Top 10 Least Accessible Music Artists

Some music artists may have an experimental or unique sound that can often take time getting used to. This is a list of musical acts that are not very accessible to the average listener.

The Top Ten

Ween Ween is an American experimental rock band formed in 1984, in New Hope, PA. It's members are Dean and Gene Ween.

I have seen them on lists I must check them out they seem amazing. - JoLeKosovo

Truly a bizarre band that spans genres, space, and time. They are the most and least accessible band out there. A lot of bands can't reach this level of inaccessibility like what Ween did.

Fantastic group, however, even as a long term fan, I have to admit that not all their work is easy to listen to...

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.

Their later work is a bit easier to get into, although their early work is more acclaimed.

Not THAT inaccessible. - JoLeKosovo

What IS the attraction, exactly?

Sunn O)))

Why Sun O))) is here?
Problem - People judge music without even trying it.
It's drone and doom..No tremolo picks or speed, Just beautiful simple riffs and slow tempos.
You gotta think about the details of the songs while listening to them.
It's not for headbanging or mosh pits.
If you wanna be swept away by some beautiful heavy tones...Sun O))) is your band. - Ananya

Beck Beck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.

Golden Feelings. Only one of his albums I have fully listened to (yet). Indeed very inaccessible. Only anti-folk record I've ever listened to, is the rest of anti-folk like that?
It feels like a less playful, 90s, one-man Trout Mask Replica. Not to say it's not funny.

Edit : His stuff after One Foot in the Grave ranges from weird yet palatable to completely palatable. Not top 5. - JoLeKosovo

Note that this is only in regards to his earlier material. All of his post-Odelay albums (with the exception of some Midnite Vultures tracks) are very easy to get into.

Big Black
Diamanda Galás

Her self-titled is just screaming. It's good screaming though (also, there's actually some non-screaming noise on the first track). - JoLeKosovo

Björk 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.

The same things I said about Radiohead can be applied to Björk as well.

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).

Their albums are always a mixed bag when it comes to accessibility, and I think it's one of the many factors that make Radiohead so great.

Very accessible for experimental rock. - JoLeKosovo

I agree their music isn't hard to follow and I don't really listen to Experimental Rock. - Powell

Death Grips Death Grips is an American experimental hip hop band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of vocalist MC Ride, drummer and producer Zach Hill, and recording engineer Andy Morin.
Butthole Surfers Butthole Surfers is an American rock band formed by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1981.

Yep. Even less accessible than Ween, I would say. - JoLeKosovo

Guard your toaster, watch your ceiling fan & put grandma on a leash... when the Buttholes come to town. Organized chaos at it's finest.

The Contenders

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

Captain Beefheart's career is defined by atonal melodies, polyrhythms, absurd lyrics, and a raspy voice. Upon his first listen, Matt Groening and many other said ofTrout Mask Replica: "Is this even music?! Are they even trying? "

good stuff


Real #1. Much more inaccessible than any artist higher up. Sonic Youth, Bjork, Beck, they all have melodies, something you can latch onto. Merzbow is noisy, painful to listen to. No easy to find harmonies, no melodies. Just NOISE and textures. Even more inaccessible than Residents. - JoLeKosovo

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.

Yep. Could be #1 easily. - JoLeKosovo

GG Allin Kevin Michael "GG" Allin (born Jesus Christ Allin; 1956-1993) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. He was best known for his graphic live performances which included self-mutilation, parading around the stage naked, fighting more.
Yoko Ono Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art, music, and filmmaking. Singer-songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles was her third husband.
Nile Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Yeah. Very heavy. - JoLeKosovo

Kero Kero Bonito
Wesley Willis
Lou Reed Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. more.

Metal Machine Music. God what a crazy idea. Honorable. On the other hand, my ears were really hurting. - JoLeKosovo

Dead Kennedys Dead Kennedys are an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978. The band was one of the first American hardcore bands to make a significant impact in the United Kingdom.

Dead Kennedys "inaccessible"? They're one of the easiest bands to get into. There's nothing too complex or difficult about their music at all. Which is probably a common criticism about Punk as a whole. - BlueTelegraph

The Shaggs

Were The Shaggs an inexperienced and dreadful attempt at a popular music group, or were they avant-garde pioneers? The influence of this infamous band has been hotly debated for many years.

Anal C*** Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988 in Newton, Massachusetts. The band is known for their highly offensive lyrics which included themes of misogyny, homophobia, racism, Nazism, antisemitism, and schadenfreude (ridicule of the unfortunate). Their music has more.
Primus Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys more.

I loved them from the first listen. Really digging their albums. - JoLeKosovo

Animal Collective Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003. Its members and founders are Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist.

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

Amazing;.. - JoLeKosovo

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