Top Ten Best Indie Rock Bands

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21Mumford & SonsMumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane.

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 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!

Mumford and sons from my point of view are totally underrated, they should be at least within the 10 best, not in a mediocre 20th!

What this low man! They used the most underrated instrument the banjo and made it cool again!

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22MuseMuse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read more.

Muse WERE Indie, but they became commercial (too mainstream) after Black Holes and Revelations. Anyways, you can always find some of their good songs on the internet. Happy search, and long live Muse.

Umm why are muse down here and not in 1st some would say that they aren't in this genre but muse are so good that they should be top of lists for folk, country, classical, rock heavy metal and pop.

How the hell are the this far down, they are so inspirational and produce songs like plug in baby and muscle museum, om sorry but the script can not compare and muse should be no1

What are they not higher up on this list? Maybe they're a bit more alternative and electro than indie but still one of the best bands. I'm shocked.

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23The 1975

Just checked these guys out for the first time. Nothing but a glorified pop band trying to pass themselves off as "indie", with their leather jackets and punk hairstyles. Zero edge. Every song is a slight variation of the song before it. Almost gave me a cavity listening to them. The Arctic Monkeys (the real deal) basically reinvent themselves with every album, and can do any genre while brilliantly adding their own unique style. On a positive note, my niece and her school mates will probably love this band...going to tell her about them...I'm sure they "squeal" with excitement at how "cute" they are. What are they even doing on this list?

Every time I listen to one of their songs I get a feeling I can't explain It's the most beautiful yet painful feeling I've ever had and I never wanna stop feeling that way while listening to their music. Their music is real art. You can literally feel the passion.

They're one if my all time favourite bands. When their songs come on on my playlist, it makes me feel happy and like I don't want to stop listening. You know when you have that one song which you just listen time after time but it never gets exhausted; that song is Sex. So good

Pretentious crap trying to pass as unique and indie

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24The Shins

Some of You people don't understand what indie means.

Coldplay, while is a totally awesome band, does not qualify. Nor do The Killers, The Script, or Kings of Leon.
The mere lack of The Pixies on this list makes it null and void.
I am a shins man myself.

The Shins are amazing and unique and the songwriter James Mercer is definitely one of my favorite songwriters of all time. Some of their songs are like pure poetry and then when you add in the unique and beautiful music it makes them even that much more incredible. The Shins are pure art.

Shins are top 5 INDIE, no doubt.

All the bands on this lists are, if not awesome, very good. But as some already has said, they aren't all indie.

New Slang is for every human being to listen to.

23?! This should be at least in the top 10 if not top 5.

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25The Fratellis

Killers and kings of leon do not deserve to even be in the top 50! The Fratellis, Arctic Monkeys, Strokes, Wombats, Libertines, and Vampire Weekend are true indie bands!

Go listen to youth and young manhood, aha shake or because of the times ( but even the new one mechanical bull) albums by kings of leon ;) and remember, you don't know a band only if you listen to their first songs on wikipedia's list

This band is so overlooked it's not even funny. They're my favorite and I didn't even discover them until 2013.

Best band ever! I've been a fan for years, they totally deserve this spot!

Should be much higher.

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26Phoenix

Their new album may not be indie at all, but wolfgang amadeus phoenix was the best album I heard in years!. I think the lyrics are the greatest part. At least top 10 would make it!

So good! Diverse, great lyrics and vocals, Bankrupt is one of the best albums out right now! You won't regret listening!

Phoenix is the BEST INDIE BAND just people with knowledge about art and music will agree

I have always liked them my favorite songs are rome and north

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27The White StripesThe White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they ...read more.

They are genuine indie, and I love how it's a husband and wife band. You rarely see that.

They are the greatest band I ever seem

This one should be in the top ten

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28Sonic YouthSonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.

This band is indie, they are everything indie should stand for rather than what it has come to stand for, I think it's cool that they're this underrepresented because that's the whole point, they're not making music for fame and recognition or to be called THE GREATEST BAND EVER, they're making it because they love making it, and all the poseurs (the 1975, Coldplay, etc) can enjoy the spotlight for now, we all know it won't last.

My gosh. They are way too far down. Most of these bands aren't even indie. The more commercial success a band has, the higher it gets voted. Simple as that.

This band is amazing, their sound was at least two decades ahead of their time, which is incredible! A really rare unique band. Listen to Teenage Riot and Goo and you will know what I mean. Sonic Youth is the definition of Indie-Rock.
The best alternative band ever.

So indie it hurts

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29The ScriptThe Script is an Irish pop rock band formed in 2001. The band comprises keyboardist and lead vocalist Danny O'Donoghue, guitarist and vocalist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power.

I agree that The Script is not an indie rock band but lots of fans of true indie rock bands like The Strokes and The Fratellis like The Script as an alternative choice. People who listen to radio music think they're hardcore when they listen to rap. Indie rock fans think they're bad ass when they listen to The Script :D

My most favorite band! Once I only listened to their music just with my ears, and I already fell in love. Then I saw their love performance, went line by line of their lyrics, damn, those are lethal combination. Plus, I love their personality... They are very nice people...

The Script are an amazing band that has a close bond with their fans. Their lyrics are inspirational and straight from the heart. They wear their heart on the sleeves and are just a happy bunch, who really love what they do.

Lots of pop just doesn't fit my taste but I can respect what these guys do

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30The Wombats

THIS HAS RUINED MY DAY, THE WOMBATS SHOULD BE NUMBER 1! This is by far my favourite band, if their music was all I had to listen to for the rest of my life I'd be overjoyed. I've listened to almost all the bands above The Wombats on this list and none of them even compare to The Wombats. To me this list is therefore a disgrace! THE WOMBATS IS THE BEST!

I don't understand why The Wombats are ranked as the best indie band! They've inspired me to play guitar.

Arctic monkeys, the killers are undoubtedly talented, but are too overrated. I mean come on, the wombats? 23? Are you kidiing me? THIS IS THE BEST INDIE ROCK BAND TO EVER EXIST ON THIS PLANET! They are the reason why I listen to this genre. everyone should give em a listen because they are truly talented and define perfection.

I've been obsessed with the Wombats ever since I was conscious. Definitely recommend, to anyone, anytime.

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31Pavement

Pavement are not only hands down the greatest indie band ever they are also one of the greatest bands of all time, period.

Pavement, The Smiths, (early) Modest Mouse, Elliott Smith; these (amongst others) are examples of TRULY indie bands. Whilst I love the likes of The Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club, anyone who knows what they're on about will realise that they are not actually proper indie bands.

Pavement maybe have just been going through the motions after Wowee Zowee but they are also one of the most lyrically brilliant bands ever. Their best songs reach new heights of awesomeness. Listen to Fillmore jive and Gold sounds which are two of their best sounding songs. Even then songs like summer babe are still amazing even if musically they aren't as good because the lyrics are just amazing. Did you know that summer babe is a love song?

Slacker Rock staples

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32Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band, formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow. The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy, and Paul Thomson.

First album (franz ferdinand) is one of the best albums in history, so in the indie-rock area they are awesome as well

Franz Ferdinand is mostly known for "Take Me Out". However, my favorite song by them is "Dark of the Matinee", which starts out with a genius guitar rift. Also, "All My Friends" is a powerful song with a deep meaning.

This band is completely amazing. (Listening to No You Girls right now) Their music is always fresh and new! I never get tired of Franz Ferdinand, their songs are THE BEST. Honestly. They should be up there with The White Stripes. They are completely amazing, my favorite band hands down.

Awesome one of the best bands I know... Should be in top ten at least

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33Built to Spill

There would be no Modest Mouse, Death Cab, or many of theses other bands without Built to Spill. The only other bands on this list who have had as much influence are the Smiths, Pixies. Built to Spill was a giant influence, and still rock today! Can't wait for their new album to come out this next year!

Perfect From Now On is one of the few albums that truly amaze me. In awe of this band.

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34Kings of Leon

Pretty much everyone knows this band because of Sex On Fire and Use Somebody but they have been making good music for a while now.

The first band I've become obsessed with and the only band that never disappointed me. I've been a fan for more than 5 years now and they can surprise me, while they are also true to what they believe in and play the music they want to, not paying the music they are told to play. BEST BAND EVER

The Kings embody a dimension of indie rock music like no other. One of the very few bands that I have connected to and cherished for many years. Every piece that they produce has an identity, that is so incredibly human. Hope to see them for a third time in the up incoming future.

Why is this down here?! They should be top ten, AT LEAST!

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35Alt-J

These guys should definitely be closer to the top. Alt-J was the #1 touring band in the world last year, the vocalist, like many indie-rock artists, has a very unique sound but even more so than the majority. The Instrumental structure in their music paints imagery to most every mood you could possibly imagine.

Such an amazing band, one of very few bands to break new ground with their music. An Awesome Wave is my favourite album of the last decade if not all time, if you haven't listened to it you haven't lived...

How is Alt-J so far down the list?! One of the best indie rock bands around, their debut album is just brilliant start to end, their particular style of music makes them irreplaceable, a favorite. must-listen.

They are amazing!

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36Young the Giant

Awesome Band!
Just recently found out about them, and honestly I can't stop listening to their music:) I can't believe it wasn't on this list until now.

Amazing band, tune, lyrics, vocals, it had everything you could ask a band to have and more!

Rarely do I find albums where I like every song. I can say that about both Young the Giant's albums. I absolutely love them and can't believe they aren't more popular. Just heard their newest single "Something to Believe in"...once again amazing!

Absolutely incredible, these guys rock!

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37The xx

The XX is so eccentric. This band describes Indie perfectly!

Their songs are so calming. Intro is ingenious and makes me feel like I can accomplish anything!

How in the world are they not top ten?! Pleas tell me why. Please ;-;

The xx is special.

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38The FrayThe Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and ...read more.

Maybe the band has lost popularity since their self titled album, nevertheless many of their songs define indie. Love them!

My favorite piano rock band ever

I absolutely love them. Can't get enough of them. They should be higher on that list.

They aren't really indie but they are my favorite band so

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39Brand New

No one has ever made music like this ever before with this amount of musicality and this much emotion. Jesse lacey might as well change his name to Zeus, a god of gods because indie is the best music genre their is and he is the god of it. Just listen to play crack the sky live in Seattle and you'll all know why they are the best. Plus, Andy hull can be his co god. And Justin Vernon(bon iver Is so good). I hope brand new isn't done making music together. No one has or ever will make music like them.

Though arctic monkeys is one of my favorite bands, I gotta say brand new needs to be number 1 or t least close to it. They are so unique with a variety of song styles. Whether its one of their happy songs or sad ones each and every one of thm is full of meaning.

Clearly people don't know this band or else they would have been easily #1

Most brilliant lyrics ever. And Music? I have not heard better.

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40Cage the Elephant

These guys are awesome, and have a nice garage band feel. They are just amazing and they should have been on this list sooner. So many good songs like In One Ear, Aberdeen, Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, Shake Me Down, and personal favorite Sabertooth Tiger, just to name a few. They Kick Ass. - marspa

Simply one of the best bands I've heard. As someone said they have that garage feel and the "Ain't no rest for the wicked" couldn't be any better.

Pretty good band and I'm a guy who is very influenced by classic rock. I'm not that much into the hole indie thing either. Still pretty good

The vocals are the best!

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