Best British Indie Bands

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1OasisOasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

I am a huge fan of the Artic Monkeys but how are oasis not first. They are the hearts and should of British music and there contribution to music has been outstanding. There was not one bad song on the first two albums and even when they had so called "bad" albums, there were still 4 or 5 fantastic songs on those albums

OASIS are really #1 INDIE band as well as one of the Great bands of all time... Their lyrical genius is beautifully portrayed with great music.
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They are really not appreciated as they should be.!
The gallagher brothers were really great partners.. I wish they re-unite in FUTURE..!

I have listened to arctic monkeys, kasabian, the wombats and oasis and almost everything else on this list enough to tell my opinion (so if you haven't listened to everything don't bother to comment), and I've come to the conclusion that oasis has the most classical and rhythmic songs. Others are all very good and in fact really good, but they just need the harmony and experience which oasis has had.

Best band, 22 consecutive top ten singles and the 5th best selling album in British history, arctic monkeys are nowhere near

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2Arctic MonkeysThe Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band. They formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, ...read more.

They have the unforgettable songs, simply the most outrageous indie band in the world. THEY MAKE ME love BRITISH INDIE! ~~

They are actually the best band ever. I LOVE every SONG

The verve, the kaiser chiefs and oasis are all pretty good, but honestly who could beat the monkeys? THey beat all the bands on this list just by having such a cool name! Rock on Monkeys! Oh and don't sit down because I moved your chair! LEGENDS! X

Best Indie Band Ever Exist

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3RadioheadRadiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien.

Radiohead's unique sound and unique lyrics beat any other band's easily. No other band on this list has achieved as much as Radiohead has in music over the past years. Take, for example, the fact that Radiohead has made it to Billboard's top 100 rock songs of the 90's. Take, for example, how long Radiohead has stayed in the music industry and how long the band has prospered. No other band has achieved this much, this fast and during its career as a band. Many other bands only achieve this status after they have fallen apart.26 years in the music industry. That's big. The Beatles lasted less than half that time.

Well I love arctic monkeys too but Radiohead is Radiohead and will always be Radiohead, they don't fit in any genre or style, they have their own genre. And the feelings you got in each songs of these guys, man they are unique. Their bests albums are in my opinion "OK Computer" and "In Rainbows", and if I had to recommend a song to any person in Earth will always be "Paranoid Android" that's its just a masterpiece.

OK computer was undeniably the best album ever made! Nothing can compare to it's brilliance and therefore radiohead deserve first place.

Such an unique band. The best one with the most haunting songs. Just amazing!

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4The Verve

While Blur and Oasis are the better bands (my favorite band is blur) no one can match the swagger and vocal prowess of Richard Ashcroft. Listen to their albums... They're absolutely incredible. The Verve are a definite #3 on this list for sure.

Verve sure deserve a top 3 spot. Superb vocals lyrics and music. Awesome album quality.

In my opinion: The Verve were and still are completely underestimated and stereo typed for the commercial hits only (the drugs don't work & the one with the stolen riff for example), unlike other indie bands Ashcroft and the Verve fear not to go ambient in an alternative way which is something that's been missing from Indie since Pink Floyd. To be ranked on a totally different scale.

what is Arctic Monkeys doing in the number 1 spot?
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Where is Elbow and the Guilemots? don't make me go to page 2!

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5KasabianKasabian are an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The band's original members consisted of vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist Chris Karloff, and bassist Chris Edwards.

Underrated yet again, they have many good songs and the song "Fire" is one of the best Indie Rock songs of all time.

The best band in history! Each and every album impresses and never ceases to amaze me. The world will catch on soon.

Kasabian Is simply the best. Re-Wired is outta this world. Not to mention every single album they have put out has been a perfect 10/10. Club Foot, Shoot the Runner, Empire, Underdog, Fire, Take Aim, Fast Fuse, Thick as Thieves, Switchblade Smiles, Days are forgotten... They are just the best band out there. Period.

They kick major ass with their mix of different genre. SERGE IS A GENIUS! Why can't people see good music?

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6The SmithsThe Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

Why are the Smiths so low down? They are the ones who started indie and without them their would be no Arctic Monkeys, no Libertines, no Strokes (Lou Reed was a bigger influence on the Strokes) and no Oasis. Johnny Marr's guitar playing is iconic and Morrissey's voice can't be described by words. I am fourteen and the thing I love about this list is that even though it is in a bad order, practically all the bands on here are amazing! I love indie rock and I think a few new bands such as the Vaccines and the Horrors should be included on here.P.S. listen to Spector, they are brilliant! :) x

Not even in the top 20? That is a disgrace to Indie music I say. Don't get me wrong I love Oasis, Arctic Monkeys etc but The Smiths were the band that started it all (If not The Jam or Joy Division were). Morrissey's lyrics defined a generation, Johnny Marr's guitar playing is some of the best ever. Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce are such an underrated rhythm section which is a real disappointment as they are amazing.

All other bands in this list create(d) music fit to a specific time. The Smiths music is timeless. All one needs to do is look at their debut album (debut! ), and see that it doesn't fall under any genre. Their originality and uniqueness earn them the #1 spot, in my opinion. Their influence on the others in the list have already been mentioned by others.

The most influential, passionate and genuine band ever. Beautiful meaningful lyrics, accompanied by legendary guitarists.

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7The Stone Roses

Should be top of the list. Brown and Squire = Jagger Richards. If it wasn't for the Roses the indie scene wouldn't have spawned the talent it did likevthe happy Mondays or inspirall carpets who also don't feature in the top ten yet blur do! Your having a laugh. No roses and Oasis would never of happened to the admission of Noel Gallagher himself who also quoted"the stone roses are the best band in the world"

Should be number 1, the indie scene didn't have a definitive "sound" before them but it sure did afterwards. Can't believe the bands people are placing above them, ridiculous. The Arctic Monkeys FFS! It's like having a top ten punk list without the Sex Pistols at number 1 or a 60's list without the Beatles.

Just listen and you know what I mean... Just one of the best bands ever... Earlier and better than the rest of the indie scene... The guitars are great!

SHould be Number 1

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8BlurBlur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist/guitarist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.

Number 20, that's nuts. They moved with the times and were always amazing. Every album from leisure to think tank was incredible.

My number one, but should definitely be in the top 5

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It's really amazing, I like this band more than many of the top 5 bands! But the popular voice is the voice of the reason! Good Energy since Colombia!

My favourite band of all time. A band that would fit in everywhere, they would always find a way to move with the changes in scene and culture and always have a good solid body of work and fan base.

Unbelievable their not at the top

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9Bloc Party

They may have two eh albums but silent alarm is by far one of the best indie albums of the decade

Bloc Party has the most innovative sound of all these groups. Not one of their three studio albums sounds the same. And they feel good music, whenever I have a bad day just turn on Bloc Party problems solved!

I must say that there isn't a bloc party song that I hate, they are just amazing. There songs has awesome drum and the singer is amazing, they are truly one of the best bands out there, indie or not

Wow, amazed how I never actually listened to these guys before. Not at all into poppy indie/rock (Arctic Monkeys), but loving Bloc Party!

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10The Libertines

There amazing. All their songs are sick. I only wish I was able to see them live before they split up. Maybe one day they'll have a reunion gig. Here's to hoping. But, yeah, just wanted to say what a stunning band they are. Love them. So much. Wish they never split. It's a hard *knock* life.

The Libertines... Where can I start? Every single song has an individual spark that just makes all their albums so unique and amazing to listen to. Carl and Pete together are just ace and their musical skill combined with deep, meaningful lyrics makes brilliant songs that are memorable and legendary. The Libs are ACE!

Why are these so low down? Its outragoeus! They are the band that brought British indie back, without them, most of the bands on this list would not even be here! They are British Indie, Pete and Carl are the best rockers and the music they make is so British and amazing, they should be number 1 easily!

How can you not love The libertines? Pete Doherty is amazing! Don't look back to the sun is everything!

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The Newcomers

?The Neighbourhood (The NBHD)

Simply an amazing British indie band and I was confused as to why this band was not on here, as they are pretty famous and successful and sound great too!

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The Contenders

11The Wombats

let's dance to joy division never fails to cheer me up, techno fan, moving to new york... they're just awesome :) (which British indie in general is)

Moving To New York. Therefore this band should be top of the list. - DalglishIsBack

THE WOMBATS! are amazing the best indie band in the uk now :) they alway make me smile :) I love them :) the best bands always come from liverpool ;)

Their ability to have some of the most cheerful and upbeat songs, ever, as a facade to their more deeper and darker understanding of life. That is truly one of a kind.

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12Kaiser ChiefsKaiser Chiefs are an English indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming and establishing themselves in their current name that same year.

They may not be as big as some of the others on this list, but they are quite arguably the most innovative and influential, so long as you exclude Radiohead, to be honest Radiohead shouldn't even be on this list anyway as they're not actually an Indie band.

Best cool indie band ever, you rock kaiser cheifs... love the upbeat tempo of last few albums! Last album bit slower

I like a lot here on the list! But kaiser chiefs stands out. Their music is great!

Most underrated band ever

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13The CureThe Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

The Cure is number what now?! Are you kidding me? Talk about timeless! I grew up on them and STILL love their tunes!

If you wanna listen to real indie music go to them - or arctic monkeys.

I don't understand how can the be so low on the list.

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14Joy DivisionJoy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

Please someone kill me now, how can you compare Joy Division to the Kooks. What could compel someone to claim that the Kaiser chiefs are better. Done about 4-5 good songs in five albums. Joy Division 2 studio albums 19 good songs, that doesn't even include the classics. As what has previously said insanely influential, who without, there would definitively be no other bands on this list. Horrendous list

Ian Curtis' lyrical mastery alone should surely warrant Joy Division a place above Kasabian and Bloc Party, add the fact that they make generally great music should push them to that number 1 spot shouldn't it? Oasis made good music without the lyrics to back it up, Joy Division were the complete package

The Wombats above Joy Division, easily top deserve top spot with the Smiths second with Stone Roses third, come on half of these bands are not British, why are the Strokes on this list they are from New York. Top ten should be; Joy Division, Smiths, New Order, Stone Roses, Radiohead, Libertines, Oasis, Bauhaus, Babyshambles and maybe Kasabian,

Joy Division is an amazing band. Why the HELL are they at 11?!?! - MontyPython

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15The Fratellis

Gotta love The Fratellis. Costello Music is just pure awesomeness. I'd love to see them live.

Immense band! Totally under appreciated by people these days! The Fratellis have always been one of my favorite bands, and I've been listening to them for years! Real toe-tapping tunes- seriously!

Costello music is an amazing album. Great band to see live as well. Awesome!

They are my favorite band!

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16ColdplayColdplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

Coldplay are hardly Indie, they're 95% Alternative Rock, I don't know why they are even on this list. Obviously great band though and consistent too.

saw them at t in the park in 2011 and it just confirmed how much of an awesome band they are. absolutely loved them, got the atmosphere down to perfection. chris martin is such a heart throb

Coldplay owns! Best band ever in this world! But I have to agree with the guy before, they're mostly Alt Rock.

Should be way higher.

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17The Kooks

Such a good band! I love their music and I hope they will make more albums! I really love there B-side to! And there covers, I love everything of them, they are the first indie band I've ever heard and one of the best!

This band is the definition of indie. Perfect blend between electric and acoustic material. Just listen to "Naive" and "She moves in her own way" and you'll know what I mean. Should definitely be closer to the number 1 spot.

I LOVE the kooks SO MUCH. Their music is beautiful. Plus they're really handsome.

Pure talent, sea side vocals but a disappearing presents and lack of follow ups leaves the band quite solitary in a list of major players.

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18Pulp

Jarvis is one if the greatest lyricists of the past 30 years and sum up real life like no other singer. Why are they so low? Such an underrated band

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19Siouxsie & the Banshees

Original and beautifully complex

20Franz Ferdinand

Their music is uniquely Awesome. They don't sound like most of the bands out there, which is why I could Never get bored listening to all of their songs - be it b-sides or covers. They have the best guitar riffs, drums, Kapranos' voice, back-ups etc that make a great band.

On top of that, their live performances are splendid! Which is the reason I fall in love with them in the 1st place. You could never tell the difference from their recorded ones!

The most intelligent and fascinating lyrics I've ever heard. The most beautiful voice. The most energizing concerts I've ever seen. Too many "the most" for one band, but they DO deserve it. In my list they are on the first place.

One of the Best concerts I've ever seen. Kapranos is a stage animal! They deserve to be at top 10

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