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Avant-garde musicians are among the most interesting musicians in the world, Their curious creative nature allows to experiment with different music and stylistic forms that less creative bands would be afraid to touch. The best avant-garde musicians also bring an element of theatricality to their stage show that often times will reflect the ideas presented and different musical structures of their songs. Art rock bands are considered avant-garde music as well. The best avant-garde music is ahead of its time and the best avant-garde artists are legends because of this forward thinking.

So who are the best avant-garde bands and avant-garde artists? If you look into the recent past, you'll definitely considered art rock bands like Roxy Music and the iconic David Bowie to have taken avant-garde futuristic music and push the envelope well beyond what people expected to hear. Fusing unusual genres along with a new image, in the case of Bowie, the whole Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke image, is considered avant-garde. These artists weren't afraid of bending and breaking conventional wisdom and are revered among avant-garde music fans.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best avant-garde artists. If you notice one of the best avant-garde artists not here, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best avant-garde bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest avant-garde 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 avant-garde bands that you might've heard of (187 items)

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Nico is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Nico Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Laurie Anderson Experimental music, Art rock

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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Scott Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Scott Walker Pop music, Rock music, Merseybeat

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John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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Vasily Shumov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Vasily Shumov New Wave, Electronic music, Avant-garde

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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Public Image Ltd Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

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Mike Patton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mike Patton Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Fugazi Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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The Plastic Ono Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Plastic Ono Band Rock music, Experimental music, Art rock

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Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Yoko Ono Pop music, Rock music, Electronic dance music

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David Sylvian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
David Sylvian New Wave, Electronic music, Classical music

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Pere Ubu New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Moondog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Moondog Avant-garde jazz, Outsider music, Jazz

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Peter Hammill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Peter Hammill Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Boris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Boris Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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Marion Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Marion Brown Jazz, Avant-garde

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Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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Lydia Lunch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Lydia Lunch Spoken word, No wave, Experimental rock

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Luigi Russolo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Luigi Russolo Experimental music, Avant-garde

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Zu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Zu Noise rock, Mathcore, Experimental rock

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Amon Tobin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Amon Tobin Nu jazz, Dubstep, Trip hop

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Anthony Braxton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Anthony Braxton Avant-garde jazz, Opera, Jazz

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Dave Holland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Dave Holland Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

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Die Goldenen Zitronen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Die Goldenen Zitronen Hip hop music, New Wave, Electro

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Les Rallizes Dénudés is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Les Rallizes Dénudés Noise rock, Garage rock, Avant-garde

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Keuhkot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Keuhkot Industrial music, Avant-garde, Post-punk

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Gastr Del Sol is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Gastr Del Sol Rock music

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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
John Coltrane Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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Tomahawk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Tomahawk Western music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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U.S. Maple is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
U.S. Maple Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Maureen Tucker Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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The Pop Group is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Pop Group Noise rock, Punk rock, Punk funk

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Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists

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Kimmo Pohjonen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Kimmo Pohjonen Rock music, Folk music, Progressive rock

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Foetus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Foetus No wave, Experimental rock, Industrial music

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Brian Jonestown Massacre Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing, Rock music

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The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tig... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger Folk music, Avant-garde