Bands/Musicians The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists  

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

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

You can rank all of these artists, from Nine Inch Nails to Trent Reznor. The order of this list changes dyanimcally based on who likes what -- so make your voice heard by voting for your favorite artists. If you like Red or Aphex Twin, then make your voice heard.

All important, significant and iconic names in dark ambient music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

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

This list answers the questions "who are the best dark ambient bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest dark ambient 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 dark ambient bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Lustmord is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient

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48 22
raison d'être is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Industrial music

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17 3
Samantha Bouquin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
minamoonstar added

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32 16
Desiderii Marginis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Electronic music

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19 5
Abandoned Toys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
michellewanson added

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30 16
Kammarheit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient

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16 5
Melisande Mourning is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
minamoonstar added

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50 36
Burzum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Black ambient, Black metal

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13 4
Natasha Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
minamoonstar added

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12 4
Elizabeth Fawn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
minamoonstar added

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23 18
Coil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

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8 3
Oöphoi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists

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29 25
Nox Arcana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Gothic rock

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14 10
Elend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Gothic rock

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14 10
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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13 9
Buckethead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Noise rock, Dark ambient, Space rock

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13 9
Shrine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
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12 8
Nortt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black ambient

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8 4
Nurse with Wound is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Drone music, Industrial music

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26 23
Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

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TVLPA is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
michael-idehall added Ritual Dark Ambient - https://www.facebook.com/TVLPA

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22 19
Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

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14 11
Sleep Research Facility is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Ambient music

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13 10
False Mirror is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Drone music

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12 9
Die verbannten Kinder Evas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Dark wave

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12 9
Necrophorus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient

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11 8
Deutsch Nepal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Ambient industrial

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9 6
Beherit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Black metal, Heavy metal

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8 5
Dargaard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Dark wave

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8 5
BloodboX is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
ThomasBlackbunch added Darkambient

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5 2
Dahlia's Tear is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists

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17 15
Delerium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Pop music, Worldbeat

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11 9
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Neofolk, Martial music

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11 9
Darkspace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Post-metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

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10 8
Za Frûmi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Neofolk

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9 7
Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Black metal, Heavy metal

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7 5
Wolves in the Throne Room is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

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7 5
Current 93 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Neofolk

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5 3
Amber Asylum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Progressive metal

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5 3
Velvet Cacoon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Black metal

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17 16
Arcana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Ethereal wave

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7 6
Rome is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Folk music

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5 4
Militia Christi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Black metal

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5 4
The Kovenant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal

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4 3
Black tape for a blue girl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Rock music, Folk music

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4 3
Senmuth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Electro-industrial

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4 3
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensem... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Dark jazz, Future jazz

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16 16
Death In June is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Folk music, Post-industrial music

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:zoviet*france: is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Industrial music

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13 13
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music