Bands/Musicians The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists  

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Used as a term to describe German bands to emerge in the 1960s and 1970s, Krautrock is known as one of the most important and influential genres of the time. While some used the term to describe all German bands of that time, Krautrock is a fusion between rock and electronic music that ended up become a subsection of experimental music. Many facets of Krautrock can be heard still in the present day, especially with regards to the fusion of electronic and synthesizer-driven music. This radical new sound allowed Germany to become one of the most important centers to music and was the home of many of the best bands, nevertheless the best Krautrock bands.

So, what are the best Krautrock bands? For starters, you have to include the likes of Kraftwerk, CAN, Neu!, Cluster and Tangerine Dream. These are bands closely associated with the Krautrock movement and their impact on both rock and electronic movement can't be overstated enough. Some Krautrock bands can also be described as being part of the ambient music movement as well.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Krautrock rock bands. If you think a band should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best krautrock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest krautrock 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 krautrock bands that you might've heard of. (42 items)
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158 24
CAN is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

2
105 14
Ash Ra Tempel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Space rock, Electronic music

3
98 13
Neu! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk

4
110 17
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

5
90 12
Popol Vuh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age, Ambient music

6
114 20
Amon Düül II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

7
83 11
Faust is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

8
71 9
Cluster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music

9
82 15
Klaus Schulze is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

10
76 13
Agitation Free is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Space rock, Experimental rock

11
63 9
Harmonia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Art rock

12
68 11
Eloy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock

13
70 12
Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
golgo added Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

14
70 13
Guru Guru is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock

15
62 12
Embryo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, World music, Jazz fusion

16
65 14
Amon Düül is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock

17
95 32
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

18
50 9
Kluster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music

19
55 13
Birth Control is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

20
36 5
Klaus Dinger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Protopunk, Art rock

21
47 9
Frumpy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Progressive rock

22
54 15
Kraan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

23
44 9
Brainticket is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock

24
43 9
Xhol Caravan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock

25
35 8
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golgo added Progressive rock

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12 1
La Düsseldorf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk

27
17 3
Nektar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Space rock, Progressive rock

28
12 2
The Cosmic Jokers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Progressive rock

29
12 2
Holger Czukay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Krautrock, Anarcho-punk, Electronic music

30
11 3
Wallenstein is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Krautrock, Progressive rock

31
9 2
Hans-Joachim Roedelius is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Krautrock, Synthpop, German rock

32
9 3
Eno, Moebius & Roedelius is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added

33
6 1
Triumvirat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
punksnotdead added Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

34
9 4
Eno - Moebius - Roedelius - Pl... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists

35
9 5
Walpurgis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added

36
7 4
Dieter Moebius is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

37
6 3
Moebius & Plank is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

38
5 4
Conny Plank is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Krautrock, New Wave, Electronic music

39
4 3
Qluster is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added

40
6 6
The M▲tts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
thematts added

41
3 3
Cochise is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
punksnotdead added Progressive rock

42
7 9
Here We Go Magic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
jenniferemmaturner added Indie rock