Bands/Musicians The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers  

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Minimalist artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good minimalist bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top minimalist bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Minimalism groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all minimalist bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest minimalist bands of all time, since the most famous minimalist artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best minimalist music.

You can click on the minimalist band names to see more information about that particular notable minimalist group. If they're near the top of the best minimalism artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top minimalist bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the minimalist band names themselves.

This list is made up of many different artists, including Arthur Russell and Rhys Chatham. Upvote the artists you like and downvote the artists you don't. Which is better for this list, Shellac or Keiji Haino?

All important, significant and iconic names in minimalist music deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new minimalist bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of minimalism, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into minimalist music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good minimalism bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent minimalism bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best minimalism bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest minimalist 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 minimalist bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

2
18 3
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Opera, Chamber music, Contemporary classical music

3
14 2
Arvo Pärt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
nikita-sukhikh added Contemporary classical music, Minimal music

4
14 4
Terry Riley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Classical music, Contemporary classical music, Minimal music

5
8 2
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
chris-thomas added Opera, Contemporary classical music, Minimal music

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9 4
Arthur Russell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
New Wave, Disco, Fusion

7
7 2
Henryk Górecki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
chris-thomas added Sacred music, Classical music, Minimal music

8
6 2
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Mahmed Hashim added New Age music, Classical music, Minimal music

9
6 3
La Monte Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Minimal music

10
3 1
Louis Andriessen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Minimal music

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3 1
Simeon ten Holt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Minimalism

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4 3
Rhys Chatham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
No wave, Experimental rock, Minimalism

13
4 4
Austere is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Electronic music, Drone music, Minimalism

14
1 1
Sprung aus den Wolken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Industrial music, Minimalism, Experimental music

15
1 1
Sylvain Chauveau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Electronic music, Minimalism, Instrumental

16
5 6
Keiji Haino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Psychedelia, Rock music, Drone music

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3 4
Shellac is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Noise rock, Rock music, Minimalism

18
2 3
My Disco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Minimalist Artists/Composers
Dance music, Minimalism, Indie rock