Best Indie Bands

The greatest of the indie bands, double check record labels before adding.

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1MGMTMGMT is an American rock band formed in 2002 by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman, joined the core band in the studio.

To those who haven't heard MGMT before, I suggest starting out with Electric Feel, Flash Delirium, Kids, and Time to Pretend... That will get you hooked on enough to properly fall in love with songs like Siberian Breaks, Of Moons Birds and Monsters, and Congratulations.

By the time you've through with these songs, you'll return to this page and vote for them! And these are just some of the popular choices... I encourage even casual MGMT fans to go through their entire albums- you'd be surprised just how one of the songs you've heard little of catches your fancy!

I wish there were more bands like MGMT out there right now. There songs have a unique sound to them which you will find irresistible. You won't be able to stop humming their songs!

I LOVE MGMT! I just about died when I bought their album Oracular Spectacular. That was the best money I ever spent! They really mean the world to me!

I fell in the love with MGMT the moment I heard Kids. MGMT is definitely my favorite band every.

I think they should be #1, in my opinion they're one of the best bands out there today and highly underrated.

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2Arctic MonkeysThe Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band 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.

a rely skillful band with a good drummer

I almost threw up when I seen this. How did they make it past the Top 20?

This list is horrible because not enough people have voten. Love Artic Monkeys but not sure if it is the best indie band.

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3The StrokesThe Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998. They consists of Julian Casablancas (lead vocalist), Nick Valensi (guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Nikolai Fraiture (bassist) and Fabrizio Moretti ...read more.

You Only Live Once is a great song and Julian Casablancas sounds (and looks) perfect in the song and the video. Some songs just sound perfect and this one is it! I LOVE THE STROKES! BOTTOM LINE.

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4Two Door Cinema Club

Great band, summer vibe and catchy guitar riffs. Best example of an indie band.

5Arcade 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.
6OasisOasis 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.V2 Comments
7Bright Eyes

His lyrics and music are beyond many of his peers. He doesn't try to dazzle you with a voice he pulls you in with actual meaning to the words he says.

definitely a great band, but this is a horrible list, sorry. - T-uh

8Foster the People
9Of Monsters And MenOf Monsters and Men is a five-member, English-language, indie folk-pop band from Reykjavík, Iceland, formed in 2010.

I was surprised not to find them on the list... Nanna has an incredible voice and the band is AMAZING!
Their song 'Little Talks' is a major hit... I love them!

10Bunkface

The top song of this Malaysian band is situasi, prom queen, soldier, sily lily, bunk anthem and through Malaysia window... This can be top of the world with great performance on stage and have fun with people

Bunkface is the best indie band ever in my life. Their songs were the best of the best. Their music was awesome, fantastic, and cool... I hope that bunkface will do their own best to save malaysian's music industry of music. Maruah malaysia tidak akan kami cemari... Music malaysia lagi bagus daripada music luar.. GOMO BUNKFACE GOMO!

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11Alt-J

So different and such a unique style. Can listen to their album over and over again. Geek-rock.

12Sufjan Stevens
13The 1975

...Needs to go back to 1975 where it belongs, in the dark shadow of what music is today. Perfected.

Are. You. Kidding. Me. The 1975 is original AF, unlike what music has become

14The KillersThe Killers is an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

Best indie maker of all time! The vocalist and drummer r the best!

15Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine rocks and he is my favorite singer. He kind of looks like Jesus Christ with the beard but he is still a good singer/songwriter. You rock Iron and Wine.

Iron and Wine is the BEST! Its all I've been listening to at the moment. after hearing just one song I was hooked!

16Red House Painters
17Imagine DragonsImagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

Imagine the world w/o imagine dragons... in the words of sam Cooke

18Broken Social Scene
19The Neighbourhood

Dude, they are simply amazing, their music makes me feel something unexplainable.

The Neighbourhood is my all time favorite band. You really can't put them into a genre, they can range from sleepy indie R & B to hard hip-hop rap. These are my personal favorites: Female Robbery, $ting, Greetings From Califournia, Daddy Issues, Baby Came Home (1 and 2), The Beach, Warm, and Jealousy.

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