Best Alternative / Indie Rock Bands of the 21st Century

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21Arcade FireArcade Fire are a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.

Because they ARE the best band of our time!

Undoubtedly the greatest band of the 21st century. Every single song has such a profound meaning and story. Funeral, Neon Bible, The Suburbs, Reflektor; works of geniuses. How is it so low. Probably just cause its lesser known than the others being canadian and all._. Has won two Grammy album of the years. They will not disappoint <3 arcade fire

22Bloc Party
23The FrayThe Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and ...read more.
24Two Door Cinema Club

Honestly they're perhaps the most underrated band of today. They're just incredible!

25Cage the Elephant

This band is Amazing! They are fantastic live and their lead vocalist is fantastic! They have great songs and they aren't boring.

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26My Chemical RomanceMy Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.
27The 1975

Incredible! Obsessed with their music!

They are amazing especially their new album!

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28Florence and the MachineFlorence and the Machine are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other artists.V1 Comment
29Bring Me The HorizonBring Me the Horizon are a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively ...read more.
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3130 Seconds To MarsThirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević.
32Breaking Benjamin
33The KooksThe Kooks are an English rock band formed in 2004 in Brighton. The band currently consists of Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Alexis Nunez, and Peter Denton. The original bassist was Max Rafferty, and the founding drummer was Paul Garred.

I actually prefer the arctic monkeys but I just could not accept that this band was behind my chemical romance

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34The Vaccines

Geniuses not respected for what they are... youthful, droned in reverb, summer hooks with deeper meaning that first glance. great live too. love them

The vaccines are are quite a new band but I think they're great! Please vote

Love love love their songs Wetsuit and Family friend, best songs I've heard.

35Modest Mouse
36Foster the People

Torches is by far one of the best produced music albums of the century. With hits like Pumped Up Kicks, Waste, and Don't Stop (Color on the Walls), it provides a fresh new perspective on national problems we face every day. Mark Foster has an incredible voice and a talent for songwriting. He draws inspiration from his own troubled past, and seems to enjoy combining great sounds with deep lyrics. Foster the People is widely underappreciated and they still have a successful future ahead of them.

I love this band I listen to it every day you the bomb mark foster

FOSTER THE PEOPLE has such unique music.. They should be in top 10

Foster the people 32nd? They should be at least top ten

37The Neighbourhood

Not sure why this ranking thing isn't higher for The Neighbourhood? They're literally the greatest thing ever.

They are the reason I fell in love with Indie music!

The texts, music, and voice are perfect!

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38The VampsThe Vamps are a British pop rock band consisting of Brad Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans.
39BastilleBastille are an English indie pop band formed in 2010. The group began as a solo project by singer Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. Beside Smith, the four-piece consists of Chris Wood, Will Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons.

They should at least be in the top 10. This band is great and they don't have a single bad song.

40EvanescenceEvanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
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