Best Alternative / Indie Rock Bands of the 21st Century
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Depends what kind of mood I am in but it's a toss up between radiohead and these guys. And the Monkeys do seem to have more momentum behind them these days...
Best band the British Indie scene has brought forward. Intelligent lyrics combined with solid music.
Better than every British rock band within 30 years in either direction
The only group album ever I want to listing over and over!V6 Comments
My Favorite band!
They should be on first
They are the best of all
There songs are really awesome
Can't tell in words... Just there music is AmAzInG - WillWords
Linkin Park is beyond doubt the best band ever! You guys ROCK!
They have created their own Genre. Enough said
Their music touch my heartV10 Comments
The Killers have amazing lyrics and tunes I mean seriously they are so underrated for an alt rock band. They have so much good music that are not even played on radio they should be #1.
After listening to 'When You Were Young' for the first time, I couldn't stop listening to their music
After Hearing Mr.Brightside and Read My Mind, It's a done deal, THE KILLERS IS IN MY TOP 3. There lyrics are so meaningful and I'm in love with Brandon Flowers voice, you can relate to everything in their songs and they make such great songs.V2 Comments
Comfortably the biggest and most influential band since 2000 no one makes music as comfortably as them, and no band sells as many records. Love them or hate them, they're undeniably the biggest in the world at the moment and have been for almost 10 years now.
I don't think they're the best indie rock band, I don't think they're alternative rock band, but they are the best Indie/Alternative rock band.
Best band in the world. Every song they do is different, every album they make is unique, and their talent shines through in everything. Each new album tries out something new and interesting that is able to keep people listening to them even after 18 years. A rush of blood to the head may perhaps be one of the best albums ever made! They have always made beautiful music and they don't need to sing about sex, drugs, alcohol, partying, and suicide to get the attention. They make songs with a wide variety of emotions that never ever fail to show their creative genius. In 2015 they recieved the NME award for Godlike Genius and I couldn't agree more. All the songs are made by the band, and are filled with the band's emotions. The lyrics are all chris martin and the lyrics of almost all of their songs are very meaningful and very full of life. Each member of the band is extremely talented and very humble. They have stuck together for almost 19 years because their chemistry and their ...more
Best band! They make amazing, meaningful songs, that invoke so much emotion and power. They have been going strong since 2000!V8 Comments
Those guy are so awesome, they make Florence and the machine look...well not awesome.
I love Imagine Dragons. They are really great and the lyrics are very emotional. For me number 1 with Linkin Park!
They're the best! All their songs have a good meaning and are awesome. They deserve to be number one
Imagine Dragons are Awesome...They should be in 1..They deserve that placeV7 Comments
Top 8 bands of all time. Also take every other band of but R.H.C.P., Foo Fighters, P.J., and maybe Radiohead.
None of these indie bands would be around without Radiohead. There would be no Muse, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Death cab, Coldplay, Killers, and many more. They are so inventive with their sound too...
Genius, mind blowing albums. They're by far, the most creative band ever.
Should easily top this list and be considered in best bands overall. Can you say dynamic? And more than that, just plain beautiful.
Wow is honestly all I have to say. Radiohead is the most amazing band of all time.V2 Comments
Green Day have had a huge influence on the 21st century and unlike some bands on this list they make statements with their music. Just listen to, "Holiday," "American Idiot," "Wake Me up When September Ends," "21st Century Breakdown," or "21 Guns." In addition they are the only band on this list that I have seen that had a rock opera turned into a successful musical about 7 years after its original release date.
I like some of Green Days songs but I again still dislike just as many.V2 Comments
Muse is the best band ever! I haven't heard a single song by them that I didn't like.
Everyone one of their songs draws you in. I absolutely love this band!
Muse is the best band ever. Say what you want about Linkin Park but they didn't get radio AirPlay of 30+ songs. Muse did
I hate muse it makes me barfV3 Comments
They were the ones that started it in 2001 with Is This It.
This is the most original of all bands.V3 Comments
I'm in love with their music. They have such contrast and don't use the same boring melodies over and over. And I love how they exaggerate stuff and make their live shows a big dramatic production! It's definitely a job well done!
Favorite band of all time! Haven't found a song I didn't like! From I Write Sins Not Tragedies to Nine in the Afternoon to Nicotine, Build God Then We'll Talk, Girls/Girls/Boys and The Ballad of Mona Lisa they're music is the best!
Incredible music incredible band. Brandon Urie is the most talented musician out there in my opinion, he plays ALL instruments and his voice and vocal range are just as amazing live
Brendon Urie is a brilliant songwriter and producer. We wouldn't know how to love Panic! At the Disco if we didn't know how to love the face of itV2 Comments
These guys are literally the reason I love music. With two people they managed to make a bigger and better sound than bands that have three times their number. Also, Jack White is probably the best guitarist and raw musician of his generation, or any generation for that matter.
Despite what some people say here, alt rock existed many years before the White Stripes. However, they are still a great garage rock/punkish band. Jack White is one of the best guitarists of the past 10 years as well.
This shouldn't be number 10. It started alternative rock. It got me interested in the genre of rock in the first place when I heard Seven nation army. Like honestly wow, their guitar skills are better than any band at this time, THEY shouldn't BE 10 THEY STARTED IT. And I can gurantee that 90% percent of people over the age of 13 have heard at least one of their songs.
They need to be firstV2 Comments
The new album 'right thoughts, right words, right action' is AMAZING! - RafaelM
Take me out and dark of the matinee are great songs
Beautiful guitar, haunting vocals, and incredibly deep lyrics
I think they should at least top 10, they are way better then Linkiln Park - dovfV1 Comment
Have found themselves succeeding in a time where rock is practically dead. Hats off!
Couldn't stand the fact that this band wasn't on the list!V1 Comment
They aren't indie. They are more like Maroon 5 aka pop with a few rock influences. I'm not really a fan though.
Too mainstream for me sorry, they do make great songs thoughV1 Comment
Way under rated, way better than Arctic Monkeys
Alongside RHCP and Coldplay, these guys of all contemporary bands do magic through their music. Eventhough they are a 21st century band, I dare to say they might be my favorite band of all time, and that's tough since I've been into older stuff like Pink Floyd my entire life.
They hace a fusion of genres on their music that makes you feel in other place
These guys are just amazing an for me they deserve top 5 at least
Great band with amazing music and lyrics, one of my favorite
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2. Arctic Monkeys
3. Franz Ferdinand
2. Linkin Park
3. Imagine Dragons
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