bands/musicians 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. (157 items)

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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Beach House Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Cocteau Twins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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Slowdive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Slowdive Shoegazing, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Sigur Rós is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Sigur Rós Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock

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M83 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
M83 Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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Lush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Lush Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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The Sundays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The Sundays Indie pop, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Spiritualized Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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Galaxie 500 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Galaxie 500 Shoegazing, Dream pop, Indie rock

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Memoryhouse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Memoryhouse Shoegazing, Dream pop

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Kitchens of Distinction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Kitchens of Distinction Shoegazing, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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Yo La Tengo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Yo La Tengo Noise rock, Shoegazing, Experimental rock

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This Mortal Coil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
This Mortal Coil Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

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Warpaint is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Warpaint Indie pop, New Wave, Experimental rock

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School of Seven Bells is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
School of Seven Bells Shoegazing, Electronic music, Dream pop

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Ladytron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Ladytron Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

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Asobi Seksu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Asobi Seksu Indie pop, Shoegazing, Rock music

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The Church is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The Church Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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Blonde Redhead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Blonde Redhead Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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Swervedriver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Swervedriver Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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Pale Saints is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Pale Saints Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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Julee Cruise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Julee Cruise Dream pop

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Mew is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Mew Shoegazing, New Prog, Experimental rock

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The Chameleons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The Chameleons New Wave, Gothic rock, Dream pop

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Mojave 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Mojave 3 Folk music, Country rock, Dream pop

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Washed Out is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Washed Out Synthpop, Trip hop, Dream pop

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The Ocean Blue is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The Ocean Blue Jangle pop, Indie pop, New Wave

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Elizabeth Fraser is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Elizabeth Fraser Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
A Sunny Day in Glasgow Shoegazing, Pop music, Dream pop

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Bat for Lashes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Bat for Lashes Indie pop, Synthpop, Emo

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The xx is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The xx Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Robin Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Robin Guthrie Drone music, Dream pop, Ambient music

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Chapterhouse is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Chapterhouse Shoegazing, Dream pop

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No-Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
No-Man Trip hop, Electronic music, Dream pop

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Cranes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Cranes Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Industrial music

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Piano Magic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Piano Magic Indie, Indietronica, Indietronica

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Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Dead Can Dance Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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Parker and Lily is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Parker and Lily Indie pop, Dream pop, Experimental music

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The Boo Radleys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The Boo Radleys Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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

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Hammock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Hammock Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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

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Love Spirals Downwards is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Love Spirals Downwards Shoegazing, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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Lilys is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Lilys Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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Miranda Sex Garden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Miranda Sex Garden Gothic rock, Dream pop, A cappella

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Saint Etienne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Saint Etienne Indie pop, Synthpop, Trip hop

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Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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Broken Social Scene is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Broken Social Scene Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Dream pop

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Pram is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Pram Experimental rock, Dream pop, Post-rock

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Lovespirals is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Lovespirals Electronic dance music, Dream pop, Electronica