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Spoken word artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good spoken word bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top spoken word bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Spoken word groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all spoken word bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest spoken word bands of all time, since the most famous spoken word artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best spoken word music.

You can click on the spoken word band names to see more information about that particular notable spoken word group. If they're near the top of the best spoken word artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top spoken word bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the spoken word band names themselves.

This list is made up of many different artists, including Allen Ginsberg and Jim Carroll. Vote for the best artists on the list to see them rise to the top. Which is better for an overall top ranking of this topic, Lydia Lunch or Saul Williams?

All important, significant and iconic names in spoken word music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new spoken word bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of spoken word, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into spoken word music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good spoken word bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent spoken word bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best spoken word bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest spoken word 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 spoken word bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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La Dispute is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
La Dispute Spoken word, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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Listener is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Listener Spoken word, Hip Hop, Indie rock

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Gil Scott-Heron is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Gil Scott-Heron Spoken Word Soul, Fusion, Jazz-funk

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The Last Poets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
The Last Poets Spoken word

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Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Allen Ginsberg Spoken word

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Cat Allen added Hedwig Gorski Spoken Word, Alternative, Performance Poetry - Buy on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Send-Clown-Hedwig-Gorski-East/dp/B001NH4ELU https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedwig_Gorski

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Jim Carroll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands

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Saul Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Saul Williams Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Spoken word

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King Missile is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
King Missile Dark ambient, Anti-folk, Avant-garde jazz

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Lydia Lunch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Lydia Lunch Spoken word, No wave, Experimental rock

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Bennie Herron is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Bennie Herron Hip hop music, Spoken word, Jazz

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Vanessa Daou is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Vanessa Daou Dance-pop, Electronic dance music, House music

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Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

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John Most is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
John Most Indie, Spoken word, Electronic music

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Promise is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Promise Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Spoken word

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Reggie Watts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Reggie Watts Trip hop, Spoken word, Electronic music

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Roxy Gordon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Jadzia added Roxy Gordon

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Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Jello Biafra Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

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Malik Yusef is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Malik Yusef Hip hop music, Spoken word, Contemporary R&B

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Natalie Stewart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Natalie Stewart Neo soul, Spoken word, Contemporary R&B

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Tony Adamo & the New York ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
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John Trudell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Jadzia added John Trudell

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Michael D. Ellison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Michael D. Ellison Hip hop music, Spoken word

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Jonathan Emile is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Jonathan Emile Political hip hop, Spoken word, Reggae

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R. Stevie Moore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
R. Stevie Moore New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Sun City Girls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Sun City Girls Soundtrack, Traditional music, Spoken word

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Hawaii Slam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Hawaii Slam Spoken word

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Taco Shop Poets is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Taco Shop Poets Hip hop music, Spoken word, Jazz

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Buddy Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Buddy Wakefield Spoken word

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Ivor Cutler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Ivor Cutler Spoken word, Trad jazz, Comedy rock

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John Hammink is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
John Hammink Pop music, Spoken word, Rock music

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Bradley Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Bradley Hathaway Spoken word, Folk music

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Jack Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Jack Kerouac Spoken word

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No WTO Combo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
No WTO Combo Spoken word, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Wesley Willis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Wesley Willis Spoken word, Outsider music, Electronic music

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Norman Nawrocki is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Norman Nawrocki Klezmer, Spoken word, Cabaret

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Boots Riley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Boots Riley Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Mike Williams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Mike Williams Doom metal, Spoken word, Industrial music

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Toni Blackman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Toni Blackman Hip hop music, Spoken word, Hip hop soul

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Verbswish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Verbswish Spoken word, Hip Hop

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Norm Hacking is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Norm Hacking Spoken word, Folk music

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Sweet Honey in the Rock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Sweet Honey in the Rock Spoken word, Gospel music, Blues

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Thierry Malo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Thierry Malo Spoken word, Afrobeat, Funk

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Otep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Otep Nu metal, Groove metal, Spoken word

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Rozz Williams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Rozz Williams Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Spoken word

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Eddie Argos is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Eddie Argos Spoken word, Alternative rock, Jazz

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Blood Axis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Blood Axis Spoken word, Folk music, Post-industrial music

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Joeyfat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Joeyfat Spoken word, Post-hardcore

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Raine Maida is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Raine Maida Spoken word, Rock music, Post-grunge

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Emil Jensen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Spoken Word Artists/Bands
Emil Jensen Spoken word