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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?"(90 items)
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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Primus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Van der Graaf Generator Progressive rock

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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal - An interesting mix of metal, psychedelia, hard rock, punk, and eastern music that became iconic of one of the big four of the Seattle scene.

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Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Robert Fripp New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Pere Ubu New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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CAN is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
CAN Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Neu! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Neu! Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk

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The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Flaming Lips Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Mars Volta Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
PJ Harvey Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Beck Hansen Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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Paul Kantner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Paul Kantner Folk rock, Acid rock, Psychedelic rock

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Robert Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Robert Wyatt Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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Swans is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Swans Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Zero Point Giant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Zero Point Giant Experimental Rock, Indie, Symphonic Rock

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Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Mr. Bungle Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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Ween is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Ween Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Tub Ring is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Tub Ring Rock music, Experimental rock, Punk rock

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Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Babymetal Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Eurobeat

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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Gorillaz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

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Steve Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Steve Lieberman Garage punk, Outsider music, Heavy metal

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Faust is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Faust Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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Magma is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Magma Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Neurosis Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
TV on the Radio Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Grizzly Bear Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Alan Vega is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Alan Vega Synthpop, Rockabilly, No wave

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Fred Frith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Fred Frith Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk