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Best Shoegaze Bands

Moody, brooding, disengaged and dark are just a few adjectives that can used to describe shoegaze bands. Emerging from the UK in the late 1980s/early 1990s, shoegaze bands were given that moniker because of their live shows. These shows included musicians standing still on-stage during live performances in a detached manner where they would literally stare at the ground, literally shoe gazing hence the name. The best shoegaze bands played a droning blend of alternative rock that focused on heavy drone guitars. Some could say that shoegaze bands played a brand of noise rock, but to many who are fans of shoegaze, respect the minimalist nature of what these bands did in a live setting.

So, that said, what are the best shoegaze bands? My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Showdive and Ride are widely considered among the best shoegazers. Their sound helped pave the way for other bands in the genre, and other areas of alternative music. If you like shoegaze bands, you should weigh in on this list and feel free to add any shoegaze band that may be missing and deserves to be on this list.

That said, it's up to you fan of shoegaze bands to vote on this list and determine what group can truly be called the best shoegaze band. It's not an easy choice but if you vote wisely, the result will accurately reflect the best shoegaze artists.
This list answers the questions "who are the best shoegazing bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest shoegazing 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 shoegazing bands that you might've heard of. (80 items)

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    Loveless, MBV, Ecstasy and Wine

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    Souvlaki, Outside Your Room, Catch the Breeze

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    Nowhere, Brixton Academy (27/03/92), Carnival of Light

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    Single Girl, Ladykillers, Lovelife

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    Psychocandy, Stoned & Dethroned, Hate Rock 'n' Roll

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    So Tonight That I Might See, Among My Swan, She Hangs Brightly

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    Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Let It Come Down, Songs in ...

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    Primary Colours, Skying, Strange House

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    Urban Hymns, A Northern Soul, Bitter Sweet Symphony

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    Blood Music, Rownderbowt, Whirlpool: The Original Recordings

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    In Ribbons, The Comforts of Madness, Slow Buildings

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    Écailles de Lune, Les Voyages de l'Âme, Souvenirs d'un autre ...

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    Ejector Seat Reservation, Raise, 99th Dream

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    Horsedrawn Wishes, Shoulder Voices, Speed To My Side

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    Kenotic, EP's, Singles and Remixes

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    The Telescopes, Taste, Altered Perception

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    Nocturne, Empty Estate, Gemini

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    23, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons, Misery Is a Butterfly

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    It Doesn’t Matter, The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore, Be a Bright Blue ...

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    Fluorescence, Hush, Asobi Seksu

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    Against Perfection, Fake, Kangaroo Court

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    This Past Week, Lesser Matters, Pet Grief

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    The Battle of Sealand, Winks & Kisses, Winks & Kisses: Frosted

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    Clash the Truth, What a Pleasure, 2010-08-11: Daytrotter Session

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    Giant Steps, C'mon Kids, Learning to Walk

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    All of the Stars, After Years, The Beginning and the End

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    Vision, Turn the Sky, Lost Trails

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    Frengers, And the Glass Handed Kites, A Triumph for Man

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    Codes and Secret Longing, No Ghostless Place

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    Wings of Joy, Loved, Particles & Waves

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    Nothing to Wish For (Nothing to Lose), Daylight Storms, Stay Inside/Feel ...

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    Diminuendo, Godhead, Gush

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    Idylls, Ever, Ardor

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    Out of the Angeles, Amusement Parks on Fire, Road Eyes

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    Complete Recordings, OneTwoThreeFour, Black Tambourine

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    Future Perfect, Transit Transit, Here Comes Everybody

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    She's the Queen, Leave Here a Stranger, My Island

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    Crispin Glover, Sweet Heart Dealer, So Long

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    After The Day Before

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    Conqueror, Silver, Jesu

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    Volume I, Dark Horse Transmissions, Would Anybody Come to Visit Me

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    Spirit Youth, Nautilus, Dream About Me

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    Opal Live in Berlin 1988

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