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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. (157 items)
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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    Shoegazing, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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    Indie pop, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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    Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock

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    Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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    Folk music, Country rock, Dream pop

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    Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Asobi Seksu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Washed Out is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands

    Synthpop, Trip hop, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Indie rock

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    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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    School of Seven Bells is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands

    Shoegazing, Electronic music, Dream pop

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Experimental 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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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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    Blonde Redhead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands

    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Indie pop, New Wave, Experimental rock

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Morning Spy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands

    Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Dream pop

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Emo

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    No image

    Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Drone music, Dream pop, Ambient music

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    Indie, Indietronica, Indietronica

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    Shoegazing, Pop music, Dream pop

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    Indie pop, Dream pop, Experimental music

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, New Wave

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    Trip hop, Electronic music, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Industrial music

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    Shoegazing, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Marissa Nadler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands

    Dark ambient, Folk music, Dream pop

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Trip hop

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    Gothic rock, Dream pop, A cappella

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    Experimental rock, Dream pop, Post-rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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    Electronic dance music, Dream pop, Electronica

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    Colourwaves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands

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    Lilys is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands

    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Post-rock

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    Indie, Shoegazing, Rock music

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