Best Synthpop Bands of the 1980sVote for the best band to use keyboards and electric guitar so you would be able to dance on the disco floors!
Martin Gore is a genius, we need Allan Wilder, without him they sound a bit blunt... Dave Gahan to continue re-inventing himself. Not that he's not alright, its for the now generation to see how great this band is!
DM are the number one band in the world. They are the best live band. There is nothing else even close.They are the most consistent band still kicking ass today while others fade into obscurity or tour on old hits. Dave Gahan is the greatest frontman of all time. Putting A-ha above them is shameful.
My religion is Depeche Mode. Depeche Mode is my gender identity, and also my sexual orientation. I'm buying a crown, deck chair and cloak, and going for Halloween as Depeche Mode. Forever.
I like most synthpop, even if its incredibly simple, but Depeche Mode kicks it up fifty notches by adding complexity and depth. Never Let Me Down Again is pure 80's genius.
Best band ever, great lyrics, great melodies and compositions and on top the best male voice. So many songs that got me by hearing them for the first 3 or 4 times.
From all the bands from this genre, A-ha stands out the best! The best 80's band indeed.. they sound much better and impressive in their live shows.. This need band needs to be on the top!
Norwegian band, one of most known bands of the decade!
My favorite band ever! So nostalgic and deep! Before even the Doors and Queen
They are the definition of synthpop. Vince Clarke was an electronic music pioneer. Erasure may be the least critically acclaimed of all the bands he created, but it embodies the essence of synthpop the most.
Erasure are just amazing and are probably one of the most underrated bands in the history of pop music.
My favorite band of the 80's, I find it very surprising that they never made it that big in the United States.
My young years were made bearable they listening to my favorite duo of all time. Vince and Andy always!
I think one of the reasons why Duran Duran deserves a high spot is because they were the right band at the right time. They were a part of the New Romantic movement, which was a backlash to the UK's Punk scene during the late 70s, in which everything was about being aggressive, looking torn up, and "play as fast as you can! " The New Romantic movement was society's way of trying to be more innovative, elegant, and flamboyant, like,"Hey it's a couple of straight guys trying to look all glamorous and be more reinventive(like back in the early 70's Glam scene)." It was literally a backlash against Punk. The only different is that Duran Duran were the tops dogs of the movement. They brought that scene to the mainstream and adapted it to the MTV generation. People wanted it, people loved it, they fell in love with it, it changed a lot of people's hearts and minds, and that was partly the sound of the 80s.
Duran Duran were something different. They came from Birmingham but were so serious about their music. Their lyrics painted great pictures and told great stories.
They really embraced and embodied that energetic mood of the 80s, producing more commercially successful and varied music than many others on this list.
Makeup and synths were part of the new wave culture. Yes, Duran Duran resembles very well that part of the 80s.
Apart from being too 90s Techno, they were created around the eighties.
Oh you've got green eyes, oh you've got blue eyes, oh you've got gray eyes...
Who has as mind to disagree, I've traveled the world and the seven seas. Everybody's looking for something.
What the hell, #28!
This is a tough one for sure. DM's Some great reward cassette was my first and I was crazy over them. Love there stuff till Alan Wilder left and to me they have never been quite the same. On the other hand OMD have grown ever since I saw them open for DM in 1988. I really enjoy all there music, early and new stuff. They should be 2 on the list.
DM Some Great Reward tape was my first from them and I was all aboard...Saw OMD on the Masses tour in May of 88 and I couldn't believe it...still my favorite concert ever to this date...Both bands are the very best of the synth bands of the 70s, 80s and 90s...nothing compares.
Built their own equipment in the early days, first 3 albums are pure Synthpop genius. However, like Depeche Mode, never had a UK Number 1.
Agree, most underrated band ever, not only the best Synhpop band ever, one of the best bands of all time in any music genere.
Australian 80s pop band, created to play in bars/pubs only.
Best live. A proper band, tight as heck and sexy as hell.
Their first album "The Hurting" is one of the greatest albums ever recorded..
2 international hits and literally every other song on the album moves you in one way or another,
The quality and deepness of their compositions were above the bands that are in top here.
They are great! I think they deserve higher place, but everyone has right on his opinion.
They're so cool, without trying. Great music style.
Absolutely the number one synth-pop band of all time! No question about it. Their new album, the third in a trilogy with Stuart Price will be released in January 2020. They have two stage shows out at the moment and have produced music for the new show 'My Beautiful Launderette'. They have not stopped since 1985! No splits, just consistent high quality output.
Collaboration with Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander is the next release.
From spinning around my parents' living room aged 7 I've loved them. They still get my vote for the number of top flight songs they've written (both for themselves and others), with lyrics that reach far beyond most bands. I should say synthpop is my passion, and I also love pretty much all the other bands in this list.
The quintessential intellectual electronic band. Sharp, smart lyrics with great beats and some of the best and most catchy keyboard rhythms. These guys still sound great, innovate with musicals and new shows that Amaze. One of the best things to come from the 80s. Their 2011 live tour was fantastic.
It is incredible that they are behind AHA and Duran Duran., Come on guys we are not voting who are most macho or most good looking bands we are here to vote for talented bands and PSB are one of the most talented bands since the Beatles., Aha number 2? Duran Duran number 3? A huge Internet joke here.
Should be in the Top 3. Why is A-ha, a one hit wonder, even on this list?
How are they so low? These guys are the best.
Incredible band... Just awesome
A seminal synthpop band.
Soft Cell amazing! But where is Erasure? La Roux also please.
For the synthpop german-based band!
Marian Gold is still forever young!
The kings! Best of the best
This is the Synthpop Band! Lead Guitarist, Paul Reynolds a pioneer who others copied. They were at the forefront of the error
This band was basically Ziggy Stardust for the 80s New Wave era. That's just awesome!
I love you, Paul Reynolds!
Basic band but with interesting tracks!
Influenced a lot of bands...
They started it.
They were a synthpop band before becoming an industrial metal band.
Still going strong. "Love In The Age Of War" is Ivan's best album to date!
The ultimate dance-punk driven band! A pearl to the New Wave culture!
Best band ever. Mark and Tim created some of the greatest music ever.
Great with Foxx, but better with Midge. Billy Currie and Midge was also involved in Visage. Great albums and singles from both bands!
Ultravox was me and my father's favorite band before he sadly died. Some of this band's songs were at the memorial.
Mick Karn's progressive improvisational basslines were indescribable. David Sylvian's vocals had a blissful, unique tone. Barbieri was incredible on the synthesizers. This band was literally insane. Mick Karn moved around stage like he was walking on water, and the funny thing is they were biggest in Japan, not the country in which they formed, England. They played with an understanding of how to create really interesting melodies and structures. Their songs weren't necessarily catchy all the time, they were made for real music fans and developed their style over time, which is why they weren't really accepted up there with the commercial likes of Duran Duran (Who completely and utterly ripped Japan off). There will never be another Japan. One of the greatest bands of all time.
Great sound and vocals. They were lucky to have one of the worlds best bassists with them in Mick Karn.
One of the greatest German bands ever! They are still making music and should be in the top 5 for sure!
They are my all time favorite syn band. They should be in the top 3!
Another 'Duran Duran' kind of music! Hope you like it.
A rock/pop band from the 70s, incorporating the romantic movement of the 80s!