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!

The best post rock band ever, at least for me!

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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.

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!

I liked that video with the two boys kissing laugh out loud - fanyfany

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.

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

Best post rock band

All songs are just great!
The rest of the bands do not share this attribute..

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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

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

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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

The Contenders

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

I love the mix in metalic sounds and melody, the crecendos, the armony in all that chaos

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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 Swans

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

19 Hammock

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

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20 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!

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