DarkWave is to SynthPop what GothRock is to PunkRock; [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs This Is Your Premise On Goth]]. Basically, DarkWave is Goth's brooding angst but on synthesizers rather than guitars.

DarkWave is related to but is not a subgenre of {{Industrial}}. Whilst both genres are electronic and target the {{Goth}} market, DarkWave is generally softer. Naturally there is some overlap; some DarkWave artists will often put an EBM or Futurepop-style song on their album to broaden its dance-floor appeal. {{Industrial}} artists can also be heavily inspired by DarkWave; creating some utterly harrowing works of pure {{Angst}}/{{Wangst}} in the process.

Generally, however, it is fair to characterize DarkWave as {{Goth}}ic Music/NewWave or SynthPop. Synthesizers will be the predominant instrument, although guitars can be used in moderation.

Notable DarkWave acts include:

* ASP
* Ataraxia
* Attrition
* Autumn (also GothRock)
* Aural Vampire
* Austra
* Bella Morte
* Music/TheBirthdayMassacre (crossed with {{Industrial Metal}}. Definitely one of the more YMMV entries on this list.)
* Black Tape For A Blue Girl
* Blaqk Audio
* Music/{{Blutengel}}
* The Break-Up
* Butterfly Messiah
* The Cassandra Complex
* {{Celldweller}}
* Chiasm
* Clan Of Xymox
* Music/TheCruxshadows
* Collide
* ColdCave
* Das Ich
* Deine Lakaien
* Delerium (side project of the {{industrial}} group FrontLineAssembly)
* Diary of Dreams
* Die Form
* Diorama
* Diva Destruction
* Music/EgoLikeness (crosses over into {{Industrial}})
* Faith Assembly
* Fockewolf
* The Frozen Autumn
* Future Perfect
* Girls Under Glass
* Goethes Erben
* The Human League, excluding their NewWaveMusic pop-disco albums
* Hungry Lucy
* In Strict Confidence (also {{Industrial}})
* Iris
* Music/JohnnyHollow
* Kirlian Camera
* The Last Dance
* Light Asylum
* L'Ame Immortelle
* London After Midnight (crosses over with {{GothRock}})
* Love Is Colder Than Death
* Music/LoveSpiralsDownwards
* Lycia (Also {{DreamPop}})
* the Machine in the Garden
* Malaria!
* Midnight Resistance
* GaryNuman, especially his later works
* Opera Multi Steel
* Otto Dix
* Pink Industry
* Pink Turns Blue
* Pretentious, Moi?
* Project Pitchfork (although their later albums are more in the realm of Hellektro/Aggrotech/Harsh EBM)
* Psyche
* Music/SchwarzStein
* Seabound
* Seeming
* {{She Wants Revenge}}
* Sopor Aeturnus & The Ensemble Of Shadows
* Suicidal Romance
* Switchblade Symphony (first album; later albums go for a Trip Hop sound)
* ThouShaltNot
* Trisomie 21
* Trust
* Wolfsheim