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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162 57
Beach House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

2
118 43
Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

3
104 38
Slowdive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
66 38
Sigur Rós is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Minimalist Post Rock

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

6
26 7
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Rockstar101ification added Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

7
68 42
M83 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

8
42 22
Lush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

9
26 9
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
*DSO* added

Albums: Lemon Freddy Phantom of the Sky (2017)

Tomorrow is Yesterday (2016)

10
31 15
Galaxie 500 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Indie rock

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

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

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

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

15
15 6
The Boo Radleys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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

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

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

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

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

21
23 16
This Mortal Coil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

22
26 19
Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

23
12 6
Ride is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Rockstar101ification added Shoegazing, Space Rock, Alternative rock

24
15 9
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
SteveSmith added New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

25
17 11
Warpaint is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Indie pop, New Wave, Experimental rock

26
17 11
School of Seven Bells is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Electronic music, Dream pop

27
20 14
Swervedriver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

28
21 15
Memoryhouse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop

29
17 12
Asobi Seksu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Rock music

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

31
13 8
Hope Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Psychedelia, Folk rock

32
9 4
The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Rockstar101ification added Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

33
14 9
Chapterhouse is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop

34
16 11
Bat for Lashes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Emo

35
13 8
A Sunny Day in Glasgow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Pop music, Dream pop

36
24 20
Mew is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, New Prog, Experimental rock

37
16 12
Ladytron is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Shoegazing

38
12 8
Cranes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Industrial music

39
11 7
Lykke Li is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

40
9 5
Hammock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

41
12 9
The Ocean Blue is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Jangle pop, Indie pop, New Wave

42
12 9
Elizabeth Fraser is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

43
10 7
Love Spirals Downwards is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Ethereal wave

44
8 5
Broadcast is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Electronic music, Indietronica, Neo-psychedelia

45
6 3
Claire Voyant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Ethereal wave, Dream pop, Dark wave

46
17 15
Washed Out is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Synthpop, Trip hop, Dream pop

47
12 10
Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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

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

50
7 5
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dream Pop Bands
Rockstar101ification added Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music