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The Best Post-rock Bands  

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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. (186 items)
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Explosions in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock
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Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock
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Sigur Rós is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock
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God is an Astronaut is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock
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This Will Destroy You is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Drone music
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Mono is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock
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Caspian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
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
Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock
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Hammock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock
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Russian Circles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock
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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Stardustmania added

Albums: Lemon Freddy Phantom of the Sky (2017)

              Tomorrow is Yesterday (2016)

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peignetitan added Post Rock, Ambient, Instrumental Rock
The Hymn Of Her Innocence by Maven band on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds
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65daysofstatic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock
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Slint is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, Sadcore
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Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
RaúlMejíaRomero added Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock
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Do Make Say Think is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion
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Maybeshewill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Electronic dance music
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The Album Leaf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Electronic music, Acoustic music, Post-rock
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Thee Silver Mt. Zion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Experimental rock, Post-rock
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Red Sparowes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Noise rock, Instrumental rock
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And So I Watch You From Afar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Punk rock
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Yndi halda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Indie rock
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The American Dollar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-rock, Ambient music
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Saxon Shore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Instrumental rock, Post-rock