Best Post Rock Bands


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, more.

Most satisfaying of them all! Simply the best.

Aren't they just amazing?

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.

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, 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.

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. 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!

Untitled 8 is insanely brilliant mix of emotions

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.

No one can compete with the introvertians like Mogwai

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

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.

Best ever

All Psfarts.
No sharts.

I like the aggressiveness!

'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.

6 Slint

Spiderland is very sex I give 10/10 very cool

To call Slint a post-rock band seems well-accepted but it’s also odd. There are other labels that fit far better - experimental rock, post-hardcore, noise-rock and more. Talk Talk are the real progenitors of post-rock.

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

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.

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.

They have yet to release a bad album. I like Mogwai's early stuff, and EITS's albums 90% of the time are good, sam can be said for GYBE and Russian Circles and so on, but what makes This Will Destroy you different is all their albums are outstanding. Sure, some songs like Mother Opiate aren't the best, every other song on Another Language is A+ grade. No joke. - notbirdlandstew

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...

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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

10/10 everything they do

ITTCT continues to get better and better. Saw them in concert and they were great!

Perfect name, amazing music.

Gotta love these tremolos

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 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!

19 Swans

Michael Gira 's vocals and guitar skills are a missing peice in this universe

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

20 Hammock

Indicative of the kind of listless fluff that post-rock has come to be today. There is neither substance nor much style.

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.

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...

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21 We Lost The Sea

Awesome Aussie post Rock and Ricky gervais is a fan

I dare ANYONE to listen to Departure Songs and then tell me that it's not one of the best, most powerful, emotionally driven albums ever.

Departure Songs... just hear that album

22 Cul De Sac
23 Sleep Dealer

The way home is my favorite song ever from 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!

24 Alcest

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

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

25 Pg.lost

The most underrated bands of recent times.

26 E A Terra Nunca Me Pareceu Tão Distante
27 Jakob

Amazing sound, they started my post rock addiction. Very underrated

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

28 Sleepmakeswaves

This band is simply amazing

29 Toe
30 Frames
31 Afformance

Great soundscapes very cinematic-like music!

32 Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

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

33 Lights & Motion

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

34 This Patch of Sky

Such a great band.

35 The Ascent of Everest
36 The Album Leaf
37 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.

These long-time veterans of the scene are my personal favorite! Check out the song March to the S ea. They put on a great live show!

38 Glasir

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

Unborn is a great EP!

39 Bark Psychosis

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

Talk Talk may have laid the template for post-rock, but the genre crystallised on Bark Psychosis’ 1994 album “Hex.” Truly breathtaking and utterly beautiful, it is a milestone in the genre, more important than the earlier Spiderland (which has little bearing on post-rock), and second only to Talk Talk’s Laughing Stock. A masterpiece. See “Fingerspit,” “A Street Scene,” and “Pendulum Man.”

40 Low

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

41 The Pirate Ship Quintet
42 Bosch's With You
43 Empress
44 Oceansize
45 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"

46 Nevermind the Name
47 The Ills

No Words. Just Amazing

48 The Shaking Sensations

Super awesome tunes, especially Start Stop Worrying

49 The Echelon Effect
50 The White Birch
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