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The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists 

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Updated July 26, 2019 1.6k votes 409 voters 73.6k views 48 items

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
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Thievery Corporation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Boards of Canada is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Kruder & Dorfmeister... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Tycho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Emancipator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Moby is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Morcheeba is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Groove Armada is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Nightmares on Wax is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Ephemeral Mists is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Tosca is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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The Cinematic Orchestra ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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The Synthetic Dream Foun... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Hooverphonic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Enigma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Lemon Jelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Flying Lotus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Funki Porcini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Boozoo Bajou is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Ulrich Schnauss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Bluetech is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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Onra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Downtempo Bands/Artists
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