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The Best Gothic Metal Bands

List Criteria: Only bands that could be considered gothic metal bands, which includes groups like Type O Negative, Nightwish etc

Gothic metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good gothic metal 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 gothic metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Gothic metal 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 gothic metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest gothic metal bands of all time, since the most famous gothic metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best gothic metal music.

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

List items include Evanescence, Cradle of Filth and more. Dowvote the items you don't like and upvote the ones you do. The order changes depending on votes. The best items should have the most votes, so vote on things like Rammstein and Danzig.

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

The list includes all new gothic metal 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 gothic metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into gothic metal 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 gothic metal bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent gothic metal bands.

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

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    Death-doom, Gothic metal, Heavy metal More
    80
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    Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal More
    75
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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal More
    73
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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop More
    73
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    Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal More
    73
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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music More
    70
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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Melodic death metal More
    69
  8. 8
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal More
    68
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    Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal More
    68
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal More
    68
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    Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal More
    65
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    most listed
    After Forever

    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal More
    65
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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal More
    65
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    Doom metal, Death-doom, New Prog More
    65
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    Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal More
    64
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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock More
    64
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    Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    64
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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal More
    63
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    Death-doom, Synthpop, Gothic rock More
    61
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    Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock More
    60
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    Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal More
    60
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    Floor Jansen

    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal More
    57
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    Anita Auglend

    Gothic metal More
    56
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    My Silent Wake

    Doom metal, Death-doom, Folk music More
    52
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    Apocalyptica

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock More
    49
  26. 26
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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock More
    48
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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal More
    45
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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal More
    44
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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock More
    43
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    Frostburn

    Gothic metal, Heavy metal More
    42
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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Melodic death metal More
    42
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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative metal More
    42
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    Post-metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal More
    41
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    Death-doom, Gothic metal, Heavy metal More
    41
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    Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
    40
  36. 36
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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic metal More
    40
  37. 37
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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic metal More
    38
  38. 38
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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal More
    38
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    October Tide

    Death-doom, Gothic metal More
    38
  40. 40
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal More
    37
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    Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock More
    36
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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal More
    36
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    Horror punk, Gothic rock, Rock music More
    35
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    Gothic rock, Gothic metal More
    34
  45. 45
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    Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal More
    34
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    Gothic rock, Electronic body music, Industrial metal More
    33
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    Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music More
    33
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    Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Gothic metal More
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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal More
    32
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    Doom metal, Gothic metal, Classical music More
    31
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