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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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Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Neutral Milk Hotel Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Elliott Smith Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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Guided by Voices is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Guided by Voices Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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Daniel Johnston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Daniel Johnston Outsider music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Pavement is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Pavement Alternative rock, Noise pop, Indie rock

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Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Bright Eyes Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

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The Mountain Goats is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Mountain Goats Folk rock, Urban Folk, Indie folk

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The Microphones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Microphones Folktronica, Noise pop, Indie folk

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Sebadoh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Sebadoh Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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R. Stevie Moore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
R. Stevie Moore New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Beat Happening is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Beat Happening Indie pop, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Robert Pollard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Robert Pollard Rock music

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John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
John Frusciante Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

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Lou Barlow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Lou Barlow Alternative rock, Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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Mount Eerie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Mount Eerie Indie pop, Black metal, Indie folk

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Vivian Girls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Vivian Girls Indie pop, Dream pop, Noise pop

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Ariel Pink is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Ariel Pink Psychedelic folk, Outsider music, Psychedelic pop

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Silver Jews is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Silver Jews Indie, Country rock, Alternative country

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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists

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Molly Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists

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The Music Tapes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Music Tapes Indie, Experimental classical music, Experimental music

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The Folk Implosion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Folk Implosion Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Beach House Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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Jason Molina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Jason Molina Folk rock, Alternative country, Indie rock

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Nite Jewel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Nite Jewel Electronic music, Alternative dance, Lo-fi music

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The Magnetic Fields is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Magnetic Fields Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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Ween is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Ween Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Bill Callahan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Bill Callahan Alternative country, Lo-fi music, Underground music

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Beck Hansen Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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Archers of Loaf is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Archers of Loaf Noise rock, Noise pop, Punk rock

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Swirlies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Swirlies Chimp rock, Shoegazing, Indie rock

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The Olivia Tremor Control is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Olivia Tremor Control Indie pop, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Butterglory is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Butterglory Indie pop, Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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John Darnielle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
John Darnielle Folk music, Folk rock, Indie rock

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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Devendra Banhart Psychedelic folk, Folk music, New Weird America

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Bedhead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Bedhead Post-rock, Indie rock, Slowcore

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Wavves is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Wavves Pop punk, Noise rock, Garage rock

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Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Grizzly Bear Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists

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Times New Viking is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Times New Viking Noise rock, Shoegazing, Noise pop

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Eels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Eels Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Jellybean! is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists

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Fergus & Geronimo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Fergus & Geronimo Northern soul, Noise pop, Indie rock

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The Kills is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Kills Punk blues, Garage punk, Garage rock

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Milk Carton Superstars is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists

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The Capstan Shafts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Capstan Shafts Indie rock

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Kramer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists

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Dump is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Dump Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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Dom is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Dom