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The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists

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Blending elements of post-punk and alternative rock, the best gothic rock bands are some the best known rock bands, albeit some of the darkest. Their lyrics are widely known for being brooding at best, extremely dark and gloomy at the other end. The best goth rock bands have made a huge impact on the bands that followed them, with many of the bands from the first goth rock period - bands from the UK in the late 1970s/early 1980s - remaining popular well after they first started out. 

So, what are the best gothic rock bands? Any list of goth rock bands has to include the likes of The Cure, Bauhaus, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. These bands are closely associated with goth rock and with good reason. Their music has transcended goth rock and has landed them on the top of rock critic's best of lists. These goth band also feature a theatrical element in their live shows, which has made some of these bands as some the best bands to see live.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best goth bands. If you notice that a goth band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best gothic rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest gothic rock 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 rock bands that you might've heard of. (330 items)


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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Punk rock, Post-punk

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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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    Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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  8. 8
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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  9. 9
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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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    Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  12. 12
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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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    Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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    Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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    Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

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    Gothic rock

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

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    Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

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    Gothic rock, Alternative rock, College rock

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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    Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

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    Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

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    Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

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    Gothic rock, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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    Gothic rock, Post-punk

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Psychobilly

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    Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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    Gothic rock, Neo-psychedelia, Psychedelic music

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    Glam metal, New Wave, Gothic rock

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    Gothic rock, Pagan rock, Hard rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Dark cabaret, Alternative rock

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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Post-punk

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    Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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    Gothic rock, Pop rock

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

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  48. 48
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    Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Spoken word

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    Synthpop, Dark cabaret, Electronic music

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    Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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