Top Ten Experimental Musicians

What happens when you combine a rage full of composing and finding unique ways and techniques to make the music an interesting specimen?

Shoutouts for PetSound for a great collaboration.

The Top Ten

1 Velvet Underground

My vote must go to these underappreciated geniuses. The Velvet Underground and Nico is a fantastic album.

Thanks for the collab, SuperHyperdude. - PetSounds

2 Animal Collective
3 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

Frank Zappa has also written some excellent modern classical. - PetSounds

4 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.

After "Selmasongs", the pop aspect has completely vanished. In the meantime, she does almost meditative genreless music that needs to be felt and experienced. - Martin_Canine

5 Gorillaz Gorillaz Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.

I don't think I've ever seen a band that combines elements from rock, hip hop, pop, and electronic music as well as Gorillaz. They're by far the most musically diverse band I've ever listened to. - phillysports

These guys are definitely great, every single one of their albums had a completely different sound to them and none of them are even mediocre - kempokid

They aren’t really experimental, they just kind of play mediocre music with lots of gimmicks

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

Safe as Milk and Trout Mask Replica are masterpieces. - PetSounds

8 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).
9 Massive Attack Massive Attack Massive Attack are an electronic music duo from Bristol, England, who use distorted, psychedelic, dynamic atmospheres as a definitive style of their music. They are noted as one of the most influential acts in electronic music to date, whose musical style was claimed to be far ahead of its time, and more.
10 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Newcomers

? The Olivia Tremor Control
? Boris Boris

The Contenders

11 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.
12 Aphex Twin Aphex Twin Richard David James (born 18 August 1971), known by his stage name Aphex Twin, is an Irish-born English electronic musician and composer. He is known for his influential and idiosyncratic work in electronic music styles such as IDM and acid techno in the 1990s, for which he won widespread critical acclaim. more.
13 Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
14 Ulver Ulver
15 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.
16 This Heat
17 Tame Impala Tame Impala Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music.
18 Boredoms
19 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.
20 Xiu Xiu
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Top Remixes

1. Gorillaz
2. Bjork
3. Animal Collective
1. Captain Beefheart
2. Frank Zappa
3. Velvet Underground
1. Radiohead
2. Velvet Underground
3. Nine Inch Nails



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