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Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists

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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    Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Substance

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    Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry

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    Bela Lugosi's Dead, In the Flat Field, Lagartija Nick

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    Floodland, First and Last and Always, Body and Soul

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    20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Siouxsie and ...

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    Mourning Sun, Dawnrazor, Fallen

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    Only Theatre of Pain, Sex and Drugs and Jesus Christ, A Catastrophe Ballet ...

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    Heaven or Las Vegas, Treasure, Four-Calendar Café

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    Aion, The Serpent's Egg, Spleen and Ideal

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    Medusa, Clan of Xymox, Hidden Faces

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    Carved in Sand, Godʼs Own Medicine, Masque

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

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    Dreamshow, MantaRay, Into a Swan

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    Recall, Cascade, Dust

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    Violet, Nothing & Nowhere, Walking With Strangers

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    Sonic Temple, Electric, The Cult

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    No More Shall We Part, Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, Nocturama

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    Curse, Maximum Security, Information Overload

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    Killing Joke, Ha!, Birds of a Feather

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    Bread and Jam for Frances, The Three Calamities, Scrapbook

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    Hee Haw, The Birthday Party, Door

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    Phantasmagoria, The Black Album, Not of This Earth

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    The Tyranny of Inaction, An Eye for the Main Chance, On the Side of Angels ...

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    Echos, Elodia, Revolution

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    Razorblade Romance, Greatest Love Songs, Vol. 666

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    Paint Your Wagon, Nothing Wrong, Blow

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    Promise, Accept No Substitute: Greatest Hits Live, Voodoo Dollies: The ...

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    Wishfire, Telemetry of a Fallen Angel, The Mystery of the Whisper

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    Fragments of Memories, Pale Awakening, Is Anybody There?

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    Blind!, Song and Legend, Medea

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    Witch Queen, Science & Nature, The Beast With Two Backs

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    Da Hype, Not in Love

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    Boomerang, Anima Animus, Feast

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    Night Music, Tones On Tail, Weird Pop

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    The Botanic Verses, Love Will Kill You, Electric Shades

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    Death Cult, The Southern Death Cult

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    Lords Of The New Church, Is Nothing Sacred?, The Method to Our Madness

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    Stay Sick!, Smell of Female, Flamejob

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    Seduction, Looking Through, Heaven Is Waiting

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    The Silent Force, Enter, The Heart of Everything

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    A New Form of Beauty, ...If I Die, I Die

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    Metal Rhythm, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon

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    Dream Home Heartache, The Whorse's Mouth, Neue Sachlichkeit

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    April Skies, Kasmodiah, White Lies

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    Opheliac: The Deluxe Edition, Enchant, A Bit o' This & That

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