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No wave artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good no wave bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top no wave bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. No wave groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all no wave bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest no wave bands of all time, since the most famous no wave artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best no wave music.

You can click on the no wave band names to see more information about that particular notable no wave group. If they're near the top of the best no wave artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top no wave bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the no wave band names themselves.

Sonic Youth and Thurston Moore are only the beginning of the artists on this list. Your opinions matter! Vote on what you think is the best on this list to see those item srise to the top. The list has artists like Peaches and Lydia Lunch so that you have plenty of stuff to vote for.

All important, significant and iconic names in no wave music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new no wave bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of no wave, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into no wave music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good no wave bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent no wave bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best no wave bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest no wave musician ever?"

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 no wave bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Swans is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Swans Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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DNA is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
DNA No wave, Noise music, Punk rock

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Suicide is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Suicide Synthpunk, New Wave, No wave

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Mars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Mars Noise rock, No wave, Experimental rock

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Lydia Lunch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Lydia Lunch Spoken word, No wave, Experimental rock

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Alan Vega is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Alan Vega Synthpop, Rockabilly, No wave

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Teenage Jesus and The Jerks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Teenage Jesus and The Jerks Noise rock, No wave, Punk rock

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U.S. Maple is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
U.S. Maple Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Martin Rev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Martin Rev Synthpop, Rockabilly, No wave

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Rhys Chatham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Rhys Chatham No wave, Experimental rock, Minimalism

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Y Pants is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists

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Von Lmo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Von Lmo Space rock, No wave, Post-punk

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The Scissor Girls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
The Scissor Girls Noise rock, No wave, Experimental rock

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Bush Tetras is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Bush Tetras Dance-punk, No wave, Punk funk

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Lizzy Mercier Descloux is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Lizzy Mercier Descloux Rock music, No wave, Funk

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Stick Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Stick Men No wave, Punk rock, Funk

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ESG is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
ESG No wave, Electro, Funk

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Foetus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Foetus No wave, Experimental rock, Industrial music

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Lucrate Milk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Lucrate Milk New Wave, No wave, Punk rock

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Live Skull is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Live Skull Noise rock, No wave, Experimental music

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Konk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Konk Disco, No wave, Electro

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Weasel Walter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Weasel Walter Avant-garde jazz, No wave, Punk jazz

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James Sigfried is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
James Sigfried Dance-punk, No wave, Free funk

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Create is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Create Traditional music, Folk music, No wave

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The Mint Chicks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
The Mint Chicks Noise rock, No wave, Power pop

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Jody Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Jody Harris Rock music, No wave, Surf music

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Bobby Conn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Bobby Conn Disco, No wave, Pop rock

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Neils Children is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Neils Children Indie pop, Garage punk, No wave

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Love of Diagrams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Love of Diagrams No wave, Indie rock, Post-punk

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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Peaches is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Peaches Synthpunk, Riot grrrl, Dance-punk

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Circle X is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Circle X No wave, Experimental rock, Art rock

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Old Time Relijun is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Old Time Relijun Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Diamanda Galás is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Diamanda Galás Gothic rock, No wave, Electronic music

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Robin Crutchfield is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Robin Crutchfield Psychedelic folk, No wave, Electronic music

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Pulled Apart by Horses is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Pulled Apart by Horses No wave, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Women is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Women Noise rock, No wave, Art rock

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Even Worse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Even Worse Rock music, No wave, Rock and roll

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Cristina is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Cristina No wave

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Pigeon Religion is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Pigeon Religion Noise rock, No wave, Industrial rock

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Zs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Zs No wave, Classical music, Noise music