Bands/Musicians The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists  

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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.

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

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?"

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 underground music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Sonic Youth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

2
71 15
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
NathanDeLand added Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

3
23 10
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Mike Reiss added Progressive rock

4
29 24
Waterproof Blonde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Rock music, Indie rock, Underground music

5
26 21
Violators is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Rock music, Classic Punk, Rock and roll

6
9 3
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
rocco123 added Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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16 11
The Automatic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
-42 added Pop punk, Dance-punk, Rock music

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25 21
Bill Callahan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Alternative country, Lo-fi music, Underground music

9
16 13
Európa kiadó is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
New Wave, Underground music

10
14 11
Steve Peregrin Took is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Underground music

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10 9
Hybrasil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Indie, Electronica, Underground music

12
14 14
Panacea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

13
12 12
William Singe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Nicole Desa added

14
12 12
Pigmy Love Circus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Rock music, Underground music

15
11 11
Hapshash and the Coloured Coat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic rock, Underground music

16
16 17
Big High is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Rock music, Underground music

17
10 10
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
NathanDeLand added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

18
13 14
A.E. Bizottság is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists

19
7 7
Vieem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
wgf2r added Vieem (pronounced vii- em) is an American pop, alternative, rock singer, songwriter and musician born and raised in Brooklyn, New York…U.S.A…A chance meeting to only record some tracks would introduce her to veteran music producers and former duo Noise Productions. Them being no strangers to the business recognized her talent and songwriting skills which resulted in pair producing the tracks that would soon become her debut album. Deeply influenced by her world travels and rock singer, songwriters to include Kate Bush, Fog Hat, and Tori Amos, she is perhaps best known for the diverse genres that embodies her work.

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10 12
ParrotOx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Rock music, Classic Punk, Punk rock

21
10 12
Yanka Dyagileva is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Folk rock, Russian rock

22
10 13
Umbrtka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underground Music Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Industrial metal, Black metal