Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Synthpop songs of all time 2017, In the late 1970’s a new wave of musical stylings began to emerge, which involved heavy use of the synthesizer, or ‘synth’. Up until this time, electronica was used either as background, ambient or for effects. These are some of the best and most influential synthpop songs in music history, when the synth emerged as a dominant force in pop songs. Synthpop spawned hundreds of hits during the 80’s, it’s most musically influential period, including the famous one hit wonders of synth: “So Far Away” by flock of Seagulls, “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell.
- 10. Don’t Go – Yazoo
- 9. Fade to Gray – Visage
- 8. Blue Monday – New Order
- 7. I Feel Love – Donna Summer
- 6. Don’t You Want Me – Human League
- 5. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
- 4. Take On Me – A-Ha
- 3. Enola Gay – OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)
- 2. Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
- 1. Das Modell – Kraftwerk
Here we present the list of top 10 best Synthpop songs of all time 2017.
10. Don’t Go – Yazoo
“Don’t Go” was composed and performed by British synthpop duo of Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet in 1982 off their album, “Upstairs at Eric’s”. In this track, Clarke’s robotic rhythms created a track most suitable for the dance floor, while Moyet’s bluesy vocals subtly satisfy the listener. “Don’t Go’s” intro synth riff reels you in with its upbeat, melodic tones, setting the stage for Moyet’s earthy, aggressive and powerful punch which altogether, created a dance club hit for the pair. The track has since been remixed and covered, and remains a favorite today.
9. Fade to Gray – Visage
“Fade to Gray” was the British group Visage most popular single, released in 1980, and was one of those bits of music that would help to introduce the masses to a new form of pop: Synthpop. Visage was a synthpop group that was a pioneer in the New Romantic movement. “Fade to Gray” became an overnight club classic, and is important in that “Fade to Gray” was the bands only truly successful single, and is considered by most to be one of the first synth songs to usher in the synthpop era.
8. Blue Monday – New Order
The Best selling 12 inch single of all time, is the dance club favorite, “Blue Monday” by New Order. A little taste of post punk, fused with techno dance music, “Blue Monday” became one of the most influential songs in electronica Blue Monday was released in 1983, and quickly became a dance club staple, still played in dance clubs today. For some fans, “Blue Monday” is not only a synthpop classic but that it is one of the songs that formed a bridge between the disco hits of the 70’s and the forthcoming 80’s dance club hits.
7. I Feel Love – Donna Summer
“I Feel Love” was released in 1977 and was an immediate international chart topper. Together with record producer, Giorgio Moroder, who utilized synths and 4/4 beats, the track became a sensation in dance clubs. “I Feel Love” can arguably be stated as one of the forerunners of modern EDM (electronic dance music). Indeed, this track is the first chart topper that was produced using a synth backing track, no strings, no other form of traditional instrumentation. “I Feel Love” has a trance like pulse that became the model for Eurodance composers for decades to come.
6. Don’t You Want Me – Human League
Back in the day, when the synth was just creeping out from under the covers and emerging as a mature piece of musical instrumentation, the synthpop band, Human League, released one of the top tracks ever in synthpop, “Don’t You Want Me”. This track comes off of the album, “Dare”, and draws you in with its sine-wave synth, and echoing drum beat. Pure pop, no apologies, and no excuses. “Don’t You Want Me” is a classic of synthpop styling. The hot, dark lyrics and meaning, actually work quite well with the cold to the touch vocal emanations.
5. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
A huge international single for the band, “Sweet Dreams” hit the U.S. singles charts at number 1, and number 2 in the U.K. “Sweet Dreams” is a synthpop classic, and has seen remixes and covers by artists in various genres. Annie Lennox offers her power vocals to this track, and to put it mildly, she is breathtaking, as she drives the song home with a subtle Rhythm and blues beat. Lennox, along with Stewart’s synth mastery has created an enduring musical piece that will remain viable and substantial for many decades to come.
4. Take On Me – A-Ha
“Take on Me” was released by Norwegian synth pop group and was an enjoyable chart topper. Along with its fantastical music video of pencil art rotoscoping, the track became an instant classic. The bands lead singer, Morten Harket hits incredible highs during the song, that is infectious and catchy. “Take On Me” reached number 2 on the UK charts, and hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the states, as the music video for the song worked to drive up attention and sales. Recorded and released in 1984, “Take On Me” is a staple in any synthpop fans musical library.
3. Enola Gay – OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)
The anti-war protest song, “Enola Gay” comes off of OMD’s album, “Organisation”. While most people are more familiar with their signature track, “If You Leave”, “Enola Gay” is not only a well crafted musical track, but addresses the horrific bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. “Enola Gay” was an international chart topper, and sold over 5 million units. heavy on the synths, and relying heavily on lyrical context to bring it’s meaning across, which urges the listener to actually think on what happened on that horrid day, to all of those innocent people, and if the act was even necessary. “Enola Gay” is considered a classic synthpop song that is purposeful in its intent and execution.
2. Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
It’s hard to beat this synthpop favorite from 1990. “Enjoy the Silence” is the perfect song, and one of the bands signature pieces, winning the “Best British Single” at the 1991 Brit Awards. “Enjoy the Silence” comes off Depeche Mode’s “Violator” album, and has been remixed many times. This track is a sweeping sound of almost melancholic vibes, that emote a sense of devotion and truth. This is a fluid, flowing and gorgeous example of synthpop, that feelings can become more important than words when two people embrace the idea of love. While it’s danceable, some might just prefer to melt with it and immerse themselves in the sounds.
1. Das Modell – Kraftwerk
If you have never heard of Kraftwerk (power station), you are in for a treat. Kraftwerk is a band from Germany that specializes in electronica. Kraftwerk has been around a while, and have made such an impact on the development of electronica, that they are considered among its top pioneers. “Das Modell” (The Modell). “Das Model” was a single from their album, “The Man Machine”, and hit the top of the charts in the UK, peaking at number one and spending a 21 weeks total on the UK Singles Chart.
Synthpop is vibrant, energetic and a full-bodied form of musical expression. You can sit back and relax as you listen to it, or you can toe tap and go full out onto the rug and cut a few moves. Either way, synthpop’s emergence is now a mainstay in popular music today, and will continue to be utilized for decades to come.