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The Best Dream Pop Bands

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Coined in the 1980s, dream pop rose to prominence in that decade and was generally used to describe shoegaze. However, over the years dream pop has evolved to define dream pop bands as those who use ambient, melodic sounds with breathy vocals to create a wall of noise. Over the years, dream pop bands have grown in popularity and can often times be seen at music festivals. Though a subgenre of alternative music, dream pop music is known for focusing on atmospheric and mood sounds and focuses on imagery.

So, what are the best dream pop bands? Any list of dream pop groups has to include the likes of Beach House, Cocteau Twins, M83, Sigur Ros and Slowdive. These bands are widely considered at enhancing dream pop's profile and bringing it to a wider audience. Though it's been called anti-rock for it's use of trip hop, slowcore and post-rock, dream pop bands are minimalist by nature and that helps explain why listeners are often taken into a trance-like state when they listen to the music.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best dream pop groups. If you see a dream pop band that isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best dream pop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest dream pop musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular dream pop bands that you might've heard of. (158 items)
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    The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands

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    Baroque pop/rock

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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    Shoegazing, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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    Indie pop, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Indie rock

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    Indie pop, New Wave, Experimental rock

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    Shoegazing, Electronic music, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Experimental rock

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Folk music, Country rock, Dream pop

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    Synthpop, Trip hop, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, New Prog, Experimental rock

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    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Shoegazing, Pop music, Dream pop

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    Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Emo

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Dream pop

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    Drone music, Dream pop, Ambient music

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Indie, Indietronica, Indietronica

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Industrial music

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    Trip hop, Electronic music, Dream pop

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    Indie pop, Dream pop, Experimental music

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, New Wave

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    Morning Spy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands

    Dream pop

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Colourwaves is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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    Gothic rock, Dream pop, A cappella

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Trip hop

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    Experimental rock, Dream pop, Post-rock

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    Electronic dance music, Dream pop, Electronica

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    Shoegazing, Space Rock, Alternative rock

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Post-rock

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