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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147 53
My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing

2
152 47
Slowdive is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Space rock, Experimental rock

3
104 31
The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

4
107 38
Ride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Space rock, Alternative rock

5
77 38
Lush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

6
60 34
Mazzy Star is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing

7
34 17
Catherine Wheel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Will Gish added Shoegazing, Grunge, Alternative rock

8
37 20
Pale Saints is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

9
45 31
Swervedriver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

10
37 21
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing, Rock music

11
37 22
Chapterhouse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop

12
43 32
Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

13
24 11
Curve is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Nick Hunter0 added Dubstep, Shoegazing, Industrial metal

14
44 41
The Verve is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

15
15 9
Spacemen 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Drone music

16
24 17
Airiel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Noise music, Psychedelic rock

17
23 19
Hammock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

18
19 15
Adorable is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Alternative rock, Indie rock

19
18 14
Cranes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Industrial music

20
8 4
Diiv is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands

21
25 27
Blur is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

22
15 13
Starflyer 59 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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

24
16 15
Wild Nothing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

25
19 19
Asobi Seksu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Rock music