Best Synthpop Bands of The EightiesVote for the best band to use keyboards and electric guitar so you would be able to dance on the disco floors!
The Top Ten
Best electric synth band that ever was and is and will ever be, thank you Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andrew Fletcher, Vince Clarke, Allen Wilder,
They bring the the darkness in their tune whine stabs your heart
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.
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
Norwegian band, one of most known bands of the decade!
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!
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.
If you'd want to give 80s Pop another name, you'd might as well call it Duran Duran.
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.
Makeup and synths were part of the new wave culture. Yes, Duran Duran resembles very well that part of the 80s. - johnny_pt
Oh you've got green eyes, oh you've got blue eyes, oh you've got gray eyes...
Apart from being too 90s Techno, they were created around the eighties.
Another passin, mode of joy division
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! -
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
HOW IS ERASURE NOT ON THIS LIST.
Australian 80s pop band, created to play in bars/pubs only.
Michael Hutchence is the soul of this amazing band...love
Best live. A proper band, tight as heck and sexy as hell.
The quality and deepness of their compositions were above the bands that are in top here.
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.
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.
They are the best band ever! Everything throughout their career has been amazing!
Top five. Right there with Depeche Mode and New Order at the top.
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.
For the synthpop german-based band!
Forever young one of the all time best songs of any genre
"A victory of love" number one synthpop song of all time
Marian Gold is still forever young!
It's a disgrace that nobody put them on this list before me - jrodz
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
Incredible band... Just awesome
Soft Cell amazing! But where is Erasure? La Roux also please.
Influenced a lot of bands...
They started it.
This band was basically Ziggy Stardust for the 80s New Wave era. That’s just awesome!
This is the Synthpop Band! Lead Guitarist, Paul Reynolds a pioneer who others copied. They were at the forefront of the error
I love you, Paul Reynolds!
A few major hits though they undoubtedly emphasized the synthesizer and used it well. 👌
The ultimate dance-punk driven band! A pearl to the New Wave culture!
They were a synthpop band before becoming an industrial metal band.
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
Fabulous band I lived them
Still going strong. "Love In The Age Of War" is Ivan's best album to date!
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.
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?
A rock/pop band from the 70s, incorporating the romantic movement of the 80s!
Another 'Duran Duran' kind of music! Hope you like it.
Frankie say "Relax"
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!
They would join Yes and make another great Pop song.
Wow, Alison Moyet had a very strong and beautiful voice. Loved their albums.
Martin Frye... Look of Love... Poison Arrow... Date Stampe... Classics!
Sharp synth & smart lyrics.
Pete burns is an icon!
Pure class there music stands the test of time...
A romantic group with a good mixture of lyrics and synth
I can't believe ABBA is not in the list - the mother of synth pop!
WHY IS ABBA ON THE BOTTOM?
Lol! abba isn't a synthpop band! they are did disco and eurodance
How can you forget Visage? They were the foundation of all things 80's & Romantic!
Neeed to be lots higher on this list, at least in top 20!