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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. (366 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
211 40
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
IrisAristi added Gothic Rock

3
578 188
The Sisters of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

4
709 242
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

5
458 151
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
InRustWeTrust added Punk rock, Post-punk

6
158 32
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
IrisAristi added

7
424 158
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

8
300 125
Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

9
200 86
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

10
155 72
London After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Industrial rock

11
179 89
Siouxsie Sioux is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

12
178 90
The Mission is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

13
215 116
Christian Death is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

14
178 96
Peter Murphy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock

15
208 117
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
169 93
Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music

17
128 65
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock

18
164 92
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
301 194
Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

20
110 54
Faith and the Muse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Dark wave

21
138 75
The 69 Eyes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

22
151 87
Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Industrial rock

23
125 69
Alien Sex Fiend is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Synthpunk, Gothic rock, Electronic music

24
98 54
Inkubus Sukkubus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Pagan rock, Hard rock

25
120 74
This Mortal Coil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Pop music, Ethereal wave