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Best Dream Pop Bands

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. (120 items)

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    Teen Dream, Bloom, Devotion

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    23, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons, Misery Is a Butterfly

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    Heaven or Las Vegas, Treasure, Four-Calendar Café

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    Souvlaki, Outside Your Room, Catch the Breeze

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    Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, Saturdays = Youth

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    XX, Coexist, FACT Mix 70: The xx

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    Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, Blind

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    Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Let It Come Down, Songs in ...

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    Here Comes Winter, The Low Lows, Hello Halo

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    Single Girl, Ladykillers, Lovelife

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    On Fire, Galaxie 500, This Is Our Music

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    Frengers, And the Glass Handed Kites, A Triumph for Man

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    Floating Into the Night, The Voice of Love, The Art of Being a Girl

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    In Ribbons, The Comforts of Madness, Slow Buildings

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    The Years, Caregiver, Choir of Empty Rooms

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    Fluorescence, Hush, Asobi Seksu

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    Ghostory, Disconnect from Desire, Alpinisms

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    It'll End in Tears, This Mortal Coil, Filigree & Shadow

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    See the Ocean Blue, Ultramarine, Cerulean

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    Subsequent Light, The Silver Age, Two Horses

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    604, Light & Magic, Witching Hour

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    The Fool, Rough Trade Session E.P., Ashes to Ashes

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    Out of Tune, Puzzles Like You, Ask Me Tomorrow

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    Within and Without, Life of Leisure, Paracosm

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    Two Suns, Fur and Gold, The Haunted Man

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    Of Skins and Heart, The Blurred Crusade, Magician Among the Spirits

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    Script of the Bridge, What Does Anything Mean? Basically, Why Call It ...

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    Tout New Age EP, Scribble Mural Comic Journal, Autumn

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    Low Birth Weight, Popular Mechanics, Disaffected

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    Blood Music, Rownderbowt, Whirlpool: The Original Recordings

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    I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, Strange but True, Little Honda

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    The Death of Cool, Strange Free World, Cowboys and Aliens

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    Madra, Fairytales of Slavery, Carnival of Souls

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    Long Way from Home, Free & Easy, Ecstatic

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    Sirens and Satellites, You Tell Me, Big Fat World

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    Vision, Turn the Sky, Lost Trails

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    Idylls, Ever, Ardor

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    Eccsame the Photon Band, Better Can't Make Your Life Better, Everything ...

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    Giant Steps, C'mon Kids, Learning to Walk

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    Team Sleep

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    The Moving Frontier, Gash, The Museum of Imaginary Animals

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    Geek the Girl, Happiness, Slide

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    Aion, The Serpent's Egg, Spleen and Ideal

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