Best Synthpop Bands of The Eighties

Vote for the best band to use keyboards and electric guitar so you would be able to dance on the disco floors!

The Top Ten

1 Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

Hands down the best! These other bands are chumps. It's like comparing a Kia to a BMW.

loved depeche mode... great saw them in coventry in the 80's... well they have never gone away

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!

Greatest synth-pop band ever and the greatest live performances, wow! Martin Gore is a musical genius. Haven't missed a live show since 1987. So glad they are still around.

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2 A-ha A-ha A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.

A disgrace erasure are not on this list!

My favorite band ever! So nostalgic and deep! Before even the Doors and Queen

The best 80's synthpop band for me. Their music rocks, very creative. A-ha forever

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!

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3 Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US.

Makeup and synths were part of the new wave culture. Yes, Duran Duran resembles very well that part of the 80s. - johnny_pt

The ultimate New Romantic band!

The synths were part of the new wave culture. And Duran Duran was one of the best band of this time and a great part of the 80s

4 New Order

Apart from being too 90s Techno, they were created around the eighties.

5 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

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.


Lead the way in synthpop. Classic timeless albums across the board. They get my vote

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.

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6 Eurythmics

Who has as mind to disagree, I've traveled the world and the seven seas. Everybody's looking for something. - comicoco

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7 Alphaville

For the synthpop german-based band!

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8 INXS INXS INXS were an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales.

Australian 80s pop band, created to play in bars/pubs only.

Michael Hutchence is the soul of this amazing

9 Tears for Fears Tears for Fears Tears for Fears are an English pop/rock band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock more.

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,

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.

"Everybody wants to rule the world"...

10 Pet Shop Boys

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.

25 years and their music is still lovely! I love them!... Can't wait to see them live one day...

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.

"What did I do to deserve this"...with the infamous Dusty Springfield (Thank you, Pet Shop Boys! ). One of my favorite sad to happy song

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The Contenders

11 Modern Talking Modern Talking Modern Talking was a German synth-pop duo formed in 1983 by singer/pianist Thomas Anders and chorus singer/producer/composer/guitarist Dieter Bohlen best known for their hits "You're My Heart, You're My Soul", "Cheri Cheri Lady" and "Brother Louie", that broke up in 1987 before rejoining in 1998 with more.

It's a disgrace that nobody put them on this list before me - jrodz

12 The Human League

Can't believe their not in this top ten

Incredible band... Just awesome

How are they so low? These guys are the best.

A seminal synthpop band.

13 Soft Cell

Soft Cell amazing! But where is Erasure? La Roux also please.

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15 Simple Minds Simple Minds Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in 1977. They achieved commercial success in the 1980s and, despite various personnel changes, continue to record and tour.

Remember 'Don't You Forget About Me' from Breakfast Club? - johnny_pt

The only song an American can remember. Not even written by the band themselves.

16 Kraftwerk 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. V 1 Comment
17 Blondie Blondie Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s.

The ultimate dance-punk driven band! A pearl to the New Wave culture!

18 Ministry Ministry Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer and only original member Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.

They were a synthpop band before becoming an industrial metal band.

19 Men Without Hats

Still going strong. "Love In The Age Of War" is Ivan's best album to date!

20 The Buggles

They would join Yes and make another great Pop song.

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List StatsUpdated 26 Feb 2017

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1. Duran Duran
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