Depeche Mode is an English electronic music band formed in 1980. The group gained popularity with their debut album "Speak & Spell" in 1981 and went on to release groundbreaking albums like "Construction Time Again" and "Some Great Reward." With hits such as "Enjoy the Silence" and "Personal Jesus," they became a dominant force in mainstream electronic music. Despite facing internal tensions, the band continued to create music, releasing successful albums like "Violator" and "Songs of Faith and Devotion." Depeche Mode has sold over 100 million records worldwide, solidifying their status as one of the most commercially successful electronic bands.
The current lineup consists of Martin L. Gore on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, along with lead vocalist Dave Gahan. Former members include Vince Clarke (1980-81), Alan Wilder (1982-95), who contributed keyboards, drums, and backing vocals, and Andrew Fletcher (1980-2022) on keyboards.
Recognized by Q magazine as the most popular electronic band ever known, Depeche Mode's influence earned them a spot on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time. With fifty songs in the UK Singles Chart and thirteen top 10 albums in the UK charts, including two No. 1 debuts, Depeche Mode remains one of the world's best-selling music artists.