The 50 Best Shoegaze Releases on Earth

Apart from personal taste, which is obviously why I'm making this list (and I was honestly motivated by the "100 Greatest Shoegaze Albums" list created over at Sounds Better with Reverb), I attempted to keep the hierarchy historically accurate and relevant to each band's influence. So, if you're wondering, it doesn't make sense to include the latest album's from MBV and Medicine as they are both still very "new". No release was spared, no format overlooked, and of course loads of other "shoegaze" bands existed, but these are the heavy hitters.

I honestly don't think the top three albums listed here can be argued, JAMC and Cocteau Twins invented the genre, and My Bloody Valentine perfected it.

1. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
2. Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
3. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
4. My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
5. Medicine - The Buried Life
6. Ride - Going Blank Again
7. Cocteau Twins - Treasure
8. Slowdive - Pygmalion
9.  Ride - Nowhere
10. Swervedriver - Raise
11. Swervedriver - Mezcal Head
12. Ride - Today Forever EP
13. Pale Saints - The Comforts of Madness
14. Slowdive - Morningrise EP
15. Seefeel - More Like Space EP
16. Chapterhouse - Whirlpool
17. Pale Saints - In Ribbons
18. Curve - Doppleganger
19. Lush - Mad Love EP
20. The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps
21. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
22. Moose - Sonny and Sam
23. Swirlies - BlonderTongueAudioBaton
24. Belong - Common Era
25. Slowdive - Souvlaki
26. Catherine Wheel - Ferment
27. Swirlies - They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days in the Glittering World of the Salons
28. Flying Saucer Attack - Rural Psychedelia
29. Medicine - Shot Forth Self Living
30. Bowery Electric - Beat
31. Lovesliescrushing - Xuvetyn
32. Lush - Spooky
33. Kitchens of Distinction - Strange Free World
34. Half String - Maps For Sleep
35. Mahogany - The Dream of a Modern Day
36. Bailterspace - Vortura
37. Black Tambourine - Black Tambourine
38. Lilys - In the Presence of Nothing
39. Alison's Halo - Dozen 7"
40. KG - Candy Loves Me So 7"
41. Secret Shine - Untouched
42. Mahogany - Connectivity!
43. Shift (Should) - A Folding Sieve EP
44. Ashrae Fax - Ashrae Fax
45. Tamaryn - The Waves
46. Guitar - Sunkissed
47. Astrobrite - Crush
48. All Natural Lemon and Lime Flavors - Turning into Small
49. Sianspheric - The Sound of the Color of the Sun
50. The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa - Fluidtrance Centauri EP



6 comments:

  1. very nice list. new items to discover.

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  2. 33. Kitchens of Distinction - Strange Free World - way too low on your list.

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  3. loop? hello.

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