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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CAN is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
CAN Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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104 14
Ash Ra Tempel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Ash Ra Tempel Krautrock, Space rock, Electronic music

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95 12
Neu! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Neu! Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk

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108 16
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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112 19
Amon Düül II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Amon Düül II Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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86 12
Popol Vuh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Popol Vuh Krautrock, New Age, Ambient music

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69 8
Cluster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Cluster Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music

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79 11
Faust is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Faust Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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74 13
Agitation Free is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Agitation Free Krautrock, Space rock, Experimental rock

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79 15
Klaus Schulze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Klaus Schulze Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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61 9
Harmonia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Harmonia Krautrock, Electronic music, Art rock

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69 12
Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
golgo added Grobschnitt Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

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66 11
Eloy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Eloy Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock

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67 13
Guru Guru is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Guru Guru Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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

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

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89 32
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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

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53 13
Birth Control is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Birth Control Krautrock, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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35 5
Klaus Dinger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Klaus Dinger Krautrock, Protopunk, Art rock

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45 9
Frumpy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Frumpy Krautrock, Progressive rock

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53 15
Kraan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Kraan Krautrock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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43 9
Xhol Caravan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Xhol Caravan Krautrock

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43 9
Brainticket is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Brainticket Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock

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golgo added Hoelderlin Progressive rock

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

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

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

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

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Hans-Joachim Roedelius is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Hans-Joachim Roedelius Krautrock, Synthpop, German rock

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9 3
Wallenstein is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Wallenstein Krautrock, Progressive rock

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6 1
Triumvirat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
punksnotdead added Triumvirat Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

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Eno, Moebius & Roedelius is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Eno, Moebius & Roedelius

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Walpurgis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Walpurgis

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Eno - Moebius - Roedelius - Pl... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists

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6 3
Moebius & Plank is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
iceboundtub added Moebius & Plank Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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

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

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

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Cochise is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
punksnotdead added Cochise Progressive rock

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The M▲tts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
thematts added The M▲tts

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6 9
Here We Go Magic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
jenniferemmaturner added Here We Go Magic Indie rock