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

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119 39
Slowdive is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Slowdive Shoegazing, Space rock, Experimental rock

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85 30
Ride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Ride Shoegazing, Space rock, Alternative rock

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78 26
The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
The Jesus and Mary Chain Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

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63 30
Lush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Lush Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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47 25
Mazzy Star is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Mazzy Star Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing

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24 11
Catherine Wheel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Will Gish added Catherine Wheel Shoegazing, Grunge, Alternative rock

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28 14
Pale Saints is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Pale Saints Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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36 24
Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Spiritualized Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock

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38 26
Swervedriver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Swervedriver Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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27 15
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
The Brian Jonestown Massacre Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing, Rock music

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27 18
Chapterhouse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Chapterhouse Shoegazing, Dream pop

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16 8
Curve is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Nick Hunter0 added Curve Dubstep, Shoegazing, Industrial metal

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Blur is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Blur Indie pop, Shoegazing, Pop music

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37 36
The Verve is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
The Verve Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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10 6
Spacemen 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Spacemen 3 Rock music, Space rock, Drone music

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19 15
Hammock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Hammock Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock

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16 12
Adorable is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Adorable Shoegazing, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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12 9
Starflyer 59 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Starflyer 59 Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock

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9 6
Yuck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Yuck Noise rock, Shoegazing, Grunge

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

The Best Shock Absorber Brands

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16 14
Airiel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Airiel Shoegazing, Noise music, Psychedelic rock

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4 1
Diiv is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands

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14 12
Cranes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Cranes Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Industrial music

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9 7
Velocity Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Velocity Girl Indie pop, Shoegazing, Indie rock

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9 7
Lilys is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Lilys Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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Alcest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Alcest Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal

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9 7
Swirlies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Swirlies Chimp rock, Shoegazing, Indie rock

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19 18
The Horrors is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
The Horrors Horror punk, Garage rock, Garage punk

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8 6
Jesu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Jesu Doom metal, Post-metal, Shoegazing

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7 5
Astrobrite is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Astrobrite Shoegazing, Rock music, Noise pop

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17 16
The Radio Dept. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
The Radio Dept. Indie pop, Synthpop, Shoegazing

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16 15
The Boo Radleys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
The Boo Radleys Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop

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14 13
The Telescopes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
The Telescopes Noise rock, Shoegazing, Space rock

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14 13
Wild Nothing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Wild Nothing Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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14 13
Beach Fossils is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Beach Fossils Indie pop, Shoegazing, Garage rock

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11 10
Secret Shine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Secret Shine Shoegazing, Dream pop, Indie rock

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10 9
Autolux is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Autolux Noise rock, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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

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6 5
Blind Mr. Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Blind Mr. Jones Shoegazing

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13 13
Rollerskate Skinny is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Rollerskate Skinny Shoegazing, Dream pop, Noise pop

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10 10
My Vitriol is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
My Vitriol Shoegazing, Nu gaze, Britpop

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10 10
Raised by Swans is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Raised by Swans Shoegazing, Post-rock, Indie rock

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9 9
Saxon Shore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Saxon Shore Shoegazing, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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9 9
Amusement Parks on Fire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Amusement Parks on Fire Shoegazing, Experimental rock, Art rock

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Black Tambourine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Black Tambourine Indie pop, Shoegazing, Twee pop

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15 16
Asobi Seksu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Asobi Seksu Indie pop, Shoegazing, Rock music

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7 7
Air Formation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Air Formation Shoegazing, Space rock, Dream pop

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3 5
Little Bloody Band is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
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