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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. (106 items)

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

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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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Harold Budd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Harold Budd Drone music, Contemporary classical music, Ambient music

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Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Boards of Canada Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Aphex Twin Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

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Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Robert Fripp New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Philip Glass Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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Biosphere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Biosphere Chill-out music, Drone music, Ambient house

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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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Aes Dana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Aes Dana Downtempo, Chill-out music, Electronic dance music

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David Sylvian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
David Sylvian New Wave, Electronic music, Classical music

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Grouper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Grouper Folk music, Drone music, Electronic dance music

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Enigma is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Enigma Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

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Autechre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Autechre Hip hop music, Minimal techno, Electro

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Orbital is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Orbital Acid techno, Acid house, Minimal techno

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Amethystium is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Amethystium Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Pop music

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CAN is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
CAN Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Art of Noise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Art of Noise Downtempo, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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Fredo Viola is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Fredo Viola Folk music, Post-rock, Ambient music

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Matthew Robert Cooper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Matthew Robert Cooper Shoegazing, Piano, Electronic music

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Elizabeth Fraser is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Elizabeth Fraser Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Agalloch Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

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Arovane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Arovane Electronic dance music, Intelligent dance music, Electronica

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Pedro INF is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Pedro INF Electronic dance music, Glitch, Experimental music

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Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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Daniel Lanois is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Daniel Lanois Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music

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Jeff Pearce is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Jeff Pearce New Age music, Ambient music

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Asura is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Asura Downtempo, Electronic music, Chill-out music

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Ephemeral Mists is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Ephemeral Mists Ambient music

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Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Dead Can Dance Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Alice Pop music, Traditional music, Rock music

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Benoit Pioulard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Benoit Pioulard Shoegazing, Folk music, Electronic music

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Adam Forkner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Adam Forkner Psychedelia, Electronic music, Experimental music

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Tom Hall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Tom Hall Electronic music, Drone music, Noise music

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Attrition is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Attrition Gothic rock, Electronic music, Industrial music

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Andrew Garton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Andrew Garton Folk music, Instrumental, Ambient music

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Ari Pulkkinen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Ari Pulkkinen Rock music, Folk music, Electronic music

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Conrad Schnitzler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Conrad Schnitzler Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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Anchor & Braille is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Anchor & Braille New Wave, Rock music, Folk music

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Yearning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Yearning Doom metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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Creative Thinkers Internationa... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Creative Thinkers International Hip hop music, Spoken Word Soul, New Age music

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Abandoned Toys is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

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Elfonía is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists

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Ghostwood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Ghostwood Indie, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

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Andrej Aćin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Andrej Aćin Gothic rock, Electronic music, Ambient music

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The Synthetic Dream Foundation is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
The Synthetic Dream Foundation Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

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

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Jacaszek is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Jacaszek Contemporary classical music, Electroacoustic music, Ambient music

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Jean Ven Robert Hal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ambient Music Bands/Artists
Jean Ven Robert Hal Krautrock, Synthpop, New Age music