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A Robot Playlist – The Top 40

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This is a work in progress.

Please make suggestions of your own in the comments section, bearing in mind the music is intended for Daniel (age 3). (He likes the first three songs on this list.) So some stuff has been omitted deliberately. It has to be Safe For Home. Criteria for inclusion is mostly based around the beat, but not entirely. Space age cuts it, too. And I’m sure there’s a whole bunch of Top 10 disco-style robotic music I’m missing.

If someone wants to create a Spotify or YouTube playlist based on this, and send me the link, that would be awesome.


    1. Kraftwerk – The Robots http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXa9tXcMhXQ
    2. Kraftwerk – Neon Lights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YCZVeIJ8xk
    3. Elli et Jacno – Main Dans La Main http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq_7dbaQ4QA
    4. Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu6MDdxBork
    5. The Normal – TVOD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v7FZwyOdvU
    6. The Human League – Being Boiled http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a1tgI5QS6s
    7. Silicon Teens – Just Like Eddie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03ASCSv7EH8
    8. Joe Meek – I Hear A New World http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pehihWNMgMY
    9. Devo – Mechanical Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJcshY5ywro
    10. Susan – 24,000 Kiss http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pWsgvvqXxY
    11. Bent Bolt & The Robots – Mechanical Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8g_t2tfbz8
    12. The Android Sisters – Robots Are Coming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeerjrFjgT8
    13. La Bionda – I Want To Be Your Lover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVxoFjdWTzY
    14. Transvolta – Disco Computer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NETuCMeQds8
    15. Flight Of The Conchords – Robots http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNC61-OOPdA
    16. Daft Punk – Not On The Guest List http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L-vSOZ3jM0
    17. M – Pop Muzik http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avvh5H-EPWU
    18. Depeche Mode – New Life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFnEhwmpjXI
    19. Wire – I Am The Fly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etnM2zkjyh0
    20. OMD – Electricity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB1J57LGQfY


  1. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Metal Postcard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB2mLDJdn5A
  2. Elastica – Line Up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Y7vH2XsAM
  3. Front 242 – Operating Tracks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRpeVcjMvNo
  4. Bruce Haack – School For Robots http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQcXdb8A9LA
  5. Herbie Hancock – Rockit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pERrVMbsCfg
  6. Queen – Radio Gaga http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t63_HRwdAgk
  7. Lio – Amoureux Solitaire http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vXuLf7EOrkA
  8. Neu! – Hallogallo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAXYMOgHQI4
  9. Ruth – Polaroid Roman Photo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko3sVj9Vzf8
  10. The Tornados – Telstar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuA-fqKCiAE
  11. D.A.F. – Der Mussolini http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olU40fxAXZs&bpctr=1354277634
  12. Donna Summer – I Feel Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2q2bis6eLE
  13. Midnight Star – Freak-a-Zoid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRo426va26I
  14. Servotron – People Mover http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4gS4nzSWmCs#!
  15. Fuzzbox – Pop Muzik http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARcDEKdIa_U
  16. Buggles – Video Killed The Radiostar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8r-tXRLazs
  17. Modèle Mécanique – Dark Of The Moon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBykJbGai6g
  18. John Foxx – Underpass http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjog0tAjt80
  19. Der Plan – Hey Baby Hop (can’t find Robot-Bolero online) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUb66v3rsAo
  20. Telex – Moskow Discow http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DFWdobNIcPQ

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