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Similarly to avant-garde rock and avant-garde rock bands, experimental rock takes rock music and takes it to places where many mainstream bands are afraid to go. Experimental rock bands are among the most interesting bands with extremely rabid, loyal fanbases. Usually, experimental rock bands will tinker with things like song structure, and showcases a different side of a rock band. Technical prowess is crucial for experimental rock bands to challenge the status quo. Beginning in the 1960s, experimental rock used elements from free jazz, classical music and even psychedelic rock to create a sound people had never heard before. Experimental rock has also called post-rock.

So, who are considered experimental rock bands? You can't think of experimental rock without bringing up Frank Zappa, Brian Eno and even Neil Young. These guys took traditional rock music and decide to create their own subtexture to their sound. How else can you accurately explain what Zappa and the Mothers of Invention did? They took traditional music and made it their own, hence the experimental rock label. Elements of Krautrock, ambient music and underground music were embraced by experimental rock bands.

This list of experimental rock bands should be a guide to the genre. Experimental rock This list answers the questions "who are the best experimental rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest experimental rock musician ever?"{#nodes}
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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123 102
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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85 67
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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33 20
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
RayFracalossy added Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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29 17
Primus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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31 20
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
TCUhimself added Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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40 30
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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50 41
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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44 35
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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37 28
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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28 20
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Robert Fripp New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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30 23
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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13 6
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Beck Hansen Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
AdamBell added Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal - An interesting mix of metal, psychedelia, hard rock, punk, and eastern music that became iconic of one of the big four of the Seattle scene.

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20 14
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
RayFracalossy added The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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11 6
Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Pere Ubu New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Neu! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Neu! Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk

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The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Flaming Lips Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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13 10
Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
JackSalvucci added Mr. Bungle Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

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12 9
Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Van der Graaf Generator Progressive rock

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CAN is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
carl-taylor added CAN Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Mars Volta Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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Swans is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
bigwackywilly added Swans Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Pavementor added My Bloody Valentine Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

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Paul Kantner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Paul Kantner Folk rock, Acid rock, Psychedelic rock

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Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Gorillaz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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Robert Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Robert Wyatt Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
adlangilbuz added Babymetal Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Eurobeat

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21 25
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
PJ Harvey Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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6 8
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Neurosis Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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16 21
Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

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5 8
Zero Point Giant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
JackLimpsey added Zero Point Giant Experimental Rock, Indie, Symphonic Rock

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16 22
Ween is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Ween Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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9 14
Faust is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
RayFracalossy added Faust Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Experimental music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic music

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Sean Lennon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Sean Lennon Indie pop, Rock music, Experimental rock

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17 25
At the Drive‐In is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
At the Drive‐In Rock music, Emo, New Prog

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20 29
Atoms for Peace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Atoms for Peace Electronic music, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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13 20
Thee Silver Mt. Zion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Experimental rock, Post-rock

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4 9
Tub Ring is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Séth Dåyton Carlöck added Tub Ring Rock music, Experimental rock, Punk rock

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4 9
Steven Wilson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Steven Wilson Krautrock, Industrial rock, Electronic music