The Best Shoegaze Bands

Published: November 28, 2013



Shoegaze music was a subgenre of rok music that originated in England and The United States in the 1980s and 1990s. The music was heavily influenced by the dreamy, noisey, and indie lofi sounds that other indeprendent bands from the 1980s were creating. The genre was called shoegaze as a joking term because the bands would play with n umerous effect pedals and as a result would have to stare at the floor.

  1. My Bloody Valentine

    No doubt, the most populat shoegaze band in history. Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins was a notable fan, who was clearly influenced by MBV. The band was known for blurry music where all fo the instruments would form textures of complex interwoven melodies, genderless, blended vocals, and sweet lyrics. The album Loveless is one of the most influential albums of all time.

  2. Slowdive

    This next group is the second most popular shoegaze band of all time, according to most critics, and they are known for their history, lyrics, sound, and overall brilliant songwriting. This band is less focused on the noise of shoegaze, and more focused on implementing the aesthetics of the movement into pop music and is also more controversial because of their continuing evolvement. They changed genres every album, and these days, the members all play various genres in solo bands; from country folk to noisey neo psyh electronic avant garde. Slowdive is a very prominent fore int he genre.

  3. Ride

    Ride is by far the most accesible shoegaze band. Their music has been featured in films and books such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and several members of the band went on to play with other groups such as Oasis and the Verve. Ride played a unique style of very poppy music without destroying the meaning that shoegaze carried.

Shoegaze was an important genre and without it, rock music would be very different. All of the indie bands these days owe a large portion of their sound to bands of the 1990s underground movement. Shoegaze will continue to be a soundtrack to dreary, melancholic angsty moments everywhere for a long time.