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Outsider music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good outsider music 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 outsider music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Outsider music 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 outsider music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest outsider music bands of all time, since the most famous outsider music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best outsider music music.

You can click on the outsider music band names to see more information about that particular notable outsider music group. If they're near the top of the best outsider music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top outsider music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the outsider music band names themselves.

Artists include everything from Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band to Brian Wilson. Make sure to upvote the best artists on this list to see them rise to the top. Downvote the artists you hate (Daniel Johnston, Swans, etc.) or show them some love by voting them up if you like them.

All important, significant and iconic names in outsider music music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new outsider music 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 outsider music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into outsider music 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 outsider music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent outsider music bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best outsider music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest outsider music 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 outsider music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Daniel Johnston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Daniel Johnston Outsider music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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The Shaggs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
The Shaggs Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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R. Stevie Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
R. Stevie Moore New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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Moondog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Moondog Avant-garde jazz, Outsider music, Jazz

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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Ricky Parker outsider, lo-fi, obscure - Outsider music, lo-fi, obscure. http://www.rickyparker.com

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Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Sun Ra Doo-wop, Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz

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Wild Man Fischer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Wild Man Fischer Outsider music

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Wesley Willis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Wesley Willis Spoken word, Outsider music, Electronic music

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The Fugs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
The Fugs Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia

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Steve Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Steve Lieberman Garage punk, Outsider music, Heavy metal

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Joe Meek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Joe Meek Pop music, Rock music

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Quint Baker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Quint Baker Quint Baker is best known for his Psychic Cat'z Golden Fleece record release in 2010.

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Jandek is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Jandek Outsider music

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Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Skip Spence Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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Tiny Tim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Tiny Tim Americana, Pop music, Outsider music

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David Peel & the Lower East Si... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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Florence Foster Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Florence Foster Jenkins Opera, Outsider music

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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Meade Skelton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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Crispin Glover is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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Peter Grudzien is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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The Legendary Stardust Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy Psychobilly, Rockabilly, Outsider music

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The Red Krayola is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
The Red Krayola Rock music, Outsider music, Experimental rock

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Weird Paul is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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Bruce Haack is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Bruce Haack Space age pop, Electronic music, Children's music

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Shooby Taylor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Shooby Taylor Outsider music, Scat singing

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Jonathan Richman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Jonathan Richman New Wave, Rock music, Folk music

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Marc with a C is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Marc with a C Indie, Pop music, Lo-fi music

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Swans is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Swans Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Alextre is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Alextre Outsider Music, Rock, Electronic - Alextre is an American Outsider Musical Artist 

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Meade Skelton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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Cromagnon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Cromagnon Noise rock, Sound collage, Outsider music

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Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Nick Drake Folk music, Folk rock

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Napoleon XIV is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Napoleon XIV Comedy, Novelty song

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Mark Gormley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Mark Gormley Rock music, Outsider music, Folk rock

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Zx Electric is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Zx Electric Outsider music - Lo-fi -Gothic - Post Punk - D.i.y    

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Thomas Truax is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Thomas Truax Anti-folk, Steampunk, Outsider music

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David Cronenberg's Wife is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
David Cronenberg's Wife Anti-folk, Outsider music, Post-punk

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Alex Templeton-Ward is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Alex Templeton-Ward Blues-rock, Anti-folk, Outsider music

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Paul Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Paul Hawkins Anti-folk, Outsider music, Post-punk

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Gordin Bones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Gordin Bones Died of self-inflicted wounds on Halloween 2012.

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Sister Gertrude Morgan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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Andrew Neil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Beck Hansen Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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Andrew Neil is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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Cherry Sisters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Outsider Artists