The Best Shoegaze Bands Bands/Musicians

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. (81 items)


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    Shoegazing, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

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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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    Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Horror punk, Garage rock, Garage punk

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    Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Garage rock

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Noise pop

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Space rock

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Industrial music

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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    Shoegazing, New Prog, Experimental rock

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    Shoegazing, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Shoegazing, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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    Shoegazing, Noise music, Psychedelic rock

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Post-rock

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Indie rock

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    Shoegazing, Psychedelia, Folk rock

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Shoegazing, Space rock, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, Post-rock, Indie rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Sadcore

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    Shoegazing, Nu gaze, Britpop

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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    Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Art rock

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Shoegazing, Twee pop

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    Doom metal, Post-metal, Shoegazing

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    Noise rock, Shoegazing, Gothic rock

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    Shoegaze, Post-Rock, Post-Punk

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    Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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    Indie, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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    Shoegazing, Chiptune, Dream pop

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    Shoegazing, New Prog, Progressive rock

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    Shoegazing, Post-rock

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    Shoegazing, Alternative rock, Psychedelic rock

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