The Best Space Rock Bands Bands/Musicians

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. (54 items)


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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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    Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

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    Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

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    Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Space rock, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

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    Space rock, Progressive rock

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    The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds

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    Space rock, Surf rock, Punk rock

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    Rock music, Space rock, Drone music

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    Space rock

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    Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Oulu, Finland

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    Space rock, Progressive rock

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    Krautrock, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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    added by passionsears
    Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Electronic music, Experimental music, Progressive rock

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    Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Space rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Space rock

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    Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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    Rock music, Space rock, Pop rock

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    Noise rock, Rock music, Space rock

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    Space rock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Downtempo, Shoegazing, Trip hop

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    Neo-progressive rock, Space rock, Rock music

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    Space rock, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Space rock, New Prog, Alternative rock

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    Space rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Space rock, Post-rock

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    Noise rock, Punk blues, New Weird America

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    Noise rock, New Wave, Space rock

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    Space rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Krautrock, Space rock, Experimental rock

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