music The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You  

Amy Boal
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List Rules Bands whose music is just perfect for listening to inside your own headphones, not hearing the noises around you that you cannot get away from.

Your coworkers are great. So are the strangers at your local coffee shop. But sometimes you just want some peace and quiet. In this modern era of open office plans and screenwriters toiling at each and every Starbucks, you need to know which bands are the best for drowning out all the chitchat and noisy business around you. Luckily, the bands on this list are making the music you are looking for.

Some of these bands make good white noise because they are basically just shouting in time (roughly) with the music (pounding drums), and good luck to anyone trying to get your attention. Other good bands for concentration soothe you with heavenly harmonies, but are singing with enough passion that you can't hear Stacey going on about her drive into the office. Other bands just have a lot going on, like Mumford and Sons. How many instruments can you hear in that lion song (the famous one; you've heard it)? Lots, but what you won't hear is the voice of the person sitting next to you.

Maybe you have found that '90s throwback music like 'N Sync and Destiny's Child is a great way to zone out. Let Justin Timberlake's beat box solo in "Pop" wash over you, sparing you from that girl at the counter ordering a coffee drink that is really just a cup full of whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Or, perhaps you like the upbeat tempos and anthem-y modern rock of the band Fun. It's okay that the one guy is dating Lena Dunham. You don't need to worry about that right now.

What bands do you listen to at work, on the bus, or just any place where you have to be near a lot of other people? Upvote them below, or add them if they aren't yet listed. Do you sometimes wish everyone would just hush? Should we all move to the woods and get back to basics? That really might do the trick. In the meantime, cast your votes below for the top bands with layered and loud music to drown out just anything at all.
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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Dave_7672 added Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Tool is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Oasis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Oasis Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
emmett-e-williams added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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Pantera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Chris Laferte added Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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3 Doors Down is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
3 Doors Down Nu metal, Rock music, Acoustic music

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Imagine Dragons Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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Slayer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Chris Laferte added Slayer Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
emmett-e-williams added Ronnie James Dio Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

The Best Songs About Drowning

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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Luke Albright added Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Foals is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Luke Albright added Foals Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance

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joywave is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Luke Albright added joywave

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catfish and the bottlemen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Luke Albright added catfish and the bottlemen

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The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
The Prodigy Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

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Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Gbi KalibataCity added Fatboy Slim Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

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Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
TheWelshGuy added Bananarama Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

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Fun is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Fun Indie pop, Pop rock, Power pop

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'N Sync is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
'N Sync Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop

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Gary Clark, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Gary Clark, Jr. Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

The Best Power Noise Bands/Artists

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Sigur Rós is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Sigur Rós Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock

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Lord Huron is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You

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Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Destiny's Child Urban contemporary, Girl group, Hip hop music

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
TheWelshGuy added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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Cults is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
carlybobarly added Cults Indie pop, Indie, Noise pop

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First Aid Kit is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
First Aid Kit Indie pop, Americana, Folk music

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Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Grizzly Bear Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Derek Trucks Band is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
The Derek Trucks Band Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, World music

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Broken Bells is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
carlybobarly added Broken Bells Space rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Crystal Castles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
carlybobarly added Crystal Castles Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave