music The Best Post-rock Bands  

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Not to be confused with experimental rock bands, post-rock also for the most part doesn't use vocals. But what makes it different is that the instruments - most notably guitars - aren't used in a traditional rock riff fashion. Thus, post rock bands are forward thinking with song structure and have been lauded for their incorporation of other genres. The best post-rock are the most creative and their non-traditional ways appeal to fans who are interested in intricate, challenging music that strays from the mainstream.

So, what are the best post-rock bands? Any list of post-rock bands has to include the likes of Explosions in the Sky, God is an Astronaut, Sigur Ros, Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. These critically lauded bands are widely considered by many to be the best post-rock bands and with good reason. Their reputations of innovation speak for themselves and if you have a chance to hear their catalog, you too will agree, that among post-rock bands, these are the best. That said, there are a large number of post-rock bands worthy of your vote as well.

That said, it's up to you to determine are the best post-rock bands. If you notice someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best post-rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest post-rock 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 post-rock bands that you might've heard of. (183 items)

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Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Mogwai Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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God is an Astronaut is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
God is an Astronaut Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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Explosions in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Explosions in the Sky Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Sigur Rós is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Sigur Rós Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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This Will Destroy You is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
This Will Destroy You Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Drone music

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Mono is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Mono Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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Maven Post Rock, Ambient, Instrumental Rock - The Hymn Of Her Innocence by Maven band on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds

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Caspian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Caspian Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Experimental music

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Hammock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Hammock Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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Russian Circles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Russian Circles Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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If These Trees Could Talk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
If These Trees Could Talk Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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65daysofstatic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
65daysofstatic Electronic music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Slint is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Slint Noise rock, Rock music, Sadcore

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Maybeshewill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Maybeshewill Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Electronic dance music

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The Album Leaf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
The Album Leaf Electronic music, Acoustic music, Post-rock

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Do Make Say Think is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Do Make Say Think Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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Thee Silver Mt. Zion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Experimental rock, Post-rock

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Saxon Shore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Saxon Shore Shoegazing, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Tortoise Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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And So I Watch You From Afar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
And So I Watch You From Afar Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Punk rock

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Red Sparowes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Red Sparowes Post-metal, Noise rock, Instrumental rock

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The American Dollar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
The American Dollar Post-rock, Ambient music

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Yndi halda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Yndi halda Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Indie rock

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Ef is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Ef Post-rock, Ambient music

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Balmorhea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Balmorhea Classical music, Acoustic music, Experimental music

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1 Mile North is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
1 Mile North Electronic music, Experimental music, Post-rock

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El Ten Eleven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
El Ten Eleven Indie, Experimental music, Post-rock

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Maserati is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Maserati Rock music, Space rock, Post-rock

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Immanu el is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Immanu el Post-rock

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Hood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Hood Shoegazing, Rock music, Britpop

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Oceansize is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Oceansize Space rock, New Prog, Alternative rock

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Deafheaven is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Deafheaven Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal

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Bark Psychosis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Bark Psychosis Post-rock, Indie rock

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Trans Am is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Trans Am Krautrock, Synth rock, Post-rock

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Marc Byrd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Marc Byrd Christian alternative rock, Space rock, Experimental music

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Jaga Jazzist is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Jaga Jazzist Nu jazz, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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Archive is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Archive Progressive music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

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From Monument to Masses is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
From Monument to Masses Electronic music, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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Beware of Safety is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Beware of Safety Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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The American Analog Set is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
The American Analog Set Krautrock, Post-rock, Indie rock

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Munaf Rayani is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Munaf Rayani Post-rock

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The Sea and Cake is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
The Sea and Cake Jazz, Post-rock, Indie rock

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Wess Meets West is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Wess Meets West Post Rock - Wess Meets West has gone through an evolution of sorts from its innocuous beginnings as a studio project of guitarist Sam Stauff in White Plains, NY in 2005. Over the years, new influences and a revolving door of musicians has led ...

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Stuart Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Stuart Braithwaite Instrumental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock

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HRSTA is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
HRSTA Alternative rock, Post-rock

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Bedhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Bedhead Post-rock, Indie rock, Slowcore

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Foals is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Foals Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Joan of Arc Rock music, Emo, Experimental rock

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High Dependency Unit is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
High Dependency Unit Post-rock, Psychedelic rock