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. (67 items)

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk - The First and the Original Space Rock band 

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Gong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Gong Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Ozric Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Ozric Tentacles Space rock, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

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Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Porcupine Tree Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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Amon Düül II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Amon Düül II Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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Nektar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Nektar Space rock, Progressive rock

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

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Eloy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Eloy Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock

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Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosm... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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Farflung is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Farflung Space rock

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Camel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Camel Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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Docker's Guild is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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Failure is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Failure Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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Spacemen 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Spacemen 3 Rock music, Space rock, Drone music

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Pyramidal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Pyramidal Space rock, Stoner rock, Progressive rock

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Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Space Invaders Space rock, Jam

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Brainticket is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Brainticket Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock

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Sun Dial is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Sun Dial Space rock, Madchester Sound, Psychedelic rock

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

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Far East Family Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Far East Family Band Space rock, World, Experimental Rock

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

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Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Mogwai Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Spiritualized Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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Astra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Astra Progressive rock, Space rock

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Dreamtime is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Dreamtime Psychedelic rock, Space rock, Acid rock

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Here and Now is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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Agitation Free is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Agitation Free Krautrock, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Monster Magnet Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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Loop is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Loop Experimental rock, Drone music, Alternative rock

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Loop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Loop Alternative rock, Drone rock, Shoegaze

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Violent Silence is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Violent Silence Thrash metal, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Grobschnitt Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

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3rd Ear Experience Spacerock, Psychedelic Rock - Songs like High Lands, Peacock Black or One are just masterpieces in the spacerock genre.If u are looking for spacey, atmospheric and trippy Spacerock ur right.

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Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Klaatu Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

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Air is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Air Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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Man or Astro-man? is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Man or Astro-man? Space rock, Surf rock, Punk rock

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The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
The Mars Volta Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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Cybotron is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Cybotron Electronic music, Experimental music, Progressive rock

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Zombi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Zombi Space rock

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FM is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
FM Space rock, Progressive rock

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Deep Space Destructors is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Deep Space Destructors Oulu, Finland

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Quantum Fantay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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The Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
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Orange Goblin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Orange Goblin Doom metal, Rock music, Space rock

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Space is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Space Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Hidria Spacefolk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Hidria Spacefolk Space rock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock