The Best Art Rock Bands/Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Best Art Rock Bands/Artists of All Time

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Art rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good art rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top art rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Art rock groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all art rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest art rock bands of all time, since the most famous art rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of art rock.  

You can click on the art rock band names to see more information about that particular notable art rock group. If they're near the top of the best art rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top art rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the art rock band names themselves.

List includes The Who, Queen and more. Help out your favorites on this list by upvoting them. What makes the most sense to vote on, is it between Pink Floyd and David Bowie?

All important, significant and iconic names in art rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new art rock bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of art rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into art rock music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good art rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent art rock bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best art rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest art rock 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 art rock bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock More
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music More
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
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    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
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    New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk More
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    Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock More
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    Pop music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock More
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock More
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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk More
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal More
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Rock music, Experimental music, Art rock More
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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock More
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
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    Disco, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave More
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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock More
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    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock More
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock More
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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia More
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    New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk More
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    Be-Bop Deluxe

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    Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band More
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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music More
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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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    Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop More
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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial music More
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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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    Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock More
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    Alt-J

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Desert rock More
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    Experimental music, Art rock More
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    Dream pop, Post-rock, Art rock More
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