Bands/Musicians The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists  

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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?

All important, significant and iconic names in avant-garde 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 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?"

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 music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal
2
80 11
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
3
104 20
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock
4
101 22
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock
5
41 5
Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock
6
19 1
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
kent787 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
7
50 10
Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Musique concrète, Experimental classical music, Avant-garde music
8
46 8
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added Opera, Ballet, Aleatoric music
9
66 25
CAN is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music
10
55 19
Nico is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock
11
58 25
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock
12
42 18
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music
13
53 30
Björk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house
14
30 13
Harry Partch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Experimental classical music, Avant-garde music
15
25 9
Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added Doo-wop, Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz
16
20 5
Joe Meek is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Pop music, Rock music
17
42 24
Swans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave
18
35 19
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Roy Osengar added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave
19
11 1
Faust is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
phrygia added Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock
20
48 32
Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal
21
30 17
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock
22
42 28
John Zorn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Noise rock, Klezmer
23
29 17
Henry Cow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion
24
61 49
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
25
29 20
Mike Patton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music