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Not to be confused with experimental rock bands, post-rock also for the most part doesn't use vocals. But what makes it different is that the instruments - most notably guitars - aren't used in a traditional rock riff fashion. Thus, post rock bands are forward thinking with song structure and have been lauded for their incorporation of other genres. The best post-rock are the most creative and their non-traditional ways appeal to fans who are interested in intricate, challenging music that strays from the mainstream.

So, what are the best post-rock bands? Any list of post-rock bands has to include the likes of Explosions in the Sky, God is an Astronaut, Sigur Ros, Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. These critically lauded bands are widely considered by many to be the best post-rock bands and with good reason. Their reputations of innovation speak for themselves and if you have a chance to hear their catalog, you too will agree, that among post-rock bands, these are the best. That said, there are a large number of post-rock bands worthy of your vote as well.

That said, it's up to you to determine are the best post-rock bands. If you notice someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best post-rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest post-rock 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 post-rock bands that you might've heard of. (188 items)

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Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Mogwai Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Explosions in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Explosions in the Sky Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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217 57
Sigur Rós is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Sigur Rós Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock

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204 55
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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249 81
God is an Astronaut is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
God is an Astronaut Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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128 29
This Will Destroy You is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
This Will Destroy You Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Drone music

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147 38
Mono is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Mono Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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95 24
Caspian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Caspian Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Experimental music

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If These Trees Could Talk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
If These Trees Could Talk Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
*DSO* added The Arcana Albums: Lemon Freddy Phantom of the Sky (2017)               Tomorrow is Yesterday (2016)

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Hammock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Hammock Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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65daysofstatic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
65daysofstatic Electronic music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Russian Circles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Russian Circles Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Slint is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Slint Noise rock, Rock music, Sadcore

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Do Make Say Think is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Do Make Say Think Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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40 9
The Album Leaf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
The Album Leaf Electronic music, Acoustic music, Post-rock

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Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
RaúlMejíaRomero added Tortoise Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Maybeshewill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Maybeshewill Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Electronic dance music

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Thee Silver Mt. Zion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Experimental rock, Post-rock

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Yndi halda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Yndi halda Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Indie rock

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Red Sparowes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Red Sparowes Post-metal, Noise rock, Instrumental rock

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29 10
Saxon Shore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Saxon Shore Shoegazing, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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And So I Watch You From Afar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
And So I Watch You From Afar Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Punk rock

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The American Dollar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
The American Dollar Post-rock, Ambient music

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Ef is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Ef Post-rock, Ambient music

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El Ten Eleven is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
El Ten Eleven Indie, Experimental music, Post-rock

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Balmorhea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Balmorhea Classical music, Acoustic music, Experimental music

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Uztar added Uztar Post-rock

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Immanu el is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Immanu el Post-rock

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Maserati is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Maserati Rock music, Space rock, Post-rock

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Bark Psychosis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Bark Psychosis Post-rock, Indie rock

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Fur Aliah is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Uztar added Fur Aliah Post-rock

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13 6
Hood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Hood Shoegazing, Rock music, Britpop

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12 6
Jaga Jazzist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Jaga Jazzist Nu jazz, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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1 Mile North is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
1 Mile North Electronic music, Experimental music, Post-rock

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21 15
Deafheaven is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Deafheaven Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal

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9 4
Beware of Safety is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Beware of Safety Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Stardustmania added The Arcana

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Oceansize is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Oceansize Space rock, New Prog, Alternative rock

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Envy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Envy Post-metal, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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Cul de Sac is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
pedroa21 added Cul de Sac Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Marc Byrd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Marc Byrd Christian alternative rock, Space rock, Experimental music

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The Winchester Club is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Tim Spear added The Winchester Club

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Trans Am is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Trans Am Krautrock, Synth rock, Post-rock

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From Monument to Masses is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
From Monument to Masses Electronic music, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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5 3
The American Analog Set is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
The American Analog Set Krautrock, Post-rock, Indie rock

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5 3
Team Sleep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Team Sleep Shoegazing, Trip hop, Rock music

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5 3
Munaf Rayani is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Munaf Rayani Post-rock

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Stuart Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Stuart Braithwaite Instrumental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock