Best Alternative / Indie Rock Bands of the 21st Century

The Top Ten
1 Arctic Monkeys The 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.

Depends what kind of mood I am in but it's a toss up between radiohead and these guys. And the Monkeys do seem to have more momentum behind them these days...

Best band the British Indie scene has brought forward. Intelligent lyrics combined with solid music.

This band writes such deep music and you can just feel what they are trying to tell you.

The best indie rock band ever! Their music is great and their style and everything!

2 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

My Favorite band!
They should be on first
They are the best of all
There songs are really awesome
Can't tell in words... Just there music is AmAzInG

Linkin Park is beyond doubt the best band ever! You guys ROCK!

I like some Of Linkin Parks songs but I dislike just as many.

They have created their own Genre. Enough said

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

An incredible band that is able to consistently pump out solid albums each of them with their own list of anthemic sing along singles, but even then the rest of their songs all sound fantastic and more importantly written from the heart. Brandon Flowers impressive vocal ability coupled with his lyrical skill really shine and fit together beautifully with the rest of the bands amazing musical skill.

After Hearing Mr.Brightside and Read My Mind, It's a done deal, THE KILLERS IS IN MY TOP 3. There lyrics are so meaningful and I'm in love with Brandon Flowers voice, you can relate to everything in their songs and they make such great songs.

The Killers have amazing lyrics and tunes I mean seriously they are so underrated for an alt rock band. They have so much good music that are not even played on radio they should be #1.

They are awesome!, Hot Fuss and Sam's Town are a very good discs and Wonderful Wonderful is good too (Day & Age is regular and Battle Born sucks)

4 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop 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.

I was struggling to find a modern band I could like, since I hated most modern music. Then, my friend performed radioactive at a talent show. I asked him who it was by, and he told me it was imagine dragons. When I got home, I googled radioactive. Then, another friend played Demons. I loved both of those songs, so I started listening to more music by them. Now they're my favorite modern band

I love Imagine Dragons. They are really great and the lyrics are very emotional. For me number 1 with Linkin Park!

I have loved imagine dragons since It's time. If you like them try American Authors, why aren't they on top?

They're the best! All their songs have a good meaning and are awesome. They deserve to be number one

5 Coldplay Coldplay 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.

Best band in the world. Every song they do is different, every album they make is unique, and their talent shines through in everything. Each new album tries out something new and interesting that is able to keep people listening to them even after 18 years. A rush of blood to the head may perhaps be one of the best albums ever made! They have always made beautiful music and they don't need to sing about sex, drugs, alcohol, partying, and suicide to get the attention. They make songs with a wide variety of emotions that never ever fail to show their creative genius. In 2015 they recieved the NME award for Godlike Genius and I couldn't agree more. All the songs are made by the band, and are filled with the band's emotions. The lyrics are all chris martin and the lyrics of almost all of their songs are very meaningful and very full of life. Each member of the band is extremely talented and very humble. They have stuck together for almost 19 years because their chemistry and their ...more

Comfortably the biggest and most influential band since 2000 no one makes music as comfortably as them, and no band sells as many records. Love them or hate them, they're undeniably the biggest in the world at the moment and have been for almost 10 years now.

I don't think they're the best indie rock band, I don't think they're alternative rock band, but they are the best Indie/Alternative rock band.

Best band! They make amazing, meaningful songs, that invoke so much emotion and power. They have been going strong since 2000!

6 Radiohead Radiohead 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 Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Honestly should be right up at the top. The most beautiful, creative, mind-blowing music. Every album is a gift to the world. Thom is an absolute lyrical genius. Should be number 1 for sure. Radiohead has changed the way I perceive the world, myself and others. If you have never listened to them before, do yourself a favour and go listen to them. I've got to say, it's almost impossible to pick a favourite, but mine would have to be Videotape, Lotus Flower, Glassy Eyed and Street Spirit (Fade Out). And Just. And You and Whose Army. I could really go on forever listing all these wonderful songs.

None of these indie bands would be around without Radiohead. There would be no Muse, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Death cab, Coldplay, Killers, and many more. They are so inventive with their sound too...

Have one of the best fan bases and album art adding to what is already a prolific alt. band. Still trying to figure out who like Linkin Park enough to vote for them over any of these bands.

Should easily top this list and be considered in best bands overall. Can you say dynamic? And more than that, just plain beautiful.

7 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative ...read more.

Green Day have had a huge influence on the 21st century and unlike some bands on this list they make statements with their music. Just listen to, "Holiday," "American Idiot," "Wake Me up When September Ends," "21st Century Breakdown," or "21 Guns." In addition they are the only band on this list that I have seen that had a rock opera turned into a successful musical about 7 years after its original release date.

I like some of Green Days songs but I again still dislike just as many.

Best band ever

W8 m8, why r8 at 8? I r8 8/8

8 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

Top 8 bands of all time. Also take every other band of but R.H.C.P., Foo Fighters, P.J., and maybe Radiohead.

The funk is awesome, the lyrics are great and flea is the best bassist of any rock band

I don't know... I just love the lyrics of these crazy guys

9 Panic! At the Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

I'm in love with their music. They have such contrast and don't use the same boring melodies over and over. And I love how they exaggerate stuff and make their live shows a big dramatic production! It's definitely a job well done!

Favorite band of all time! Haven't found a song I didn't like! From I Write Sins Not Tragedies to Nine in the Afternoon to Nicotine, Build God Then We'll Talk, Girls/Girls/Boys and The Ballad of Mona Lisa they're music is the best!

Incredible music incredible band. Brandon Urie is the most talented musician out there in my opinion, he plays ALL instruments and his voice and vocal range are just as amazing live

Brendon Urie is a brilliant songwriter and producer. We wouldn't know how to love Panic! At the Disco if we didn't know how to love the face of it

10 The Strokes The 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.

They were the ones that started it in 2001 with Is This It.

This is the most original of all bands.

Badass band... Enough said.

Best band ever

The Contenders
11 Muse Muse 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 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 ...read more.

Are they like a real band that makes music or are we all just hallucinating them? anyway in my opinion they are one of the best bands of the last 15-20 years and may I add the strokes and radiohead

Muse is the best band ever. Say what you want about Linkin Park but they didn't get radio AirPlay of 30+ songs. Muse did

Muse is the best band ever! I haven't heard a single song by them that I didn't like.

Firstly, Linkin Park are not indie. Secondly, Muse are musical geniuses.

12 Bon Iver Bon Iver is an American indie folk band founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. The name "Bon Iver" derives from the French phrase bon hiver, taken from a greeting on Northern Exposure.

Beautiful guitar, haunting vocals, and incredibly deep lyrics

Beautiful lyrics

13 The White Stripes The 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.

This shouldn't be number 10. It started alternative rock. It got me interested in the genre of rock in the first place when I heard Seven nation army. Like honestly wow, their guitar skills are better than any band at this time, THEY shouldn't BE 10 THEY STARTED IT. And I can gurantee that 90% percent of people over the age of 13 have heard at least one of their songs.

These guys are literally the reason I love music. With two people they managed to make a bigger and better sound than bands that have three times their number. Also, Jack White is probably the best guitarist and raw musician of his generation, or any generation for that matter.

Despite what some people say here, alt rock existed many years before the White Stripes. However, they are still a great garage rock/punkish band. Jack White is one of the best guitarists of the past 10 years as well.

Why are they so low? This band is the band that started it all. If it weren't for The White Stripes, all these other bands on the list wouldn't be as famous.

14 One Republic OneRepublic is an American pop rock band. Formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2002 by lead singer Ryan Tedder and guitarist Zach Filkins, the band achieved commercial success on Myspace as an unsigned act.

They aren't indie. They are more like Maroon 5 aka pop with a few rock influences. I'm not really a fan though.

Too mainstream for me sorry, they do make great songs though

They're wonderful!
And so is PARACHUTE and ANGELS N AIRWAVES n KEANE!
Wats up with people?
Linkin Park is overrated

15 Catfish and the Bottlemen

Their albums are great, like you could hardly find a band in this decade with this kind of great stage presence and their instrumentals are really very great. It's just sad that people nowadays aren't noticing this kind of true talent on earth.

Everyone needs to listen to their 2 albums. Some of the best from the balcony are homesick, kathleen, cocoon, fallout, pacifier and rango. And some of the ride are 7, twice, postpone, anything, glasgow, and red.

Have found themselves succeeding in a time where rock is practically dead. Hats off!

So many different types of songs but all still so good and catchy

16 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate ...read more.

I think they should at least top 10, they are way better then Linkiln Park

Why? Should be in top 10

They are amazing

17 Franz Ferdinand Franz 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.

The new album 'right thoughts, right words, right action' is AMAZING!

Take me out and dark of the matinee are great songs

18 The Script The 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.

Great band with amazing music and lyrics, one of my favorite

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

Undoubtedly the greatest band of the 21st century. Every single song has such a profound meaning and story. Funeral, Neon Bible, The Suburbs, Reflektor; works of geniuses. How is it so low. Probably just cause its lesser known than the others being canadian and all._. Has won two Grammy album of the years. They will not disappoint <3 arcade fire

Because they ARE the best band of our time!

20 Cage the Elephant Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006 and relocated to London, England, in 2008 before their first album was released.

Absolutely beautiful. They change their sound for each album. One of the only bands where every single song on the album is a real banger.

This band is Amazing! They are fantastic live and their lead vocalist is fantastic! They have great songs and they aren't boring.

Their whole first album was a total banger and after that they just kept getting better

The arctic monkeys suck cage the elephant totally deserves number one

21 Kings of Leon Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin Matthew Followill.

Alongside RHCP and Coldplay, these guys of all contemporary bands do magic through their music. Eventhough they are a 21st century band, I dare to say they might be my favorite band of all time, and that's tough since I've been into older stuff like Pink Floyd my entire life.

They hace a fusion of genres on their music that makes you feel in other place

Way under rated, way better than Arctic Monkeys

They are my favourite band

22 Two Door Cinema Club

Honestly they're perhaps the most underrated band of today. They're just incredible!

23 Snow Patrol Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish rock band formed in 1993, consisting of Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn, and Johnny McDaid.

These guys are just amazing an for me they deserve top 5 at least

24 The 1975 The 1975 are an English pop-rock band originating from Manchester. The group consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matthew "Matty" Healy, lead guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald, and drummer George Daniel.

They are amazing especially their new album!

Incredible! Obsessed with their music!

This is my favourite band!

25 The Fray The 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.
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