Best Avant Garde Rock Bands

The Top Ten

1 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), more.

This list is a joke. Bands like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and The Who aren't even avant garde. If you want some real avant garde rock then I recommend you check out Buckethead.

Not even avant garde

Why isn't the residents #1?

Only Ummagumma is avant garde - SammySpore

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2 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

I don't know how Pink Floyd is considered Avant Garde in anyway. Most of their albums were commercial music well suited for its time, regardless of quality

I am sure these rock artists are avant-garde: The Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, Captain Beefheart, The Residents. - Metal_Treasure

Why is this not #1?

Lou reed and nothing else
Psychedelia and poetry at it's best
My personal favorite band
Certainly the best American band

3 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

How are they avant garde they only did two avant garde songs and one of them is one the anthology

From 1967 to 1969 there were avant garde

4 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

Imma move to Montana soon! I'll be raisin' my lonely... Dental floss...

5 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled more.

Not the generation
But gems like pinball wizard and baba o riley

6 Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle

This and Zappa is the only avant-garde band of this list, the rest is NOT avant-garde

The band with Mike Patton, the guy with a vocal range of over 6 octaves. - Metal_Treasure

7 Captain Beefheart Captain Beefheart Don Van Vliet was an American singer, songwriter, musician and artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart.

A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous. Ya got me?

One of the only bands on here that could be considered avant garde rock


8 The Residents The Residents The Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents, the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs.
9 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band had numerous band member changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (Guitar). more.

King Crimson are usually underrated but surprisingly they appear twice in the top 10 of this list (at # 6 and #9). - Metal_Treasure

Take an aqualung my friend and it'll take you in the beyond with a locomotive breath

10 Sonic Youth Sonic Youth Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.

The Contenders

11 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).
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13 Bjork Bjork Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.

Part of her music is really avant-garde but it's not rock. - Metal_Treasure

14 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.
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16 Can Can Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968 by the core quartet of Holger Czukay (bass), Irmin Schmidt (keyboards), Michael Karoli (guitar), and Jaki Liebezeit (drums). The group cycled through several vocalists, including Malcolm Mooney ('68–70) and Damo Suzuki more.

What the Beatles and Pink Floyd aren't even avant garde lol

17 Butthole Surfers Butthole Surfers Butthole Surfers is an American rock band formed by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1981.
18 Roxy Music Roxy Music

I am sure only about these 4 bands (that they play avant-garde 'rock music in the strict sense). - Metal_Treasure

19 Yes Yes Yes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music.
20 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.
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1. The Velvet Underground
2. Captain Beefheart
3. The Residents
1. Frank Zappa
2. Mr. Bungle
3. Sonic Youth
1. The Beatles
2. Pink Floyd
3. The Who



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