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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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Swans is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave
2
Suicide is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, New Wave, No wave
3
DNA is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Noise music, Punk rock
4
Lydia Lunch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Spoken word, No wave, Experimental rock
5
Mars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Experimental rock
6
Alan Vega is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rockabilly, No wave
7
Bush Tetras is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Dance-punk, No wave, Punk funk
8
Teenage Jesus and The Jerks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Punk rock
9
U.S. Maple is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave
10
Martin Rev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rockabilly, No wave
11
Love of Diagrams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Indie rock, Post-punk
12
Rhys Chatham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Experimental rock, Minimalism
13
Live Skull is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Experimental music
14
Peaches is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, Riot grrrl, Dance-punk
15
ESG is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Electro, Funk
16
Y Pants is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
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Old Time Relijun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave
18
The Scissor Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Experimental rock
19
Lizzy Mercier Descloux is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Rock music, No wave, Funk
20
Stick Men is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
No wave, Punk rock, Funk
21
Von Lmo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Space rock, No wave, Post-punk
22
Robin Crutchfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, No wave, Electronic music
23
Women is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Noise rock, No wave, Art rock
24
Lucrate Milk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
New Wave, No wave, Punk rock
25
Bobby Conn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best No Wave Bands/Artists
Disco, No wave, Pop rock