Top Ten Best Indie Rock Bands
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They are just amazing! I can't stop listening this band!
Arctic monkeys is the best band forever... Alex turner create a genius lyric!
Wow I love this band, they never get old, and they never will! Alex Turner has such a great voice, and the guitar and bass riffs are just amazing!
Well deserved #1V213 Comments
Oh my lord god in heaven I cannot believe that this blessed band is not even mentioned in this list. You haven't heard good indie rock unless you've heard The Strokes. I'm speechless, honestly
These guys are basically the 21st century revolution of indie music. Come on, now! If you like Arctic Monkeys, there is no possible way that The Strokes don't come before or after the Monkeys on your favorite's list.
You can't have a top ten indie bands list without these guys! Like every Arctic Monkeys song sounds like a carbon copy of the last and Kings of Leon; are you kidding me?
Arctic Monkeys songs sound the same? Every record they've released has been completely different to the one which came before it. - Scretty_MUFC
The Strokes is such an awesome band. I demand that you put 'Listening to any songs by The Strokes' on your to-do list!V92 Comments
Just one question, why aren't they Number #1, and mostly why are they behind Coldplay when they have taken so much from this band? So much more to be said.
My personal favorite indie band. I can definitely understand why groups like The Strokes or The Killers are higher up on this list, as their music is much more accessible and radio friendly than a lot of Radiohead's music but when it comes to being the most innovative and bringing the most to the table, Radiohead blows the rest of these groups out of the water.
Genius, good music, good lyrics, and original. Enough said.
Top 5:Radiohead, The Mars Volta, Modest Mouse, Queens of the Dark Age, and Muse. Peace out amateurs!
Someone remind me to write a proper comment after I'm done crying because of A Moon Shaped PoolV38 Comments
The Killers are my favourite band! I have so much respect for them and their music inspires me more than any other thing in my life at the moment. I respect the fact that Brandon is not afraid to sing about his religious views and his beliefs although I am not a Mormon, I can relate so much to them. The Killers are my idea of perfection and when Ronnie announced they are currently writing new music my heart lifted! The may be number 8 on this website, but to me they will always be number 1!
The Killers are my favorite band ever. I have so much respect and love for them, it's amazing. Even live they sound amazing, which is quite rare to find. Every word of their music means something to me, every song has an emotion. You guys, this band is the definition of perfection.
They not only do rock but also different music genres they are completely versatile, think of Queen, not only that but they're lyrics are really meaningful 'if' you really go deep into them and analyze carefully and you'll find them relatable. So far the best modern band ever
The Killers are one of my favorite bands! Or maybe my favorite after Sixpence None The Richer. They're absolutely amazing! I love all their albums, every one of them has something magical and catchy, plus the lyrics you can dive in. My dream is to be at a concert of them. Go Killers, go!V68 Comments
There are few bands that I truly love. Aside from Modest Mouse, Radiohead, and Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire holds a special place in my heart.
And unlike most of the bands in this list, Arcade Fire is one of those few bands composed of artists, in the truest sense of the word.
They have the audacity to make some of the most original sounds that work so incredibly well when incorporated in their music. Intelligent meaningful music that should be recognized in the indie hall of fame
Brilliant band and awesome songs! and albums =D
Honestly, this band inspires me every single day!V39 Comments
Is there a greater indie rock band anywhere? I love practically every song and I find myself singing the lyrics all the time. Imagine Dragons has songs that will always be some of my all time faves including Hear me, Round and Round and Amsterdam. They are just purely amazing!
This must be the best of all NIGHT VISIONS
Radioactive is the best song I've heard in years, they're really underrated. Also very good songs: It's time, Demons. Love them!
My absolute favorite band ever. I'm obsessed, honestly.V144 Comments
The Black Keys return to what got rock started in the first place - BLUES! Tired of hearing post-grunge indie rock that still hasn't overcome the 1990s? Try these guys, using the roots of rock that were so prevalent in the 60s and 70s.
Their new album, Turn Blue, is a little bit of a disappointment because it's got too much pop, but hopefully they'll get back on track to what brought them here - check out their older stuff.
How this band is so low, I don't know. Their music consist of insane guitar solos, beautiful lyrics and melodies. Every album is something different and their new album, in my opinion, is the best one yet. Just Listen to Weight of Love off their new album, and let Dan and Patrick blow you away
You don't know about bands if you don't listen to TBK, they're amazing! LISTEN to Lonely Boy and love them and of couse welcome to the fanbase
Fever got me aching... Until I heard thisV34 Comments
How are these not even top 10 THERE AMAZING COME ON, SOMETHING GOOD CAN WORK, WHAT YOU KNOW? BEST SONGS
I love them best indie rock ever... Peace, love, rockets
THIS BAND IS INSANELY TALENTED! They are by far the youngest band on this list, and yet they demonstrate their amazing skill in every song! Honestly, they are the only band that I've liked every song they've ever made- including their demos!
This electric guitar... Certainly the best indie rock band everV55 Comments
Considering more than half of what's on top is not indie rock, it isn't that surprising. Really, it's filled with overrated "famous" Alternative bands. I was surprised to see the Hoosiers up there though. I really think they're a great band, but I didn't know they were considered in that high of a regard. Really, up in the top ten, Arctic monkeys shouldn't be even close to where they are at. Oasis isn't indie. The Killers aren't indie. Kings of leon. For me, the strokes are awesome, but they aren't really indie. All good bands (maybe except for kings of leon), but not indie. I can't actually believe that Blur or The script is even on this list. Also, why isn't pavement higher? Why isn't Built to spill on this list? Well there are plenty of indie bands that need to be on this list that's for sure, but a lot of the best ones are on here of course they aren't in the higher spots they deserve like Modest Mouse here.
Arctic Monkeys are amazing. Oasis is definitely indie if you consider Blur to be indie. The Killers are indie, they are signed with an independent label. The Strokes are indie as they are signed with RCA. The Script isn't rock. You're pretty much wrong on everything lol - PeterG28
I have to say, I've only recently discovered this band, but I was definitely grateful to have done so. Modest Mouse is one of the most literary yet overwhelmingly deep and meaningful indie rock bands out there who use lyrics that will blow your mind. And I've grown to love them in such a short amount of time. Go ahead and listen to their songs. Take it from me, you will not be disappointed.
The fact that Modest Mouse is 23rd currently is surprising since they're regarded as Indie legends -. -
Float On to the topV29 Comments
First time I heard STEP, I fell in love with them, they are unique. So I decided to purchase their latest album down at local disc shop, listened to it and absolutely love it, found out they were touring the next month, begged my family to but me tickets to the concert and heard so many of their other songs and loved them even more, now I own all their albums! In a space on 1 1/2 months from hearing that one song on radio.
A fun indie band that somehow mix classical and world influences and make it work! The last two albums take a bit more risk and need a little time to grow on you (but when they do, you'll be hooked! )
I suggest: oxford comma, a-punk, holiday and white sky
There is no proper way to describe Vampire Weekend. Just get the album and trust me, you will fall in love with them.
Ottoman will forever be my favorite songV28 Comments
There will never be any other band that can compare to Oasis.
You know how almost every other band Is a 2000s band right? We'll these guys made indie rock pretty much. If you haven't heard the whole what's the story? Morning glory your missing out on songs like don't look back in anger.
Top 10 songs:
1. Live forever
2. Don't look back in anger
3. Stop crying your heart out
4. Champagne supernova
5. Morning glory
6. The master plan
8. Slide away
9. Hey now
If you haven't heard songs like live forever and don't look back in anger your missing out.
The most awesome band to ever come from Great Britain. They inspired me to listen to music
How can they not make the top 10V29 Comments
If you talk indie rock... Dcfc is the first band that comes to my mind...
Soul meets body, I will follow you into the dark, someday you will be loved... and the others have been so beautifully written... It's difficult not to love the band...
Absolute favourite indie rock band...
Death Cab for Cutie has been a favorite for years. Looking at the name it might seem like a emo band, but once you listen you'll see the beauty of it. The chilling piano intros and the in deep lyrics and imagery paired with amazing guitar work with Bens amazing voice will sure make you love the band. The topics of the songs are relatable which makes it even better. The drum beats are nice too and the bass on "I will posses your heart are amazing".
beautiful lyrics, beautiful music - ShaggysWorld
There are no other options for me! This is BY FAR the best indie rock or indie pop band.V23 Comments
This should be at the top!
I mean, Foster the People is a great band with awesome music.
It's the best of Indie-pop music!
I think foster the people should be #1 because of their innovative music. Their "Torches" album displays creativity in vocals & rhythms. Their new album "Supermodel" expands on creativity in a variety of moods not on the first album. Watch this band's fan base grow.
Foster the People are amazing. they can play a wide range of music. Mark Foster vocal range is amazing and his lyrics are just perfect. not many bands can do this but they sound great live and they a little bit of spice to their songs when they play live.
Every song from this band is gold, not like other bands in this listV52 Comments
Heck, Pixies are an incredible band. Their music is weird, imaginative (and often rude, I know), but groundbreaking too. Pixies are a major influence to so many of the really famous bands everybody knows, yet their contribution is shamefully unseen. These guys deserve to be No. 1; way better than all those listed above (and I am a fan of some too), especially better than Arctic Monkeys, and just... Yeah. Incredible.
69?!? Come on!? Pixies are one of the best rock bands ever!
This is one of the most important bands in rock history, most bands on this list owe a lot to Pixies, and somehow this is at 50.
Pixies may not be the best band in the genre, but they still deserve to be WAY higher.
Should be higher up.V15 Comments
Way under recognized on American radio, I don't know about their status in the UK, but way underrated in US. I mean it's so much more than Florence Welch, the band itself (the Machine) is some of the finest music I've heard from the 21st Century. I especially love the way they incorporate the harp in their music, so rarely do you hear harp in popular music anymore. My favorite song is "What the Water Gave Me" but I also really like "Shake it Out", "Seven Devils", and their covers of "You've Got the Love" and "Addicted to Love". Extremely talented and unique band. I'm waiting anxiously for new music from them. -
Why are they so low on the list. They are the best and very underrated which kinda makes me angry. They are so good and talented, yet so under appreciated. Their songs like dog days are over and shake it out should've got more radio regonition because they are so great. Even though those songs are the most popular, it didn't get a chance to top the charts. All three of the albums are amazing, but Lungs has to be the best. - zach2246tt
This band absolutely deserves to ve in top 10! The first song I ever became to know was "Never let me go" and always made me feel somehow freezing. One of the best decisions I had ever taken was to look for some other songs. "No light, no light", "What the water gave me" and many others made me fall in love with this perfect group even more!
Somehow they are so huge yet so underrated at the same time. And Florence Welch will always be one of my biggest inspirations.V20 Comments
How many bands have been influenced by these incredible musicians wouldn't be surprised if all that came after them on this list were
So much more than simply four incredibly talented musicians, collectively, Morrissey, Marr, Rourke and Joyce had a magic that can't be manufactured or reproduced. We have seen many challenge for their crown but no one has come close to the musical perfection created by The Smiths.
I'm almost sickened of the fact that the smiths are at 53...
Greatest ever! Why isn't it No1?V54 Comments
Neutral Milk Hotel is on a whole different level from every other band on this list. They are simply amazing! They may not have as many songs under their belt as several other bands on this list, but In the Aeroplane Over the Sea will wreck all other indie albums. If you haven't heard it, why are you even looking at this list? Go listen to it.
Neutral Milk Hotel always did their own thing, which is the true meaning of an "independent" band. They released only two albums, but that was enough, and they continue to tour because they love their music. They don't release album after album of tired, boring and forced material. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is one of the best albums ever made, and it is impossible to argue otherwise.
Every one of these lists is disgusting and voting for Neutral Milk Hotel is the only way to salvage this one. Indie means independent, plebs.
Come on they should be up hereV17 Comments
They are my other half. They changed the way I feel about music forever. I love Andrew VanWyngarden's voice and the way it flows beautifully with their psychedelic music style. They are one of my everyday obsessions. I won't even date people unless they like MGMT. It was love at first listen when I heard the song Electric Feel on the album Oracular Spectacular.
I love them as much as Spiderman loves Mary Jane. They can have fun yet meaningless lyrics and real deep lyrics that captivate and harness the soul. They give me EARGASM!
Their new album is out and it just keeps adding to their everlasting phenomenon! I'll never forget Oracular Spectacular, but it's time for a new sound. Artists experiment and grow at their own pace, so let's sit back and watch them bloom.
MGMT is such a great band, I'm obsessed and listen to them every day.V16 Comments
Maybe not true indie, but makes amazing songs with great lyrics and beautiful music.
I personally love coldplay. They have meaningful lyrics with a story and they speak to so many people world wide that's why they are the best indie band.
They are amazing, great music, good lyrics... When you listen to them you find yourself in peace... Excellent band, love them
The best band I have ever seen live and I never thought id say that as I am not usually into stuff like thisV19 Comments
This is truly a unique band. Not only is Luke Pritchard's voice soothing yet exciting, but the sound from the band intertwines into sheer perfection. Their constant experimentation is also a plus!
They're amazing! I really like their songs, especially See The Sun and Seaside, everyone should listen to their music!
Don't think they're the best but still should be further up. Naive is one of the greatest songs ever. My list : 1. Arctic Monkeys 2. Oasis 3. Kaiser Chiefs 4. Killers 5. Kooks 6. Wombats 7. Imagine Dragons 8. Arcade Fire 9. Fratellis 10. Vampire weekend. THE SCRIPT ARE NOT INDIE ROCK.
Such an amazing band. Their songs in inside inside out are absolute bangers. Listen to naive, seaside and see the sunV23 Comments
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