Bands/Musicians The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists  

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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?"(87 items)

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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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137 88
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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188 132
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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109 70
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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118 88
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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61 39
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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70 48
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Sonic Youth Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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58 40
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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68 52
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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60 46
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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52 40
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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44 33
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
TCUhimself added Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
JackSalvucci added Mr. Bungle Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

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53 44
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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37 29
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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28 20
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
*DSO* added The Arcana The Arcana are a British rock band that formed in 2015. Albums: Lemon Freddy Phantom of the Sky (2017), Tomorrow is Yesterday (2016)

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
RayFracalossy added The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Swans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
bigwackywilly added Swans Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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43 39
CAN is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
carl-taylor added CAN Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Robert Fripp New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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35 31
The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Flaming Lips Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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39 36
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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37 35
The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
The Mars Volta Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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33 34
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Beck Hansen Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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Ween is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Ween Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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30 34
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Massive Attack Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop

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My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Pavementor added My Bloody Valentine Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

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Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
kirk datema added Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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26 31
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Gorillaz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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26 32
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
PJ Harvey Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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Robert Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Robert Wyatt Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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24 31
At the Drive‐In is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
At the Drive‐In Rock music, Emo, New Prog

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26 34
Atoms for Peace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Atoms for Peace Electronic music, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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14 19
Chrome is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
WillyG added Chrome Rock music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

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17 24
Thee Silver Mt. Zion is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Experimental rock, Post-rock

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14 20
Faust is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
RayFracalossy added Faust Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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Steven Wilson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Steven Wilson Krautrock, Industrial rock, Electronic music

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8 13
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 41 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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5 9
Death Grips is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Luke Albright added Death Grips Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop, Industrial hip hop

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5 9
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
*DSO* added The Arcana

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13 22
TV on the Radio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
TV on the Radio Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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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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8 15
The United States of America is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added The United States of America Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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10 18
Magma is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Magma Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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7 14
Kevin Ayers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added Kevin Ayers Pop music, Experimental music, Psychedelic music

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19 32
Steve Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
GANGSTARABBI added Steve Lieberman Garage punk, Outsider music, Heavy metal

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14 25
Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
adlangilbuz added Babymetal Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Eurobeat