The Best Shoegaze & Dream Pop Albums of the 21st Century

by Tim Sentz
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Another genre to experience a resurgence in the 2000s was Shoegaze and its sister genre Dream Pop. Just like Post-Punk, Shoegaze encapsulates a wide range of styles, and some artists are able to meld them together. Whereas a 90s or 80s list would be dominated by the big three, this list (while still having all of the staples of the genre) explores the lesser known and maybe under appreciated. For those thinking this genre is dead, get ready to find some new favorites!

As with the Post-Punk list, we've tried to keep it to just one album per artist to highlight more contributions across the board. Several of these acts released more than one great Shoegaze album in the 21st century, but we want to give credit to those who are under the radar. Click an album below to read a review

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Hey Tim - great list and a lot for me to explore that I'm not familiar with. Though Yo La Tengo's peak may have come a bit before this time, I'd still argue that some of their 2000 and beyond work still have a mix of dream/drone/shoegaze going on.

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I legit struggled with YLT's inclusion. On the one hand, I totally agree that they have elements that could constitute dream pop and/or shoegaze, I ultimately felt that they leaned a little more post-rock.

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Lots of good stuff here. I'd place Slowdive at number one although Deerhunter would probably be joint first. I didn't rate the MBV comeback much but I'd still have them top ten. I might tackle part two of this as there's a few bands I can think...

Lots of good stuff here. I'd place Slowdive at number one although Deerhunter would probably be joint first. I didn't rate the MBV comeback much but I'd still have them top ten. I might tackle part two of this as there's a few bands I can think of, Spectres, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, TVAM. Not sure I'll get another 100 though but it's fun to try.

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Trying to include everything was a task. Spectres was for sure an omission, as I did enjoy their first record.

In defense of m b v: the feeling that overcame me the night it was released was otherwordly. Having waited such a long time for it,...

Trying to include everything was a task. Spectres was for sure an omission, as I did enjoy their first record.

In defense of m b v: the feeling that overcame me the night it was released was otherwordly. Having waited such a long time for it, wondering if it was going to be a complete mess, or not live up to the expectations was maddening. But it didn't disappoint to me. The moment the warmth of "She Found Now" started, I knew it would be a classic. no other album has had that kind of an impact on me in recent memory.

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I agree with Bob re MBV though I'm not a fan of it at all, it just sounds pale in comparison to their previous glorious output and sadly feels very dated for me. Was not too keen on the Loop or Lush releases either. The Slowdive record though was...

I agree with Bob re MBV though I'm not a fan of it at all, it just sounds pale in comparison to their previous glorious output and sadly feels very dated for me. Was not too keen on the Loop or Lush releases either. The Slowdive record though was excellent and glad to see Asobi Seksu's brilliant 'Citrus' and Blonde Redhead's superb '23' on here.

Plus great to see a lot of excellent, rather unknown stuff on here, such as Hazel English, Infinity Girl, Deafcult, Fog Lake, Savage Sister, Westkust and A Shoreline Dream (the latter who I've been a big fan of for years!).

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Have you heard Miniatures - Jessamines? That's my #1 if I had a list. There are several here I'm happy to see but quite a bit here I haven't heard so I'll have fun with this.

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