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Synth pop music uses the synthesizer as the dominant musical instrument in pop and rock. It is rooted in punk rock and is sometimes referred to as electropop though the latter sounds more electronic than synth pop. Synth pop has strongly influenced Chicago house and Detroit techno.

Early synth pop groups favored analog synthesizers like Minimoog and drum machines like Roland TR-808 and Roland TR-909. Other popular synthesizers for early synth pop acts include Yamaha DX7, Roland Jupiter-8, and Sequential Prophet-5.

Thanks to the rise of inexpensive synthesizers, MIDI, dance beats, and MTVs, it became popular in the new wave music movement in Japan, the United Kingdom, and West Germany from the late 1970s through the middle of the 1980s. Early prominent synth pop artists include Gary Numan from the UK, Yellow Magic Orchestra from Japan, and Kraftwerk from West Germany.

Synth pop music remained highly popular in the late 1980s and had success on the US dance charts, including bands like Pet Shop Boys and Duran Duran from the UK, and A-ha from Norway. “Take on Me” from A-ha topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in October 1985. Its MTV won six awards and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. Duran Duran was a leading band in the Second British Invasion of the US in the 1980s.

From the early 1990s, synth pop music started to give way to other subsequent genres like Chicago house and Detroit techno. Synth pop had developed into indie electronic and electroclash in the digital millennium, such as Broadcast, Ratatat, and Felix da Housecat. Synth pop keyboards and drum machines have gain popularity among indie and hip hop artists.

You can find a list of synth pop artists on Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia

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