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Initially known as a genre associated with progressive rock, in particular 1970s British prog rock, space rock bands mixed this brand of prog along with element of psychedelic rock. Their lengthy instrumental solos incorporated electronic organs, synths and spacey guitars, but that's not how space rock bands were labeled as such. Instead, using science fiction and outerspace imagery in lyrics is how these prog rock bands became space rock bands. It wasn't just a clever title. Some of the biggest space rock bands use ambient, luscious music that also sounds spacey to differentiate themselves from other bands.

So, what are the biggest space rock bands? Naturally, Pink Floyd is going to be at or near the top of the list. But you can also see bands like Muse, Hawkwind, Gong and Spaceman 3 on this list. Space rock bands' jams is what endears them to fans is their the themes. Space rock bands have strong cult followings that allows them to be relatively unknown to mainstream music fans, but at the same time, can sell out arenas. How can such a thing happen? Well, don't underestimate the drawing power of space rock bands, which is similar to progressive rock bands.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best space rock bands. If there's a band that isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best space rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest space 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 space rock bands that you might've heard of. (75 items)
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Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
milander891430 added Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk - The First and the Original Space Rock band  

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Failure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
deanodefiance added Failure Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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Ozric Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Ozric Tentacles Space rock, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

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Gong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Gong Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
RokPlavčak added Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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Eloy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Eloy Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock

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Nektar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Nektar Space rock, Progressive rock

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Amon Düül II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Amon Düül II Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Porcupine Tree Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

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Hawklords is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
punksnotdead added Hawklords Space rock

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Spacemen 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Spacemen 3 Rock music, Space rock, Drone music

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Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
punksnotdead added Spiritualized Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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Camel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Camel Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Space Invaders Space rock, Jam

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Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosm... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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Pyramidal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Pyramidal Space rock, Stoner rock, Progressive rock

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Farflung is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Farflung Space rock

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Litmus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Litmus Space rock

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Brainticket is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
RokPlavčak added Brainticket Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock

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Hum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
deanodefiance added Hum Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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Air is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Air Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Mogwai Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Here and Now is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Here and Now

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Astra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Astra Progressive rock, Space rock

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Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Klaatu Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

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Sun Dial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Sun Dial Space rock, Madchester Sound, Psychedelic rock

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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Docker's Guild is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Docker's Guild

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UFO 1 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Kac28891 added UFO 1 First two albums were Space Rock

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Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
punksnotdead added Grobschnitt Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

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Proxus303 added 3rd Ear Experience Spacerock, Psychedelic Rock - Songs like High Lands, Peacock Black or One are just masterpieces in the spacerock genre. If u are looking for spacey, atmospheric and trippy Spacerock ur right.

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Dreamtime is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Dreamtime Psychedelic rock, Space rock, Acid rock

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Far East Family Band is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Far East Family Band Space rock, World, Experimental Rock

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Agitation Free is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Agitation Free Krautrock, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Secret Saucer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
SaucerSecret added Secret Saucer

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Godspeed You! Black Emperor Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Quantum Fantay is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Quantum Fantay

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Hidria Spacefolk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Hidria Spacefolk Space rock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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vigorianer1 added Aerolith

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FM is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added FM Space rock, Progressive rock

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Violent Silence is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
schlurp added Violent Silence Thrash metal, Progressive rock, Art rock

The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Monster Magnet Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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Omega is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Omega Rock music, Space rock, Pop rock

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The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
The Mars Volta Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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Zombi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Zombi Space rock

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Deep Space Destructors is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
ColinDung added Deep Space Destructors Oulu, Finland

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Man or Astro-man? is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
liz-burns added Man or Astro-man? Space rock, Surf rock, Punk rock

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Loop is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Loop Experimental rock, Drone music, Alternative rock

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Loop is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Loop Alternative rock, Drone rock, Shoegaze