Top Ten Best Indie Rock Bands

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The Top Ten

1
Arctic Monkeys
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!
[Newest]All of their songs are perfectly awesome... I love Arctic monkeys...
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2The Strokes
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?
[Newest]You haven't listened to good music until you've listened to The Strokes.
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3The Killers
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!
Hot Fuss is indie insanity, indie rock at its finest, Sam¬'s town is also pretty good. I¬'d also recommend listening to the Christmas singles ¬®A great big sled¬® and ¬®Don¬'t shoot me Santa¬®. Really good songs.
The Killers are actually the most AMAZING band ever created! The best part is they are such great people and they are AMAAZING live! And their lyrics are just so meaningful! The I'd recommend their albums Sam's Town and Battle Born <3 they are so much better than the Arctic Monkeys!
[Newest]When I listen to the killers I feel like a spaceman, but I'm really Human, on the Brightside you don't have to just listen to them When you were young but can for the rest of your life!
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4Radiohead
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.

Paranoid Android!
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!
A band with this much potential deserves more recognition, however I applaud Radiohead for stepping out of the lime-light and into the realm of dreams, creating what is obviously hidden deep beneath what the human mind initially perceives. All I need, House of cards, separator, Videotape, and anything from kid A. <3 10/10
[Newest]This is my favourite band in the world and deserves to be way ahead of The Killers and bands like that. I'm glad they're ahead of Coldplay though.

5Arcade Fire
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
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.
Brilliant band and awesome songs! and albums =D
[Newest]Only band in here, apart from the strokes, that really count as indie. Radiohead, as much as I love them, aren't radiohead

6Imagine Dragons
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!
Radioactive is the best song I've heard in years, they're really underrated. Also very good songs: It's time, Demons. Love them!
This must be the best of all NIGHT VISIONS
[Newest]Radioactive and On Top Of The World - beautiful. I'm British, but who's to say that I can't like Imagine Dragons, eh?
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7Two Door Cinema Club
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
THESE GUYS SHOULD BE AT THE TOP! TWO ALBUMS OF PURE GOLD!
[Newest]Two door cinema club have that thing that make you can't stop listening to them. They are incredible I think they should be at least 5. They are real indie rock

8Modest Mouse
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.
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 -. -
[Newest]This is definitely my favorite indie group, and my second favorite overall behind Elliott Smith. Their lyrics are insightful and their music is innovative and emotional.

9The Black Keys
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
[Newest]Its hard to believe their a two person band.

10Vampire Weekend
OXFORD COMMA AND STEP ARE MUST-LISTEN!
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
[Newest]Only 14! They are one of the best!

The Contenders

11Death Cab For Cutie
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...
beautiful lyrics, beautiful music

ShaggysWorld

I love this band! There's so many good bands in this list which made it hard to decide, but personally speaking, this is by far my favorite. Their music is filled with meaning and heart, a work of pure genius pressed into every song!
[Newest]They are literally amazing and should be in the top ten

12Oasis
There will never be any other band that can compare to Oasis.
AND AFTER ALL YOU'RE MY WONDERWALL... LOVE THESE GUYS... OasIS ARE SIMPLY AWESOME, ONE LOVE
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
7. Supersonic
8. Slide away
9. Hey now
10. Wonderwall
If you haven't heard songs like live forever and don't look back in anger your missing out.
[Newest]Just listen to "Around The World" from there 1997 album "Be Here Now." One of the most epic songs I've ever listened to. It is a lengthy track but that is one of the reasons it's epic.

13Florence and The Machine
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.

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!
Cosmic Love, shake it out, dog days are over,
[Newest]Gotta love the machine

14Pixies
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.
[Newest]Simply AMAZING. Stop, no objection

15Foster the People
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.
Nice album, they are the future
[Newest]Foster the people are amazing! Especially their song pumped up kicks

16MGMT
THERE IS NOTHING THAT WILL EVER REPLACE THEM! Honestly, they are musical gods disguised as hipsters. They will change your life. PLEASE find your love for them! You won't be sorry. I <3 MGMT!
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!
[Newest]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.

17The Smiths
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...
[Newest]Jonny marr is God

18Neutral Milk Hotel
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.
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.
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.

19Mumford & Sons
They are the best band ever and I cannot believe people have really put such rubbish before them, however many are total critics of this bands folk sound, but that just makes them more EPIC!
Only 24!? That makes me want to scream. They make such quality music and all the members are so down to earth. I love the folk sound and Winston's banjo. Amazing band, best I've heard in a long time.
They have a folk sound to it.
[Newest]This is the best band of today lol

20The Kooks
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.
[Newest]How come the kooks are so far down. They deserve to be like 7

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