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The Best Sufi Rock Bands/Artists

Updated June 14, 2019 239 votes 81 voters 12.8k views12 items

Sufi rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good sufi rock 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 sufi rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Sufi rock 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 sufi rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest sufi rock bands of all time, since the most famous sufi rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best sufi rock music.

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

The list you're viewing is made up of different artists like Yusuf Islam and Ali Zafar. Dowvote the artists you don't like and upvote the ones you do. The order changes depending on votes. When checking out this list and making your votes, think competitively, for example: is Salman Ahmad better than Junoon?

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

The list includes all new sufi rock 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 sufi rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into sufi rock 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 sufi rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent sufi rock bands.

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

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    Junoon is a sufi rock band from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, formed in 1990. The band is directed by founder, lead guitarist and songwriter, Salman Ahmad, who was soon joined by keyboardist Nusrat Hussain and vocalist Ali Azmat. Junoon is Pakistan's and one of South Asia's most successful bands; the Q magazine regarded them as "One of the biggest bands in the world" and The New York Times called Junoon "the U2 of Pakistan". Since their inception, the group has released a collective total of nineteen albums: seven studio albums; one soundtrack; two live albums; four video albums; and five compilations. Their music has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Pioneers of sufi rock with an original... more on Wikipedia
    • Genres (Music): Sufi rock, Rock music, Alternative rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock
    • Albums: Ishq, Dewaar, Azadi, Inquilaab, Junoon
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  • Mekaal Hasan Band
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    Mekaal Hasan Band, sometimes shortened to MHB, is a sufi rock band formed in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan in 1999 by composer-songwriter, guitarist Mekaal Hasan. The band members have roots in different genres, including jazz, classical music, soul music, and sufi rock, the combination of each member has created a sound which has earned them fans from a variety of quarters. Hasan is the lead songwriter and has been noted for having a special style mixing classical music with metal techniques. The band achieved mainstream success with its debut album, Sampooran, released in 2004. Its following studio album, Saptak, released in 2010 continued the band's success. Mekaal Hasan Band is Pakistan’s... more on Wikipedia
    • Genres (Music): Sufi rock, Jazz, Alternative rock
    • Albums: Sampooran, Saptak
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  • Swaraag
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    Nationally acclaimed, Swaraag is an unparalleled music team which brings you the unique ferocity of western music amalgamated with the beautiful rhythms of the traditional Indian music to create a beauteous effect which your ears won't be able to forget in the years to come.

    It's like playing with completely different energies and to mesmerize the audience with such an act requires more than just expertise. The band brings the expertise along with the vast experience of the members to create a new theme for the 'Padharo Mahare Desh' to which any ears who like music will connect immediately.

    • Genres (Music): Folk & Sufi Fusion, Instrumental Fusion
    • Nationality: Indian
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  • Brian O'Connell
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    Brian O'Connell is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, record producer and actor. He is the bassist and producer for Pakistani sufi rock band Junoon. O'Connell and Salman Ahmad were friends of one another since high school. O'Connell joined Junoon when keyboardist, Nusrat Hussain, left the band and Salman Ahmad contacted and invited him to play bass on the band's second album, Talaash. He is known for harmonizing the western 5-string bass riffs with the traditional tabla and drums. After the release of the band's seventh studio album, Dewaar, O'Connell went back to his native land the United States.... more on Wikipedia
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Sufi rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock, Alternative rock
    • Nationality: United States of America
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