unique.
He is great.

His different style really stands out among other artists, and the way he has brought singers in to feature in his songs is amazing. Definitely a great buy if you are beginning to enjoy house music.

I don't know why but I love his songs. I like how not all of his songs are mindless dance songs, but some actually have passion (not saying every dance song doesn't has passion) but he brings a really good mix of music to the table.

Great Artist with better and better songs with every release!

14 Odesza

In Return is the greatest album of all time, and Summer's Gone and A Moment Apart are both in my top 10 as well. Plus, seeing them live is like being reborn. Glad they're at least in the top 50 but can we get them Top 10 please?

Not into "this is my favorite band" fights but summers gone and In return are one of the few albums where every song is unique and rich in its variety. Must hear albums!

Awesome blender

Odesza at #143? How!? Their electronica styles are truly unique compared to many other artists of the genre, combining calming melodies with upbeat buildups, and blowing me away with many of their innovations. They should be in at least the top 10.

Plus, Say My Name is addicting as hell.

15 Pendulum Pendulum is an Australian drum and bass and electronic rock band founded in 2002. Pendulum originally formed in the Australian city of Perth, Western Australia by Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen, and Paul Harding.

Sorry there Captain Hipster but Pendulum IS mainstream. In Australia. Still I'm surprised that they aren't higher on the list. They're music is some of THE best out there. It's a crying shame they ended the group. Oh well. At least we have Knife Party now.

Um, how the hell are skrillex, owl city, and deadmau5 ahead of pendulum. This list is being made by people who only listen to mainstream electronic

Pendulum is by far the best. Way better than Daft Punk and Deadmau5! I never knew it was possible to cross electronic dance music with rock music, and still be good! Vote for who you want but Pendulum is #1 for me. Also, Aphex Twin is a close second.

Perhaps the furthest drum and bass from just loud noises. Bravo, Pendulum. You made real music. Good for you.

16 Moby Moby is an American musician, who has produced inventive new styles to various subgenres of electronic music, inspired by 1950's gospel as much as by modern rock, and musicians from New Order to David Bowie. ...read more.

Moby is my favourite electronic artist. I like a lot of music in many genres, and Moby is my favourite.
Moby has highly underrated rapid electronic beats, contrasting with breathtaking ambient pieces, and has powerful and excellent vocals, and hires the guest vocalists from the very top of the list. And what better artist to see live!
His songs have catchy beats like in "Go! ", ambient beats like in "Sunspot" that take you to another world, meaningful lyrics like in "We Are All Made Of Stars" and thought provoking music videos like "In This World".
Moby never let's me down with his music. I love ALL of his albums, each one is a masterpiece, from "Play" and "18" to "Innocents" and "Everything Is Wrong".
Moby has committed a lot to his music to make it unique and excellent. I would say, with all honesty, that Moby put more into his music than the Beatles. And if you automatically vote that down, then fine, be nonsensical, you clearly don't appreciate Moby's all-round ...more

I thought you would make this list PositronWildhawk. Because you like electronic music. - Userguy44

I simply cannot believe that Moby only got 0.8% of the vote!
Seriously, Moby is so underrated; things like Daft Punk are simply obsolete when you look in Moby's direction.
Where would we be without "South Side", "In This World", "Extreme Ways", "Raining Again", "Sunspot", "We Are All Made Of Stars" and several other wonders of musical genius! His upbeat electronic rock and his laid back ambient are both unbeatable!
Listen to Moby as much as you can, get the albums "Play", "18", "Hotel" and "Destroyed"; and your ears will love you for all eternity!

I grew up with Moby, and all of my life, I have been trying ever since to find a music artist that is like him. So far, I can firmly say that there's no music artist quite like Moby. He is definitely my all-time favourite music artist EVER! I'm still looking for a music artist quite like Moby, and will probably not find someone quite so awesome! He is the most unique music artist I know, and definitely the best!

Moby is not only one of the greatest electronic artists, but one of the greatest artists of the modern era. He redefined and brought electronic music to a new audience with "Play" and "18", while he made one of the most transcendental, heartbreaking, and wonderful albums ever with his masterpiece "Animal Rights". Truly one of the most overlooked and influential artists of our time.

17 Glitch Mob

Absolutely incredible. Every one of their songs is an adventure. My personal favorite tracks of their are Starve the Ego, Feed the Soul and Carry the Sun. Their songs aren't too over the top, but they aren't too tame either, and best of all, they know how to use vocals in an electronic song in a way that does not detract from the beats, but adds to them. The only bad part about them is that there still isn't enough of their music.

Amazing! Love every song by these guys. Their new album Love Death Immortality is just mind blowing. Not to mention that even some of their older songs are just as amazing, like fortune days and we can make the world stop. Greatest of them all, this band.

If you don't believe they are the best, listen to "Fortune Days" by The Glitch Mob. Be prepared to have your mind-blown.

They are by far the best artist on this list, their music is perfect. They don't only do one type of song like most others do, and they are all the best.

18 Illenium

If tender and emotional chillstep and future bass is your thing, you will love Illenium.

Coolest future bass sounds.

SO underrated! This guy is definitely one of the best EDM singers. Frequent uploads, catchy and enjoyable sounds, meaningful lyrics, making creative stuff with the genre. This guy seriously need more exposure, along with some semi-popular artists like Marshmello and Deadmau5.

19 Björk Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.

The best female vocalist I've ever herd. Screw all the female pop stars that gets so much publicity, Bjork's music is a work of orchestra & as well a piece of art. Anyone who says other does not know art in music whatsoever.

One album: Homogenic. An album that combines real life strings with icy beats and electronics to make a tundra of emotion. It's THE best electronic album ever and possibly one of the best albums ever PERIOD.

She is the best and really unclassifiable. Incredible blend of human emotion and machine music.

God are people crazy Zedd is higher than this Icelandic princess

20 The Chemical Brothers

Galvanize Hey Boy Hey Girl Believe Swoon don't Think...

The test and the private psychedelic is the best song I've ever heard in my life! The chemical brothers are always making psychedelic master pieces much greater than that of daft punk or deadmau5.

"The holy trinity" of Exit Planet Dust, Dig Your Own Hole and Surrender are without a doubt the greatest electronic albums of the past 30 years. Should be top 3 definitely, past skrillex!

One of the most interesting acts known to mankind. Handling perfectly both harder and melodic compositions. The true masterminds of electronica.

21 Waterflame

Waterflame’s songs are masterpieces. Most of these songs are in geometry dash as well. Waterflame is very underrated and deserves better. Geometrical dominator, final battle and clutterfunk (both parts) are my favourite songs, they are so instrumental!

If this was renamed to "Top Ten Worst Electronic Artists", The top 10 would look similar to what they are now. But I have no idea how Waterflame would end up on this list. Most music on youtube has a 5:1 like to dislike ratio. Waterflame's is more like 2500:1. No one (almost no one, at least), hates Waterflame.

How is Waterflame 217? He should be in the top 20 at least. Have you ever heard electro an adventures? Sky fortress? Conclusion? He is a truly unique artist, I've never seen anyone with music like this.

He is not that popular, but his music is better than a lot of music you hear

22 Flying Lotus

He inspired so many fantastic artist and is a master at blending genres. Probably the most talented guy in the game, pathetic to see him this low

How can flying lotus be 38th? he's easily #1 hands down

Top 20.

He is L. A beat king, he make a mix for Grand Theft Auto V and it become 1 of 20 best DJ mixes 2013, I love him

23 Boards of Canada

This list badly needs people born before 1995 to rate on it. Some fantastic electronic acts criminally low here. I think I'll have to refresh and vote for massive attack, new order and portishead and chemical brothers now

Boards of Canada are my number 1. Using original production methods to achieve a unique electronic sound should get them into the top 10, their masterful execution gets them 1st in my eyes.

Yeah, the fact these guys aren't in the top ten is beyond me.

Why isn't this on here, are you people crazy

24 Nero Nero are an English electronic music trio, specialising in dark vocal dubstep, electro, drum & bass and drumstep, consisting of Daniel Stephens, Joseph Ray and Alana Stephens (née Watson). They are well known for creating a wide variety of styles of dubstep and drum and bass, combining deep vocals ...read more.

One of the, if not the best artist I've ever heard. The style, the class, the rhythm, the beat. It all adds up to make an extraordinary experience.

When your rank in the top 10 of top electro bands with only ONE album... nero is the best electro band, when talent is there...talent is there.

Nero is the best! I love doomsday they should totally be at the top of this list!

This guy is king with his awesome promises remix

25 SALM (Something A la Mode)

G-string is better than the actual thing. Haha. But really. These songs are so amazing that I am in constant awe whenever a new song is released by them. They are an all around great music group. I recommend it 110%

It's just a great name!

The first lp was Magnetic Fields. Since that time fan for about 40 years. 😊

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