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 Ambient

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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    Drone music, Contemporary classical music, Ambient music

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    Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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    Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

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    New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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    Chill-out music, Drone music, Ambient house

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Minimal techno, Electro

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    Folk music, Drone music, Electronic dance music

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    Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Acid techno, Acid house, Minimal techno

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    Downtempo, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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    New Wave, Electronic music, Classical music

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    Downtempo, Electronic music, Chill-out music

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    Krautrock, Synthpop, New Age music

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    Shoegazing, Piano, Electronic music

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    Downtempo, Chill-out music, Electronic dance music

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    New Wave, Neurofunk, Rave music

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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    Electronic dance music, Glitch, Experimental music

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    Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Pop music

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    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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    Ambient music

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    Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

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    Psychedelia, Electronic music, Experimental music

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    Pop music, Traditional music, Rock music

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    Shoegazing, Folk music, Electronic music

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    Electronic music, Drone music, Noise music

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    Doom metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Folk music, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Spoken Word Soul, New Age music

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    Gothic rock, Electronic music, Ambient music

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    Folk music, Post-rock, Ambient music

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    Folk music, Instrumental, Ambient music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Folk music

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    Minimal techno, Electronic music, Neo-trance

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Dream pop

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Instrumental rock

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    Electronic music, Ambient music

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

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    Contemporary classical music, Electroacoustic music, Ambient music

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    Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

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    Electronic dance music, Intelligent dance music, Electronica

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