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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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Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 1 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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233 88
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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90 52
Ozric Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Space rock, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

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73 48
Gong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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42 33
Failure is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
deanodefiance added Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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172 125
Muse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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65 44
Eloy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Krautrock, Space rock, Progressive rock

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69 45
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

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54 32
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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35 17
Amon Düül II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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37 24
Hawklords is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
punksnotdead added Space rock

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50 37
Nektar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Space rock, Progressive rock

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35 19
Camel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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25 10
Farflung is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Space rock

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48 33
Spacemen 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Drone music

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36 27
Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosm... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

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27 18
Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
punksnotdead added Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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23 15
Pyramidal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Space rock, Stoner rock, Progressive rock

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21 13
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Space rock, Jam

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27 20
Brainticket is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
RokPlavčak added Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock

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11 6
Astra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Progressive rock, Space rock

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12 7
Grobschnitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
punksnotdead added Pop rock, Neue Deutsche Welle, Progressive rock

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14 7
Litmus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Space rock

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6 0
Øresund Space Collective is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Nick Tsatsalmas added

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34 30
Hum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
deanodefiance added Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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19 15
Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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8 3
UFO 1 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Kac28891 added

First two albums were Space Rock

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9 4
Dreamtime is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Psychedelic rock, Space rock, Acid rock

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20 20
Air is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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10 14
Klaatu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Power pop

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24 21
Hidria Spacefolk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Space rock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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16 13
Here and Now is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added

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8 4
Ranker Video
Proxus303 added 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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8 4
Sun Dial is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Space rock, Madchester Sound, Psychedelic rock

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10 6
Agitation Free is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Krautrock, Space rock, Experimental rock

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20 22
Docker's Guild is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added

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35 36
Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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7 4
Secret Saucer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
SaucerSecret added

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7 7
Quantum Fantay is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added

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20 20
Omega is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Pop rock

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6 9
FM is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Space rock, Progressive rock

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7 5
Far East Family Band is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Space rock, World, Experimental Rock

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10 10
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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27 28
The Mars Volta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Krautrock, Noise rock, Space rock

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7 5
Loop is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Experimental rock, Drone music, Alternative rock

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3 0
Ship of Fools is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Nick Tsatsalmas added Space Rock

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3 3
Ranker Video
vigorianer1 added

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6 7
Zombi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Space rock

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6 5
Loop is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Alternative rock, Drone rock, Shoegaze

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2 6
Violent Silence is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
schlurp added Thrash metal, Progressive rock, Art rock