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The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists

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Downtempo artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good downtempo 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 downtempo bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Downtempo 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 downtempo bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest downtempo bands of all time, since the most famous downtempo artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best downtempo music.

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

Use every item on this list for yours, from Joel Thomas Zimmerman to Tiësto. Make sure to downvote the worst teams/people, because they have it coming. Downvote the items you like the least, like Portishead or Björk. If you do like them, then vote them up.

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

The list includes all new downtempo 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 downtempo, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into downtempo 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 downtempo bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent downtempo bands.

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

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    Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Downtempo, Lounge music More
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    Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music More
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    Downtempo, Lounge music, Trip hop More
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    Downtempo, Trip hop, Rock music More
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    Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music More
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    Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music More
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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
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    Downtempo, Acid house, Trip hop More
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    Downtempo, New Wave, Rhythm and blues More
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    Downtempo, Psybient, Psychedelic trance More
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    Tycho

    Downtempo, Intelligent dance music More
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    Adult contemporary music, Trip hop, Electronic music More
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    Nu jazz, Downtempo, Trip hop More
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    Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop More
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    Mimi Page

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    Shoegazing, Electronic music, Indietronica More
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    Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop More
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    Downtempo, Breakbeat, Drum and bass More
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    Downtempo, Chill-out music, Chiptune More
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    Downtempo, Electronic music More
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    Indietronica, Electronic dance music, Folktronica More
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    Nu jazz, Downtempo, Trip hop More
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    Smoke City

    Electronic music More
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    Ephemeral Mists

    Ambient music More
    added by: michellewanson
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    Naomi

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk More
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    Nicolas Jaar

    Deep house, Electronic music, House music More
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    Dubstep, Electronic music, UK Garage More
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    Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat More
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    new! Daven IZak

    Downtempo, IDM, Experimental, Ambient More
    added by: MichaelMaximow
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    Downtempo, Dubtronica, Dub More
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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Trip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Electronic dance music, Electronica More
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    Cashmere Cat

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    Varien

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    Downtempo, Shoegazing, Trip hop More
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