From whose arse did this list come from? Data was collated from a handful of websites (more respectable than this one), numbers were crunched to give each album a rating, poured over by a few music nerds and then sorted and ranked. Biased much? I don’t even like ‘Psychocandy’ and it’s in the top ten! So ner. Genres included? Shoegaze, dream pop and alternative rock (generally considered to be of the same ilk). Some contemporary rock acts performing in relative proximity to the ‘scene that celebrates itself’ have been lumped in (despite musical similarities). In other words, common perceptions prevail! Psych and noise rock, drone, have not been included. Formats included? Albums and EPs, no compilations, no singles. Dive in…100 Greatest Shoegaze Albums

 

*Thanks to all of those who have contributed and provided feedback – updates will be made periodically* (Last modified Mar ’14)

 

#
Artwork
Artist
Album
Feat. Song
Label
Year
1My Bloody Valentine

LovelessTo Here Knows WhenCreation1991
2Slowdive

SouvlakiAlisonCreation1993
3Ride

NowhereKaleidoscopeCreation1990
4Chapterhouse

WhirlpoolBreatherSpace Age Recordings1991
5Lush

SplitUndertow4AD1994
6The Jesus & Mary Chain

PsychocandyJust Like HoneyBlanco Y Negro1985
7Cocteau Twins

TreasureLorelei4AD1984
8Catherine Wheel

FermentI Want To Touch YouFontana Distribution1992
9Swervedriver

Mezcal HeadDuelCreation1993
10Curve

DoppelgängerHorror HeadCharisma1992
11Cocteau Twins

Heaven or Las VegasHeaven Or Las Vegas4AD1990
12Pale Saints

The Comforts Of MadnessYou Tear The World In Two4AD1990
13My Bloody Valentine

Isn't AnythingSoft As Snow (But Warm Inside)Creation1988
14Mazzy Star

So Tonight That I Might SeeFade Into YouCapitol1993
15Galaxie 500

On FireBlue ThunderRough Trade1989
16The Boo Radleys

Giant StepsRodney King (Song For Lenny Bruce)Creation1993
17Slowdive

Just For A DayCatch The BreezeSBK Records1991
18The Verve

A Storm in HeavenBlueVirgin1993
19Catherine Wheel

ChromeCrankFontana Distribution1993
20Lush

SpookyNothing Natural4AD1992
21The Jesus & Mary ChainDarklandsApril SkiesBlanco Y Negro1987
22Pale SaintsIn RibbonsThrowing Back The Apple4AD1992
23AdorableAgainst PerfectionSunshine SmileCreation1993
24MedicineShot Forth Self LivingMiss DrugstoreCreation1992
25SlowdivePygmalionCrazy For YouCreation1995
26SwervedriverRaiseRave DownCreation1991
27Pia FrausNature Heart SoftwarePretend To Be HereSeksound2006
28Cocteau TwinsHead Over HeelsSugar Hiccup4AD1988
29Secret ShineUntouchedTemporalSarah1993
30RideGoing Blank AgainLeave Them All BehindSire1992
31My Bloody ValentineMBVShe Found NowSelf-R2013
32SpiritualizedLazer Guided MelodiesRun / Smiles / Step into the Breeze / Symphony SpaceDedicated1992
33Kitchens Of DistinctionThe Death of Cool4 MenOne Little Indian1992
34The Boo RadleysEverything's Alright ForeverSpaniardCreation1992
35SeefeelQuiqueCharlotte's MouthAstralwerks1993
36Dead MellotronGlitter [EP]StrangerSonic Cathedral2012
37Ringo DeathstarrColour TripImagine HeartsClub AC302011
38Flying Saucer AttackFurtherFor SilenceDrag City1995
39MooseCool Breeze [EP] SuzanneHut Recordings1991
40MedicineTo The Happy FewIt's Not EnoughCaptured Tracks2013
41SwirliesBlonder Tongue Audio BatonPancakeTaang! Records1993
42The Ecstasy of Saint TheresaPigment [EP] Square WaveEcstasy/Reflex1991
43MaloryNot Here, Not NowFallingClairecords1999
44AstrobriteCrushCrasher0122001
45Bethany CurveGoldDragUnit Circle Rekkids1998
46TamarynThe WavesSandstoneMexican Summer2010
47Rollerskate SkinnyHorsedrawn WishesShimmer Son Like A StarWarner1996
48LoopA Gilded EternityVapourReactor1990
49SwallowBlowLovesleep4AD1992
50The Brian Jonestown MassacreMethodroneCrushedBomp1995
51Ringo DeathstarrMauveRipClub AC302012
52Black RyderBuy The Ticket, Take The RideTo Never Know YouMexican Summer2009
53Venera 4Deaf Hearts [EP] Deaf HeartbeatsRequiem Pour un Twister2013
54LovesliescrushingXuvetynBlooded & Blossom-BlownProjekt Records1996
55RocketshipA Certain Smile, A Certain SadnessI Love You Like The Way That I Used To DoSlumberland1996
56Drop NineteensDelawareDelawareCherry Red1992
57Young TeamDaydreamerSummertimeNorthern Star2011
58TamarynTender New SignsHeavenly BodiesMexican Summer2012
59Amusement Parks On FireOut Of The AngelesIn FlightV22006
60LilysIn The Presence Of NothingElizabeth Colour WheelSlumberland1992
61Kitchen's Of DistinctionStrange Free WorldHypnogogicOne Little Indian1991
62A.R. KaneLollita [EP]Lollita4AD1987
63The High Violets44 Down44 DownReverb2002
64Blind Mr. JonesStereo MusicaleRegular DiseaseCherry Red1992
65For AgainstDecemberSabresChameleon1988
66The VeldtAfrodisiacSoul In A JarMercury1994
67MahoganyThe Dream Of A Modern DayChanceDarla2001
68Bailter SpaceRobot WorldBe On TimeMatador1993
69MoonshakeFirst [EP]CowardCreation1991
70Fleeting JoysDespondent TransponderSatelliteSelf-R2006
71The Meeting PlacesFind Yourself Along The WayFreeze Our StaresWords On Music2003
72MiraApartSpaceProjekt2001
73Auburn LullAlone I AdmireDesertDarla1999
74Autumn's Grey SolaceOver The OceanFracturedProjekt Records2004
75Luminous OrangeLuminousorangesuperplastic [EP]WalkblindCream Cone2005
76CeremonyCeremonyNothing In The SunSafranin Sound2005
77CurveCuckooMissing LinkCharisma1993
78Asobi SeksuCitrusStrawberriesFriendly Fire2006
79Starflyer 59SilverHazel WouldTooth & Nail1994
80The TelescopesThe TelescopesHigh On FireTriStar Music1994
81Coaltar of the DeepersCome Over To The DeependMars Attacks!Self-R2000
82Panda RiotNorthern Automatic MusicBlack PyramidsSaint Marie Records2013
83The FaunsThe FaunsThe Sun Is CruisingLaser Ghost Recordings2009
84HartfieldTrue Color, True LieGirl Like YouVinyl Junkie/Clairecords2003
85My VitriolFinelinesAlways: Your WayInfectious Records2001
86Half StringA Fascination With HeightsBackstrokeIndependent Project Records1996
87ChapterhouseBlood MusicThere's Still LifeDedicated1993
88SupercarThree Out ChangeCream SodaEpic1998
89Experimental AircraftThird TransmissionStellarGraveface Records2008
90Brief CandlesThey Live We SleepThe Patron Saint of Hopeless CausesLatest Flame Records2006
91ShouldFeed Like FishesFish FourteenWords On Music1998
92CranesLovedShining RoadDedicated1994
93HighspireYour EverythingUntil The Lights Go DownClairecords2001
94The Brother KiteWaiting For The Time To Be RightI'm Not The Only OneClairecords2006
9593MillionMilesFromTheSun93MillionMilesFromTheSunLostParallax Sounds2009
96AutoluxFuture PerfectSubzero FunRed Ink2004
97The Nightblooms24 Days At Catastrophe CaféHold OnSeed1993
98SoundpoolDichotomies & DreamlandThe Divides Of MarchAloft2008
99SciflyerThe Age of Lovely, Intimate Things [EP]The NationClairecords2005
100Difference EngineBreadmaker5 ListensCaroline Distribution1994

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