Open Mic: What’s The Best Synthpop Track Ever?

synthpopAs long as there have been synthesizers, there have been composers creating pop synth music. Many of the earliest synth albums were ‘switched on’ or ‘mooged out’ versions of pop tracks, and tracks like Gershon Kingsley’s Popcorn and Kraftwerk’s Autobahn were the first synth music that many people ever heard.

But it took another decade for synth pop to take off as a genre, lead by artists like Gary Numan, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ultravox & Depeche Mode. And it’s never really gone away since. 

What do you think the best synthpop ever is? Is there a synthpop song that was that influenced you, made you want to dance or that you think has become a true classic?

Leave a comment and let us know what you think!


134 thoughts on “Open Mic: What’s The Best Synthpop Track Ever?

  1. kraftwerk – model

    this track perfectly combines the crystal clear precision of the synthetic with the concept of emulation of emotion yet, evenmore so from a viewpont of today, incorporates an undoubtedly melancholic human element of despair with relation to the artists and the topic itself.

    it is by no means my fav track of kraftwerk or of the electro pop genre, but it seems so essentially proto from production to concept to performance, that i keep coming back decisively to it in my thoughts on the matter.

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  2. Ummm… Ok:
    Yazoo – Nobody’s Diary
    Soft Cell – Bedsitter
    OMD – The Messerschmitt Twins
    Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened
    Tuxedomoon – What Use
    Thomas Dolby – Leipzig
    Sparks – No.1 Song In Heaven
    Heaven 17 – I’m Your Money
    Yadda yadda yadda….

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  3. Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
    The Knife – Heartbeats
    Kraftwerk – Computer Love
    Madonna – Into the Groove
    New Order – Blue Monday
    Kavinsky – Nightcall
    Raf – Self Control (More well-known cover by Laura Branigan)

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  4. I have taken the initiative to compile the votes for every song mentioned in this post so far (Jan 2015). Posts that mentioned more than one song were given separate votes each. Here it is:

    New Order – Blue Monday +48
    Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough +46
    Visage – Fade to grey +41
    Yazoo – Don’t Go +38
    Giorgio Moroder feat. Donna Summer – i Feel Love +33
    Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams +33
    Human League – Don’t You Want Me +31
    OMD – Enola Gay +26
    Yazoo – Situation +24
    Telex – Moskow Disco +23
    Kraftwerk – Das Model +22
    Depeche Mode – Everything Counts +20
    A-ha – Take On Me +19
    Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence +18
    Human League – Being Boiled 13
    John Foxx – Europe After The Rain +13
    Fallout Club – Dream Soldiers +13
    Erasure – A Little Respect +13
    Duran Duran – The Chauffeur +13
    Robert Gorl – Mit Dir +13
    Thomas Leer – Private Plane +13
    Trevor Herion – Love Chains +13
    Erasure – Sometimes +12
    Erasure – Victm of love +12
    Erasure – Stop +12
    Erasure – Blue Savannah +12
    Erasure – Chorus +12
    Erasure – Breath of Life +12
    Erasure – Always +12
    Erasure – Don’t Say Your Love is Killing Me +12
    Ultravox – Vienna +12
    Gary Numan – Cars +11
    Hot Butter – Popcorn +11
    Erasure – Oh L’Amour +11
    Heaven 17 – (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang +11
    Doctor Who Theme +11
    Devo – Beautiful World +11
    Space – Magic Fly +11
    Kraftwerk – The Robots +11
    Kraftwerk – Autobahn +11
    Kraftwerk – Computer Love +11
    John Foxx – Underpass +10
    Soft Cell – Say Hello Wave Goodbye +10
    The Knife – Heartbeats +10
    Yazoo – Only You +10
    Alphaville – Sounds Like a Melody +10
    OMD – Joan of Arc +9
    Depeche Mode – Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead +9
    Trans X – Living on Video +9
    Bronski Beat – smalltown boy +9
    Propaganda – Duel +8
    Gary Numan – Are Friends Electric +8
    Kraftwerk – Musique Non-Stop +8
    Soft Cell – Sex Dwarf +8
    Goldfrapp – Strict Machine +8
    Colourbox – Breakdown +7
    Laurie Anderson – Superman +7
    Propaganda – Dr.Mabuse +7
    MGMT – Kids +7
    Soft Cell – Tainted Love +7
    Ymo – Rydeen +7
    Gary Numan – Metal +6
    Kraftwerk – Neon lights +6
    Kraftwerk – Numbers +6
    Plastic Bertrand – Tout petit la planète +5
    Duran Duran – Save a Prayer +5
    Alexander Robotnick – C’est la Vie +5
    Kavinsky – Nightcall +5
    Landscape – Einstein a Go Go +5
    OMD – Messages +5
    OMD – Souvenir +5
    Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls +5
    Soft Cell – Torch +5
    Daft Punk – One More Time +4
    Donkeyboy – City Boy +4
    Jona Lewie – Kitchen at Parties + 4
    Los Prisioneros – Tren Al Sur +4
    Propaganda – P-Machinery +4
    The Postal Service – Such Great Heights +4
    Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend +4
    Soft Cell – Bedsitter +4
    Yello – Botisch +4
    Ultravox – Sleepwalk +4
    E.L.O. – Twilight +3
    Eurythmics – Here comes the rain again +3
    Giorgio Moroder – The chase +3
    Animotion – I enginner +3
    Depeche mode – Precious +3
    Peter godwin – Images of Heaven +3
    Real Life – Send me an angel +3
    Soft Cell – Memorabilia +3
    Sound of Science – Hydrodome +3
    Talk Talk – Today +3
    The Tornados – Telstar +3
    Thomas Dolby – Blinded by Science +3
    Ladytron – Playgirl +2
    Human League – Heart Like a Wheel +2
    Ad Visser & Daniel Sahuleka – Giddyap A Gogo +2
    Alphaville – Forever Young +2
    Anything Box – Living in Oblivion +2
    Cetu Javu – Have In Mind +2
    Chvrches – Lies +2
    Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star +2
    Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round +2
    Depeche Mode – See you +2
    Howard Jones – What is Love +2
    Madonna – Into the Groove +2
    Men Without Hats – Safety Dance +2
    Duran Duran – Girls on Film +2
    Human League – Love Action +2
    Missing Persons – Words +2
    Mi-sex – Computer Games +2
    Raf – Self Control (More well-known cover by Laura Branigan) +2
    Talk Talk – It’s My Life +2
    Telepopmusic – Breath +2
    The Korgis – Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometimes +2
    Trio – Da Da Da +2
    When in Rome – The Promise +2
    Dominatrix – The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight +1
    Devo – Whip It +1
    Heaven 17 – I’m Your Money +1
    Herbie Hancock – Rockit +1
    Japan – The Art Of Parties +1
    Mirage – Lake of Dreams +1
    OMD – The Messerschmitt Twins +1
    Propaganda – Wound In My Heart +1
    Rational Youth – Close To Nature +1
    Scritti Politti – Absolute +1
    Scritti Politti – Small Talk +1
    Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened +1
    Sparks – No.1 Song In Heaven +1
    Switched on Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring +1
    Tears For Fears – Mad World +1
    Thomas Dolby – Leipzig +1
    Tuxedomoon – What Use +1
    Yazoo – Nobody’s Diary +1
    Berlin – Metro +0
    Bis – Dead Wrestlers +0
    Buggles – Living in the Plastic Age +0
    Cornelius – Star Fruits new +0
    Cristina – Ticket to the Tropics +0
    DAT Politics – Bad Dream Machine +0
    Depeche Mode – Photographic +0
    Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again +0
    Human League – Seconds +0
    Gary Numan – I Die you Die +0
    Gary Numan – Down in the Park +0
    Ghengis Khan – Moscow +0
    Howard Jones – Hunt the Self +0
    Kim Wilde – View from a Bridge +0
    Lena Lovich – New Toy +0
    Light Asylum – A Certain Person +0
    M – Pop Muzik +0
    Neon Judgement – Chinese Black +0
    NIN – Head Like a Hole +0
    Our Daughters Weddin – Lawn Chairs +0
    Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia +0
    Plastics – Deluxe +0
    Takahashi Yukihiro – Extra-ordinary +0
    Tenchi Muyo – Ryoko’s Theme +0
    Units – High Pressure Days +0
    Urbangarde – ??????? +0
    You Lover Her Coz She’s Dead – Sunday Best +0

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  5. Nobody mentioned YMO yet (though YT got a mention)

    Just so you can see Ryuichi Sakamoto on drums 😉

    Oh and it’s live too!

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