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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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

2
58 27
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Dave_7672 added Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
40 25
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

4
44 31
Tool is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

5
36 23
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
38 30
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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20 11
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
emmett-e-williams added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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33 28
Journey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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16 13
Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

10
12 8
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Chris Laferte added Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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12 10
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Chris Laferte added Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

12
24 27
3 Doors Down is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Nu metal, Rock music, Acoustic music

13
23 26
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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4 1
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Luke Albright added Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

15
10 11
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
emmett-e-williams added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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21 31
U2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

17
17 26
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland 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 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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0 2
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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12 23
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

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2 9
Fatboy Slim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Gbi KalibataCity added Rave music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music

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14 30
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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10 24
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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9 23
Bananarama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
TheWelshGuy added Girl group, Synthpop, New Wave

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11 27
Fun is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Indie pop, Pop rock, Power pop

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14 35
'N Sync is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop

28
7 23
Sigur Rós is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock

29
6 22
Gary Clark, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

30
6 22
Lord Huron is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You

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8 28
Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Urban contemporary, Girl group, Hip hop music

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7 28
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
TheWelshGuy added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

33
3 20
Cults is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
carlybobarly added Indie pop, Indie, Noise pop

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3 20
First Aid Kit is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Indie pop, Americana, Folk music

35
3 20
Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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3 20
The Derek Trucks Band is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, World music

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2 19
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carlybobarly added BØRNS

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2 20
Broken Bells is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
carlybobarly added Space rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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2 20
Crystal Castles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands for Drowning Out Noise Around You
carlybobarly added Synthpunk, Noise rock, New rave