Bands/Musicians The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists  

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Ethereal wave artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good ethereal wave bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top ethereal wave bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Ethereal wave groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all ethereal wave bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest ethereal wave bands of all time, since the most famous ethereal wave artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best ethereal wave music.

You can click on the ethereal wave band names to see more information about that particular notable ethereal wave group. If they're near the top of the best ethereal wave artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top ethereal wave bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the ethereal wave band names themselves.

This list includes Björk, Owl City and more artists. The list order changes if enough people vote for the right artists, so cast your vote now. The fun of voting on multiple artists is that you get to make choices like "do I like Cocteau Twins more than Dead Can Dance?"

All important, significant and iconic names in ethereal wave music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new ethereal wave bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of ethereal wave, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into ethereal wave music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good ethereal wave bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent ethereal wave bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best ethereal wave bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest ethereal wave 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 ethereal wave bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

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This Mortal Coil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

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Lisa Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age

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Elizabeth Fraser is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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Samantha Bouquin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
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Abandoned Toys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
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Lycia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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Elizabeth Fawn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
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Love Spirals Downwards is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Shoegazing, Rock music, Ethereal wave

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Irfan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
World music, Ethereal wave, Neoclassicism

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The Synthetic Dream Foundation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
minamoonstar added Neoclassical Dark Wave, Trip hop, Steampunk

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Melisande Mourning is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
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Natasha Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
minamoonstar added

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This Ascension is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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Akiko Shikata is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Folk music, J-pop

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Vas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
World music, Ethereal wave

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Xmal Deutschland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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KOKIA is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Pop music, Folk music

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Claire Voyant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Ethereal wave, Dream pop, Dark wave

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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Hexperos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neofolk, Ethereal wave

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The Eden House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Gothic rock, Ethereal wave, Psychedelic music

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Love Is Colder Than Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neofolk, Ethereal wave

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Mira is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Shoegazing, Ethereal wave, Dream pop

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Dark Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Ethereal wave

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Flëur is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
New Age, Folk music, World music

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Lily Chou-Chou is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
J-pop, Ethereal wave, Progressive rock

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The Dreamside is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Synthpop, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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Julianna Barwick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
New Age music, Ethereal wave, Experimental music

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Deleyaman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Gothic rock

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Aenima is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Ethereal wave

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The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Gothic rock, Industrial rock, Ethereal wave

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Falling You is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Ethereal wave

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Arcana is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Ethereal wave

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ACCOLADE is Seattle-based ethereal tribal industrial band fronted by classic singer Stefanie Reneé.

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SALEM is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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Dark Orange is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Ethereal wave, Dream pop

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Ordo Equitum Solis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Neofolk

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Hannah Fury is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Dark cabaret, Ethereal wave

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Violet Tears is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Gothic rock, Ethereal wave, Dark wave

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Corde Oblique is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Folk music, Ethereal wave

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Collection d'Arnell~Andréa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Ethereal wave, Dark wave

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Salyu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Rock music, Folk music, Experimental rock

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Sati is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Indie pop, World music, Ethereal wave

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TwinSisterMoon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
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Midnight Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Halloween music, Dark ambient

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Weep is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Synthpop, Shoegazing, Gothic rock

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Adam Young is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ethereal Wave Groups/Artists
Synthpop, Indietronica, Ethereal wave