The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists Bands/Musicians

The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists

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Lo-fi music has a number of definitions and classifications, but for the sake of this list, we're going to define lo-fi bands as being artists whose recordings are of lower quality than normal and are generally recorded on a four-track. Though this is vague and seems defeatist, a lot of the best musicians like recording albums this way. Some of the best lo-fi bands are easily some of the most recognizable in music. This lo-fi musicians list seeks to organize those musicians and determine which is the best lo-fi band and lo-fi musician.

That said, who can be considered the best lo-fi artists? It's not an easy question to answer, especially when there are bands and artists like Neutral Milk Hotel, Beck, The Strokes and Daniel Johnston on this poll. Even lo-fi musicians who died, like Elliott Smith, are on this list because they too should be mentioned in the same breath as the best lo-fi musicians. Again, this lo-fi musicians list includes all bands and artists in the genre, including Pavement and Waaves. 

This list answers the questions "who are the best lo-fi music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest lo-fi music musician ever?" It's not an easy decision to determine who is the best lo-fi musician and artist instead of the most popular lo-fi music bands. But, it's your choice to decide who should be on the l-fi music bands list. If you notice someone is missing, then please add them because all lo-fi music bands should be on this poll. 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 lo-fi music bands that you might've heard of. (106 items)


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    In the Aeroplane over the Sea, On Avery Island, Beauty

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    From a Basement on the Hill, XO, Figure 8

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    Yip/Jump Music, 1990, Hi

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    Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Do the Collapse

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    Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Slanted and Enchanted

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    Heretic Pride, Tallahassee, The Sunset Tree

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    The Glow, Part 2, It Was Hot

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    Demo & Acoustic Shadows Collide With People, The Empyrean, To Record ...

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    The Madcap Laughs, The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me?, Opel ...

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    Choreographed Man of War, Waved Out, Not in My Airforce

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    Bakesale, Sebadoh III, Sebadoh vs Helmet

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    Emoh, Winning Losers, Goodnight Unknown

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    Dare to Be Surprised, The New Folk Implosion, Take a Look Insideā€¦

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    Jamboree, Beat Happening, You Turn Me On

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    Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, Apocalypse, Dongs of Sevotion

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    Vivian Girls, Share the Joy, I Can't Stay / Blind Spot

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    Cats of the Wild, Volume 2, Blonder Tongue Audio Baton

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    Funky Was the State of Affairs, Tell It (in My Ear), Blind Muslim Girl

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    Breakfast Burrito and a Coffee to Go!, Little Treasures

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    Phonography, What's the Point?!!, Teenage Spectacular

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    Present the Paisley Reich, Dancer Equired!, Born Again Revisited

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    Are You Building a Temple in Heaven?, Downed: A Singles Collection, ...

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    Superpowerless, Oben ist wo, A Plea for Tenderness

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    History, The Travels, Follow the Light

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    No Flashlight: Songs of the Fulfilled Night, Black Wooden Ceiling Opening, ...

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    Pure Guava, Chocolate and Cheese, White Pepper

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    Before Today, Worn Copy, Scared Famous

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    Everything in Between, Weirdo Rippers, An Object

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    American Water, The Natural Bridge, Lookout Mountain

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    What Fun Life Was, Beheaded, Transaction de Novo

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    Mary's Voice, Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes, 1st Imaginary Symphony ...

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    Sun Bronzed Greek Gods, Family of Love, Bowl Cut

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    Environ Maiden, Springboard to the Box Wine Set, Chick Cigarettes

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    Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle, Black ...

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    King of the Beach, Wavvves, Afraid of Heights

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    I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil

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    The Magnolia Electric Co., Josephine, Sojourner

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    Ain't My Lookout, One Sock Missing, Full Blown Possession

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    Gold Bricks, Insound Tour Support Series, Volume 17

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    Icky Mettle, Vee Vee, All the Nations Airports

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    Unicorns Are People Too, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, The ...

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    The Monitor, Local Business, The Airing of Grievances

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    No Rest for Ghosts, Moebius Syndrome, The Captain Is Dead

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    Super Crush, Crush, Boombox Supernova

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