Top Ten Best Indie Rock Bands

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41The Stone Roses

The absolute inventor of indie great super brilliant there just enough words to describe how good they are

Number 70? Are you having a laugh? They invented the entire bloody genre!

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42Bright Eyes

NUMBER 48?! You've got to be kidding. Conor's lyrics are easily some of the best this generation has seen, heard, felt, etc. Arctic Monkey's are good, but number 1? No. NO.

Why aren't there any comments about Bright Eyes? Seriously. this music is some of the best out there!

People need to listen to Bright Eyes if lyrics mean anything.

I don't approve of number 40

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43KasabianKasabian are an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The band's original members consisted of vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist Chris Karloff, and bassist Chris Edwards.

All of their music is amazing. Each and every album. They should really be A LOT higher and they have a very original sound.

The best indie rock music around these days, they are amazing at everything they do, the music its incredible, the vocals amazing and when all comes together its just epic every time you hear a song, one of my favorite band of all time. Just plain awesome

Each and every of their songs is my favorite! Not only the well known ones but also less popular like butcher blues which is probably the one I like the most... Number 1 is way under the place they deserve!

Should be way higher, way too underrated

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44Bon Iver

Hello world, I loves Bon Iver. Their songs are so nice and discouraging at the same time. They bring me often to cry, because I feel understood. This may sound silly, however, a song plays my thoughts again. I come from Germany and I would like to hear only once Justin is right before me. On a stage. Here in Germany. Hey Justin? If you this allowed to love sometimes, then imagine in it how many fan and addicted after your wonderful, melancholy voice are. Love you.

Not only "Skinny Love" but all his other songs, all are amazing. People should listen to them as well, they are just as good!

Skinny love. Best song of this era.

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45The Postal Service

They only have one album, but it is one of the greatest albums of all time. They should defiantly be up there in the top ten if not number one. One of the greats bands of all time.

The Postal Service's chillout music mixed with calm vocals are contrasted by their breakbeat drum patterns. The Postal Service is an excellent band that everyone should check out, especially if you like Death Cab for Cutie (because the vocalists are the same person).

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46KeaneKeane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tom Chaplin.

Simply the best band in the world. They are indie rock. Their vocals, lyrics and piano are the best. Listen Hopes & Fears, Under the Iron Sea and Strangeland albuns. They are perfect. I'm a big fan.

Their concert blew me away. The best concert I'd ever been too. Lovely songs, great lyrics, and Tom's voice was so beautiful, I got goose bumps.

Their first albums are truly amazing. They have songs which are full of inspiration.

Favourite band ever, all their songs make me feel nostalgic and think back to when life was better.

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47The Libertines

I absolutely love The Libertines. Although they might not be 100% indie rock, I'd say that they're in the genre enough to be on this list; in fact, their musical style should bring them up higher on the list. Just listen to "What Became of the Likely Lads" and "Music When the Lights Go Out" to understand how great they were. The Libertines opened up a path for so many other bands. Babyshambles was also really good.

That being said, one of my favorite, if not my favorite, band on here is probably Vampire Weekend. I love their newest album, Modern Vampires of the City, especially for its subtle lyrical intellectuality (just listen to "Hudson"). However, I voted for The Libertines because they completely deserve to be higher than what they are.

One of the greatest songwriting team of all time. They never get old and basically opened the door for all the british rock bands that followed (arctic monkeys, palma violets etc) Plus, the black keys are amazing but they're blues not indie...

The libertines will go down as the greatest Indie Band of all time, mainly because of the fact that they sung about their own relationship and daily struggles.

Things we can all relate to.

Also if you don't get the libertines yet, then you haven't listened to them enough. Sometimes you need to put the effort in to appreciate a band...

Scrolling, and scrolling, and here we are Libertines. libertines should at least top 10 or 5. and why is the script in this list?

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48The Hoosiers

They were a HUGE success in the UK back in 2007/8 with their brilliant debut album. Songs such as Goodbye Mr. A, Worried About Ray and Cops And Robbers charted very well and Worst Case Scenario (their best song) is a brilliant Indie Rock song.

Take me to church is unforgettable!

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Early Interpol easily crushes any of Arctic Monkeys album. The thing is that AM is overly hyped, though in reality Interpol should be on top (together with Joy Division, which is so underrated here as well).

I don't know if they are indie, but interporl is one of the best band I'd ever heard

Once you get into Interpol their songs will stay with you forever. Along with The National they are in my opinion the best Indie rock band.

Absolutely best indie rock band

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50Never Shout Never

Great albums, the best indie band, love them

Indigo was a masterpiece, and their song Trouble is just amazing.

They are fantastic and should be number one on this list!

Awesome band I love it

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FOals are just one of the best indie rock band and one of the most original too... Songs from the first album have math. Rock and dance punk elements. In there second album "Total Life Forever" have elements of post punk and electro rock there third album is a combination of the first two... I love this band... Start by listening to cassius and go on

Foals!... They're just amazing... I mean, Providence, Spanish Sahara, Late Night are just awesome songs... I haven't decided which one of the latest albums I like the most! Listen to both of 'em!

I can't understand, at least they deserve a higher place on this list. The sound of their guitars ist the most beautiful.

Not the most original band, (I thought "Mountain at my Gates" was an Imagine Dragons song) but absolutely great nonetheless.

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52BlurBlur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist/guitarist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.

I LOVE BLUR! They were one of my first tastes of indie rock back in the 90's, and I've loved them ever since I was little.

Couldn't decide between these guys or the White Stripes

I love their style, they made the britishpop what else did I can say?

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53The CureThe Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

The Cure is timeless, and I've loved their work since I was a little kid. My mom loved them back in the 80's, and it's stretching to this generation. Hopefully their music will never die after all these years of changing lives.

The Cure means everything to me, I can hear 24/24 the lovesong and surely my favourite album was the "Disintegration".

The cure is the band that prctically inspired nearly all of these group, the fact its not on this list is ridiculous, they deserve to be at least top 20. there music is amix of everything and they have never copied or been changed by whats happening in the music world at the time. they're career spanning nearly 4 decades speaks for itself.

54Portugal. The Man

Best band fills up most of my music space on my phone (evil friends, satanic Satanist best albums ever)

Truthfully, after seeing Portugal. The man live, I haven't been able to stop listening. Radical band.

Brilliant music. My favorite band. Every album is unique and every single song is fantastic.

Brilliant music. My favorite band. Each album is unique and every single song is fantastic.

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55Joy DivisionJoy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

Unknown pleasures/Closer might be the most depressing/emotional albums of all time. Ian Curtis, being a very depressed man, literally poured his soul into every song he wrote and by doing so made true art. Too bad his music became too much for him and he took his own life.

Agreed that Love will Tear us apart is the reference for indie songs.

Joy Division isn't indie, it's post punk.

God I love Joy Division.

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56Mayday ParadeMayday Parade is an American rock band from Tallahassee, Florida. Their debut EP Tales Told by Dead Friends was released in 2006, and sold over 50,000 copies without any label support.

I love MAYDAY PARADE for the song Stay and The memory are really awesome

Can't stop listening to their music.


Yankee hotel foxtrot is one of the best albums of the 2000's.

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Best band live ever, songs that pull at your heart strings in the best way.
By far # 1

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59Tame ImpalaTame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music.

Seriously? 78? At least they don't commit the crime of having that unbearable stereotypical indie sound. They have more depth than anything on here except for maybe Radiohead. All the songs have amazing melodies and lyrics, plus, Kevin Parker does all the music himself. It's a shame they're so low.

"Feels like we only go backwards" is amazing, one of the best songs on this whole list so far, and I've been going in order of bands and really surprised I had to go this far down for such perfection.

Just wait till they get more albums out, then people will eventually give them the praise they deserve

One od the best bands out there

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60Kaiser ChiefsKaiser Chiefs are an English indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming and establishing themselves in their current name that same year.

I think that kaiser chiefs should be in 2 place beacause they're shows are amazing! 2 place to kaiser chiefs after arctic monkeys

The band is awesome and the live performances are outstanding! I can't believe that they aren't on top 3!

This band is awesome! I love this band since 2005. Their songs and concerts are amazing! Kaiser Chiefs forever in my heart!

They are magnificent

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