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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. (93 items)
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Slowdive is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Space rock, Experimental rock
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My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Noise rock, Shoegazing
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Ride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Space rock, Alternative rock
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The Jesus and Mary Chain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Alternative rock
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Lush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Britpop
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Mazzy Star is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing
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Catherine Wheel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Will Gish added Shoegazing, Grunge, Alternative rock
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Swervedriver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock
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The Brian Jonestown Massacre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing, Rock music
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Pale Saints is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop
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Chapterhouse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop
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Spiritualized is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Garage rock
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Curve is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Nick Hunter0 added Dubstep, Shoegazing, Industrial metal
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The Verve is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music
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Diiv is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
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Spacemen 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Drone music
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Airiel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Noise music, Psychedelic rock
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Wild Nothing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop
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Cranes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Industrial music
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Alcest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Post-metal, Shoegazing, Black metal
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Hammock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Rock music, Space rock
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Adorable is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Alternative rock, Indie rock
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Beach Fossils is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Garage rock
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Hope Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Psychedelia, Folk rock
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Starflyer 59 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shoegaze Bands
Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock