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The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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Similarly to avant-garde rock and avant-garde rock bands, experimental rock takes rock music and takes it to places where many mainstream bands are afraid to go. Experimental rock bands are among the most interesting bands with extremely rabid, loyal fanbases. Usually, experimental rock bands will tinker with things like song structure, and showcases a different side of a rock band. Technical prowess is crucial for experimental rock bands to challenge the status quo. Beginning in the 1960s, experimental rock used elements from free jazz, classical music and even psychedelic rock to create a sound people had never heard before. Experimental rock has also called post-rock.

So, who are considered experimental rock bands? You can't think of experimental rock without bringing up Frank Zappa, Brian Eno and even Neil Young. These guys took traditional rock music and decide to create their own subtexture to their sound. How else can you accurately explain what Zappa and the Mothers of Invention did? They took traditional music and made it their own, hence the experimental rock label. Elements of Krautrock, ambient music and underground music were embraced by experimental rock bands.

This list of experimental rock bands should be a guide to the genre. Experimental rock This list answers the questions "who are the best experimental rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest experimental rock musician ever?"(77 items)
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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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    Swans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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    CAN is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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    Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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    Steve Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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    Garage punk, Outsider music, Heavy metal

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    Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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    New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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    Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Faust is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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    Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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    Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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    Ween is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Pop music, Experimental music, Psychedelic music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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    Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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    PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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    Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock

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    Experimental rock, Post-rock

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    Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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    Noise rock, Musical improvisation, Space rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

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    New Weird America, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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    Lilys is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    The Loud Family is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

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    Avant-progressive rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Experimental music, Avant-garde music

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    George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

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    Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Emo, New Prog

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    The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists

    Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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    Experimental music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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