Rock The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists  

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Blending elements of post-punk and alternative rock, the best gothic rock bands are some the best known rock bands, albeit some of the darkest. Their lyrics are widely known for being brooding at best, extremely dark and gloomy at the other end. The best goth rock bands have made a huge impact on the bands that followed them, with many of the bands from the first goth rock period - bands from the UK in the late 1970s/early 1980s - remaining popular well after they first started out. 

So, what are the best gothic rock bands? Any list of goth rock bands has to include the likes of The Cure, Bauhaus, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. These bands are closely associated with goth rock and with good reason. Their music has transcended goth rock and has landed them on the top of rock critic's best of lists. These goth band also feature a theatrical element in their live shows, which has made some of these bands as some the best bands to see live.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best goth bands. If you notice that a goth band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best gothic rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest gothic rock 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 gothic rock bands that you might've heard of. (377 items)

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Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Bauhaus Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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499 178
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Sisters of Mercy Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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401 137
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
InRustWeTrust added Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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263 115
Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Fields of the Nephilim Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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170 77
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Clan of Xymox Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

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193 105
Christian Death is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Christian Death Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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114 54
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Damned Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

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151 80
Siouxsie Sioux is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Siouxsie Sioux New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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125 62
London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
London After Midnight Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

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283 172
Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Cocteau Twins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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150 82
The Mission is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Mission New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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The Cult is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Cult Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

14 Famous People Who Have PhDs

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Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Peter Murphy Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Killing Joke Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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144 84
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Faith and the Muse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Faith and the Muse Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

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110 61
Alien Sex Fiend is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Alien Sex Fiend Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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112 64
The 69 Eyes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The 69 Eyes Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

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86 45
Inkubus Sukkubus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Inkubus Sukkubus Gothic rock, Pagan rock, Hard rock

The Best Rock Vocalists

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Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Robert Smith New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music

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Love and Rockets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Love and Rockets Gothic rock, Alternative rock, College rock

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Xmal Deutschland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Xmal Deutschland New Wave, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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106 68
This Mortal Coil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
This Mortal Coil Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

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102 65
The Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Birthday Party Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

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69 42
Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Tiamat Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

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The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Cramps Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

21 Musicians Who Are (Supposedly) in the Illuminati

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Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Nosferatu Gothic rock

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107 78
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Birthday Massacre Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

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68 44
Virgin Prunes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Virgin Prunes Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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78 54
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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58 37
The Lords of the New Church is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Lords of the New Church New Wave, Gothic rock, Psychobilly

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Switchblade Symphony is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Switchblade Symphony Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

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Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Dead Can Dance Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

The Sexiest Women in Rock History, Ranked

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Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Lacrimosa Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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New Order is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Rosalie Tran added New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Rosetta Stone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Rosetta Stone Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

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Skeletal Family is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Skeletal Family Gothic rock, Punk rock

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83 62
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Gothic rock, Post-punk

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The Creatures is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Creatures Gothic rock, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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62 43
Sex Gang Children is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Sex Gang Children Gothic rock, Dark cabaret, Alternative rock

The Weirdest Musical Feuds Ever

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Tones on Tail is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Tones on Tail Gothic rock, Neo-psychedelia, Psychedelic music

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The March Violets is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The March Violets Gothic rock, Pop rock

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45 Grave is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
45 Grave Horror punk, Gothic rock, Deathrock

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HIM is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
HIM Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

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Rozz Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Rozz Williams Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Spoken word

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64 49
Southern Death Cult is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Southern Death Cult Gothic rock, Post-punk

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73 58
The Crüxshadows is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
The Crüxshadows Synthpop, Indie, Electro-industrial

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100 84
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Rosalie Tran added Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music