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The Best Space Rock Bands  

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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. (77 items)
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
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Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
milander891430 added Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk
The First and the Original Space Rock band
 
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Gong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
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Eloy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock
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Ozric Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Space rock, Electronic music, Instrumental rock
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Hawklords is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
punksnotdead added Space rock
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Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop
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Farflung is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Space rock
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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
RokPlavčak added Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music
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Spacemen 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Drone music
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Acid Mothers Temple &... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
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Agitation Free is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Krautrock, Space rock, Experimental rock
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Failure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
deanodefiance added Rock music, Space rock, Grunge
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Amon Düül II ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock
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Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop
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Ship of Fools is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Nick Tsatsalmas added Space Rock
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Øresund Space Col... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Nick Tsatsalmas added
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Astra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Progressive rock, Space rock
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Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock
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Omega is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Pop rock
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Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
punksnotdead added Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock
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Air is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music
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Hidria Spacefolk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Space rock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock
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Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
punksnotdead added Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock
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Camel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene