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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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220 55
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

2
243 65
Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

3
225 59
Explosions in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock

4
227 61
Sigur Rós is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock

5
260 82
God is an Astronaut is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

6
135 29
This Will Destroy You is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Drone music

7
151 38
Mono is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

8
106 29
If These Trees Could Talk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

9
98 26
Caspian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Experimental music

10
78 16
Hammock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

11
95 31
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12
73 20
65daysofstatic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

13
110 43
Russian Circles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

14
39 5
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
*DSO* added

Albums: Lemon Freddy Phantom of the Sky (2017)

              Tomorrow is Yesterday (2016)

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61 15
Slint is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Noise rock, Rock music, Sadcore

16
44 9
Do Make Say Think is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

17
67 25
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
RaúlMejíaRomero added Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

18
59 21
Maybeshewill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Electronic dance music

19
40 10
The Album Leaf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Electronic music, Acoustic music, Post-rock

20
32 8
Thee Silver Mt. Zion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Experimental rock, Post-rock

21
42 19
Yndi halda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Indie rock

22
48 24
Red Sparowes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Noise rock, Instrumental rock

23
30 10
Saxon Shore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

24
32 13
And So I Watch You From Afar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Punk rock

25
36 17
The American Dollar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-rock, Ambient music

26
19 6
El Ten Eleven is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Indie, Experimental music, Post-rock

27
28 14
Ef is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-rock, Ambient music

28
21 8
Balmorhea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Classical music, Acoustic music, Experimental music

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10 1
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Uztar added Post-rock

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25 15
Bark Psychosis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-rock, Indie rock

31
15 6
Maserati is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Post-rock

32
16 7
Immanu el is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-rock

33
8 1
Fur Aliah is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Uztar added Post-rock

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

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

36
17 11
1 Mile North is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Electronic music, Experimental music, Post-rock

37
22 16
Deafheaven is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal

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

39
7 3
The American Analog Set is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Krautrock, Post-rock, Indie rock

40
5 1
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Stardustmania added

41
12 9
Oceansize is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Space rock, New Prog, Alternative rock

42
11 8
Trans Am is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Krautrock, Synth rock, Post-rock

43
10 7
Envy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-metal, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

44
9 6
Cul de Sac is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
pedroa21 added Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

45
6 3
Munaf Rayani is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Post-rock

46
6 3
Team Sleep is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Shoegazing, Trip hop, Rock music

47
5 2
Marc Byrd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Christian alternative rock, Space rock, Experimental music

48
3 0
The Winchester Club is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Tim Spear added

49
6 4
From Monument to Masses is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Electronic music, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

50
4 2
Stuart Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Post-rock Bands
Instrumental rock, Alternative rock, Post-rock