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Avant-garde music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good avant-garde 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 avant-garde music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Avant-garde 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 avant-garde music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest avant-garde music bands of all time, since the most famous avant-garde music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best avant-garde music music.

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

This list features Pink Floyd, Radiohead and more. The order of this list changes dyanimcally based on who likes what -- so make your voice heard by voting for your favorite artists. The fun part of voting on multiple artists is making the hard choices, like what's better Frank Zappa or The Velvet Underground?

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The list includes all new avant-garde 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 avant-garde music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into avant-garde 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 avant-garde music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent avant-garde music bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best avant-garde music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest avant-garde music musician ever?"

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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John Cage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added John Cage Opera, Ballet, Aleatoric music

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Igor Stravinsky Opera, Ballet, Chamber music

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CAN is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
CAN Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Throbbing Gristle Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

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Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Edgard Varèse Musique concrète, Experimental classical music, Avant-garde music

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added Pere Ubu New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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John Zorn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
John Zorn Dark ambient, Noise rock, Klezmer

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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Swans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Swans Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mr. Bungle Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

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Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Ornette Coleman Avant-garde jazz, Jazz fusion, Free funk

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Nico is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Nico Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Robert Fripp New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Mike Patton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mike Patton Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added Laurie Anderson Experimental music, Art rock

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Joe Meek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Joe Meek Pop music, Rock music

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Naked City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Naked City Noise rock, Avant-garde jazz, Experimental rock

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Nurse with Wound is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Nurse with Wound Dark ambient, Drone music, Industrial music

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Henry Cow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Henry Cow Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added Sun Ra Doo-wop, Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz

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Harry Partch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Harry Partch Experimental classical music, Avant-garde music

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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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The Pop Group is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
The Pop Group Noise rock, Punk rock, Punk funk

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Psychic TV is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added Psychic TV Acid house, Electronic music, Post-industrial music

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Ryuichi Sakamoto is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Ryuichi Sakamoto Soundtrack, Synthpop, New Wave

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Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Philip Glass Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Yellow Magic Orchestra Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Boris is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added Boris Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Ravi Shankar Film score, Hindustani classical music

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Diamanda Galás is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Diamanda Galás Gothic rock, No wave, Electronic music

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Renaldo & The Loaf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Renaldo & The Loaf Experimental music, Avant-garde music

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Bill Laswell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Bill Laswell Industrial hip hop, Experimental music, Dub

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Ulver is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Ulver Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

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This Heat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added This Heat Experimental rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music