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

2
54 3
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
IrisAristi added Gothic Rock

3
666 238
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

4
533 187
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

5
426 147
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
InRustWeTrust added Punk rock, Post-punk

6
398 155
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

7
277 119
Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

8
180 82
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

9
166 86
Siouxsie Sioux is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

10
204 112
Christian Death is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

11
164 86
The Mission is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

12
135 68
London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

13
170 94
Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

14
292 180
Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

15
195 112
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
24 2
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
IrisAristi added

17
120 62
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

18
157 91
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

19
142 81
Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

20
120 66
Alien Sex Fiend is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic music

21
153 91
Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music

22
94 49
Faith and the Muse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

23
119 71
The 69 Eyes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

24
91 51
Inkubus Sukkubus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Pagan rock, Hard rock

25
91 53
Love and Rockets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Alternative rock, College rock

26
111 70
The Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Deathrock, Punk rock

27
113 72
This Mortal Coil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave

28
68 37
Xmal Deutschland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

29
76 47
Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

30
117 84
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

31
96 66
Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock

32
169 132
Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music

33
111 82
The Birthday Massacre is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

34
72 48
Virgin Prunes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

35
82 57
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

36
77 54
Rosetta Stone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Dark wave

37
116 90
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

38
99 75
Switchblade Symphony is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music

39
77 56
Tones on Tail is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Neo-psychedelia, Psychedelic music

40
67 47
The Creatures is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Electronic music, Experimental rock

41
61 42
The Lords of the New Church is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Psychobilly

42
66 47
Sex Gang Children is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Dark cabaret, Alternative rock

43
57 39
Skeletal Family is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Punk rock

44
21 6
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Rosalie Tran added Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

45
157 134
HIM is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

46
44 28
The Sisterhood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Dark wave, Post-punk

47
84 66
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Post-punk

48
68 52
Southern Death Cult is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Post-punk

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62 47
The March Violets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Pop rock

50
72 57
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Rosalie Tran added Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music