The Best Space Rock Bands

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Initially known as a genre associated with progressive rock, in particular 1970s British prog rock, space rock bands mixed this brand of prog along with element of psychedelic rock. Their lengthy instrumental solos incorporated electronic organs, synths and spacey guitars, but that's not how space rock bands were labeled as such. Instead, using science fiction and outerspace imagery in lyrics is how these prog rock bands became space rock bands. It wasn't just a clever title. Some of the biggest space rock bands use ambient, luscious music that also sounds spacey to differentiate themselves from other bands.

So, what are the biggest space rock bands? Naturally, Pink Floyd is going to be at or near the top of the list. But you can also see bands like Muse, Hawkwind, Gong and Spaceman 3 on this list. Space rock bands' jams is what endears them to fans is their the themes. Space rock bands have strong cult followings that allows them to be relatively unknown to mainstream music fans, but at the same time, can sell out arenas. How can such a thing happen? Well, don't underestimate the drawing power of space rock bands, which is similar to progressive rock bands.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best space rock bands. If there's a band that isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best space rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest space 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 space rock bands that you might've heard of. (66 items)
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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk The First and the Original Space Rock band 

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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Space rock, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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    Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

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    Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock

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    Space rock, Progressive rock

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    Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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    Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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    Rock music, Space rock, Drone music

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    Pyramidal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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    Space rock, Stoner rock, Progressive rock

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    Farflung is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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    Space rock

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    Sun Dial is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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    Space rock, Madchester Sound, Psychedelic rock

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    Litmus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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    Space rock

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    Astra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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    Progressive rock, Space rock

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    Far East Family Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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    Space rock, World, Experimental Rock

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    Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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    Space rock, Jam

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    Space rock

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    Dreamtime is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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    Psychedelic rock, Space rock, Acid rock

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    Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

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    Krautrock, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Experimental rock, Drone music, Alternative rock

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    Loop is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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    Alternative rock, Drone rock, Shoegaze

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    Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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    Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Space rock

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    Space rock, Progressive rock

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    Deep Space Destructors is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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    Oulu, Finland

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds

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    Space rock, Surf rock, Punk rock

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    Cybotron is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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    Electronic music, Experimental music, Progressive rock

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Space rock

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    Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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    Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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    Space rock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Rock music, Space rock, Pop rock

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