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Avant-garde musicians are among the most interesting musicians in the world, Their curious creative nature allows to experiment with different music and stylistic forms that less creative bands would be afraid to touch. The best avant-garde musicians also bring an element of theatricality to their stage show that often times will reflect the ideas presented and different musical structures of their songs. Art rock bands are considered avant-garde music as well. The best avant-garde music is ahead of its time and the best avant-garde artists are legends because of this forward thinking.

So who are the best avant-garde bands and avant-garde artists? If you look into the recent past, you'll definitely considered art rock bands like Roxy Music and the iconic David Bowie to have taken avant-garde futuristic music and push the envelope well beyond what people expected to hear. Fusing unusual genres along with a new image, in the case of Bowie, the whole Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke image, is considered avant-garde. These artists weren't afraid of bending and breaking conventional wisdom and are revered among avant-garde music fans.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best avant-garde artists. If you notice one of the best avant-garde artists not here, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best avant-garde bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest avant-garde 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 avant-garde bands that you might've heard of (187 items)

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Nico is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Nico Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
lili added John Lennon & Yoko Ono Rock music

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
MrChris added King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
JasonHitchcock added Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
JasonHitchcock added Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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Scott Walker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
lili added Scott Walker Pop music, Rock music, Merseybeat

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Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
JasonHitchcock added Laurie Anderson Experimental music, Art rock

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Mike Patton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mike Patton Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Tom Islava added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Vasily Shumov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Vasily Shumov New Wave, Electronic music, Avant-garde

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Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
JasonHitchcock added Public Image Ltd Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

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Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
JasonHitchcock added Fugazi Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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David Sylvian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
David Sylvian New Wave, Electronic music, Classical music

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Tomahawk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
JasonHitchcock added Tomahawk Western music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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The Plastic Ono Band is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Plastic Ono Band Rock music, Experimental music, Art rock

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Peter Hammill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Peter Hammill Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
JasonHitchcock added Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Bruscolino added Pere Ubu New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Moondog is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Moondog Avant-garde jazz, Outsider music, Jazz

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Boris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Boris Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Butthole Surfers Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
JasonHitchcock added Yoko Ono Pop music, Rock music, Electronic dance music

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Marion Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Marion Brown Jazz, Avant-garde

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Lydia Lunch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Lydia Lunch Spoken word, No wave, Experimental rock

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Die Goldenen Zitronen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Die Goldenen Zitronen Hip hop music, New Wave, Electro

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Dave Holland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Dave Holland Jazz fusion, Jazz, Avant-garde

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Zu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Zu Noise rock, Mathcore, Experimental rock

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Amon Tobin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Amon Tobin Nu jazz, Dubstep, Trip hop

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Anthony Braxton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Anthony Braxton Avant-garde jazz, Opera, Jazz

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Jordan Rudess is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Jordan Rudess Progressive metal, New Age music, Electronic music

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Luigi Russolo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Luigi Russolo Experimental music, Avant-garde

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Les Rallizes Dénudés is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Les Rallizes Dénudés Noise rock, Garage rock, Avant-garde

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Keuhkot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Keuhkot Industrial music, Avant-garde, Post-punk

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U.S. Maple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Bruscolino added U.S. Maple Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Gastr Del Sol is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Bruscolino added Gastr Del Sol Rock music

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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
JasonHitchcock added John Coltrane Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Maureen Tucker Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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The Pop Group is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Pop Group Noise rock, Punk rock, Punk funk

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Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists

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Kimmo Pohjonen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Kimmo Pohjonen Rock music, Folk music, Progressive rock

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Foetus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Foetus No wave, Experimental rock, Industrial music

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Brian Jonestown Massacre Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing, Rock music