HIM cover version of Chris Isaak's “Wicked Game” was a massive success in the end of the 90's, everybody loved it, goth or not. At the same time, this song is extremely simple to play, just B - A - E over and over again, so it's perfect for rocking. Pay attention, cover bands!
Even though I'm not a big modern rock fan I really liked about 75% of Paul's “Live To Win” album. I mean all those digital drums and programming can go to hell but the songs themselves were quite good. If you ask me, “Wake Up Screaming” is one of the best songs of the album. It has an interesting chord progression and the bass part in the bridge sounds a little bit like “I Was Made For Lovin' You”.
In 1996 I doubt there was anyone cooler in rock music than Marilyn Manson. I was obsessed with him and his band back then... “Apple Of Sodom” was never a part of an album because it was recorded especially to be included in the soundtrack to David Lynch's “Lost Highway” movie.
Still feeling very much melancholic so let's go on with the European doom/goth/dark stuff. The band Moonlight from Poland was very possibly the first goth/progressive band I've heard back in 2002, I guess. First, it was the video for “Meren-Re (Rapsod)” that made me fall in love with the band's vibe and the singer Maja Konarska whose voice sounded so tender and original. Some would say it was like The Gathering were born in Poland.
If you speak with a KISS fan about KISS-related bands you can't help mentioning Vinnie Vincent. With a funny grimace, usually, because oh well... it's Vinnie. Vinnie Vincent was one of the most brilliant guitar players out there! We're talking Marty-Friedman-brilliant or even better because Vinnie could also sing and write amazing riffs and songs. This man used to have it all in one human body and it went straight to hell just because of oh so many reasons.
Znayu Ya (or “Знаю я”, i.e. “I Know”) was one of the most popular songs by Ukrainian folk pop singer Ruslana. You might actually know her since she won the “Eurovision” contest in 2004 with her song “Wild Dances”. Anyways, she was extremely popular in Ukraine back in 2003-2006, and “Znayu Ya” was one of her trademark hits back then.