Top Ten Best Goth Rock Bands
The Top Ten
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.
Not goth lol - chnapikV 130 Comments
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.
Ok so I LOVE evanescence it was the band that got me into real goth bands but COME ON! ITS NOT GOTH! Bauhaus or the cure should be number one!V 67 Comments
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 an amazing band! Peter Murphy is an incredible idol in the goth rock genre and subculture!V 32 Comments
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.
I looove them! they sing so like they get me in the heart. even I'm not a goth exactly, I'm more like emo.V 41 Comments
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
They're better than Evanescence, in my opinion. Plus, Evanescence is not a Goth band. Yes, they have songs that are Gothic, but they don't consider themselves Goth and they're more focused on Alternative Metal. Siouxsie & The Banshees has more Goth Rock songs on there than Evanescence.
Siouxsie & The Banshees are my third favorite band, BUT my number one favorite Goth band! I'm Goth and when someone plays Siouxsie & The Banshees's songs, I'll be singing along!
Why is this one not higherV 20 Comments
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
When I first heard HIM, I never knew they were so good, or why I had never listened before. It seems that Ville Valo can never right a bad song. love this bandV 40 Comments
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.
Joy Division is just the "mother" of all gothic bands.
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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.
For me they are the best. Their combination between sounds and letter are perfect.V 20 Comments
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.
Sucker for Only Theatre of Pain.V 11 Comments
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.
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.
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.
Sure, they're Gothic Metal, but they're that specific, rare kind of Gothic Metal that is strongly influenced by Gothic Rock and wears this influence proudly on the sleeve.V 17 Comments
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!
I LOVE WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER OH MY GODV 2 Comments
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.
Greatest band out there.
The best... No contest
What? Why are Evanescence, HIM, Nightwish, and NIN are on this list? They aren't even CLOSE to being gothic, they are all alt rock (except for NIN, which is industrial rock).
This, on the other hand, is actual gothic rock, with an almost Pink Floyd-ish atmosphere to boot (especially on Elizium, which is probably one of the best albums of the genre).
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!
Should be in a higher place...V 25 Comments
Mainly associated with goth due to The Birthday Party, though their early Post-Punk days could be considered goth.
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" - CWSensationV 1 Comment
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.
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
Thanks for the beautiful music.V 8 Comments
Great band and still egsist. Nigtwish and Evanesence are not Gothic rock, you must now children.V 2 Comments
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.
Took Goth and evolved it.
Drunk, stupid and goth. Best of the second generation.
This is real goth!
Awesoem old school goth band from the from back in the day cool lyrics unique voice sweet guitars
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.
The best. No more to say.
Damn right! I paid £5.50 to see them in 1987 - best fiver I ever spent.
Best band in the world in my opinion! CFFC
This is the best band ever. The first time I ran across them was by mistake well a lot of my new fave have been by mistake. They have been the best mistake ever.
Respect:)beautiful dark romantic which metal,
Best Pagan Goth band on the planet
An amazing Goth Rock band!V 1 Comment
One of the most underrated bands of all time.
I wouldn't consider them goth, but their early synthpop tunes have large ties with the genre. Plus, most goths like them anyway, regardless of genre.
Epica blasting the world!,
Should be much higher on the list!
Epica deserves a higher place on this scale!
Some of the best compositions. Have played with Nightwish and Kamelot.
The keyboard solos, and the haunting dark guitars. Especially on Phantom Agony, and on Fools of Damnation.
Simone has a very haunting voice too. And Arien does some of the best range of drumming, heavy blast beats and transitions through slower heavy patterns. Highlighting the keyboard melodies and atmospheres as well as the orchestrations. Highlighting the classical history of style.
Because they actually ARE goth, unlike E.G. nightwish or evanescence... Also, because they recorded many great and valuable trancks. Valuable for the goth rock history. As simple as this.
Better than anything!
This man is considered the king of theatrical rock and brought theatrics into music. He should be number one on this list because he started it all.
I love him so much, but his music isn't gothic rock, even though he influenced it!
WHAT KIND OFF LISE IS THIS?! HE SHOULD BE MORE HIGHER ON THE LIST songs like I love the dead, poison, cold ethyl, Killer album and heaps of other ones that I'll probably gonna keep going till next yearV 1 Comment
Overshadowed by his more recent solo mutterings, Nick Cave's seminal band was the maniacal The Birthday Party. The late great guitarist, Rowland S. Howard's blistering aural response to Cave's black, bleak, and biblically apocalyptic lyrics is no easy feat for the first time listener. Murder Ballads to make Johnny Cash weep, this band of too talented to stay together for too long bevy of miscreants bombarded Britain from their native Australia in the early 80s and kicked the teeth (literally and figuratively), of a post punk audience that needed a new supply of vicious abuse hurled their way before the record companies signed and polished up their old heroes for mass consumption. The Birthday Party went out in flames in order to avoid the trap and as a result, their small musical output is to this day unsullied and just as raw as when it was created. Influencing many, those artists lucky to have connections to them include Lydia Lunch, Jim "Foetus" Thirlwell, Virgin Prunes, Marc ...more
This system is utterly flawed. How are The Birthday Party at 82?
This band invented goth rock in the late 70s. Everyone has simply followed their blueprint. Without Nick Cave and Rolland Howard the genre wouldn't exist!
Early 90s Goth rock that flew under the radar. They deserve a hell of a lot more love, because together with Dead Can Dance, helped build and shape future female led Goth rock bands.
Yes! Saraband for dead lovers and skin must be my fave.
One of my favourites. Rarely do bands have so many good songs and be this exotic.
Andi Sex Gang and his followers were the first to be described as "goths"!V 1 Comment
This band is great but bands like Marilyn Manson, The Rasmus, Evanescence etc shouldn't even be here. You guys do not know Goth. You guys do not know emo either, most of you labelling Marilyn Manson "Goth" or "emo" really need to do some research.
Wow, shows how much the readers of this blog know. The Mission have just redefined Goth with their latest album (Another Fall From Grace), which is much, much darker and disturbing than anything the Sisters ever did. Effing stupendously good goth rock act, you're not a true goth if you've not got at least one of their albums in your collection. A true talent, and amazing live, more like a life changing religious experience than a gig. Phenomenally good. Check 'em out and find out what you're missing, not much you can go wrong with apart from Masque.
Message to the Evanescence fans : please listen first five Mission Uk albums and later we talk again what is Gothic Rock. (i can't believe Evanescence on the top)
Excellent! Excellent!V 3 Comments
Simply the greatest! These guys have never made the same album twice. Always evolving & challenging the listener. The creators of gothic metal & sadly underrated.
One of the first and best GOTH METAL bands. Listen to "Icon"!
Seriously. This is just AWESOME.
Pioneers of the gothic metal/rock genre, experimented with electronic sounds in the 90s and released solid albums.
How is Dead Can Dance not higher? I know they're an older band, but 'Toward the Within' is a seminal album in the Goth genre. I suppose an argument could be made that the band was not 'rock enough'. But without Dead Can Dance, you would not have seen the growth of other female led Goth bands in my opinion.
Outstanding band, the greatest simply another class of music
Their songs bring me to the Space!
The atmosphere this band manages to create is the essence of gothic music. Period.
Amazing band. Enough said.
Amazing, atmospherical and unique
VERY different to Death Cult, even though the vocalist is the same person. The self-titled compilation album shows very well what gothic rock really is. I wouldn't expect them to be on the top 10, but Evanescence, HIM, Nightwish, and Marilyn Manson don't deserve to be on this list at all.
Sc the best
These guys are a strong resurgence of what is Goth. There is modern Goth and it certainly isn't HIM or Evanescence, It's Cauda Pavonis.
Truly carrying the flag for dark romantics. Go listen to their stuff and vote!
The REAL DEAL. NO masquerading as Post Punk or whatever the current hip buzzword is. NOSFERATU have been at the forefront of Gothic Rock for a quarter of a century.
HAVING HEARD THIS BAND I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY ALONE AND INVOCATION SONGS
HOPE TO SEE THEM IF THEY ARE STILL GOING.. BEST EERIE BAND AROUND BY MILES
Nosferatu is just absolutley amazing. Crysania is my favorite song by them. Their music has sort of the creepy and eerie sound to it, that I happen to just adore!
Great band, should be higher.V 2 Comments
The fallacy deserves to be here, they keep the original gothic sound with new refreshing ideas.
This is real gothic rock, this band is nort metal, The Fallacy is one of the traditional goth rock bands...
The fallacy must be the most refreshing voices of gotic music i�'d ever listen.
The combination of clasic gotic sound, voice and beats are a pleasure to listen at any time.
Poisonblack is awesome period. Doesn't matter who the singer is. JP or Ville. I have to mention Him The 69 Eyes & Lacrimas Profundere all should be in the top 5 other bands I really like are Paradise Lost The Rasmus 45 Grave The Damned. Everyone is entitled to there own opinion. This is just mine. Goth Rock Punk Metal Period it's all good. I can't believe my ears with hip hop it's just down right terrible.V 2 Comments
Although not part of the original goth scene, these guys have the essence of proper gothic music, sadly no longer a band, but up there with clan of xymox cruxshadows and spawned bands like tenebre, terminal choice & lucyfire dreadful ARE goth, unlike the symphonic rock bands that claim to be goth
I wish I was at home listening to Swans :(
They never achieved much success, but they definitely had the gothic sound down, it's disgusting to see them so low on this list.V 1 Comment
Need to be higher.
One of the most darkly rockgoth I have heard...Christian death is my absolute favorite and these guys belong right next to Rozz
Now this was a band! Pure energy live and the goth tones coming through via the recorded material. Just listen to Give Me Tomorrow and Infected to see what I mean. FYI.. The band were around in the 80's and 90's playing with the likes of Salvation, Every New Dead Ghost etc.
A great band with a driving bass similar to early New Model Army but then with Gothic tones over the top. Twilight years would be my favourite track.
So amazing! The singer Gavin is so talented!
Agree with the comments made, seen these in a quite a few gigs, both as a support group & headlining - always a good night. Would be great if they did release a best of album, save me a ticket for the come back tour!
Will have to dig out the old photo albums, I'm sure I have photos somewhere - hehehe had a crush on Gavin for ages... "blush"
I had the opportunity to support Nick and the boys of The Faces of Sarah on a few occasions and it was always a delight and a pleasure to watch them play and hear Nick sing... The Faces of Sarah should be higher up the list...
Nicks voice takes Goth to a new level. Fatalistic warning is purely sublime
This band is phenomenal, so different from the rest and the vocalist is just mind blowing
Best rock for me singer is fantastic Nick Schultz.V 4 Comments
The Marble Index (1969), it may not be 100% gothic, but songes like "Evening of Light" and "Roses in the Snow" are gothic in my opinion, so I think she deserves some if of the credit...
Seriously? that pic? LOL
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