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

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

Use every item on this list for yours, from Joel Thomas Zimmerman to Tiësto. Make sure to downvote the worst teams/people, because they have it coming. Downvote the artists you like the least, like Portishead or Björk. If you do like them, then vote them up.

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

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

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

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Thievery Corporation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Thievery Corporation Hip hop music, Downtempo, Lounge music

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Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

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Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Boards of Canada Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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Emancipator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists

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Kruder & Dorfmeister is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Kruder & Dorfmeister Downtempo, Lounge music, Trip hop

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Tycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Tycho Downtempo, Intelligent dance music

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Morcheeba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Morcheeba Adult contemporary music, Trip hop, Electronic music

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Nightmares on Wax is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Nightmares on Wax Downtempo, Acid house, Trip hop

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Moby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Moby Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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Tosca is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Tosca Downtempo, Electronic music

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Groove Armada is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Groove Armada Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

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The Cinematic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
The Cinematic Orchestra Nu jazz, Downtempo, Trip hop

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Lemon Jelly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Lemon Jelly Downtempo, Trip hop, Rock music

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Hooverphonic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Hooverphonic Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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Lackluster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Lackluster Downtempo, Chill-out music, Chiptune

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Ulrich Schnauss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Ulrich Schnauss Shoegazing, Electronic music, Indietronica

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Bluetech is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Bluetech Downtempo, Psybient, Psychedelic trance

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Enigma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Enigma Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

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Flying Lotus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
kyliemoriah added Flying Lotus Hip hop music, Dubstep, Trip hop

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LTJ Bukem is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
LTJ Bukem Downtempo, Breakbeat, Drum and bass

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Boozoo Bajou is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Boozoo Bajou Downtempo, Dubtronica, Dub

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Funki Porcini is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Funki Porcini Nu jazz, Downtempo, Trip hop

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James Blake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
James Blake Dubstep, Electronic music, UK Garage

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Sébastien Tellier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Sébastien Tellier Downtempo, New Wave, Rhythm and blues

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Smoke City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Smoke City Electronic music

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Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Goldfrapp Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

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Nicolas Jaar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Nicolas Jaar Deep house, Electronic music, House music

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Cashmere Cat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists

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Yuminale is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Zule21 added Yuminale Downtempo, Psychill, Psychedelic

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Sofa Surfers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
blckstrp added Sofa Surfers Rock music, Electronic music

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Terranova is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
blckstrp added Terranova Electronic music

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Rae & Christian is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Rae & Christian Hip hop music, Electronic dance music, Electronica

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Bibio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Bibio Jangle pop, Pop music, Trip hop

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Patrick Wolf is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Patrick Wolf Indietronica, Electronic dance music, Folktronica

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Ephemeral Mists is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
michellewanson added Ephemeral Mists Ambient music

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Daven IZak is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
MichaelMaximow added Daven IZak Downtempo, IDM, Experimental

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Varien is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists

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Bowery Electric is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Bowery Electric Downtempo, Shoegazing, Trip hop

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The Synthetic Dream Foundation is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
michellewanson added The Synthetic Dream Foundation Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

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Naomi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists

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Elizabeth Fawn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added Elizabeth Fawn

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Mimi Page is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Mimi Page Downtempo, Dubstep

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Falco is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
geronusn added Falco Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Sinead Lohan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
SteveFek added Sinead Lohan