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!


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

  1. Scritti Politti – Small Talk
    Dominatrix – The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight
    Herbie Hancock – Rockit
    Japan – The Art Of Parties
    to name but a few…

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Heaven 17?!! Thomas Dolby!?? Visage??!? But no Human League!!?!

    Human League – Being Boiled

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