Bands/Musicians The Best Outsider Artists  

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

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

Artists include everything from Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band to Brian Wilson. Make sure to upvote the best artists on this list to see them rise to the top. Downvote the artists you hate (Daniel Johnston, Swans, etc.) or show them some love by voting them up if you like them.

All important, significant and iconic names in outsider 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 outsider 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 outsider music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into outsider 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 outsider music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent outsider music bands.

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

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Outsider Music added Outsider Music, Lo Fi, Folk Rock - "Andrew Neil" Maternick. Outsider music/lo-fi/Grunge-Folk/Alternative Rock Artist.  An artist with some intriguing mystery surrounding him.  The music seemed to start out of nowhere.   Started ...

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Daniel Johnston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Outsider music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
ElijahKaganer added Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
ElijahKaganer added Folk music, Folk rock

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Doo-wop, Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz

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Moondog is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Avant-garde jazz, Outsider music, Jazz

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Jandek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Outsider music

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coffeecigsandi added outsider, lo-fi, obscure - Outsider music, lo-fi, obscure. http://www.rickyparker.com

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The Fugs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia

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Quint Baker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Quint Baker added Quint Baker is best known for his Psychic Cat'z Golden Fleece record release in 2010.

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Tiny Tim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Americana, Pop music, Outsider music

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R. Stevie Moore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
dan808 added Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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John Revitte is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Outsider Music added John Revitte is a visual and music artist.  His songs have been described as "raw emotion from the soul."  In many ways his writing reflects a strong Bob Dylan influence.   He just writes and sings what ...

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The Shaggs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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The Red Krayola is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Rock music, Outsider music, Experimental rock

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Weird Paul is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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Steve Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Garage punk, Outsider music, Heavy metal

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Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
dan808 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Joe Meek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Pop music, Rock music

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51 53
Wesley Willis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Spoken word, Outsider music, Electronic music

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Ariel Pink is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Psychedelic folk, Outsider music, Psychedelic pop

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Wild Man Fischer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Outsider music

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Tendon Levey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Gyarados added

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Marc with a C is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Indie, Pop music, Lo-fi music

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Crispin Glover is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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Meade Skelton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
foreveranalog1 added

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Primalien is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Don Hart added " Horrigin Shows (Primalien) sought seclusion in the desert where eventually he went mad, creating songs about robot hipsters with 12 arms and ceiling cats that write songs about materialisation." Samuel Forbes aka ...

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Swans is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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Shooby Taylor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Outsider music, Scat singing

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Florence Foster Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Opera, Outsider music

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Bruce Haack is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
jacques julien added Space age pop, Electronic music, Children's music

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Peter Grudzien is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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Thomas Truax is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Anti-folk, Steampunk, Outsider music

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Alextre is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Alextre added Outsider Music, Rock, Electronic - Alextre is an American Outsider Musical Artist 

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David Cronenberg's Wife is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Anti-folk, Outsider music, Post-punk

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David Peel & the Lower East Si... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Outsider Artists

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The Legendary Stardust Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Psychobilly, Rockabilly, Outsider music

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Meade Skelton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
foreveranalog1 added

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Lucia Pamela is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
jacques julien added

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Gwar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
dan808 added Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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Cromagnon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Noise rock, Sound collage, Outsider music

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Paul Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Anti-folk, Outsider music, Post-punk

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Sister Gertrude Morgan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
jacques julien added

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Mark Gormley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Outsider Artists
Rock music, Outsider music, Folk rock

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Cherry Sisters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Outsider Artists