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. (80 items)
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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Yes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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    Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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    Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Genesis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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    New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

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    The Who is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Devo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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    Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Bryan Ferry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Steve Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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    Garage punk, Outsider music, Heavy metal

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    The Cars is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    CAN is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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    Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    The Alan Parsons Project is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

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    Experimental music, Art rock

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    Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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    Asia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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    Love is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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    Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    Rock music, Experimental music, Art rock

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Faust is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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    Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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    Kansas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time


    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

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    Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Art Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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