Best Post Rock Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Godspeed You! Black Emperor Godspeed You! Black Emperor Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a Montreal-based post-rock collective formed in 1994, currently consisting on David Bryant, Efrim Menuck, Mike Moya, Sophie Trudeau, Thierry Amar, Mauro Pezzente, Aidan Girt and Tim Herzog. They're most known for being one of the most popular post-rock groups currently, ...read more.

No one can create an epic as perfect as Godspeed can even once. And Godspeed has created countless songs that fully embody the word "epic"

The ultimate post-rock pioneers.

Although explosions are insanely good, Lift Yr Skinny fists like antennas to heaven is the greatest album of all time.

This Genre is so good its impossible to have a top ten of it, amazing music that will make you think!

It is rare to find music that speaks without a single word

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2 Explosions in the Sky Explosions in the Sky Explosions in the Sky is an American post-rock band from Texas. The quartet originally played under the name Breaker Morant, then changed to the current name in 1999. The band has garnered popularity beyond the post-rock scene for their elaborately developed guitar work, narratively styled instrumentals, ...read more.

This is the band that made me fall in love with post rock. Their songs your hand in mine, the only moment we were alone, six days at the bottom of the ocean and so many more just take you away from this planet!

They are pretty bland and dull except The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place and Those Who Tell the Truth

Every time I'm having a bad day, I'm listening to them. Not always boost my mood but always make day more bearable.

Your Hand in Mine is my favorite track so naturally they are my favourite band.

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3 Sigur Ros Sigur Ros Sigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band from Reykjavík, who have been active since 1994. Known for their ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson's falsetto vocals, and the use of bowed guitar, the band's music is also noticeable for its incorporation of classical and minimalist aesthetic elements. ...read more.

Post rock is very loosely defined. So it really depends on what resonate with people, to me as much as I like God Speed for its atmospheric sound and Explosion in the sky for its mesmerising guitar arrangement, I have to say that Sigur Ros, to me, encapsulate all the Essence of post rock - atmosphere, mesmerising composition (without too repeatitive), some hint of rock arrangement (otherwise post rock will sound like new age), and a good vocal that can bring you to another realm.

Very atmospheric band with vocalist who has voice of angel.

They have written some brilliant compositions like Olsen Olsen, Untitled 3. There best album is (). In my point of view, Sigur Ros deserve 2nd place. On the first place I will vote for God is an astronaut!

They always take listeners somewhere else. No matter if Icelandic or Hopelandic landscape.

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4 Mogwai Mogwai Mogwai are a Scottish post-rock band, formed in 1995 in Glasgow. The band consists of Stuart Braithwaite, Barry Burns, Dominic Aitchison, and Martin Bulloch.

Glasgow Mega-Snake. An astounding post-rock piece. Give Mr. Beast a listen, you won't regret it.

Still producing great music...

Ep+6 makes me depressive - Naonao

Ye bruv dis band alg

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5 God Is An Astronaut God Is An Astronaut God Is an Astronaut is an Irish post-rock band from the Glen of the Downs, County Wicklow, formed in 2002.

'All is violent, All is Bright' is probably the best all-pervasive soul-stirring piece of music you will ever get, those entire set of 52:09 timespace of serenity.

Their songs are amazing! They have such a beautifully haunting sound to them!

Forever lost is the one to hear if you wanna get the best of this bend.

If not the best, they are at least top three.

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6 Slint

Note: Without Slint, none of these other bands on this list would exist. I would definitely go as far as calling them the Beatles of Post Rock. - InsertNameHere

Just love this band

Spiderland is one of the greatest albums of all time, and the most important of all post rock albums. Sigur Rós is one of my favorite bands, but they aren't Post-Rock in my opinion, so I vote for Slint. - mattlol

The first and, probably, the most schocking post-rock band ever.

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7 Tortoise

One of the best! Listen to songs like Djed, Seneca and TNT and you'll know what I mean - RandomPerson1234

8 Don Caballero Don Caballero Don Caballero is an American math rock group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The group took their name from the character Guy Caballero, portrayed by Joe Flaherty, on the sketch comedy show Second City Television.
9 Mono

The best band ever they really know how to play their emotions

Mono is simply amazing.

One brilliant band.

It touches you.

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10 This Will Destroy You This Will Destroy You This Will Destroy You, often abbreviated to TWDY, is an American post-rock band from San Marcos, Texas, formed in 2004. They typically compose lengthy atmospheric instrumental pieces, featuring layers of effects-laden guitar and a heavy usage of dynamics.

This band is incredible. Honestly if you haven't listened to Young Mountain or their self-titled album, you're missing out. This deserves to be up in the top three on the list.

A Three-Legged Workhorse and The Mighty Rio Grande were the first songs I heard from this group. Still my two favorites. Excellent band.

My first Post-Rock band... I fell in love from the first second...

New Language is great. - SammySpore

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11 Russian Circles Russian Circles Russian Circles is an American three piece instrumental rock/metal band from Chicago. Mostly headlining now, in their earlier days they toured with Boris, Isis, Red Sparowes, Minus the Bear, Daughters, Coheed & Cambria, Mono, and Pelican as well as appearances at the 2006 SXSW, and 2009's Bonnaroo.
12 Do Make Say Think

Do not think just listen up!

13 Caspian

When you hear You Are The Conductor, Tertia, The Four Trees, you just get the feels of the band. My favorite one is "Loft" goes strong at the beginning the gets little quiet with a few guitar notes and then the EXPLOSION man, damn. Such a Great Band.

With their latest release, Caspian for me have captured something truly special. Post-rock is about the evolution of rock into ever-interesting forms, and while better known bands exist in their admittedly vast bubbles, Caspian exist in several, turning country, electonic and progressive elements into a stirring concoction of post-rock excellence!

I could listen to Sycamore all day, and it would still give me goosebumps. Phenomenal band.

My favourite post-rock band! From whispers to all-out wall of noise, their music will never fail to make you feel as if you were on a rollercoaster of emotion.

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14 If These Trees Could Talk

Perfect name, amazing music.

Gotta love these tremolos

Just amazing

So Special

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15 Talk Talk

They created the genre along with Slint, of course they should be in the top ten!

Only 15 guys? Really? Laughing Stock is one of the greatest releases of all time.

Post-rock wouldn't be a thing without these guys.

The first post rock albums were Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock - that speaks for someting.

16 65daysofstatic

Wild Light is a masterpiece.

very good

17 Yndi Halda

Brilliant great emotional band!

I felt in Love with their first track Dust And Blast on The Enjoy Eternal Bliss LP, this is an emotinal Masterpiece, I can�'t wait for their next Album in 2016.

18 Hammock

If they played this music at your funeral there wouldn't be a dry eye in the church

The most beautiful post rock band! To dream and imagine heaven...

I was inttroduced to post rock after listening to their track Always wishing you were somewhere else, which to date is my favorite track. Each of their track remind me of some important moments of my life.

Best of the best - fath

19 Maybeshewill

Maybeshewill - To The Skies From A Hillside and Maybeshewill - Farewell Sarajevo. Listen to these two and you will vote for it until you make it number 1 in this list. No clue how is this band this much down on the list.

Greatly underrated but you won't regret it! "He films the Clouds Part 2" is simply amazing!

To the skies from a hillside is amazing!

20 Swans

Swans isn't really post rock except for their 2 latest albums, The Seer and To Be Kind. - SammySpore

21 We Lost The Sea

Departure Songs... just hear that album

22 Sleep Dealer

Sleep dealer is not very famous artist. one man band Sleep dealer has many great compositions. My favorite album is Imminence.

They are AMAZING!

23 Cul De Sac
24 E A Terra Nunca Me Pareceu Tão Distante
25 Alcest

Nothing more beautiful than this very band. One musical journey indeed. :')

There is nothing more beautiful than this very thing. Surreal music :')

26 Sleepmakeswaves

This band is simply amazing

27 Lights & Motion

This is such a great band! (Its only one guy doing it all actually) But the sounds he makes are just inspiring.

28 The Ascent of Everest
29 The Album Leaf
30 Pelican Pelican Pelican is a post-metal quartet from Des Plaines, Illinois. Established in 2000, the band stems from their native post-metal scene and is known for their atmospheric and almost entirely instrumental style. V 1 Comment
31 Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

This band deserve to be in top 10, has a lot of masterpieces!

32 Glasir

A band from Dallas that combines ambience with doom in an atmospheric experience.

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33 Bark Psychosis

The true first post rock album. Breaking down barriers that no one knew existed

34 Low

Lullaby was quite good, although low falls under slowcore, but still it has elements of post rock

35 Jakob

Amazing band, Solace is definitely one of my favorite post-rock albums.

36 This Patch of Sky

Such a great band.

37 The Pirate Ship Quintet
38 Bosch's With You
39 Afformance
40 Toe
41 And So I Watch You From Afar

Amazing rhythms that will make you dance through the song.

Powerfully and emtionally Tracks, Their first Self-Titled Debut Album is really a Bomb! Check out "Set Guitars to kill"

42 Pg.lost
43 The Ills

No Words. Just Amazing

44 The Shaking Sensations

Super awesome tunes, especially Start Stop Worrying

45 The Echelon Effect
46 The White Birch
47 Empress
48 Extra Arms
49 Oceansize
50 Set Fire To Flames
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1. This Will Destroy You
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