Rock 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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264 98
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

2
162 59
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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51 35
Failure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
deanodefiance added Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

4
97 56
Ozric Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Space rock, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

5
9 0
Øresund Space Collective is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Nick Tsatsalmas added

6
78 47
Porcupine Tree is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Space rock, Britpop

7
70 45
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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78 52
Gong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

9
191 134
Muse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

10
61 34
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
RokPlavčak added Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

11
38 19
Amon Düül II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Krautrock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

12
40 25
Hawklords is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
punksnotdead added Space rock

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38 20
Camel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

14
52 38
Nektar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Space rock, Progressive rock

15
52 34
Spacemen 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Drone music

16
39 27
Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosm... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands

17
29 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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25 12
Farflung is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Space rock

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23 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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25 15
Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
passionsears added Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

21
39 30
Hum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
deanodefiance added Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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13 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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23 15
Pyramidal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Space rock, Stoner rock, Progressive rock

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27 20
Brainticket is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
RokPlavčak added Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock

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11 3
UFO 1 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Rock Bands
Kac28891 added

First two albums were Space Rock