Bands/Musicians The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists  

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Minimalist music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good minimalist music 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 music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Minimalist music 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 music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest minimalist music bands of all time, since the most famous minimalist music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best minimalist music music.

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

Artists here include everything from Brian Eno to Philip Glass. Make sure to rock the vote by upvoting the best artists on this list. Downvote the artists you hate (Alan Vega, Martin Rev, etc.) or show them some love by voting them up if you like them.

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

The list includes all new minimalist music 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 minimalist music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into minimalist music 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 minimalist music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent minimalist music bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best minimalist music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest minimalist music 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 music 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 Bands/Artists
Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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35 12
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Opera, Chamber music, Contemporary classical music

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20 8
Arvo Pärt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Contemporary classical music, Minimal music

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22 10
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

5
13 2
Elizabeth Fawn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added

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14 3
Abandoned Toys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added

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12 2
Samantha Bouquin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added

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11 2
Natasha Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added

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10 2
Melisande Mourning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
minamoonstar added

10
18 11
Terry Riley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Classical music, Contemporary classical music, Minimal music

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11 7
La Monte Young is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Minimal music

12
7 3
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
New Age music, Classical music, Minimal music

13
8 5
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Opera, Contemporary classical music, Minimal music

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4 2
Louis Andriessen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Minimal music

15
6 5
John Tavener is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Opera, Minimal music, 20th-century classical music

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5 4
Steve Martland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Minimal music

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3 2
Fridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Electronic music, Experimental music, Minimal music

18
3 2
Richard Skelton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Drone music, Experimental music, Minimal music

19
1 0
Wally Badarou is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Pop music, Neoclassical New Age music

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1 0
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
alphaville added Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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1 0
Wim Mertens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
alphaville added Film score

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1 0
U.S.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Rock music, Alternative rock, Minimal music

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6 6
Gavin Bryars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Minimal music

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6 6
Boukouvalas Kostas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
ΚωνσταντίνοςΜπουκουβάλας added Contemporary classical music, Minimal music 

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6 6
Henryk Górecki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Sacred music, Classical music, Minimal music

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4 4
Balmorhea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Classical music, Acoustic music, Experimental music

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2 2
Antonio Celso Barbieri is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Antonio Celso Barbieri added

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2 2
Martin Rev is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rockabilly, No wave

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1 1
Rafael Anton Irisarri is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Drone music, Contemporary classical music, Minimal music

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1 1
Spiro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Folk music, Dance music, Acoustic music

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0 0
Karel Goeyvaerts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Minimal music

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0 0
Stijn Van Cauter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists

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0 0
Aspects of Physics is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Electronic music, Minimal music, Indie rock

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0 0
Mircea Florian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, New Wave, Avant-garde jazz

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0 0
Murcof is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Minimal techno, Glitch, Experimental music

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4 5
Nicolas Jaar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Deep house, Electronic music, House music

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3 4
Alan Vega is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rockabilly, No wave

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2 3
Stars of the Lid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Drone music, Minimal music, Ambient music

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2 3
Beaten by Them is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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2 3
The Necks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Experimental music, Jazz

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1 2
Tirez Tirez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Minimal music

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1 2
Goribor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Trip hop, Electronic music

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1 2
Kyle Bobby Dunn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
New Age, Contemporary classical music, Minimal music

44
1 2
Celer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Electronic music, Drone music, Experimental music

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1 2
William C. Woxlin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Minimal music, Ambient music

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1 2
Ari Benjamin Meyers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental music, Minimal music

47
1 2
Suba is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Rock en Español

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0 1
Doktor Spira i Ljudska Bića is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
New Wave, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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0 1
ChansoNoir is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Minimal music, Ambient music

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0 1
Ecstatic Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Minimalist Bands/Artists
Minimal music