Depeche Mode are an English electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke. Clarke left the band after the release of their 1981 debut album, Speak & Spell, and was replaced by Alan Wilder with Gore taking over songwriting. Wilder left the band in 1995; Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher have since continued as a trio.
Depeche Mode have had 49 songs in the UK Singles Chart and thirteen top 10 albums in the UK charts, two of which debuted at No. 1. According to EMI, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most commercially successful electronic band in music history. Q magazine calls Depeche Mode "The most popular electronic band the world has ever known" and included the band in the list of the "50 Bands That Changed the World!". VH1 ranked the group #98 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
GENRE: Alternative dance, Synthpop, Post-punk, New Wave, Electronica, Electronic music, Alternative rock, Dark wave, Electronic rock