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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176 25
CAN is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music
2
120 20
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music
3
107 17
Neu! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk
4
94 14
Faust is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Experimental rock, Progressive rock
5
109 19
Ash Ra Tempel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Space rock, Electronic music
6
123 24
Amon Düül II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock
7
96 16
Popol Vuh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age, Ambient music
8
86 17
Klaus Schulze is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music
9
75 13
Cluster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music
10
109 32
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music
11
78 16
Agitation Free is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Space rock, Experimental rock
12
72 16
Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
golgo added Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock
13
66 13
Harmonia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Art rock
14
70 16
Eloy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock
15
72 18
Guru Guru is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock
16
64 15
Embryo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, World music, Jazz fusion
17
69 19
Amon Düül is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock
18
58 17
Birth Control is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
19
50 13
Kluster is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Electronic music, Experimental music
20
47 11
Brainticket is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock
21
48 12
Frumpy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Progressive rock
22
54 18
Kraan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Jazz fusion, Jazz
23
38 7
Klaus Dinger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Protopunk, Art rock
24
43 11
Xhol Caravan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Krautrock Bands/Artists
Krautrock
25
35 10
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golgo added Progressive rock