Underground music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good underground music 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 underground music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Underground music 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 underground music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest underground music bands of all time, since the most famous underground music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best underground music music.
You can click on the underground music band names to see more information about that particular notable underground music group. If they're near the top of the best underground music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top underground music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the underground music band names themselves.
This list features Sonic Youth, Steve Peregrin Took and more. Vote for your favorite artists to see them rise to the top! Downvote the artists you like the least, like Bill Callahan or Yanka Dyagileva. If you do like them, then vote them up.
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The list includes all new underground music 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 underground music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into underground music 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 underground music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent underground music bands.
This list answers the questions "who are the best underground music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest underground music musician ever?"
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- 1The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in 1964 in New York City by... moreNoise rock, Blues-rock
- 2Sonic Youth was an American rock band based in New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members... moreNoise rock, Rock music
- 3King Crimson are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968, that now is more... moreProgressive rock
- 4The Residents are an American art collective best known for their avant-garde music and... moreNoise rock, Rock music
- 5Waterproof Blonde was an underground rock band from Louisville, Kentucky comprised of members... moreRock, Indie rock
- 6Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before... moreNu metal, Rock music
- 7Pavement was an American indie rock band that formed in Stockton, California in 1989. The... moreAlternative rock, Noise pop
- 8Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne in 1968 by the core quartet of... moreKrautrock, Rock music
- 9Richard David James (born 18 August 1971), best known by the stage name Aphex Twin, is an... moreElectronic, Techno
- 10Európa Kiadó is a Hungarian underground rock band formed in 1981 in Budapest from the members... moreNew Wave, Underground music
- 11Hapshash and the Coloured Coat was an influential British graphic design and avant-garde... morePsychedelic folk, Psychedelic rock
- 12Pigmy Love Circus is a Los Angeles rock band that has existed since the mid 1980s era of the... moreRock music, Underground music
- 13Steve Peregrin Took (born Stephen Ross Porter; 28 July 1949 – 27 October 1980) was an English... moreUnderground music
- 14Hybrasil are an Irish underground electronica group that formed in the seaside town of... moreIndie, Electronica
- 15Tangerine Dream is a German electronic music band founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. The group... moreKrautrock, New Age music
- 16Yana Stanislavovna "Yanka" Dyagileva (Russian: Яна Станиславовна Дягилева; 4 September 1966 –... moreNoise rock, Folk rock
- 17And Also the Trees are an English post-punk band, formed in 1979 in Inkberrow, Worcestershire.... moreNew Wave, Gothic rock
- 18Radio Werewolf was an eclectic ritual musical collective active in California and Europe from... moreHorror punk, Gothic rock
- 19Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by... moreProgressive rock
- 20Gentle Giant were an English progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band was... moreExperimental rock, Folk rock
- 21The 13th Floor Elevators is an American rock band from Austin, Texas, formed by guitarist and... moreRock music, Garage rock
- 22One of the Top NYC Classic Punk Rock and Roll Band from mid/late Seventies (to present) Was... moreRock music, Classic Punk
- 23Panacea is an American hip hop duo, formed in 2003 in Washington DC. The duo consists of MC... moreHip hop music, Alternative hip hop
- 24The Automatic (also known as The Automatic Automatic in the U.S.) are a Welsh rock band. The... morePop punk, Dance-punk
- 25Big High is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 2008 by vocalist Mesa and... moreRock music, Underground music