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Ethereal wave artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good ethereal wave bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top ethereal wave bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Ethereal wave groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all ethereal wave bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest ethereal wave bands of all time, since the most famous ethereal wave artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best ethereal wave music.

You can click on the ethereal wave band names to see more information about that particular notable ethereal wave group. If they're near the top of the best ethereal wave artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top ethereal wave bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the ethereal wave band names themselves.

This list includes Björk, Owl City and more artists. The list order changes if enough people vote for the right artists, so cast your vote now. The fun of voting on multiple artists is that you get to make choices like "do I like Cocteau Twins more than Dead Can Dance?"

All important, significant and iconic names in ethereal wave music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new ethereal wave bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of ethereal wave, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into ethereal wave music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good ethereal wave bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent ethereal wave bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best ethereal wave bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest ethereal wave 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 ethereal wave bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Cocteau Twins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Dead Can Dance Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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This Mortal Coil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
This Mortal Coil Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

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Lisa Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Lisa Gerrard Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age

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Lycia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Lycia Gothic rock, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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Love Spirals Downwards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Love Spirals Downwards Shoegazing, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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Elizabeth Fraser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Elizabeth Fraser Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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Xmal Deutschland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Xmal Deutschland New Wave, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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The Eden House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
The Eden House Gothic rock, Ethereal wave, Psychedelic music

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This Ascension is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
This Ascension Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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Love Is Colder Than Death is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Love Is Colder Than Death Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neofolk, Ethereal wave

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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Claire Voyant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Claire Voyant Ethereal wave, Dream pop, Dark wave

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Deleyaman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Deleyaman Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Gothic rock

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Mira is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Mira Shoegazing, Ethereal wave, Dream pop

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Aenima is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Aenima Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Ethereal wave

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Vas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Vas World music, Ethereal wave

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Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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Julianna Barwick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Julianna Barwick New Age music, Ethereal wave, Experimental music

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Dark Orange is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Dark Orange Ethereal wave, Dream pop

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Ordo Equitum Solis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Ordo Equitum Solis Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Neofolk

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Violet Tears is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Violet Tears Gothic rock, Ethereal wave, Dark wave

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Collection d'Arnell~Andréa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Collection d'Arnell~Andréa Ethereal wave, Dark wave

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KOKIA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
KOKIA Neoclassical Dark Wave, Pop music, Folk music

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The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
The Awakening Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Ethereal wave

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Arcana is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Arcana Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Ethereal wave

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Corde Oblique is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Corde Oblique Neoclassical Dark Wave, Folk music, Ethereal wave

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Dark Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Dark Sanctuary Neoclassical Dark Wave, Ethereal wave

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Falling You is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Falling You Ethereal wave

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Hexperos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Hexperos Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neofolk, Ethereal wave

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Flëur is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Flëur New Age, Folk music, World music

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Irfan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Irfan World music, Ethereal wave, Neoclassicism

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The Dreamside is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
The Dreamside Synthpop, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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Akiko Shikata is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Akiko Shikata Neoclassical Dark Wave, Folk music, J-pop

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Midnight Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Midnight Syndicate Neoclassical Dark Wave, Halloween music, Dark ambient

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Salyu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Salyu Rock music, Folk music, Experimental rock

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The Synthetic Dream Foundation is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
The Synthetic Dream Foundation Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

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Lily Chou-Chou is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Lily Chou-Chou J-pop, Ethereal wave, Progressive rock

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Elizabeth Fawn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists

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Melisande Mourning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists

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SALEM is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
SALEM Hip hop music, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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Natasha Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists

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Sati is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Sati Indie pop, World music, Ethereal wave

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Samantha Bouquin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists

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TwinSisterMoon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists

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Hannah Fury is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Hannah Fury Dark cabaret, Ethereal wave

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Weep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Weep Synthpop, Shoegazing, Gothic rock

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Beautiful Pea Green Boat is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Beautiful Pea Green Boat Shoegazing, Electronic music, Ethereal wave

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Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Hikaru Utada Hip hop music, Synthpop, Rock music