Bands/Musicians The Best Shoegaze Bands  

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Moody, brooding, disengaged and dark are just a few adjectives that can used to describe shoegaze bands. Emerging from the UK in the late 1980s/early 1990s, shoegaze bands were given that moniker because of their live shows. These shows included musicians standing still on-stage during live performances in a detached manner where they would literally stare at the ground, literally shoe gazing hence the name. The best shoegaze bands played a droning blend of alternative rock that focused on heavy drone guitars. Some could say that shoegaze bands played a brand of noise rock, but to many who are fans of shoegaze, respect the minimalist nature of what these bands did in a live setting.

So, that said, what are the best shoegaze bands? My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Showdive and Ride are widely considered among the best shoegazers. Their sound helped pave the way for other bands in the genre, and other areas of alternative music. If you like shoegaze bands, you should weigh in on this list and feel free to add any shoegaze band that may be missing and deserves to be on this list.

That said, it's up to you fan of shoegaze bands to vote on this list and determine what group can truly be called the best shoegaze band. It's not an easy choice but if you vote wisely, the result will accurately reflect the best shoegaze artists.This list answers the questions "who are the best shoegazing bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest shoegazing 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 shoegazing bands that you might've heard of. (91 items)
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My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

2
142 44
Slowdive is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Space rock, Experimental rock

3
98 29
The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

4
98 36
Ride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Space rock, Alternative rock

5
73 36
Lush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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31 14
Catherine Wheel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Will Gish added Shoegazing, Grunge, Alternative rock

7
36 18
Pale Saints is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

8
53 33
Mazzy Star is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing

9
43 29
Swervedriver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

10
36 19
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing, Rock music

11
40 29
Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

12
34 20
Chapterhouse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop

13
23 10
Curve is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Nick Hunter0 added Dubstep, Shoegazing, Industrial metal

14
43 40
The Verve is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

15
14 8
Spacemen 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Drone music

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22 15
Airiel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Noise music, Psychedelic rock

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18 12
Cranes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Industrial music

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24 23
Blur is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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18 14
Adorable is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Alternative rock, Indie rock

20
7 3
Diiv is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands

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20 18
Hammock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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19 17
Asobi Seksu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Rock music

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16 14
The Telescopes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Space rock

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23 22
Blonde Redhead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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11 9
Velocity Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Indie rock

26
11 9
Swirlies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Chimp rock, Shoegazing, Indie rock

27
8 6
Astrobrite is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Noise pop

28
18 17
The Boo Radleys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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13 12
Secret Shine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Indie rock

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13 12
Starflyer 59 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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20 20
The Horrors is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Horror punk, Garage rock, Garage punk

32
20 20
Alcest is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal

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11 10
My Vitriol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Nu gaze, Britpop

34
10 9
Jesu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Shoegazing

35
18 18
The Radio Dept. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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9 8
Air Formation is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Space rock, Dream pop

37
9 8
Lilys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

38
9 8
Yuck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Grunge

39
9 8
The Besnard Lakes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, New Prog, Progressive rock

40
9 8
Black Tambourine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Twee pop

41
7 6
Blind Mr. Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing

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15 15
Red House Painters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Sadcore

43
14 14
Wild Nothing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

44
14 14
Beach Fossils is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Garage rock

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13 13
Rollerskate Skinny is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Noise pop

46
11 11
The Butterfly Explosion is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Post-rock

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10 10
Autolux is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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SubduedBlonde added

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8 8
Hope Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Psychedelia, Folk rock

50
5 5
Times New Viking is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Noise pop