rock 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. (357 items)
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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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+ - 480 152
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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+ - 394 134
Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Bauhaus Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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+ - 237 86
Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Cocteau Twins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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+ - 325 148
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Sisters of Mercy Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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+ - 258 129
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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+ - 145 79
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Cult Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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+ - 80 39
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Damned Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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+ - 154 95
Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Fields of the Nephilim Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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+ - 135 81
Christian Death is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Christian Death Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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+ - 92 49
Siouxsie Sioux is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Siouxsie Sioux New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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+ - 113 65
Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Peter Murphy Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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+ - 114 70
The Mission is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Mission New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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+ - 101 60
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Clan of Xymox Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

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+ - 98 59
Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Robert Smith New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music

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Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Dead Can Dance Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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+ - 104 69
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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+ - 93 60
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Cramps Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

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+ - 76 47
Alien Sex Fiend is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Alien Sex Fiend Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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+ - 47 23
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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+ - 73 46
London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
London After Midnight Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

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+ - 94 65
Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Killing Joke Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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+ - 76 50
The Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Birthday Party Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

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+ - 59 36
Love and Rockets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Love and Rockets Gothic rock, Alternative rock, College rock

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+ - 72 48
Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Nosferatu Gothic rock

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+ - 80 55
Switchblade Symphony is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Switchblade Symphony Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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+ - 83 58
This Mortal Coil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
This Mortal Coil Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

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+ - 125 95
HIM is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
HIM Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

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Xmal Deutschland is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Xmal Deutschland New Wave, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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+ - 92 71
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Lacrimosa Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 82 62
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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+ - 48 33
Virgin Prunes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Virgin Prunes Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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+ - 58 43
Rosetta Stone is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Rosetta Stone Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Red Lorry Yellow Lorry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Gothic rock, Post-punk

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The Creatures is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Creatures Gothic rock, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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+ - 45 32
Inkubus Sukkubus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Inkubus Sukkubus Gothic rock, Pagan rock, Hard rock

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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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+ - 60 47
The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Crüxshadows Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

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+ - 40 28
Skeletal Family is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Skeletal Family Gothic rock, Punk rock

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+ - 46 34
The March Violets is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The March Violets Gothic rock, Pop rock

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+ - 40 29
The Frozen Autumn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Frozen Autumn Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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The Lords of the New Church is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Lords of the New Church New Wave, Gothic rock, Psychobilly

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Sex Gang Children is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Sex Gang Children Gothic rock, Dark cabaret, Alternative rock

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+ - 45 34
Faith and the Muse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Faith and the Muse Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

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Black tape for a blue girl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Black tape for a blue girl Dark ambient, Rock music, Folk music

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+ - 49 39
Rozz Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Rozz Williams Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Spoken word

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+ - 55 46
Tones on Tail is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Tones on Tail Gothic rock, Neo-psychedelia, Psychedelic music

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+ - 57 48
Gene Loves Jezebel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gene Loves Jezebel Glam metal, New Wave, Gothic rock

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45 Grave is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
45 Grave Horror punk, Gothic rock, Deathrock