Top 50 Shoegaze Songs


1Cool your BootsRideGoing Blank Again1992
2Autumn SweaterYo la TengoI Can Hear the Heart Beating as One1997
3Only ShallowMy Bloody ValentineLoveless1991
4RepeaterbeaterMewNo More Stories...2009
5When the Sun HitsSlowdiveSouvlaki1993
6She's a SuperstarThe VerveVerve EP1992
7Kim & JessieM83Saturdays = Youth2008
8Stay AliveThe Pains of Being Pure at HeartThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart2009
9Mind the WiresTears Run RingsAlways, Sometimes, Seldom, Never2008
11A Letter from HomeUlrich SchnaussA Strangely Isolated Place2003
12Lose my BreathMy Bloody ValentineIsn't Anything1988
13Young Adult FrictionThe Pains of Being Pure at HeartThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart2009
14UnrecordedM83Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts2003
15Catch the BreezeSlowdiveJust for a Day1991
16Keen on BoysThe Radio Dept.Lesser Matters2003
17Sudden OrganYo la TengoPainful1993
18It is NothingA Place to Bury StrangersExploding Head2009
19DevastationThe Besnard LakesThe Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse2007
20The Zookeeper's BoyMewAnd the Glass Handed Kites2005
21ThursdayAsobi SeksuCitrus2006
22I Heard you LookingYo la TengoPainful1993
23When you SleepMy Bloody ValentineLoveless1991
24Never Follow SuitThe Radio DeptClinging to a Scheme2010
25Don't Save us from the FlamesM83Before the Dawn Heals us2005
27Heaven's on FireThe Radio Dept.Clinging to a Scheme2010
28Skin of the NightM83Saturdays = Youth2008
29Nowhere NearYo la TengoPainful1993
30Here to FallYo la TengoPopular Songs2009
32Sight of youPale SaintsThe Comforts of Madness1989
33Prince of PeaceSchool of Seven BellsAlpinisms2008
34Slide AwayThe VerveA Storm in Heaven1993
35Why won't you Talk About itThe Radio Dept.Lesser Matters2003
36Several Girls GaloreMy Bloody ValentineIsn't Anything1988
37Snorry MouthMercury RevBoces1993
38The 3rd Time we Opened the CapsuleKitchens of DistinctionLove is Hell1989
39Far Gone and outThe Jesus and Mary ChainHoney's Dead1992
40Sweetness and LightLushGala1990
41Drive that FastKitchens of DistinctionStrange Free World1991
42Machine GunSlowdiveSouvlaki1993
43KaleidoscopeThe Boo RadleysIchabod & I1990
45Souvlaki Space StationSlowdiveSouvlaki1993
46I Only SaidMy Bloody ValentineLoveless1991
47Spanish AirSlowdiveJust for a Day1991
48Cold MorningAir FormationDaylight Storms2007
50Last Train to SatansvilleSwervedriverMezcal Head1993


0 #1 Clark 2011-02-03 15:08
I like this list. Not many similar lists on the internet. Nice work.
+5 #2 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze SongsGriswold 2011-06-17 23:04
What a shit list.
+2 #3 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze SongsThe Rock Czar 2011-06-19 11:05
What a comment, Griswold. Why don't you create a better one?

+4 #4 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze Songsdavid 2011-09-23 15:40
um...while some of Yo La Tengo's songs are shoegaze, autumn sweater DEFINITELY isn't.
-3 #5 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze SongsTom 2012-02-09 23:26
Normally I agree with these lists but really? Washed Out - Feel It All Around should be #1. And I don't get the hype over M83.
0 #6 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze SongsThe Rock Czar 2012-02-11 23:59
Feel it all Around is a great song but the Chill Wave genre is definitely different from shoegaze.

+1 #7 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze Songsfluffy muffy 2012-02-15 16:12
this is such a weird list some bands like ride, lush, MBV and slowdive are amazing shoegaze groups half of the groups on this is arnt at all. Like mew although one of my favorite bands is not a shoegaze band... Also a lot of the YLT stuff on here isnt either.
-1 #8 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze Songsderek 2012-05-29 03:17
how could swervedriver be on here only once? these lists suck so does Ride who don't come close to MBV!
0 #9 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze SongsThe Rock Czar 2012-05-30 13:19

I have 2 Ride songs on this list. I have 5 MBV songs on this list. Who do you think I like more?

0 #10 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze SongsAnton 2012-09-12 06:59
Well Swervedriver aren't really shoegaze in the first place and yet the song you've chosen by them is probably their least shoegaze anyway, if the definition of the genre is mumbly words and droney guitars (which is pretty much is).
0 #11 GDJason 2012-09-13 16:02
Not bad, some other groups that really need to be on there:

Ringo Deathstarr
Young Prisms
Secret Shine
The Emerald Down
Ecstacy of Saint Theresa
0 #12 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze SongsKarl 2012-09-15 04:32
Red House Painters
0 #13 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze SongsJason 2012-09-16 09:26
"Shields wavers his guitar's tremolo bar as he strums, which contributes, in part, to the band's distinctive sound. This technique—nickn amed "Glide guitar"—causes the guitar strings to bend slightly in and out of tune."

This is basically the definition of shoegaze. Anything else is just drone, space rock, etc. Term came from people looking down at all their pedals all the time, as if they were looking at their 'shoes'. It seems everything is being called shoegaze now days.

The song below is a perfect example, sounds like it was recording in 90/91, but came out this year.

Young Prisms - Floating in Blue
0 #14 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze Songsjaded 2012-11-03 09:11
the best shoegaze song is "when you sleep" by MBV.

other bands that should be included:
Electro Group
(Early) Lilys
0 #15 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze SongsLaurits 2012-12-12 07:59
Listen to Waldo and Marsha. They are worthy of your attention.
Look up the song "In Bloom"

A bit of info about them:
"Formed in Aarhus, Denmark in 2009.
Waldo & Marsha is an 8-piece band(4 guitars), whose roots are tied to the early 90'ties' shoegaze scenes with influence from bands such as Slowdive and Cocteau Twins."

A new and interesting band.
0 #16 possibly maybe, 1/3 of this list is true golddecadent 2012-12-15 02:06
And that 1/3 might include these songs:
Ride - Sennen
Pale Saints - Kinky Love
Trespassers William - Lie In the Sound
Revolver - Medicine Smile
The Verve - She's A Superstar
M83 - Kim & Jessie
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Stay Alive
Tears Run Rings - World Upside Down
Chapterhouse - Pearl
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Young Adult Friction
Yo La Tengo - I Heard You Looking
Slowdive - Machine Gun
The Boo Radleys - Lazarus
Slowdive - When The Sun Hits
M83 - Dont Save Us From The Flames
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
0 #17 RE: Top 50 Shoegaze Songsmr 2013-11-15 18:01
No Black Metallic means list is wrong

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