Bands/Musicians The Best Dream Pop Bands  

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Coined in the 1980s, dream pop rose to prominence in that decade and was generally used to describe shoegaze. However, over the years dream pop has evolved to define dream pop bands as those who use ambient, melodic sounds with breathy vocals to create a wall of noise. Over the years, dream pop bands have grown in popularity and can often times be seen at music festivals. Though a subgenre of alternative music, dream pop music is known for focusing on atmospheric and mood sounds and focuses on imagery.

So, what are the best dream pop bands? Any list of dream pop groups has to include the likes of Beach House, Cocteau Twins, M83, Sigur Ros and Slowdive. These bands are widely considered at enhancing dream pop's profile and bringing it to a wider audience. Though it's been called anti-rock for it's use of trip hop, slowcore and post-rock, dream pop bands are minimalist by nature and that helps explain why listeners are often taken into a trance-like state when they listen to the music.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best dream pop groups. If you see a dream pop band that isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best dream pop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest dream pop 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 dream pop bands that you might've heard of. (160 items)

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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Beach House Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Cocteau Twins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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100 38
Slowdive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Slowdive Shoegazing, Space rock, Experimental rock

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66 37
Sigur Rós is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Sigur Rós Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock

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39 17
The Sundays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The Sundays Indie pop, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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67 42
M83 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
M83 Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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24 7
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Rockstar101ification added Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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Lush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Lush Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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26 9
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
*DSO* added The Arcana Albums: Lemon Freddy Phantom of the Sky (2017) Tomorrow is Yesterday (2016)

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29 15
Galaxie 500 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Galaxie 500 Shoegazing, Dream pop, Indie rock

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20 9
Kitchens of Distinction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Kitchens of Distinction Shoegazing, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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36 24
The xx is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The xx Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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21 11
The Church is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The Church Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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21 11
Yo La Tengo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Yo La Tengo Noise rock, Shoegazing, Experimental rock

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The Boo Radleys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The Boo Radleys Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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18 9
The Chameleons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The Chameleons New Wave, Gothic rock, Dream pop

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20 11
Mojave 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Mojave 3 Folk music, Country rock, Dream pop

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23 14
Blonde Redhead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Blonde Redhead Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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21 13
Pale Saints is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Pale Saints Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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11 4
Air is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Rockstar101ification added Air Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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15 8
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
SteveSmith added Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

The Best Rock Vocalists

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This Mortal Coil is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
This Mortal Coil Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

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Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Spiritualized Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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16 10
Warpaint is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Warpaint Indie pop, New Wave, Experimental rock

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17 11
School of Seven Bells is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
School of Seven Bells Shoegazing, Electronic music, Dream pop

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20 14
Swervedriver is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Swervedriver Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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21 15
Memoryhouse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Memoryhouse Shoegazing, Dream pop

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14 9
Chapterhouse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Chapterhouse Shoegazing, Dream pop

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The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Rockstar101ification added The Jesus and Mary Chain Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

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19 14
Julee Cruise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Julee Cruise Dream pop

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13 8
A Sunny Day in Glasgow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
A Sunny Day in Glasgow Shoegazing, Pop music, Dream pop

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16 11
Bat for Lashes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Bat for Lashes Indie pop, Synthpop, Emo

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16 12
Asobi Seksu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Asobi Seksu Indie pop, Shoegazing, Rock music

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16 12
Ladytron is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Ladytron Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

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12 8
Cranes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Cranes Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Industrial music

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Lykke Li is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Lykke Li Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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Ride is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Rockstar101ification added Ride Shoegazing, Space Rock, Alternative rock

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9 5
Hammock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Hammock Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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23 20
Mew is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Mew Shoegazing, New Prog, Experimental rock

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12 9
The Ocean Blue is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The Ocean Blue Jangle pop, Indie pop, New Wave

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12 9
Elizabeth Fraser is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Elizabeth Fraser Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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10 7
Love Spirals Downwards is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Love Spirals Downwards Shoegazing, Rock music, Ethereal wave

The Best Taylor Swift Songs

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Broadcast is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Broadcast Electronic music, Indietronica, Neo-psychedelia

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Lorde is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Rockstar101ification added Lorde Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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Claire Voyant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Claire Voyant Ethereal wave, Dream pop, Dark wave

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12 10
Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Dead Can Dance Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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10 8
Hope Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Hope Sandoval Shoegazing, Psychedelia, Folk rock

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9 7
Saint Etienne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Saint Etienne Indie pop, Synthpop, Trip hop

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8 6
For Against is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
For Against Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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7 5
The Blue Nile is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
The Blue Nile Adult album alternative, Pop music, Sophisti-pop