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?"(119 items)
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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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47 12
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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208 138
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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151 98
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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86 47
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
RayFracalossy added New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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142 94
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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94 55
Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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96 58
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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213 156
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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64 46
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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66 48
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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50 34
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
TCUhimself added Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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38 23
Mr. Bungle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
JackSalvucci added Noise rock, Experimental rock, Funk metal

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58 45
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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45 32
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
AdamBell added 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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54 42
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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37 25
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
RayFracalossy added Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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51 40
CAN is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
carl-taylor added Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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37 27
Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
passionsears added New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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39 30
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Noise rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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60 54
Swans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
bigwackywilly added Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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19 10
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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17 8
Pere Ubu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
shacharhbr added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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15 6
Neu! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
shacharhbr added Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk

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42 37
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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29 23
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
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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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9 1
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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7 1
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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31 29
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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38 38
The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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35 35
The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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6 1
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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5 0
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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32 32
Ween is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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34 35
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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4 0
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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4 0
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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13 12
My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Pavementor added Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

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3 0
Adam Ant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added New Wave, Pop music, Power pop

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3 0
Screamin' Jay Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Shock rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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3 0
Flipper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Noise rock, Sludge metal, Punk rock

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23 25
Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
kirk datema added Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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19 21
Faust is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
RayFracalossy added Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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3 1
Wire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
shacharhbr added Electronic music, Experimental rock, Industrial music

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3 1
Gong is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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30 35
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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2 0
Xiu Xiu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
shacharhbr added Synthpop, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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2 0
Thinking Fellers Union Local 2... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
shacharhbr added Noise rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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2 0
The Shaggs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music