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Atonal music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good atonal music bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top atonal music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Atonal music groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all atonal music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest atonal music bands of all time, since the most famous atonal music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best atonal music music.

You can click on the atonal music band names to see more information about that particular notable atonal music group. If they're near the top of the best atonal music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top atonal music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the atonal music band names themselves.

Artists on this list include Arnold Schoenberg and Edgard Varèse. You get to decide which artists make it to the top with your votes. The list has artists like Leo Brouwer and Alban Berg so that you have plenty of stuff to vote for.

All important, significant and iconic names in atonal music music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new atonal music bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of atonal music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into atonal music music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good atonal music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent atonal music bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best atonal music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest atonal music 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 atonal music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Arnold Schoenberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Atonal Composers
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Arnold Schoenberg


Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. With the rise of the Nazi Party, by 1938 Schoenberg's works were labelled as degenerate music because he was Jewish; he moved to the United States in 1934. Schoenberg's approach, both in terms of harmony and development, has been one of the most influential of 20th-century musical thought. Many European and American composers from at least three generations have consciously extended his thinking, whereas others have passionately reacted against it. Schoenberg was known early in his career for simultaneously ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Art song, Chamber music, Classical music, Serialism, Atonal music, + more

Albums: Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg - Orchesterstuecke, Pelleas / Variations / Concertos (Chicago Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Pierre Boulez, violin: Pierre Amoyal), + more

Nationality: Austria, United States of America

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Alban Berg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Atonal Composers
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Alban Berg


Alban Maria Johannes Berg was an Austrian composer. He was a member of the Second Viennese School with Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, and produced compositions that combined Mahlerian Romanticism with a personal adaptation of Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Opera, Serialism, Atonal music, 20th-century classical music

Albums: Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg - Orchesterstuecke, Bluebeard's Castle, String Quartets, + more

Nationality: Austria

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Anton Webern is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Atonal Composers
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Anton Webern


Anton Webern was an Austrian composer and conductor. He was a member of the Second Viennese School. As a student, significant follower of, and influence on Arnold Schoenberg, he became one of the best-known exponents of the twelve-tone technique. His characteristically unique innovations regarding schematic organization of pitch, rhythm and dynamics were formative in the musical technique later known as total serialism, so much so as to focus the attention of his posthumous reception in a direction away from, if not apparently antithetical to, his affiliations with German Romanticism and Expressionism. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Serialism, Atonal music, 20th-century classical music

Albums: Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg - Orchesterstuecke, Boulez Conducts Webern, Symphony, + more

Nationality: Austria

Career Began: Vienna, Austria

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Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Atonal Composers
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Edgard Varèse


Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse was a French-born composer who spent the greater part of his career in the United States. Varèse's music emphasizes timbre and rhythm and he coined the term "organized sound" in reference to his own musical aesthetic. Varèse's conception of music reflected his vision of "sound as living matter" and of "musical space as open rather than bounded". He conceived the elements of his music in terms of "sound-masses", likening their organization to the natural phenomenon of crystalization. Varèse thought that "to stubbornly conditioned ears, anything new in music has always been called noise", and he posed the question, "what is music but organized ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Musique concrète, Experimental classical music, Avant-garde music, Atonal music, 20th-century classical music

Albums: Carter: A Symphony of Three Orchestras / Varèse: Deserts; Ecuatorial; Hyperprism, L'Oeuvre de Edgar Varèse, Volume 1: 1920-1927 (Orchestre National de France feat. soprano: Phyllis Bryn-Julson. conductor: Kent Nagano), Boulez conducts Varèse: Amériques / Arcana / Déserts / Ionisation (Chicago Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Pierre Boulez), Ionisation, + more

Nationality: France, United States of America

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