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

The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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Fusing influences ranging as far as experimental rock and classical music, art rock is a form of music where the best musicians are willing to take chances with sound that only a few of their contemporaries would ever contemplate doing. The best art rock bands not only experimented with their sound, but made it sound great in the process. Art rock has always had an underground following and some of the biggest bands were from rock's formative years in the 1960s and 1970s, where bands took traditional rock and decided to test how far they could take it. Art rock, thus, remains a highbrow genre and retains a strong following among its fans.

So, what are the best art rock bands? Any list has to include the likes of David Bowie, Pink Floyd, the Velvet Underground, Peter Gabriel, Arcade Fire, Radiohead and Roxy Music. Those bands are only a batch of the best art rock bands. What distinguishes these groups from others is that they are widely recognized not only as art rock bands, but also musicians willing to push themselves and their music by challenging themselves and implenting other genres into their sound. Thus, no art rock band's one song or album is considered different or more forward thinking than their last.

That said, it's up to you to determine what is the best art rock band. If you notice a band that should be on this list, and isn't, feel free to add them. 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. (73 items)


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    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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    Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends

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    The Velvet Underground & Nico, Loaded, The Velvet Underground

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    Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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    Larks' Tongues in Aspic, In the Court of the Crimson King, In the Wake of ...

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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    Transformer, Berlin, New York

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    Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125

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    Funeral, The Suburbs, Neon Bible

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    Roxy Music, Country Life, For Your Pleasure

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    Ænima, Lateralus, 10

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    Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

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    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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    Hot Rats, Joe's Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3

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    Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

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    Freedom of Choice, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Fresh

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    Hounds of Love, The Dreaming, The Kick Inside

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    Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

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    Origin of Symmetry, Absolution, The 2nd Law

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    Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

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    Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe, I Robot, Eye in the Sky ...

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    Bête Noire, Boys and Girls, More Than This: The Best of Bryan Ferry ...

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    Bright Red, Life on a String, Mister Heartbreak

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    Procol Harum, Grand Hotel, Shine on Brightly

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    Asia, Alpha, Astra

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    Liquidatia-455, Diktator 17, Shake the Missile Base

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    Xanadu, Armchair Theatre, Concert for George

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    Emerson Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus

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    The Madcap Laughs, The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me?, Opel ...

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    Tago Mago, CAN, The Lost Tapes

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    Hyperborea, Tangram, Exit

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    Innerspeaker, Lonerism, Tame Impala

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    The Man-Machine, Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express

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    Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Oceania

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    An Awesome Wave, iTunes Session, Tessellate (Remixes)

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    The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Amused to Death, When the Wind Blows ...

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    Derbe Respect, Alder, Faust IV

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    Point of Know Return, Leftoverture, Kansas

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    Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, Send

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    Mer de Noms, Thirteenth Step, eMOTIVe

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    Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

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