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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    Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Outsider music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Alternative rock, Noise pop, Indie rock

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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    Folk rock, Urban Folk, Indie folk

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    Folktronica, Noise pop, Indie folk

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    Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Alternative rock, Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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    Indie pop, Dream pop, Noise pop

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    Alternative country, Lo-fi music, Underground music

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Noise pop

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    Chimp rock, Shoegazing, Indie rock

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    Rock music

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    Northern soul, Noise pop, Indie rock

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    Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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    Indie pop, Black metal, Indie folk

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    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Indie pop, Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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    Indie pop, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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    Pop punk, Noise rock, Garage rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Psychedelic folk, Outsider music, Psychedelic pop

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    Post-rock, Indie rock, Slowcore

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    Indie, Country rock, Alternative country

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Garage punk

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    Indie rock

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    Indie, Experimental classical music, Experimental music

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

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    Folk rock, Alternative country, Indie rock

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    Indie pop, Indie rock, Baroque pop

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    Noise rock, Noise pop, Punk rock

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    Noise pop, Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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    Post-rock, Art rock, Indie rock

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    Shoegazing, Folk rock, Punk rock

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    Neo-psychedelia, Indie rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Noise pop

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