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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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CAN is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music
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Neu! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk
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Faust is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock
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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music
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Amon Düül II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock
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Ash Ra Tempel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Space rock, Electronic music
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Popol Vuh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age, Ambient music
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Klaus Schulze is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music
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Cluster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music
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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music
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Agitation Free is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Space rock, Experimental rock
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Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
golgo added Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock
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Harmonia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Art rock
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Eloy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock
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Guru Guru is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock
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Embryo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, World music, Jazz fusion
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Amon Düül is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock
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Birth Control is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
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Frumpy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Progressive rock
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Kluster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music
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Brainticket is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock
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Kraan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Jazz fusion, Jazz
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Xhol Caravan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock
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Klaus Dinger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Protopunk, Art rock
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golgo added Progressive rock