Bands/Musicians The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists  

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Visual kei artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good visual kei bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top visual kei bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Visual kei groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all visual kei bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest visual kei bands of all time, since the most famous visual kei artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best visual kei music.

You can click on the visual kei band names to see more information about that particular notable visual kei group. If they're near the top of the best visual kei artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top visual kei bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the visual kei band names themselves.

List features Malice Mizer, Schwarz Stein and more artists. Vote for the best artists by giving them a thumbs up. When checking out this list and making your votes, think competitively, for example: is Kagrra, better than GACKT?

All important, significant and iconic names in visual kei music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new visual kei bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of visual kei, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into visual kei music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good visual kei bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent visual kei bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best visual kei bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest visual kei 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 visual kei bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

You can change the order of the list by having your Facebook friends vote too. (89 items)
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the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
159 36
Versailles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
ren-suzugamori added Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Power metal

3
107 21
X Japan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
SW33ToXic added Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

4
151 46
Diaura is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
IsabelGarcíaPérez added Metalcore, Alternative metal, Hard rock

5
155 51
MEJIBRAY is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
IsabelGarcíaPérez added

6
155 51
Malice Mizer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock

7
153 52
Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
MichaelMiro added Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

8
202 82
Alice Nine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

9
178 70
Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

10
160 60
girugämesh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Post-metal, Nu metal, Shoegazing

11
144 52
Gackt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Pop punk, Synthpop

12
87 20
DADAROMA is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Rumi Saotome added

13
107 41
D is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

14
97 38
Moi dix Mois is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Industrial metal, Rock music

15
91 40
D'espairsRay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

16
96 47
Screw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
iiiich0123456789 added Rock music, Metalcore, Alternative metal

17
109 61
Antic Cafe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

18
67 31
Mana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock

19
63 33
DELUHI is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

20
65 37
Vistlip is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
EvansOddy added Rock music

21
56 31
LAREINE is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, Pop rock

22
58 34
Phantasmagoria is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

23
59 35
Kagrra, is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Fusion, Rock music, Pop rock

24
59 36
deathgaze is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

25
58 39
Golden Bomber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Pop rock

26
25 10
Buck-Tick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Claudetty Suarez added New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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33 24
Klaha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Ballad, New Wave

28
33 26
Duel Jewel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Metalcore, Visual kei

29
30 23
摩天楼オペラ is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

30
27 23
Yōsei Teikoku is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Electro

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32 29
UnsraW is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Rock music, Metalcore

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16 12
Plastic Tree is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
lilumosa added Japanese rock, Alternative rock

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9 5
R指定 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
ChanAndy added

34
33 33
ON/OFF is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Visual kei

35
22 21
Kami is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Visual kei, Progressive rock

36
22 21
Schwarz Stein is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Electronic body music, Electronic music

37
21 21
Penicillin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Rock music, Visual kei, Alternative rock

38
31 34
12012 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Pop music

39
17 18
cali≠gari is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

40
17 19
Seremedy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
nickUsakowski added Nu metal, Power metal, Experimental metal

41
17 19
Seikima-II is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Black metal, Heavy metal, Visual kei

42
20 23
Megamasso is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Indie, Rock music

43
18 21
Kra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

44
17 20
BAISER is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Visual kei

45
12 14
Uchuu Sentai Noiz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Electronic music

46
14 17
ヴィドール is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Rock music, Visual kei, Alternative rock

47
14 17
Moran is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
AurelioHyerace added

48
14 18
Yu~ki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Visual kei

49
9 12
Velvet Eden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Rock music, Visual kei, Music of Japan

50
17 22
Onmyo-Za is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Visual Kei Bands/Artists
Power metal, Heavy metal, Visual kei