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.

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

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

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!

My favourite band of all time still love their music as much as I did when I first heard them back in the 80's - Lesley777

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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

Top of the list... no... my life... how awesome... someone kill me... FINALLY THEY GET THE PROPER CREDIT THEY DESERVE and yes I'm a fangirl, yes, Morten is five times my age, yes, I have a crush, and no, I don't care what you say, they're the BEST!

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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

The Eighties' answer to The Beatles. Enough said.

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4 New Order New Order New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980, currently comprising Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman.

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

Another passin, mode of joy division

5 Erasure Erasure

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.


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6 Eurythmics Eurythmics Eurythmics were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band The Tourists, who split up in 1980; Eurythmics were formed that year in London.

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

What the hell, #28! -

7 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.

Still going to sell out concerts all over the world and still making albums these are miles ahead of the rest for me

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

Most epic Synth- pop band ever

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8 INXS INXS INXS were an Australian rock and pop 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 Alphaville Alphaville Alphaville is a German synthpop/new wave band which gained popularity in the 1980s. The founding members were lead singer Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, and Frank Mertens.

For the synthpop german-based band!

Forever young one of the all time best songs of any genre

Marian Gold is still forever young!

The kings! Best of the best

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The Contenders

11 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.

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.

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.

Simply the best band ever. Not only in the synth-pop genre.

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12 Modern Talking Modern Talking Modern Talking were 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

13 The Human League The Human League The Human League are an English synth-pop band formed in Sheffield in 1977. After signing to Virgin Records in 1979, the band released two albums and a string of singles before attaining widespread commercial success with their third album Dare in 1981. The album contained four hit singles, including more.

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

Should be in the Top 3. Why is A-ha, a one hit wonder, even on this list? - overhang

Can't believe their not in this top ten

A seminal synthpop band.

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14 Soft Cell Soft Cell Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s, consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball.

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

We stan!

15 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.

Influenced a lot of bands...

16 A Flock of Seagulls A Flock of Seagulls A Flock of Seagulls are an English new wave and synthpop band originally formed in 1980 in Liverpool by Michael "Mike" Score and his brother Alister "Ali" James Score; with their most famous line-up consisting of the Score brothers along with Francis Lee "Frank" Maudsley and Paul Reynolds.

I love you, Paul Reynolds!

A few major hits though they undoubtedly emphasized the synthesizer and used it well. 👌

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 Japan

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. - KingCobalt

20 Men Without Hats

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

21 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.

22 Ultravox

Ultravox was me and my father's favorite band before he sadly died. Some of this band's songs were at the memorial.

My Goodness,They should be number one.Midge you're has the most outstanding voice,the guys were geniuses and are still performing,how many of these other bands can say that?

23 Foreigner Foreigner Foreigner is a British-American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

A rock/pop band from the 70s, incorporating the romantic movement of the 80s!

24 The Buggles

They would join Yes and make another great Pop song.

25 Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Another 'Duran Duran' kind of music! Hope you like it.

Frankie say "Relax"

26 Talk Talk
27 Yazoo (Yaz)

Wow, Alison Moyet had a very strong and beautiful voice. Loved their albums.

28 Rational Youth

Sharp synth & smart lyrics.

29 Bronski Beat
30 ABC

Martin Frye... Look of Love... Poison Arrow... Date Stampe... Classics!

31 Oingo Boingo
32 Camouflage
33 Heaven 17

Pure class there music stands the test of time...

34 Novecento
35 Dead or Alive

Pete burns is an icon!

36 When In Rome
37 Information Society
38 Anything Box

A romantic group with a good mixture of lyrics and synth

39 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

I can't believe ABBA is not in the list - the mother of synth pop!


Lol! abba isn't a synthpop band! they are did disco and eurodance

40 Desireless
41 Toyah
42 Propaganda
43 Boytronic
44 Sade Sade Helen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
45 Visage

How can you forget Visage? They were the foundation of all things 80's & Romantic!

46 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
47 Blancmange
48 Thompson Twins

Neeed to be lots higher on this list, at least in top 20!

49 Kajagoogoo
50 Culture Club Culture Club Culture Club are an English band that was formed in 1981. The band comprised Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss.
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1. Modern Talking
2. Erasure
3. Duran Duran
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2. Depeche Mode
3. A-ha
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