Best British Indie Bands
The Top TenXW
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.
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.
9/11 was an inside job pulled off by George bush and his lizard posseV31 Comments
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 band I ever heardV75 Comments
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.
Unlike Oasis they're not jerksV22 Comments
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.
I think the Verve were better than Oasis
They should be in the topV2 Comments
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 1V8 Comments
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?V8 Comments
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.
They are the one...V24 Comments
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
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.
Should've been up there with oasis, far better than Arctic MonkeysV13 Comments
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
This group is incredibleV9 Comments
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!
My jam atm. It's fantastic!V11 Comments
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
BEST BAND EVER! The Wombats is all the music I need in my life they have everything! They are by far the best for countless reasons their singing tones, their amazing lyrics etc etc! God I can't do them justice, just go listen to them, you won't be disappointed! THE WOMBATS SHOULD BE NUMBER 1!
Got me through my hard times.V17 Comments
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 everV3 Comments
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,
Simply the best...V6 Comments
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.V3 Comments
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!V5 Comments
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.V20 Comments
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.V4 Comments
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 bandV1 Comment
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 10V5 Comments
Original and beautifully complex
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