The 20 Best Goth Songs of the Last 20 Years

10/31/2012 1:29 PM |


Man, if there was ever a day for prolonged, dark sentiment it would be today. We’ve just seen a storm of historical proportions wreck the great, modern city. Recently shining, modern apartments across Manhattan are lit with candlelight for a least a while longer. It’s Halloween! (And, as of this writing, the spooky is racing far ahead of the sexy.)

So, assuming there’s something functional in close proximity for which to play music, you’ve gotta go goth. Goth rock, both the sound and the general image of it, has only grown in mainstream acceptance since its first appearance in the early 80s. Using dark, sometimes supernatural imagery to explain tumultuous internal feelings is pretty much what pop culture does now (See: Buffy, Harry Potter, Twilight, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, everything). Broadcasting inner darkness to the wider world is something that whole generations of young people have grown up always being comfortable with. Pop-culture in 2012 is gother on average than 1982 by a huge margin.

But most every list of the genre’s best songs features a too-familiar roll call of names and tunes. Bauhaus, The Cure, Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Birthday Party. And while those songs have aged quite nicely, there has been a good 30 years now with goth in our bloodstream. Its not like these sounds and themes have stayed locked and dated in a shallow 80s grave.

So, on this the gothest of days, we provide you with our definitive list of the 20 best goth songs released since 1992. Go on and mope a bit.

5 Comment

  • Why no Siouxsie and the Banshees? Spellbound blows most of these songs out of the water. If it were not for Siouxsie’s template and inspiration half these songs listed wouldn’t exist at all!

  • Post 1992, man. Not that into S & tB’s “The Rapture” from ’95.

  • I typically just ignore lists like these, but this is pretty terrible. A glaring omission is that Type O Negative isn’t on here at all. Not sure what your parameters of ‘goth’ music are, but this list was quite a poor representation. Maybe it was the darkest songs in your music collection? Didn’t even have to dig that deep.

  • Best “goth inspired” songs of the last 20 years may be a more apt title for your list.

  • SERAFINI – mirabel project

    Twisting hour-long psych audio art w visuals by goth dual SERAFINI.

    Best to save until you can spend the time to listen to the whole project.