Best British Indie Bands

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The Top Ten

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 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.
[Newest]How in hell do they want to be appreciated if all we know nowadays about this band is conflict and insults of Noel? This is one of my favourite bands, but don't go around yelling why they are not appreciated as they should be, because they've got what they wanted to get.

2Arctic 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
[Newest]I'm very like with this style

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.
[Newest]Just the best band that ever roamed this earth

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.
Simply the best. Ashcroft and Mccabe are geniuses.
[Newest]They should be in the top

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

6The 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"
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!
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.
[Newest]Half these bands were inspired by the stone roses so they should at least be in the top 5

7Bloc 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
[Newest]The album Four is just as amazing.

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.
[Newest]Should be on the top 5

9The 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!
[Newest]Best band ever. No doubt

10The 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.


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 ;)
[Newest]Not only my favourite indie bands but one of my favourite bands ever

The Contenders

11Joy 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
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,

12Kaiser Chiefs
Best cool indie band ever, you rock kaiser cheifs... love 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!
[Newest]Awesome band very underrated, newest album is really good. Great guitarist.

13The 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.
[Newest]These guys should defiantly be #1

14The Fratellis
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!
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!
[Newest]Love the hell out of the Fratellis

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
Coldplay's music is much more to be Alternative Rock I think..

16The Cure
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.

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!
The are such an amazing band! The are incredible! Nothing else I can say. The really should be on the top of this list.
I LOVE them. I discovered them by accident, but it was the best accident I ever had. Just saying.
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!?
[Newest]Love their music! Defiantly my favorite band! Saw them yesterday in cologne, outstanding performance! Love these guys so much!

18Siouxsie & the Banshees


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

21The 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
[Newest]They should be close to the top of the list

22Duran Duran

23The 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!

24Beady Eye

Seen them four times, pure class. They are completely and smokers outside the hospital doors seriously needs to be recognised!
Saw them live for my 18th birthday. Probably one of the best live bands I've EVER seen. been obsessed ever since. like seriously :( cried when their act finished so yeah should be waaay higher up /:
Saw them live two months ago and it was brilliant! The band deserves a better place, at least one in the top ten!

26The Script
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
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.
Such a good band in british indie.. I wish you vote here and top.
[Newest]They're amazing! So good.

27The 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
I honestly just love all their music
[Newest]Just too good. Great vibes man



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.
[Newest]They should at least be in the top 10...

31Sex Pistols
Are you serious, sex pistols and indie? What

James are still a great band and gave been producing great songs for the last 30 years! Unique sound and just amazing!
James rules. No other band can come out with albums that just get better all the time!
They are so great you can almost touch the music out of the trumpets

33Killing Joke

34Two Door Cinema Club
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
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!
[Newest]A really talented group of young lads!

35Manic Street Preachers
Don't know why they weren't on the list already. one of the best British bands up there with Radiohead and Muse, been around nearly 30 years and have carried on despite losing one of their members.
Nnoottiinnddbbuuttvery good motor cycle emptiness yeah! Very good rock ban their not underrated in rock indie manics boo

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
Honestly they should be at least in 3rd place, they've got the best music. They're music actually has meaning unlike all the music that comes up on the radio. Dan smith's voice is so amazing it gives more meaning to the actual songs and well the songs I can totally relate to. Bastille is such an amazing band I recommend listening to them.
[Newest]They're quite good, one of my favourite bands, really, but can they really be called Indie? They've become extremely well-known...

37Palma Violets
The revival of indie/punk from 1980!

38The Savages

39The 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.
I really like the xx's music and their style, the lyrics are beautiful and melodies are great, you know, simple but nice. I like the itchy feelings when I hear them sing!
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.
[Newest]When the Script are higher than the XX...

40Noah 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
Very very underrated, last night on earth is one of my favourite albums and first days of spring is really good as well.
Slowly bought one album after another, growing more and more amazed each time. You hear a transformation in the sound. This group is in my top 5 all time.
They should be higher up, way higher up.

41Florence + 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.

42House of Love
No wonder that this band has nearly no votes; these lists are made by Americans.

43The 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
AMAZING My New favorite! Best Band Ever!

44The 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!
You heard Sex? No? Go listen to it. Then come back and vote for The 1975.
[Newest]This should be in the top 3

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.
How can they be 43? Cause they have one album? (Which they spent 7 years on) Even so that one album, An Awesome Wave, is ridiculously good and has a variety of songs.
[Newest]Great band, my all time favourite band. Great live band as well!

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!
[Newest]Foals should be right up there!


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.
Mumford and Sons are so amazing! They write like no one else and marcus' voice is heartbreaking
There is so much feeling and power in every word of their songs. Love this band!

49You 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..

50One 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.
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

51The 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!

52The View
This is the real indie wow, just listen and feel the music to make you feel happy
First two albums are artistic masterpeices. After that... :/

They are from New York, not British

54The Courteeners
Liam Fray for Prime Minister. Absolutely quality band - even better live. Liam is a brilliant songwriter and has a great singing voice.
The Courteeners are an amazing band! Well put together and great sound.
Brilliant sound. Top Mancurian band old style

55Pigeon 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

56Blood Red Shoes

Should be higher on the list! Great band

58New 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 :/
Yes Let's get New Order

59Bombay 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

They brought theme and stories in every unique sound in their album, it's soft but burn you Inside

61Shed Seven
One of the most underrated bands of the indie boom era. Chasing Rainbows is one of my favourite songs.

Sure they are Indie!

63The Enemy
They are a quality British band who need to be in the top 10 their music is amazing

64The Rifles
The Rifles are awesome! If you've never heard any of their stuff then start listening to them now.

65Cage the Elephant
Cage the elephant 70th?! Are you kidding?! Their music is the definition of indie. I'm baffled
Go listen to cigarette day dreams asap 👍👍

66Wild Beasts
The Wildbeasts have this unique wicked sound to them. None that you'll hear from another.

67The 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

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

69The Jam

70Maximo Park
As far they count under this segment-absolutely awesome!
Books from boxes... A classic
One of the greatest


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

73Friendly Fires

74I Heart Sharks

75The Rascals

76The Mirror Effect

77Noel 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.

This the best BAND! LOVE THEM!
Goood, need to be in the top ten

79Arcade Fire
Candadian not british so why are they on this list?


81The Wonder Stuff

82The 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!

83Reverend 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!

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

85Band of Skulls

86Teenage Fanclub

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

Superb band don't get why they've not cracked the US when in my opinion they have better songs than Oasis and (maybe) Blur and Pulp, awesome musicians and he has a lovely voice.

89Kitchens of Distinction
Unique soundscape that brings lot of dreams and visions.


91Frightened Rabbit

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.

93The Kinks

94The 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!

95The More Assured

They are great! Vapour Trail is one of the most beautiful love songs I know. Listen to it and try to tell me the opposite... you see: it's not to describe with words!

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

98Life In Film

You can't forget about this band

100Snow Patrol
Oh come on! Chasing care? Open your eyes? COME ON!

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