Top Ten Best Indie Rock Bands

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1Arctic 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.

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!

They're the best

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2The 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.

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 best band ever

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3The KillersThe Killers is an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

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

Such a good band!

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4RadioheadRadiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien.

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!

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!

Radiohead's songs are the ones that makes life seems so much more wonderful and awesome! they deserve more recognition and yes, they are perfect!

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5Arcade FireArcade Fire are a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and RĂ©gine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.

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

They makes cool sounds with great lyrics

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6Imagine 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.

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!

This is the BEST band ever, why isn't it number one.

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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

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 IS MY FAVORITE BAND their music is so nice :') lovely songs

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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.

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 -. -

I agree with the other guy this list is pretty lame

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9Vampire Weekend

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.

Contra is my favorite album of all time.

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10The Black KeysThe Black Keys is an American indie rock and blues rock duo, that was formed by Dan Auerbach (Vocals, Guitar) and Patrick Carney (Drums). ...read more.

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

The best band ever!

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The Newcomers

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This band is actually great! I've heard if them through being a fan of Rob Benedict (the lead singer) and noticed that they're only well known in the Supernatural fandom, so I figured they weren't that good. Then I actually listened, and, well, I absolutely loved them! They're my new favorite band! Some songs you need to listen to them are "Bandaged Hand" "Eskimo" "All I Need" and "She Waits." They're all great, and I definitely recommend them!

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...

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

How can this be anything but #1?

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12OasisOasis 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.

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
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.

The most awesome band to ever come from Great Britain. They inspired me to listen to music

How can they not make the top 10

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13Foster 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.

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.

Definition of what modern music should be about

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14The SmithsThe Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

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...

We wouldn't be debating who the greatest indie band is without the Smiths' contribution to the genre, and that's that.

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15PixiesThe Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering.

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.

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16Neutral Milk Hotel

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 here

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17Florence and The MachineFlorence and the Machine are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other artists.

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!

We love them in the UK, think they're a bit too theatrical for America's taste though, but nonetheless they haven't disappointed their fans yet

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18ColdplayColdplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

Maybe not true indie, but makes amazing songs with great lyrics and beautiful music.

They are amazing, great music, good lyrics... When you listen to them you find yourself in peace... Excellent band, love them

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.

I love them, and grew up with them. For any age this is the best

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19MGMT

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.

Cool band I love their band because it's so calm and relaxing and its good music too I love electric feel and kids

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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.

Such an amazing band. Their songs in inside inside out are absolute bangers. Listen to naive, seaside and see the sun

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