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The Best Shoegaze Bands

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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. (85 items)
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    Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

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    Shoegazing, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Shoegazing, Space rock, Alternative rock

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Noise pop

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    Horror punk, Garage rock, Garage punk

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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    Rock music, Space rock, Drone music

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Shoegazing, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Space rock

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    Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal

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    Shoegazing, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Noise music, Psychedelic rock

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Indie rock

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Industrial music

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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    Shoegazing, Space rock, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Noise pop

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    Shoegazing, New Prog, Experimental rock

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Garage rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Sadcore

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Post-rock

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    Raised by Swans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands


    Shoegazing, Post-rock, Indie rock

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    Shoegazing, Nu gaze, Britpop

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    Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Art rock

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    Shoegazing, Psychedelia, Folk rock

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Gothic rock

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    This Social Coil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands

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    Shoegaze, Post-Rock, Post-Punk

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    Dubstep, Shoegazing, Industrial metal

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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    Shoegazing, New Prog, Progressive rock

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    Indie, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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