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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. (340 items)
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    Punk rock, Post-punk

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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    Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

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    Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music

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    Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

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    Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

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    Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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    Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

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    Gothic 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, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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    Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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    Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

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    Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Psychobilly

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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    Gothic rock, Post-punk

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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, Rock music, Dark wave

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    Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

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    Inkubus Sukkubus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists

    Gothic rock, Pagan rock, Hard rock

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    Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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    Gothic rock, Dark cabaret, Alternative rock

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    Gothic rock, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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    The Wake is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists

    Gothic rock

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    Gothic rock, Post-punk

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    Synthpop, Electro-industrial, Gothic rock

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    Gothic rock, Pop rock

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    Dark ambient, Rock music, Folk music

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Deathrock

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