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The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists  

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First rising to prominence in the UK at the beginning of the 1990s, trip hop infused elements of breakbeat, electronic music, soul, funk, jazz and hip hop. Trip hop artists are closely associated with the city of Bristol and are known to be highly experimental. So by that definition, it would be fair to call trip hop artists as part of the experimental music movement. Trip hop has also been labeled by some as ambient music. But when push comes to shove, in the mid-1990s, trip hop was one of the most critically acclaimed and widely praised genres of the time.

So, who are the best trip hop artists? Any list of trip hop artists has to include the likes of Tricky, Portishead, Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation, Sneaker Pimps, Air and Zero 7. These trip hop bands are known to many as being at or near the top of trip hop and with good reason. Their music influenced both the genre and a generation of music listeners and bands who grew up listening to trip hop. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best trip hop artists. If you notice that a trip hop band isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best trip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest trip hop 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 trip hop bands that you might've heard of. (42 items)
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Massive Attack is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Soundtrack, Alternative hip hop
2
Portishead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Krautrock, Breakbeat, Folktronica
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Tricky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Trip hop, Rock music
4
Morcheeba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Adult contemporary music, Trip hop, Electronic music
5
Zero 7 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Shoegazing, Trip hop
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Sneaker Pimps is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music
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Thievery Corporation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Downtempo, Lounge music
8
Unkle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronic music
9
Hooverphonic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music
10
DJ Shadow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Trip hop, Electronic music
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Air is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music
12
Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop
13
Nightmares on Wax is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Acid house, Trip hop
14
Lamb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Trip hop, Electronic music, Electronic dance music
15
Wax Tailor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Downtempo, Trip hop
16
Kruder & Dorfmeister is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Lounge music, Trip hop
17
RJD2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Hip hop music, Pop music
18
Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop
19
Amon Tobin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Dubstep, Trip hop
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DJ Krush is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Trip hop, Turntablism
21
Moloko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Downtempo, Trip hop
22
Emancipator is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
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Kid Loco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Trip hop, Acid jazz, Easy listening
24
Martina Topley-Bird is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Trip hop
25
Cibo Matto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Trip Hop Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Trip hop