Top Ten Best Goth Rock Bands

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1EvanescenceEvanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

The best thing I ever heard about... When I listen to them it seems like I am in some other world, the world made by ev's. They are awesome that's why they have such die-hard fans. No matter we have to wait for 4 long years but now when they have just returned, I feels like we are still alive. And Amy... What can I say about her *my fallen angle*. Her voice is divine, flawless. She's the best. Hope all music lovers like their new Magic- self titled album as I like it very much.

All her songs have great messages and haunting lyrics
They have to be number 1 - sweet sacrafice, haunted, going under, bring me to life, lacrimosa, weight
Of the world,... The list goes on

I totally love Evanescence their songs are deep and meaningful. They certainly have to be the best goth rock band! And off course Amy Lee compliments the band further with her amazing vocals that is just out of this world and kinda gives you the goosebumps.. And not to mention her adeptness in playing the piano, gosh she sings and plays the piano at the same time effortlessly! I respect her because she ain't like some other female artists who rely more on their sex appeal rather than talent to sell their songs. Not saying that all artists are like that but sadly nowadays many lack real talent like Amy Lee and their songs are just meaningless. So, now I listen more to Evanescence amd truly enjoy their songs as I love rock and they sure know how to rock it with those great guitar riffs, impressive drums and chillingly good vocals! Someday hope to attend their concert.

This is a real stretch to include this band on a Goth rock list. Don't get me wrong. I love Amy Lee and her singing. The songwriting is marvelous and the band is a fantastic listen. I just don't think they really qualify as Goth.

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2The CureThe Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

I can't believe the cure isn't number one! Not only because they were pioneers but because of their DIFFERENT music! Sorry but I sometimes can't tell or simply hear the difference between the the other bands while the cure has and always had their sound! + each album is so different of the others, some of their songs aren't Gothic at all (lovecats, how beautiful you are), their lyrics are so good, no, the cure has definitively something the others haven't... It's one of the greatest pop/gothic*rock bands of the late '70s, the '80s, the 90's... And they still are!

Even Robert Smith said in numerous interviews that THE CURE IS NOT A GOTHIC band. So I don't even understand why they are here. The cure is cure.

The Cure are true pioneers of the gothic genre. Plus, Robert Smith's haircut will always be superior. ;)

Single handily evolved the goth punk genre into goth rock with the 1982 album Pornography. Still head and shoulders above most of their counter parts even today.

The cure are the best goth band

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3Bauhaus

Unfortunatley most young people today don't really undersatand what Goth-Rock is. A shame really because every Goth-Rock list is plagued with Evanescence and Nightwish. Bauhaus pioneered and created Goth Rock, in my opinion.

I heard of Bauhaus before, and I'm only 14. I am sick of these kids claiming Evanescence is the GOAT of goth rock bands. In fact, Evanescence are actually overrated. Even The Cure were more goth, and they only had a few goth albums. But you are correct, Bauhaus did form Goth Rock. - MusicalPony

What the hell, man? Evanescence are not Goth-Rock--Bauhaus and The Cure are classic Goth bands. HIM are practically metal.

One of the most influential and underrated bands ever. That shows true passion and talent, not caring bout being super famous and getting tons of media hype, but still making fantastic music. I think it's great how they even influenced non-gothic bands (e.G. my Chemical romance, listen to the intro of Bela Lugosi's dead and Vampires will never hurt you, it's very simaler) Being born in 2001, I didn't really get into 80s stuff, but this band sort of kick started my interest.

Bauhaus is true Goth, Evanescence is NOT! Evanescence is dark alternative metal

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4The Sisters of Mercy

A little lesson for you voters who don't have this goth thing quite down yet... Bauhaus was an earthquake in the music industry and inspired the likes of Joy Division and The Sisters of Mercy (often jokingly referred to as the "Sisters of Murphy" gave birth to the pathetic populist Evanescence, and their ilk. Goth was deep, dark and intelligent, and the genre was most likely manic just like Andrew Eldritch. Witness all the copycat bands like The Cure isn't even a real goth band, the disintegration album only had the same producer/ same sound. The Cult/Southern Death Cult are mostly the same guys, only nobody really liked the southern part. The Mission uk were made up of guys who wanted to be called The Sisterhood, formerly of the Sisters of Mercy, but couldn't be, and eventually spun us right round as Dead or Alive, after trying to sell the Sisters track Black Planet as Dance on Glass. My bootleg of Dance on Glass is terrible... Anyway, the point of all this is that the ...more

Copying some aspects of an earlier post. Goth is deep, dark, and intelligent with rich textures that evoke a mood in the listener. Bauhaus was an earthquake in the music industry and inspired the likes of Joy Division, and The Sisters of Mercy. The Cure was Goth back when they did 17 Seconds, Faith, and, Pornography. There was the Southern Death Cult who became The Cult. The Cult were friends with The Mission UK. The Mission UK was made up of ex-members of Sisters of Mercy. Early on when they broke from Sisters they tried to hold onto name recognition with Sisterhood. The demo version of Dance on Glass is horrible, but the revised version on the Mission UK album is a pretty good song, and no longer sounded like Black Planet. Let's not forget Christian Death as a great and influential Goth group. I personally have difficulty seeing what similarity Evanescence, HIM and Nightwish have to any Gothic Rock groups except for image. Image is not enough for me. There needs to be substance.

I totally agree with the previous poster - most of the entries above the Sisters on this list would probably not even exist if it were not for the Sisters. This band pretty much INVENTED modern Goth Rock. Yes, Bauhaus laid the template, and the Cure and the Banshees moulded the idea, but it was the Sisters who became the model for all future Goth Rock bands in terms of their sound and look. Even with their limited releases they still epitomise what Goth Rock should be about - not the commercial, oh-so-pretty pretenders who appeal to the Goth-teens of today (judging by those positioned above the Sisters in this list). The Sisters of Mercy are, and will always be, the true Godfathers of Goth. For me only the mighty Fields of the Nephilim come close.

The first band most people think of when goth is mentioned, well depends on your age over 35 yes

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5Siouxsie & The Banshees

In fact the true queen of goth... Whoever saw the on stage knows what I'm talking about. They were the ones who made the step from punk to goth and prepared the ground for the cure, the sisters, the mission, faith &the muse and all who followed

So so awesome! That's if your a goth. It makes you shiver just hearing there name. So listen to these and endure some pain!

Whomever made this Top 10 liSt is ignorant, Siouxsie and the Banshees should be on the Top 3 of this list, not Evanescence!

Queen of Goth! Her king is Peter Murphy, the prince is Robert Smith, his annoying brother is Andrew Eldritch.

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6HIMHIM is a rock band from Helsinki, Finland. The band was formed in 1992 by vocalist Ville Valo, and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, under the name His Infernal Majesty.

This band must be number 1
Best songs :
Join me in death, The funeral of hearts, Pretending, The Heartless, Sleepwalking Past Hope and all the rest.

Listened to all those songs you mentioned. HIM worth listening! - v2_03_99

HIM is my number one since 1999. I love HIM songs with Gothic influences, such us: Don't Fear The Reaper, It's All Tears (Drown In This Love), Join Me In Death, Poison Girl, Right Here In My Arms, Bury Me Deep Inside Your Heart, The 9th Circle, Pretending, In Joy And Sorrow, Funeral Of Hearts, The Sacrament, Sweet Pandemonium, Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly, Killing Loneliness, Kiss Of Dawn, Cyanide Sun, In Venere Veritas, Heartkiller, Shatter Me With Hope, Love The Hardest Way, Ode To Solitude, In The Arms Of Rain, Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness).
POLAND loves HIM

It's the best music that I ever know. I'm listening HIM for 3 years, and still love their music

More romantic than gothic but still brilliant

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7Christian Death

Guys, are you kidding me? What are Him, Evenescence and Rasmus doing here?

Christian Death is great especially because Rozz Williams - this man is pure goth
End Of Green, Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy, The Cure are also great, I don't know why Type O Negative isn't on that list.

What the hell is going on here? Has Hot Topic tainted the minds of our youth THIS much? Christian Death is maybe not the "greatest, " I'll leave that to Bauhaus and The Sisters of Mercy, but the belong on the top 5 at the very least. Evansescence? Nightwish? HIM? Marilyn Manson? Don't get me wrong, I like these artists (except for Evansescence, hate them posers) but they have no place here. Christian Death is my favorite though, and they truly are "Goth. " I will never come to this site again.

Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, and Christian Death. They have to be thought of as the progenitors of Goth rock. Being first doesn't make them best, but some love should always be given to past bands that made the current bands possible.

Now this is Gothic Rock! Should be #1.

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8NightwishNightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen.

I do love Nightwish. Both Tarja and Anette are good. Their music is very nice to listen to and I like how the songs tell stories that seem to come to life. Marco's singing is also super awesome.

I LOVE the new singer! I do enjoy the old music sung by Tarja but I definitely enjoy the new singer more.

I really do love Nightwish specially the old vocalist Tarja.. Her voice is so angelic compare to their new one and I like the lyrics of their song also.

Glorious Gothic Metal that sounds amazing and REALLY doesn't belong on this list!

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9Joy DivisionJoy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

Bit of a problem here, the band who invented Goth Rock aren't even in the top ten. Really.

Listening to Joy Division in 2014 provides the mysterious uncertain pleasure of enjoying music far ahead of its time.

Oh boy, this is tough, Joy Division certainly had influence on the creation of the Goth genre, but I think a case can be made that Joy Division was Seminal for the entire alternative rock genre. In a sense, Joy Division transcended Goth.

Best band ever

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10Type O NegativeType O Negative was an American gothic/doom metal band formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1989. Their lyrical emphasis on themes of romance, depression, and death resulted in the nickname "The Drab Four".

TON played in the small Thomas Township Hall when Bloody Kisses was only a bootleg CD. It was clear that Peter Steele had unique voice control. I suggested they do a cover of " Cinnamon Girl", which they actually did later. I heard it in my head as a much slower version.

I don't understand how Evanescence and Marilyn Manson are in the top 10, but the legendary Drab Four are not. That's like Skrillex ranking higher than Beethoven and Mozart on a list of the Top 10 classical composers.

Easily the most important Goth band in the history of time. This band combined goth and metal and punk into something so much more. They even brought HUMOR into the mix! COME ON PEOPLE.

I totally forgot about them.

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11Nine Inch NailsNine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

NIN aren't goth at all. Why are they even on here?

No... I love these guys but come on. They aren't goth. They are Industrial rock or some may know their category as "Nu Metal;" a subject that also includes James Maynard Kenon's bands, Type-o-Negative, and other similar industrial metal influenced bands. Don't forget to understand that goth music includes specific guitar patterns, and environmental sounds. He sings about Gothic material and concepts, but his music is not Gothic.

This is industrial metal, best in its kind!

Their song Hurt is sorta goth.

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12The Shroud

A list that doesn't have Sisters, Siouxsie, or the Cure at #1 is sure to miss this standout band from the 90's. Every bit as nuanced and striking the perfect emotional tune on all levels, if you have not added The Shroud to your collection of 2nd generation Goth trailblazers, you owe it to yourself to run, not walk, to amazon (or your local music connection) to at least die having heard this sublime music and the superlative vocals of Lydia Fortner-Walker.

The very first song I heard from The Shroud was "Caged Bird" on a goth compilation CD. Lydia's vocals has spelled bound me ever since. It's hard to list in order my favorite songs. My TOP 5 FAVORITE SONGS by THE SHROUD. 1) Prophecy 2) Collector 3) Let Go 4) Pandora 5) Apology. I'm a Native American Artist, and these songs created some awesome inspiration for me in my art work and outlook on life. I think The Shroud is highly under rated. They're inspirational in lyrics and music. Love The Shroud and Love Lydia :D

Highly underrated goth band. They're often included in goth compilation albums due to songs like "She... " and "Alice" - CWSensation

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13Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Mainly associated with goth due to The Birthday Party, though their early Post-Punk days could be considered goth.

14Fields of the Nephilim

Got to be the number 1. They have created music with gothic atmosphere that no one can touch. They may not sell as much as stuff as some of the above but they, with the sisters of mercy, are the true gothic legends.

Maybe not number one but at least deserves top 10. Why the hell are they 48? They were one of the greatest and most influential goth bands out there

Fields of the Nephilim are all that goth should actually be known as - haunting, dark, beautiful and mysterious. Badass. Evanescence? Give me a break...

Such a great band, perhaps the best. Just wish they continued to put out more material.

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15Killing Joke

Revelations, Fire Dances, and Night Time all have a very powerful Gothic feel. They're not really Goth any more though, they're much closer to Industrial Metal.

16Within TemptationWithin Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.

When I heard this song I played it over and over again, their song "stand my ground" made my spine tingle

They're amazing, it's simple as that. Their musical style is very unique and the singer, Sharon Den Adel is very beautiful and so is her voice. They rock. Their latest album, The Unforgiving is a bit commercial if You ask me, but still, they remain my second favorite band, right behind Evanescence.

Sharon has a beautiful voice and love how it has the fully rock thing eg. See Who I Am one of their songs. Love them so much they are hot!

They are unique. Their music and the voice of Sharon Den Adel has no comparable! The lyrics are so weighty. I live with this band.

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17Faith and the Muse

Great band and still egsist. Nigtwish and Evanesence are not Gothic rock, you must now children.

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18Merciful Nuns

One of the best bands in this list! Definitely worth listening to.

The Merciful Nuns along with the Garden of Delight, i.e. works of Artaud Seth make them the best bands of this genre of all time. The body of work is unmatched in quality and quantity.

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20Lacuna CoilLacuna Coil is an Italian metal band from Milan. Since their formation in 1994, the group has had two name changes, being previously known as Sleep of Right and Ethereal.

Lacuna coil rocks, with their guitars and just the singing itself. Can listen to them the whole day and still not get tired of that

Lacuna Coil deserves to be down towards the top 3. Cristina Scabbia all the way her voice is just so unique and beautiful. They are also from Italy!

I personally believe that this band's music is both inspirational and electrifying. With both cunning vocals and beautiful melodies, this band should be in the top 5. Nay! The top 3! - izzychavez

This deserves the first rank

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