Bands/Musicians The Best No Wave Bands/Artists  

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No wave artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good no wave 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 no wave bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. No wave 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 no wave bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest no wave bands of all time, since the most famous no wave artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best no wave music.

You can click on the no wave band names to see more information about that particular notable no wave group. If they're near the top of the best no wave artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top no wave bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the no wave band names themselves.

Sonic Youth and Thurston Moore are only the beginning of the artists on this list. Your opinions matter! Vote on what you think is the best on this list to see those item srise to the top. The list has artists like Peaches and Lydia Lunch so that you have plenty of stuff to vote for.

All important, significant and iconic names in no wave music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

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

This list answers the questions "who are the best no wave bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest no wave 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 no wave bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Suicide is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, New Wave, No wave

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16 5
Swans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

3
17 7
DNA is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Noise music, Punk rock

4
11 3
Lydia Lunch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Spoken word, No wave, Experimental rock

5
10 4
Mars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Experimental rock

6
8 3
Alan Vega is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rockabilly, No wave

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6 5
U.S. Maple is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

8
4 3
Bush Tetras is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Dance-punk, No wave, Punk funk

9
4 3
Martin Rev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rockabilly, No wave

10
2 1
Love of Diagrams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Indie rock, Post-punk

11
5 5
Teenage Jesus and The Jerks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Punk rock

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

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3 3
ESG is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Electro, Funk

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5 6
Peaches is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, Riot grrrl, Dance-punk

15
3 4
Y Pants is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists

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2 3
The Scissor Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Experimental rock

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2 3
Stick Men is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Punk rock, Funk

18
2 3
Von Lmo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Space rock, No wave, Post-punk

19
2 3
Lizzy Mercier Descloux is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Rock music, No wave, Funk

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1 2
Women is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Art rock

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1 2
Robin Crutchfield is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, No wave, Electronic music

22
1 2
Live Skull is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Experimental music

23
1 2
Lucrate Milk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
New Wave, No wave, Punk rock

24
9 11
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
kurt-kurdt added Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

25
0 1
Neils Children is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Garage punk, No wave

26
0 1
James Sigfried is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Dance-punk, No wave, Free funk

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0 1
Bobby Conn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Disco, No wave, Pop rock

28
0 1
The Mint Chicks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Power pop

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0 1
Create is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Traditional music, Folk music, No wave

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0 1
Jody Harris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Rock music, No wave, Surf music

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0 1
Weasel Walter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Avant-garde jazz, No wave, Punk jazz

32
0 1
Konk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Disco, No wave, Electro

33
2 4
Circle X is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Experimental rock, Art rock

34
1 3
Old Time Relijun is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

35
1 3
Foetus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Experimental rock, Industrial music

36
0 2
Even Worse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Rock music, No wave, Rock and roll

37
0 2
Pulled Apart by Horses is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Experimental rock, Grunge

38
0 2
Cristina is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave

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0 2
Diamanda Galás is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, No wave, Electronic music

40
0 2
Pigeon Religion is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Industrial rock

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1 4
Zs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Classical music, Noise music