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The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists 

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Updated September 11, 2019 4.9k votes 536 voters 24.9k views 114 items

Lo-fi music has a number of definitions and classifications, but for the sake of this list, we're going to define lo-fi bands as being artists whose recordings are of lower quality than normal and are generally recorded on a four-track. Though this is vague and seems defeatist, a lot of the best musicians like recording albums this way. Some of the best lo-fi bands are easily some of the most recognizable in music. This lo-fi musicians list seeks to organize those musicians and determine which is the best lo-fi band and lo-fi musician.

That said, who can be considered the best lo-fi artists? It's not an easy question to answer, especially when there are bands and artists like Neutral Milk Hotel, Beck, The Strokes and Daniel Johnston on this poll. Even lo-fi musicians who died, like Elliott Smith, are on this list because they too should be mentioned in the same breath as the best lo-fi musicians. Again, this lo-fi musicians list includes all bands and artists in the genre, including Pavement and Waaves. 

This list answers the questions "who are the best lo-fi music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest lo-fi music musician ever?" It's not an easy decision to determine who is the best lo-fi musician and artist instead of the most popular lo-fi music bands. But, it's your choice to decide who should be on the l-fi music bands list. If you notice someone is missing, then please add them because all lo-fi music bands should be on this poll. 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 lo-fi music bands that you might've heard of. (114 items)
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Pavement is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Daniel Johnston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Guided by Voices is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Sebadoh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Ween is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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The Mountain Goats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Car Seat Headrest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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The Microphones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Lou Barlow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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The Folk Implosion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Beat Happening is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Ariel Pink is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Silver Jews is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Wavves is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Robert Pollard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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R. Stevie Moore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
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Mickey Melchiondo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists