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.

11 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.


  • Why doesn’t this list include a single fucking goth song?

    I love me some trip hop, folk and industrial rock, too.

    But not even one–not ONE–goth-rock song appears on this list.

  • That’s a pretty terrible list in my opinion. The only mention on there that I like is Portishead. No Dead Can Dance, no Lisa Gerrard, no Love Spirals Downwards, no Theatre of Tragedy, no 3rd and the Mortal, no Siouxie, no Dark Sanctuary. Let’s not forget to mention without 3rd and the Mortal there would be no such thing as Goth Rock or Metal. Without Dead Can Dance and Lisa we would not have the Gothic ethereal and darkwave and trip-hop bands. They were pioneering. Men did not pioneer the Goth scene as this list seems to think, it were women. I have NO idea why Nine Inch Nails are on there. Seeing as how they are the most overrated band of all time who get a lot more credit than they deserve. People seem to think they are Goth when they are the furthest thing from it. Trent Reznor is not some high power in the Goth scene. He is no where close. And Crystal Castles? Are you serious?

  • where’s the cure and no metal bands Danzig is not goth. where arethe pionners of goth metal Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride

  • So off it’s not even funny…

    wow, a fax machine song? are you freaking kidding me? this is the most terrible list I’ve ever seen!

    most of these are not even Goth, Either the writer was told by his boss to quickly google search some songs for this list and the writer had no idea what Goth is,
    Or the writer got confused and thought goth meant Hipster. Either way this list is atrocious

  • Worst. List. Ever.