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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. (113 items)

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Neutral Milk Hotel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Neutral Milk Hotel Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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Guided by Voices is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Guided by Voices Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Elliott Smith Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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Pavement is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Pavement Alternative rock, Noise pop, Indie rock

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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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Sebadoh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Sebadoh Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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Daniel Johnston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Daniel Johnston Outsider music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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The Mountain Goats is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Mountain Goats Folk rock, Urban Folk, Indie folk

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The Microphones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Microphones Folktronica, Noise pop, Indie folk

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R. Stevie Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
R. Stevie Moore New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Bright Eyes Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

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Robert Pollard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Robert Pollard Rock music

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Molly Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
goodvibrations added Molly Nilsson

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John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added John Frusciante Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk

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Lou Barlow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Lou Barlow Alternative rock, Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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Ariel Pink is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Ariel Pink Psychedelic folk, Outsider music, Psychedelic pop

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Car Seat Headrest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
carrotgirl added Car Seat Headrest

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Dum Dum Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
carrotgirl added Dum Dum Girls Indie pop, Indie, Dream pop

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The Folk Implosion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Folk Implosion Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Ween is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Ween Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Mount Eerie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Mount Eerie Indie pop, Black metal, Indie folk

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Vivian Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Vivian Girls Indie pop, Dream pop, Noise pop

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Silver Jews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
muzziac added Silver Jews Indie, Country rock, Alternative country

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The Magnetic Fields is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
muzziac added The Magnetic Fields Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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Milk Carton Superstars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
goodvibrations added Milk Carton Superstars

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Elvis Depressedly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Dominick Ichigo Morales added Elvis Depressedly

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Beat Happening is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
muzziac added Beat Happening Indie pop, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Beach House Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Beck Hansen Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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The Unicorns is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Unicorns Indie pop, Indie rock, Baroque pop

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Butterglory is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Butterglory Indie pop, Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists

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John Darnielle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
John Darnielle Folk music, Folk rock, Indie rock

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The Capstan Shafts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
stepbystep added The Capstan Shafts Indie rock

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The Music Tapes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Music Tapes Indie, Experimental classical music, Experimental music

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Wavves is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Wavves Pop punk, Noise rock, Garage rock

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Murdered by Robots is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
GeeboHarris added Murdered by Robots

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The Great Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
carrotgirl added The Great Dynamo

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Bill Callahan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Bill Callahan Alternative country, Lo-fi music, Underground music

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Swirlies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Swirlies Chimp rock, Shoegazing, Indie rock

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Archers of Loaf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
muzziac added Archers of Loaf Noise rock, Noise pop, Punk rock

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Jellybean! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
goodvibrations added Jellybean!

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Fuck is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Fuck Noise pop, Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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The Olivia Tremor Control is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
The Olivia Tremor Control Indie pop, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Nite Jewel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Nite Jewel Electronic music, Alternative dance, Lo-fi music

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Smog is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
carrotgirl added Smog

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Jason Molina is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Jason Molina Folk rock, Alternative country, Indie rock

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Eels is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Eels Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Times New Viking is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
Times New Viking Noise rock, Shoegazing, Noise pop

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Bedhead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lo-fi Bands/Artists
CarloMarinello added Bedhead Post-rock, Indie rock, Slowcore