The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists Bands/Musicians

The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

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Some people may associate ambient music with experimental music, but there's far more to the sound that simply describing it as that. Ambient music first developed in the 1970s and unlike other genres, focused primarily on atmospheric sound that would run long way longer than traditional song structure and instruments. The best ambient music artists used synthesizers and ambitious production to create long, looping, layered music that was as interesting as anything created during that time. Since those initial years, ambient music artists has grown to include more dance music artists, in particular house and techno music.

So, what are the best ambient music artists? Any list has to have the likes of Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, The Orb, Orbital and Enigma. These are widely known as some of the most important ambient music artists and have created the best ambient music. There are plenty of other popular artists on this list, but in order to be voted to the top, you have to be considered one of the best, not merely popular.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best ambient music artists. If you notice someone missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best ambient music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest ambient music musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular ambient music bands that you might've heard of. (105 items)


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    Space Saxophone, MACROmicroCosmi, Cosmi gratuiti

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    Ambient 1: Music for Airports, Here Come the Warm Jets, Another Green ...

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    Mysterious Skin - Music from the Film, Music for 3 Pianos, The Pearl

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    Geogaddi, Tomorrow's Harvest, Music Has the Right to Children

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    Richard D. James Album, Come to Daddy, Selected Ambient Works

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    Exposure, I Advance Masked, Jean the Birdman

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    Music in Twelve Parts, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, The Hours

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    Substrata², Microgravity, Cirque

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    Way Their Crept, Dragging a Dead Deer up a Hill, He Knows

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    Tago Mago, CAN, The Lost Tapes

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    The Altogether, Orbital 2, In Sides

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    Into Battle With the Art of Noise, The Seduction of Claude Debussy, Daft ...

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    Brilliant Trees, Jean the Birdman, Damage

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    Life², Code Eternity, 360

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    Copia, Jesu / Eluvium, An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death

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    Memory Shell, Season 5, Aftermath: Archives of Peace

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    Tunes Splits the Atom, The Only Rhyme That Bites 99, The Only Rhyme That ...

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    Aion, The Serpent's Egg, Spleen and Ideal

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    The Moon and the Melodies, Underwater, Moses

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    Odonata, Evermind, Aphelion

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    Merriweather Post Pavilion, Strawberry Jam, Spirit They're Gone

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    Illusion's Blooming Softly, A Parallel Consciousness, Moon Ritual

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    MCMXC a.D., Remember the Future, The Eyes of Truth

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    [[[[VVRSSNN]]]], Prism of Eternal Now, Sky Drips Drifts

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    Gioielli rubati, Viaggio in Italia, Il sole nella pioggia

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    Précis, Hymnal, Lasted

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    Fluere, Euphonia

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    Elfonía, This Sonic Landscape

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    Plaintive Scenes, With Tragedies Adorned, Evershade

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    The Witch's Garden

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    Rot, Control, Blue Glow (The Cassette Concert Series No. 1)

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    Revolutionary Son, Risa, Turn

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    The Quiet Life, Felt, Sound Asleep

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    Kurr, AnimaminA, Puzzle

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    Does It Look Like I'm Here?, What Happened, Forest Fires

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    Where Drowned Suns Still Glimmer, Mechanical Serpent, Sound Organized in ...

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    Lo-Fi Stories, Treny, Pentral

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    Atol Scrap, AMX, Occer / Silicad

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