Best British Indie Bands

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The Top Ten

1
Arctic Monkeys
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
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2Oasis
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 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
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.
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3Radiohead
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.
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4The 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.

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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 ;)
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5Kasabian
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.
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6Blur
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.
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7The 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.
Simply the best. Ashcroft and Mccabe are geniuses.

8Kaiser Chiefs
best cool indie band ever, you rock kaiser cheifs... lov the upbeat tempo of last few albums! last album bit slower
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.
I like a lot here on the list! But kaiser chiefs stands out. Their music is great!

9Bloc Party
They may have two eh albums but silent alarm is by far one of the best indie albums of the decade
Simply awesome band love them, can't wait to hear their new album when released!
One of the best bands I ever heard, hmm if they were just more famous here in the U. S but they are one of the greatest bands theirs no denying it.
All of their albums are just amazeing.
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10The Hoosiers

Who can forget "The Trick To Life"? Great album, shame about the 2nd though... They had a bright future.

The best music for british indie. After mgmt of course


The Contenders

11Franz 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!
One of the Best concerts I've ever seen. Kapranos is a stage animal! They deserve to be at top 10
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.
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12The Script
The script are amazing! I think they should really be up there with all the rest o' the epicest bands. I'm not sure why they want me to spell everything incorrectly. Every time I put an ' they say it's better quality. I don't know what's happening there. Awkward.
I love them they are amazing the best ever their music just inspires and I'm so glad that they came to America I love indie music so this band is just the best for me
Such a good band in british indie.. I wish you vote here and top.
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13Coldplay
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.
Coldplay owns! Best band ever in this world! But I have to agree with the guy before, they're mostly Alt Rock.
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
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14The 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"
It's crazy that the Stone Roses are not on this list. Anyone who knows anything about British Indie bands, knows the Stone Roses were one of the most seminal and highly rated British indie bands of their time. And what about The Smiths, and on a lower scale - Blur? Heloo?
All of the music on this webpage is either Stone Roses, Oasis, Joy Division, New Order, The Cure, and about 70 other artists that are pathetic losers that cannot match them, but the Stone Roses are best!
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15The 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!
The best band that I ever hear. I love their music. So I think it's best British indie-rock ban! Especially song Luby Loo!
Never recorded a bad song. Inside In/Inside Out was a brilliant start and they only got better with Konk. Sway and See The Sun have to be two of the greatest songs of all time. Third album may not be as stand-out as the first two but if you don't compare them, it's still a good album. How on Earth are bands like The Script ahead of them!?
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16Joy Division
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
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,
A source of outstanding inspiration. Hardly can anyone going on seeking for another self-identity, being dissatisfied with the world inside or outside your ego brush around an opportunity of the genuine Dasein
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17The Fratellis
Gotta love The Fratellis. Costello Music is just pure awesomeness. I'd love to see them live.
Costello music is an amazing album. Great band to see live as well. Awesome!
Really loved Costello Music, one of my favourite albums of all times!
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18Pigeon Detectives
I think that I found out is the bet song ever because whether you're a boy or a girl you can sing along an really understand the lyrics. It has helped me through some tough times with crushes, and I hope it's helped others too x

19The Smiths
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.
They created indie! Their songs are amazing.
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20The Cure

21Siouxsie & the Banshees

22Beady Eye

23Editors
Seen them four times, pure class. They are completely and smokers outside the hospital doors seriously needs to be recognised!
Saw them live two months ago and it was brilliant! The band deserves a better place, at least one in the top ten!

24The Libertines
Absolutely Amazing! Pete and Carl together are too good to not be 1st! Without The Libertines, this list would not be on here and neither would half of these bands exist! Long Live The Libertines! <3 Listen to them, if you haven't already heard their amazing sounds, songs and powerful lyrics.
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!
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25The Kills
Even though I absolutely love the kills, they are semi-English (VVs America) but oh well, I'm not complaining. Thanks for listening to what I had to say!
Their musics are just awesome, vv and hotel are dynamic duo!

26Duran Duran

27Muse
There are many great bands in this list... But MUSE not in top 10?! Seriously?! For example how can be the kooks or razorlight be better? Muse has got this unique style and matt's voice is just incredible! One of the best Live-Bands! You have to vote for them and show that the majority of people in this world have good music taste!
There is no way Muse can be this low on the list. It should totally be #1
Hasn't anybody heard Bliss? New Born? Starlight? Seriously, if Muse is this low, then indie music is most definitely dead.
I find the fact that Coldplay is higher on this list than Muse atrocious. Muse is by far one of the most creative acts in modern music and frankly deserve at least top five on this list.
They were voted best live band for a reason, you know.
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28The Vaccines
Seriously 24 position what a joke number 1 or possibly number 2 behind the stone roses
One of my favourite bands absolutely adore them Justin's vocals are fantastic
The Kooks <<<<< The Vaccines
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29Razorlight

30Bauhaus

31Sex Pistols

32Two Door Cinema Club
They're great. I like the flow of their songs. I believe they are like the total embodiment of the word 'Indie'. I honestly believe they need a higher place than 37!
Within the space of about 2 hours, I have gone from not ever heard of them to buying their first album! Amazing music, I love them.
They are amazing I love both their first and second album, GREAT indie band and I would definitely recommend for you to listen to their first album
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33James
James are still a great band and gave been producing great songs for the last 30 years! Unique sound and just amazing!
They are so great you can almost touch the music out of the trumpets
Best band in the world

34Pulp

35Killing Joke

36Bastille
Started listening to Bastille only last month, and trust me they write amazing music! Songs that the lead singer actually writes himself, about lie, and struggle! Trust me me it is probably the most amazing bad you will ever hear about, trust me on that. So check them out, and you'll just fall in love with their music and emotions immediately!
Their songs are awesome especially Pompeii, Flaws and Bad Blood it's so addictive to listen it's worth listening! Best Brit Indie for this year so far :D I LOVE BASTILLE
Should be top of the list. They're relatively new to mainstream media so they aren't a band for hipsters. But just as a tester everyone should listen to "Pompei", one of there most popular songs to date. Their Bad Blood album is DEFINITELY worth the money you pay.
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37Palma Violets
The revival of indie/punk from 1980!

38Noah and the Whale
Specially their first album: peaceful, the world lays me down, is amazing all the way through, puts a smile on my face every time.
Should definitely be in the top 10
I don't think they're #1 by a long shot, but they're much better than some of the bands higher than them. *cough* The Script *cough*

39Florence + the Machine
Should be number one. Love her hauntingly soulful voice that is always pitch perfect. Their music is also so deep.
BEST. BAND. EVER. How is it not claiming the #1 spot on this list? Come on, y'all. Never heard of them? Listen. To. It. Now. It's AMAZING.
These should be number 1. Best band of all time, they are just pure perfection.
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40The Savages

41The xx
I love the xx, ever since I heard their first album I was sad, because they didn't have any others, and it totally rocked. Makes me sad to see them this low on the list.
No way they xx is this low they should be up there. Can't think of one song I don't repeat over and over.
Listens to every band out there and this one is special it stands out from the rest. It has great soul put into its work.
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42House of Love
No wonder that this band has nearly no votes; these lists are made by Americans.

43Alt-J
Ridiculous that they're so low down. Please just stop what you're doing and listen to their music, it will change your life. In love with their unique sound, Taro is mindblowing. Can't wait to see them live! All their music just makes you want to move. Only Alt-J can get me out of a funk.
I can't believe they're so low. Innovative, original, a sound all their own. Bloody brilliant band with only exponential room to grow.
Amazing, individual band. Watch out for them.
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44Foals
Foals is one of my favourite bands right now, they are horribly underrated. A completely different and original style, always interesting lyrics and just awesome.
Unbelievable band, sensational live! Has to be one of the most underrated group at the moment. Love Total Life Forever, especially Spanish Sahara. Motivational.
Foals is the great band right now! I love Foals. There have own identity and the music. You have to listen first! FOALS FOREVER!
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45The 1975
Brilliant; love all their songs! Chocolate is a firm favourite
Why isn't this band at the top? Seriously, you guys voted radiohead into the top 10!? This band blows all of these other bands it of the water.
Deep lyrics and awesome beats, love yah the 1975!
Amazing band. Their lyrics are just neat. Matty has one of hella voice!
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46The Maccabees
I've been listening to the maccabees for the last 2 years now, I think they are the best of the best british indie bands ever. All I want is for them to bring out a new album!
First learned of them when I watched "Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging" about 5 years back, and I haven't stopped listening since.
They are absolutely amazing I've only heard their first album colour it in but they have a really unique sound
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47You Me At Six
You Me At Six are definitively the best indie band of the 21st century. Unlike other bands, You Me At Six haven't started turning into pop. They stay true to their fans and music.
You me at six are a really fantastic band, but they aren't indie..

48Mumford & Sons
An amazing band with so much talent. Marcus, Ted, Ben, and Winston are so down to earth and they care so much about making good music.
There is so much feeling and power in every word of their songs. Love this band!

49One Night Only

Say you don't want it is the most brilliant song I have ever heard so far. Everyone into indie rock should absolutely check them out, they are way to underrated over here.

THE BEST BAND EVER, BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW TO SHOW FEELINGS AND MATCH WITH THE MELODY WHICH HAPPENS ON TRACKS SUCH AS'CAN'T STOP NOW' AND THEY SHOW THE ROOTS OF THE PURPOSE OF ROCK AND ROLL- THAT REBEL STUFF, THE REVOLTING, THE OPPOSING OPINION... AND THE THEME: OUR NOWADAYS LIVES, IN "THE PLASTIC-MADE DREAMS, THE FAKE-SCENES" "PAINTING OUR SOULS WITH BRAND DESIGNS" THIS IS THE WARNING SIGN OF: SAY YOU DON'T WANT IT, THEIR MOST AMAZING AND MEANINGFUL MUSIC. THEY HAVE A HUGE POTENTIAL AND I BET AND SUPPORT ON THEIR CAREER... THEY HAVE A LONG WAY TO IMPROVE THEIR SOUND, BUT ARE ALREADY ON THE WAY

They are such a good band. And hardly anybody even knows about them which is honestly sad. So, if you don't know about them, look them up! Please


50Crass

51The View
This is the real indie wow, just listen and feel the music to make you feel happy

52Interpol
They are from New York, not British

53The Courteeners
The Courteeners are an amazing band! Well put together and great sound.
Brilliant sound. Top Mancurian band old style
Seen them plenty of times, absoloutly amzing! Definitely going to be big

54Blood Red Shoes

55The Subways
Just listen to "rock'n'roll queen", "Oh Yeah" and to " I want to hear what you have got to say" and vote this band. I am not saying that they are the best indie band of the uk, but on the stages they are fantastic, and they should be at least in the top 15.
YEAH The Subways... I Love The Music ROCK & ROLL QUEEN!

56Travis
Should be higher on the list! Great band

57Bombay Bicycle Club
These guys are the best band I have heard in a long time. Not only do they bring something new to the world with their eclectic sounds and awesome guitar music, they are also some of the most humble guys on the scene. These men are truly one of the best out there now, and Jack Steadman is one heck of a genius. They are all marvelous at what they do, and not one of their songs has disappointed me!
I love your songs guys, its make my mind traveling everywhere

58The Enemy

59The Rifles
The Rifles are awesome! If you've never heard any of their stuff then start listening to them now.

60New Order
Surely they should be in the top 10. Best British band along with smiths and the cure
I don't understand why New Order are so down low! That can't be :/

61Daughter

62Wild Beasts
The Wildbeasts have this unique wicked sound to them. None that you'll hear from another.

63The Twang
Phillip etheridge you are one sex mofo your an amazing songwriter/singer and your from brum but you support villa bo I saw you live in leeds you was awesome quality night thanks lads? :)
Even bought a 10:20 twang shirt
10:20 ON A WEEK NIGHT WERE THE BASS IS TURNED UP SO HIGH THE PICTURE ON THE BEDROOM WALL IS RATTLING

64Shed Seven

65Milburn
Absolutely awesome, the artic monkeys use to support them in Sheffield. Get their albums you will not be disappointed!

66Keane
Sure they are Indie!

67Maximo Park
As far they count under this segment-absolutely awesome!
Books from boxes... A classic

68Klaxons
ARE THE BEST OF INDIE!

69Cage the Elephant
I honestly don't know how they're in 73.-.
Like they're a sick ass band man. Their music is just so perfect. 👌 &' you guys need to check out their album melaphobia. This band needs to be at least in the top 10, if not in the top 20.

70Babyshambles
Because of Pete Doherty. Down In Albion and Shotter's Nation are fantastic albums.

71Friendly Fires

72The Jam

73I Heart Sharks

74The Rascals

75Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
If you like OASIS. You have to Love Noel. He's God, the best songwriter of a generation. His music is beautiful and the lyrics are amazing. He's from another planet.

76Arcade Fire

77The Wonder Stuff

78The Horrors
Incredible band, a sound of their own which changes in each album. They draw on so many influences and experiment with so many sounds in each new album. No band alike!

79The Mirror Effect

80Reverend and The Makers
Playing at FA Cup in Summer 2013, best known for their Top 10 hit 'Heavyweight Champion Of The World', just listen to this and I'm sure you'll love it.
There's only one rev and its Jon McClure! Bringing Heavyweight Champion of the world and The State of Things to our ears, should be top 10 at least!

81Metronomy
This the best BAND! LOVE THEM!

82Band of Skulls

83Placebo
Six studio albums, all of which have reached the top 20 in the UK. Have sold over 12 million records worldwide.
Placebo is the most wonderful group, I've ever listened

84Area 11
Area 11 are easily one of the best on here they might not have much material but its all excellent

85Kitchens of Distinction
Unique soundscape that brings lot of dreams and visions.

86Teenage Fanclub

87Theaudience
English band for which Sophie Ellis Bextor was the lead singer of before she went solo. "I Know Enough (I Don't Get Enough)" is a great hit.

88The Kinks

89The Crookes
So much better than 70% of the bands on this list. Have produced two stunning albums plus an extended ep and plenty of other wonderful songs. Deserve to be playing stadiums!

90The More Assured

91Stereophonics

92Ride

93Lush

94Spector
A really underrated indie band that have their own individual sound!

95Frightened Rabbit

96Life In Film

97Septembre
You can't forget about this band

98Kodaline

99Manic Street Preachers

Nnoottiinnddbbuuttvery good motor cycle emptiness yeah! Very good rock ban thier not underrated in rock indie manics boo


100Suede

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