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Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists

First rising to prominence in the UK at the beginning of the 1990s, trip hop infused elements of breakbeat, electronic music, soul, funk, jazz and hip hop. Trip hop artists are closely associated with the city of Bristol and are known to be highly experimental. So by that definition, it would be fair to call trip hop artists as part of the experimental music movement. Trip hop has also been labeled by some as ambient music. But when push comes to shove, in the mid-1990s, trip hop was one of the most critically acclaimed and widely praised genres of the time.

So, who are the best trip hop artists? Any list of trip hop artists has to include the likes of Tricky, Portishead, Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation, Sneaker Pimps, Air and Zero 7. These trip hop bands are known to many as being at or near the top of trip hop and with good reason. Their music influenced both the genre and a generation of music listeners and bands who grew up listening to trip hop. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best trip hop artists. If you notice that a trip hop band isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best trip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest trip hop 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 trip hop bands that you might've heard of. (38 items)

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    Mezzanine, 100th Window, Blue Lines

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    Portishead, Dummy, Third

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    Maxinquaye, Pre-Millennium Tension, Blowback

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    Big Calm, Charango, Who Can You Trust?

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    Saudade, AOL Music DJ Sessions, Sounds From the Thievery Hi-Fi

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    Becoming X, Bloodsport, Splinter (instrumental album)

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    Simple Things, When It Falls, The Garden

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    Hooverphonic Presents Jackie Cane, Blue Wonder Power Milk, A New ...

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    Dusty Rainbow From the Dark, Hope & Sorrow, Tales of the Forgotten ...

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    Felt Mountain, Black Cherry, Supernature

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    Never, Never, Land

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    Moon Safari, The Virgin Suicides, Talkie walkie

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    Fear of Fours, What Sound, Between Darkness and Wonder

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    Endtroducing....., Private Press, The Hard Sell (Encore)

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    Smokers Delight, Mind Elevation, Carboot Soul

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    Supermodified, Foley Room, Bricolage

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    The K&D Sessions™, The Remix Hit Collection, DJ-Kicks: Kruder & ...

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    Deadringer, Since We Last Spoke, Magnificent City

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    Junior, Melody A.M., The Understanding

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    寂 -jaku, Ki-Oku, Kakusei

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    Things to Make and Do, Do You Like My Tight Sweater?, I Am Not a Doctor ...

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    Quixotic, The Blue God, Anything

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    The Mating Game, Drama, The Remix Game

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    listen free on soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/benedico/futurefunk    I am 31 years old and from Austria;all the music I make is produced by myself;no remixes, no covers-all

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    Soon It Will Be Cold Enough, Safe in the Steep Cliffs, Remixes

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    Viva! La Woman, Super Relax, Moonchild

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    Breath From Another, Everything Is Expensive, O.G. Bitch

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    11i, Strangelove Addiction, Divine Operating System

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    A Grand Love Story, Trip-Hop Classics, Prelude to a Grand Love Story

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    Between the Devil and Two Black Hearts, Love and the Apocalypse, Songs to ...

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    Drums of Death, Riddim Warfare, The Secret Song

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    FabricLive 05: Howie B, Music for Astronauts & Cosmonauts, Another ...

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    The Glory of Man Is Not in Vogue, Iris Nova

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    “i”, 69, rem‘i’xes

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