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Synth Pop is what occurs when you take synthesizers and make pop music with them.

An important stylistic mark of Synth Pop is that the synthesizers deliberately sound like synthesizers, or in PurpleProse they ''exploit artificiality''. Synth Pop does not use synthesizers to replicate acoustic sounds but rather as instruments in their own right.

Synth Pop can use acoustic instruments, however the majority of the work must be ElectronicMusic in order for a pop song to be classified as Synth Pop.

This genre was very influential during TheEighties (although it's OlderThanTheyThink; the very first synth album[[note]]as far as anyone knows[[/note]], ''The In Sound From Way Out!'' by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, was an example of Synth Pop '''''in 1966''''', nearly 20 years before the genre became popular[[note]]in part because the 1966 Moog catalogue didn't include any keyboard module, so the two Perrey/Kingsley albums had to be painstakingly recorded one note at a time[[/note]]). Whilst many eighties pop bands were not ''predominantly'' electronic, they were usually ''significantly'' electronic and made generous use of of their synthesizers and drum machines.

The distinction between this genre (at least during TheEighties) and [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] is not easy to establish. One potential distinction is that Synth Pop must be ''predominantly'' electronic, and ''significantly'' electronic pop music can be classified as [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]. However, some people do tend to use "New Wave" and "Synth Pop" more or less interchangeably, and use either term to refer to any eighties pop song with a significant electronic component.

There's also been a resurgence of synth pop in the indie arena, taking its cues from early 80's new wave (You know, keyboards and depression, together in perfect harmony. Leads to artists with names like CasiotoneForThePainfullyAlone.)

The DarkerAndEdgier, more aggressive and [[PunkRock punk]]-like approach to this style of music results in Electronic Body Music or EBM, which is a subgenre of {{Industrial}}.

The darker, angstier, {{Wangst}}-ier and {{Goth}}-oriented version of this style of music is called DarkWave.

Significant artists include:

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* Music/{{Alphaville}}
* Music/{{CHVRCHES}} (a very recent example)
* Music/DepecheMode (GenrePopularizer with The Human League and Pet Shop Boys)
* Music/DuranDuran
* Music/{{Erasure}}
* Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood
* Music/GaryNuman (though he shifted later on to {{industrial metal}})
* Music/{{Grimes}} (another recent example)
* Music/InformationSociety
* Music/{{Japan}}
* Music/JoyElectric
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}}[[/index]] (the TropeMaker)[[index]]
* Music/{{Ladytron}}
* Ministry (yes, THAT Ministry. Their first record was completely synthpop. Their second changed to a dark EBM while their third completely changed to {{industrial rock}}, in which case everything got heavier and heavier)
* Music/NewOrder (a rather dark example, formed from the ashes of Joy Division)
* Music/PetShopBoys
* Music/SoftCell
* Music/StarBomb
* Music/TheKnife (at least until the release of 'Shaking the Habitual')
* Music/YellowMagicOrchestra [[/index]](TropeCodifier and [[TropeMakers Trope Maker]]) [[index]]
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And arguably a good portion of TheEighties pop acts in general (who are either this or [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]).
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