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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    Piertomas Dell'Erba is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

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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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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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    Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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    Chill-out music, Drone music, Ambient house

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    Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

    New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

    Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

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    Downtempo, Electronic music, Chill-out music

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age 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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    CAN is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

    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, Chill-out music, Electronic dance music

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Pop music

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    Enigma is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

    Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

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    Krautrock, Synthpop, New Age music

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    New Wave, Neurofunk, Rave music

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Piano, Electronic music

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    Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Electronic dance music, Glitch, Experimental music

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    Electronic dance music, Intelligent dance music, Electronica

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    New Age music, Ambient music

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    Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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    Ephemeral Mists is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

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    Ambient music

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    Alice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

    Pop music, Traditional music, Rock music

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    Psychedelia, Electronic music, Experimental 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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    Rock music, Folk music, Electronic music

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    Abandoned Toys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

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    Folk music, Post-rock, Ambient music

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Spoken Word Soul, New Age music

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    Andrej Aćin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

    Gothic rock, Electronic music, Ambient music

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    Alison Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

    Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

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    Minimal techno, Electronic music, Neo-trance

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    New Wave, Rock music, Folk music

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    Elfonía is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
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    Andrew Garton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

    Folk music, Instrumental, Ambient music

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    Jacaszek is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

    Contemporary classical music, Electroacoustic music, Ambient music

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    Emeralds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

    Electronic music, Ambient music

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Instrumental rock

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

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