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As far as rock subgenres go, shoegaze is quite paradoxical. You know the sound of a shoegaze guitar tone when you hear it, but hardcore fans love to nitpick the boundaries of what does and doesn’t fall under the simultaneously nebulous and specific shoegaze umbrella. Unlike a style like grunge, which has a very specific set of sonic qualities, the two most i...

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Title Artists Album Duration
1
Stare at the Sun
Ringo Deathstarr Pure Mood 00:04:19

Ringo Deathstarr, Composer, MainArtist - Real Cool Trash, MusicPublisher

(C) 2015 Reverberation Appreciation Society LLC (P) 2015 Real Cool Trash

2
Winona
Drop Nineteens Delaware 00:03:31

Drop Nineteens, Producer, MainArtist - Steve Zimmerman, Composer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gregg Ackell, Composer - Motohiro Yasue, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Kelley, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Roof, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Degooyer, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Buckholtz II, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Snider, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Ackell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1992 Caroline Records, Inc. ℗ 1992 Caroline Records Inc

3
Glider
My Bloody Valentine Glider 00:03:10

My Bloody Valentine, MainArtist - Shields, Composer, Writer

© 1989 Sire Records Company ℗ 1989 Sire Records Company

4
Elizabeth Colour Wheel
Lilys In the Presence of Nothing 00:06:58

Lilys, MainArtist - B Dot O Dot K Dot (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

(C) 2016 Frontier Records (P) 2017 Frontier Records

5
You're Gonna Hate What You've Done
Greet Death New Hell 00:08:58

Greet Death, MainArtist - Logan Gaval, Composer - Sam Boyhtari, Composer - Jim Versluis, Composer

(C) 2019 Deathwish Inc. (P) 2019 Deathwish Inc.

6
Pain
Catherine Wheel Chrome 00:06:31

Catherine Wheel, MainArtist - Gil Norton, Producer - Rob Dickinson, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Futter, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Sims, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Maguire, ComposerLyricist - Dave Hawes, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1993 Mercury Records Limited

7
Horsehead
DIIV Deceiver 00:05:08

Sonny DiPerri, Producer - DIIV, MainArtist - Colin Caulfield, Producer - ANDREW BAILEY, Producer - Ben Newman, Producer - Zachary Cole Smith, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

2019 Captured Tracks 2019 Captured Tracks

8
How Does It Feel? (Alternate Version)
Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire 00:08:24

Spacemen 3, MainArtist - Space Age Recordings, MusicPublisher

2003 Space Age Recordings 2003 Space Age Recordings

9
A Short Happy Life
Medicine Shot Forth Self Living 00:06:39

Medicine, MainArtist - Brad Laner, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 American Recordings, LLC

10
Seagull (2001 Remaster)
Ride Nowhere 00:06:08

Bell, Composer - Ride, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Andy Bell, Writer - Lawrence Colbert, Writer - Mark Gardener, Writer - Steve Queralt, Writer

© 1990 Sire Records ℗ 1990 Sire Records

11
Heaven or Las Vegas
Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas 00:04:57

Elizabeth Fraser, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robin Guthrie, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Cocteau Twins, MainArtist - Simon Raymonde, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Universal Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher - Universal Music Publishing Group, MusicPublisher - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Momentum 3 Music, MusicPublisher

2014 4AD Ltd 2014 4AD Ltd

12
40 Days
Slowdive Souvlaki 00:03:15

Andy Wilkinson, Engineer - Ed Buller, Mixing Engineer - Giles Hall, Engineer - Guy Fixsen, Engineer - Marcus Lindsay, Engineer - Neil Halstead, Composer - Neil Halstead, Writer - Slowdive, Mixing Engineer - Slowdive, Performer - Slowdive, Producer - Yvette Lacey, Engineer

(P) 1994 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited

13
Sometimes Loving Is The Hardest Thing
Moose . . . XYZ 00:05:13

Moose, MainArtist - Kevin McKillop, Composer

(C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1992 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1992 Virgin Records Limited

14
Lemon Glow
Beach House 7 00:04:04

Beach House, MainArtist

© 2018 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2018 Sub Pop Records

15
Last Train To Satansville
Swervedriver Mezcal Head 00:06:44

ALAN MOULDER, Producer - Swervedriver, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1993 A&M Records

16
radiofriendly
Astrobrite crush 00:04:00

scott cortez, Composer, Lyricist - Astrobrite, MainArtist

2023 wavertone

17
Vertigo Flowers
Nothing Tired of Tomorrow (Deluxe Version) 00:03:24

Nothing, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Relapse Records (P) 2016 Relapse Records Inc.

A Place To Bury Strangers, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Re:Live (P) 2005 Re:Live

19
The Great Alligator
Ovlov Am 00:06:57

Ovlov, Composer, MainArtist - Exploding in Sound Records, MusicPublisher

2013 Exploding In Sound Records 2013 Exploding In Sound Records

20
Catch The Breeze (Album Version)
Slowdive Just For A Day 00:04:19

Halstead, Composer - Halstead, Lyricist - Slowdive, Performer - Unknown, Producer

(P) 1994 Creation Records Ltd.

21
When You Sleep
My Bloody Valentine Loveless 00:04:11

My Bloody Valentine, MainArtist - Kevin Shields, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Samples - Shields, Composer, Writer - Bilinda Butcher, Guitar, Vocals - Debbie Googe, Bass - Colm O'Closoig, Drums, Samples

2008 © 1991 Sire Records Company ℗ 1991 Sire Records Company for the U.S. & WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.

22
babysbreath
Lovesliescrushing bloweyelashwish 00:03:51

Lovesliescrushing, MainArtist - scott cortez, Composer, Lyricist

2023 wavertone

Chapterhouse, MainArtist - Space Age Recordings, MusicPublisher

2018 Space Age Recordings 2018 Space Age Recordings

24
Surface
Pure X Pleasure 00:05:09

Pure X, Composer, MainArtist, MusicPublisher

2011 Fire Talk 2011 Pure X

25
Seedless Star
Cloakroom Time Well 00:07:37

Cloakroom, MainArtist, MusicPublisher

(C) 2017 Relapse Records (P) 2017 Relapse Records Inc.

26
Pancake
Swirlies Blonder Tongue Audio Baton 00:03:15

Swirlies, MainArtist

(C) 2006 Taang! Records (P) 2006 Taang! Records

27
Covert
Lush Spooky 00:03:34

Emma Anderson, AssociatedPerformer - Lush, MainArtist - BMG Rights Management, MusicPublisher - BMG rights Management (UK) Ltd., a BMG Chrysalis company., MusicPublisher - Miki Berenyi, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Acland, AssociatedPerformer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Steve Rippon, AssociatedPerformer

1992 4AD Ltd 1992 4AD Ltd

28
Just Like Honey (2021 EL Inocente version)
The Jesus And Mary Chain Just Like Honey (2021 EL Inocente version) 00:03:01

William Reid, Composer, Lyricist - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Lyricist

2022 Artificial Plastic

29
When Will You Come Home
Galaxie 500 The Portable Galaxie 500 00:05:25

Galaxie 500, MainArtist

(C) 2009 20/20/20 (P) 2004 20/20/20

30
Ayisha Abyss
Serena-Maneesh S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor 00:07:46

Sufjan Stevens, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Terry, MixingEngineer - Jas Shaw, AssociatedPerformer - Emil Nikolaisen, Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Anders Möller, AssociatedPerformer - Ådne Meisfjord, AssociatedPerformer - Kjetil Ovesen, AssociatedPerformer - håvard krogedal, AssociatedPerformer - Serena-Maneesh, MainArtist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Christian Engfeldt, MixingEngineer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Frances Moon, Programmer - Kåre João Caveman, AssociatedPerformer

2010 4AD Ltd 2009 4AD Ltd

About Playlist

As far as rock subgenres go, shoegaze is quite paradoxical. You know the sound of a shoegaze guitar tone when you hear it, but hardcore fans love to nitpick the boundaries of what does and doesn’t fall under the simultaneously nebulous and specific shoegaze umbrella. Unlike a style like grunge, which has a very specific set of sonic qualities, the two most iconic bands in the shoegaze canon, My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, don’t even sound that much alike. The former is a beautifully noisy art-rock group who sculpt otherworldly pop songs out of screeching guitars, and the other is essentially a heavenly dream-pop group with an affinity for deafening volume. Yet, there’s something about the emotional resonance of each (in addition to their fuzz+reverb+delay pedalboards) that give them a kinship.

Although some purists pretend like shoegaze ended when those two acts broke up in the mid-1990s and the genre’s brief commercial reign subsided, there’ve been thousands of bands who’ve carried the torch to the present day, pushing shoegaze into increasingly heavier and prettier new directions. For the purposes of this playlist, we wanted to encapsulate the last 35 years worth of shoegaze in a succinct 30 songs—an impossible task that’s bound to exclude many fantastic acts. But for those who are either new to shoegaze or only consider themselves tangentially aware of its rich history, this list will take you from its pivotal influences, to its early '90s golden era, to its mid-'90s and early 2000s experimental phase, and all the way up to its creatively fertile present. For this listening session, the louder the better.

Photo: Cocteau Twins by Paul Cox

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