Bands/Musicians The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists  

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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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Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

2
88 35
Thievery Corporation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Downtempo, Lounge music

3
55 31
Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music

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46 24
Kruder & Dorfmeister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Lounge music, Trip hop

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45 25
Emancipator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists

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52 31
Tycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Intelligent dance music

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40 25
Nightmares on Wax is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Acid house, Trip hop

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39 25
Morcheeba is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Adult contemporary music, Trip hop, Electronic music

9
20 8
The Synthetic Dream Foundation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
michellewanson added Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

10
49 34
Moby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Electronic music, Electronic dance music, House music

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23 11
Ephemeral Mists is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
michellewanson added Ambient music

12
34 21
Groove Armada is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

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22 13
Enigma is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, New Age music, Worldbeat

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15 8
Flying Lotus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
kyliemoriah added Hip hop music, Dubstep, Trip hop

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26 19
Lemon Jelly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Trip hop, Rock music

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27 20
Hooverphonic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

17
9 3
Yuminale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Zule21 added Downtempo, Psychill, Psychedelic

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25 19
Tosca is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Electronic music

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24 19
The Cinematic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Downtempo, Trip hop

20
14 9
Ulrich Schnauss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Shoegazing, Electronic music, Indietronica

21
12 8
Funki Porcini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Downtempo, Trip hop

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11 7
Boozoo Bajou is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Dubtronica, Dub

23
15 12
Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

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15 12
Bluetech is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Psybient, Psychedelic trance

25
14 11
LTJ Bukem is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Breakbeat, Drum and bass