Top Ten Best Goth Rock Bands

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The Top Ten

1
Evanescence
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
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.
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.
[Newest]I'm just in love with Evanescence
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2The 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 influence on has on others by what you create yourself is the greatest measure of your own greatness, and Evanescence, HIM and Nightwish influenced nobody.
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.
[Newest]Evanescence is NOT Gothic... we eat emo's though I do like her music... its just not right to crown the wrong king

3The Cure
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.
[Newest]I'm a baby bat I'm 14 discovered the cure recently and I think I have fallen in love. The sound is awesome and the lyrics are so touching. My favorite song by them is the hungry ghost. At least black veil brides aren't on the list. That would bug me.
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4Bauhaus
What the hell, man? Evanescence are not Goth-Rock--Bauhaus and The Cure are classic Goth bands. HIM are practically metal.
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

Why does the top 3 not contain any goth bands.. Bauhaus are one the the earliest goths bands if not the earliest. Peter Murphy is still putting on excellent solo shows.
[Newest]There is no goth without Bauhaus.
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5Siouxie & The Banshees
You're not goth if you don't like Evanescence? I don't think people understand what goth really is! Siouxie, Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, The Cure, Clan of Xymox, Faith ^^ The Muse, Cocteau Twins, Virgin Prunes, Joy Division... now THAT'S goth.
People aren't you forgetting. Theater de vampires there pretty awesome
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!
[Newest]I LOVE SIOUXIE AND THE BANSHEES. the cure and siouxie and the banshees are my favorite so far. I'm a baby bat

6HIM
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.
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
"Under the Rose" she looked at me while moving her "Wings of a Butterfly" and gave me "The Kiss of Dawn" which let my "Soul on Fire" which made "The Path" clear to "Enjoy the Silence" while telling her how "Beautiful" she is laying "Right Here in my Arms" before I "Loose You Tonight" and she said no one can "Love You The Way I do" which "Scared to Death" the
"Solitary Man" who I was before I offered "Summer Wine" so she could "Join Me In Death" and be "Buried Alive by Love"
[Newest]Literally the best band around
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7Nightwish
I LOVE the new singer! I do enjoy the old music sung by Tarja but I definitely enjoy the new singer more.
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 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.
[Newest]Best band in the world

8Christian 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.
Uh, seriously? This needs no vote. should automatically be up there with Sisters and Bauhaus, top of the list with out any voting... too many great bands to make a proper list anyway.
[Newest]Really guys Marilyn manson isn't a Goth or Gothic band he is a shock rocker not a Goth I love his music I just don't really see Why he is here

9Joy Division
Listening to Joy Division in 2014 provides the mysterious uncertain pleasure of enjoying music far ahead of its time.
Bit of a problem here, the band who invented Goth Rock aren't even in the top ten. Really.
Joy Division is just the "mother" of all gothic bands.
[Newest]All of these other bands are posers because Joy Division did the whole gothic thing first.

10Type O Negative
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 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.
How in the world is The Drab Four not on top? October Rust is one of my all-time favorite albums.
[Newest]Buy far the best goth band ever... where is frown on this list?

The Contenders

11Lacuna Coil
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

[Newest]14 really? Well opinion is always subjective but unfair to place this band so low.

12The Cult
Like the Sisters they weren't a goth band, the label came later, the Cult were a straight up rock band, and a damn good one at that. I saw them in 87 and 89, excellent band.
Damn right! I paid £5.50 to see them in 1987 - best fiver I ever spent.
The best. No more to say.

13Within Temptation
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!
[Newest]Beautiful lyrics, wonderful voices, chilling.

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
Greatest band out there.
[Newest]Best goth/rock band by far

15The Shroud
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
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.
Highly underrated goth band. They're often included in goth compilation albums due to songs like "She... " and "Alice"

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16Killing 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.

17Nine Inch Nails

18Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Mainly associated with goth due to The Birthday Party, though their early Post-Punk days could be considered goth.

19Faith and the Muse
They are the most talented
Great band and still egsist. Nigtwish and Evanesence are not Gothic rock, you must now children.
Not exactly goth, more like deathrock

20Merciful Nuns

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