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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. (184 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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Sigur Rós is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Sigur Rós Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock

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God is an Astronaut is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Explosions in the Sky Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental 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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Mono is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Mono Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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This Will Destroy You is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
This Will Destroy You Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Drone music

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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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If These Trees Could Talk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
If These Trees Could Talk Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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Russian Circles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Russian Circles Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental 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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Do Make Say Think is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Experimental rock, Post-rock

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Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Tortoise Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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The Album Leaf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
The Album Leaf Electronic music, Acoustic music, Post-rock

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Saxon Shore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Saxon Shore Shoegazing, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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Red Sparowes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Red Sparowes Post-metal, Noise rock, Instrumental rock

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And So I Watch You From Afar is listed (or ranked) 22 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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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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Hood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Hood Shoegazing, Rock music, Britpop

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Maserati is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Maserati Rock music, Space rock, Post-rock

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El Ten Eleven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
El Ten Eleven Indie, Experimental music, 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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1 Mile North is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
1 Mile North Electronic music, Experimental music, Post-rock

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Bark Psychosis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Bark Psychosis Post-rock, Indie rock

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Oceansize is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Oceansize Space rock, New Prog, Alternative rock

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Deafheaven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Deafheaven Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal

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Jaga Jazzist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Jaga Jazzist Nu jazz, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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Trans Am is listed (or ranked) 36 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) 37 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Marc Byrd Christian alternative rock, Space rock, Experimental music

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Beware of Safety is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Beware of Safety Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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Foals is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Foals Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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From Monument to Masses is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
From Monument to Masses Electronic music, 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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Aerial is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Aerial Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock

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Signal Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Signal Hill Rock music, Post-rock

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Calexico is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Calexico Americana, Rock music, Alternative country

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Stuart Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Stuart Braithwaite Instrumental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock

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Long Fin Killie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Long Fin Killie Experimental rock, Post-rock, Art rock

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Codes in the Clouds is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands

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Caleb Scofield is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Caleb Scofield Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal