If you’re only familiar with The Mode’s later work, you might not understand quite why they’ve placed so highly on a list of synth icons. However, they were one of the first pop bands to base their sound on the instrument, scoring their breakthrough hit in 1981 with Just Can’t Get Enough. This was written by Vince Clarke, who left the band soon after and found further success with Yazoo and Erasure. With Martin Gore taking over as chief songwriter, Depeche went from strength to strength, too.
"Personally, I think it's a band. Depeche Mode are synth icons to me." (from @Sjusovaren via Twitter, thanks)
"Synth Icon: Keith Emerson; Devin Townsend; Depeche Mode; Karlheinz Stockhausen; Moby; Aphex Twin; Venetian Snares." (From @hollavacui via Twitter, thanks)
“Martin Gore and Roger O’Donnell!!!” (Thanks, creepysuitguy)