Top 10 Weirdest Musical Acts

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This is a list of the weirdest bands and musical artists of all time. If they have a weird sound, weird lyrics, weird costumes, a weird stage persona, and/or anything else that makes them seem weird, then they are eligible for this list.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Without a doubt, the weirdest band in existence. The have the most strange and bizarre music that I have ever heard. They perform in eyeball masks and top hats. They have been around since the 60's and their identities still remain a mystery. - sdc123sdc

2 Sunn O)))

Awesome band.

You can just tell by the name that this not a normal band. They are an experimental drone metal band with only two members. There no drums in there music at all. My description may not make them sound that weird, but if you actually listen to one of their songs, you'll probably understand why they're number 2. - sdc123sdc

3 Gwar Gwar Gwar, often styled as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, United States, in 1984, composed of and operated by a frequently rotating line-up of musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively known as Slave Pit Inc.

This is a comedy thrash metal band that dress up like aliens and claim to have came to earth from the planet, Scumdoggia, brainwash heuman into willingly becoming there slaves by making pop music from Scumdoggia which we call metal on earth. - sdc123sdc

4 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

This band is so experimental that to say that there music is weird would be an understatement. They were super unique, super strange, and also super influencial. - sdc123sdc

5 Tiny Tim Tiny Tim Herbert Buckingham Khaury, known professionally as Tiny Tim, was an American singer, most of the time ukulele player, and musical archivist.
6 Nero Nero Nero are an English electronic music trio, specialising in dark vocal dubstep, electro, drum & bass and drumstep, consisting of Daniel Stephens, Joseph Ray and Alana Stephens (née Watson). They are well known for creating a wide variety of styles of dubstep and drum and bass, combining deep vocals ...read more.

Nero have the extremely weird ideas to put their songs together to create post-apocalyptic romantic thriller stories, but the eerieness, the energy and the creativity of their music makes me love them. - PositronWildhawk

7 Throbbing Gristle Throbbing Gristle Throbbing Gristle were an English music and visual arts group formed in 1976 in Kingston upon Hull. The band comprised Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson and Chris Carter.

Throbbing Gristle are often credited with creating Industrial music. They had a very unique, noisy, and angry approach to electronic music. They used to be very hated. Some people hated them for their subject matter. Some people refused to consider them music. They were certainly not for everyone. And don't forget the fact that the lead singer, Genesis P. Orridge, used to dress up like his wife to "have a closer connection with her." - sdc123sdc

8 Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle was an American experimental rock band from Northern California. Known for a highly eclectic style, the band often cycled through several musical genres within the course of a single song, including heavy metal, avant-garde jazz, ska, disco as well as funk.

Though they toned down there weirdness later on in their career, their earlier stuff makes them more than deserving of a spot on this list. Mr. Bungle was an experimental metal band that added elements of Punk, Death Metal, Funk, Ska, and even carnival music. There name came from an old educational video from the 1950's. Need any more proof that they are weird, they have songs called "My Ass is on Fire" and "Everyone I Went to High School with is Dead". - sdc123sdc

9 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.
10 Ski Mask the Slump God Ski Mask the Slump God

The Contenders

11 Dir En Grey Dir En Grey Dir En Grey is a Japanese heavy metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will.

Dir En Grey is a metal band from Japan. They are known for their over the top outfits and their dark, unpredictable, and experimental style of metal. They have ran into some controversy for their extremely bizarre and disturbing music videos. - sdc123sdc

12 Primus 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 ...read more.

Plus song names like : "Shake hands with beef", 'My friend fats", "My name is mud", "The toys go winding down", "Those damned blue-collared tweekers", etc.

What happens when you take weird music videos, bizzare surrealist imagery, amazing complex bass riffs, and a strange sense of humor? You get Pimus. With album titles like "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" and song titles like "Wyona's Big Brown Beaver", you know that this is a weird band. - sdc123sdc

13 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.
14 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...read more.
15 Insane Clown Posse Insane Clown Posse Insane Clown Posse is an American hip hop, horrorcore and rap rock duo consisting of rappers Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, that was formed in 1989 in Detroit. ...read more.
16 Praga Khan
17 Yoko Ono 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.

Yoko Ono is an experimental singer and performance artist. She was married to the Beatles member John Lennon and is often accused of breaking up the Beatles. She is known for making very odd sounding music. Some say that her singing sounds more like random weird noises than singing. She has developed a pretty bad reputation for her music and personal life. - sdc123sdc

Her songs are like this:
AAAHAAAOOOUUH
OW WO UH UH UHAHAA - Misfire

18 Bassnectar Bassnectar Lorin Ashton, better known as Bassnectar, is an electronic music producer from Santa Cruz, California, who specialises in dark dubstep and trap, using elements of downtempo, drum and bass, and ambient; describing his music as "amorphous and ever-changing". Notable tracks include the haunting "Underwater", ...read more.
19 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg ...read more.
20 Gary Numan Gary Numan Gary Anthony James Webb, professionally known as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer and artist.
21 Chance the Rapper Chance the Rapper Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
22 Weird Al Yankovic Weird Al Yankovic Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, voice actor, music video director, film producer, and author.

The name says it - DrayTopTens

23 Moby Moby Moby is an American musician, who has produced inventive new styles to various subgenres of electronic music, inspired by 1950's gospel as much as by modern rock, and musicians from New Order to David Bowie. ...read more.
24 Frank Ocean Frank Ocean Christopher Edwin Breaux, known professionally as Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.
25 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf. The band was fronted by both Hütter and Schneider until Schneider's departure in 2008.
26 XXXTentacion XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (born January 23, 1998), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.
27 Royksopp
28 Lil B Lil B Brandon Christopher McCartney, professionally known as Lil B and often known as The BasedGod, is an American rapper, record producer, author, activist and motivational speaker from Berkeley, California. He is often regarded as the pioneer of cloud rap.
29 Lou Reed 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. ...read more.

This experimental rocker may not be the first thing that pops in your head when it comes to weird musicians, but that doesn't mean he is was not weird. He was always experimenting with music and doing things that no one else would do or think of. He even made an album using nothing but strange Industrial noises. Sadly, he passed away in 2013. - sdc123sdc

30 Björk 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.
31 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.
32 Erykah Badu
33 Beck 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.

So I my high school final exams are set in two hours and I'm listening to Golden Feelings by Beck. What is this? No song is even close to "normal". You know his song Loser? Don't expect anything like that.

You get basically a nineties one-man Trout Mask Replica. I LOVE IT! - JoLeKosovo

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

Frank Zappa is the man! - Metal_Treasure

35 Ziggy Stardust

This isn't a real artist.

36 Austin Lounge Lizards
37 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. ...read more.
38 Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum

Their band name is weird (metal band from Belarus). - Metal_Treasure

39 Crazy World of Arthur Brown
40 Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.
41 Laurie Anderson
42 Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren
43 Moxy Fruvous
44 Mary Margaret O'Hara
45 Wendy Waldman Wendy Waldman Wendy Waldman is an American singer-songwriter, primarily known for her songwriting and record production.
46 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
47 John Cale John Cale John Davies Cale is a Welsh musician, composer, singer, songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the American rock band the Velvet Underground.
48 The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention were an American rock band from California. Formed in 1964, their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows.
49 Dread Zeppelin
50 Devo Devo Devo is an American rock band from Akron, Ohio formed in 1973. Their classic lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs and the Casales, along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single "Whip It", the song that gave the band mainstream popularity. ...read more.
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1. Nero
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