Page 17 of 21
5. PJ Harvey - "Down by the Water" (1995)
Goth's feminine ideal is dark, regal, fiercely intelligent, sexually self-possesed, and thus very appealing in comparison to a bunch of other available pop archetypes. Without ever directly copying someone like Siouxsie Sioux, P.J. Harvey dominated mid-90s alternative rock by embodying that ideal, becoming spooky and macabre without leaning on any rote supernatural imagery, updating and grounding a dark rock aesthetic as a starting point for deeper self-examination.