Best Alternative / Indie Rock Bands of the 21st Century
The Top Ten
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.
Better than every British rock band within 30 years in either direction
Mmmm it was hard to choose between arctic monkeys and LP, the game changer was 'R U Mine', I've been listening to LP for much much longer, but these guys have a sound that you never find anymore. Much love for themV 7 Comments
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 - WillWords
Linkin Park is beyond doubt the best band ever! You guys ROCK!
They have created their own Genre. Enough said
My favorite!V 12 Comments
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.
After listening to 'When You Were Young' for the first time, I couldn't stop listening to their music
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 are amazing and they're a mix of old school and 21st century which I really likw- they're pretty unique and their music is awesome!V 2 Comments
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
Those guy are so awesome, they make Florence and the machine look...well not awesome.
I love Imagine Dragons. They are really great and the lyrics are very emotional. For me number 1 with Linkin Park!
Simply amazingV 9 Comments
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.
Best band ever existed, the rhythm, the lyrics and the energy everything about this band is perfect - Amyfalahee
Amazing band, amazing music, amazing lead singer! What else do you want.
Best band! They make amazing, meaningful songs, that invoke so much emotion and power. They have been going strong since 2000!V 8 Comments
Top 8 bands of all time. Also take every other band of but R.H.C.P., Foo Fighters, P.J., and maybe Radiohead.
I don't know... I just love the lyrics of these crazy guys
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...
Genius, mind blowing albums. They're by far, the most creative band ever.
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.V 3 Comments
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
They were the ones that started it in 2001 with Is This It.
Badass band... Enough said.
Best band ever
Coolest bandV 2 Comments
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
This must me on the top of the listV 3 Comments
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.
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.
They need to be firstV 2 Comments
Muse is the best band ever! I haven't heard a single song by them that I didn't like.
Everyone one of their songs draws you in. I absolutely love this band!
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 unexplainable, it's music is more than that, it s a FEELING.Three geniuses making the best music in 21 centuryV 3 Comments
The new album 'right thoughts, right words, right action' is AMAZING! - RafaelM
Take me out and dark of the matinee are great songs
Beautiful guitar, haunting vocals, and incredibly deep lyrics
Why? Should be in top 10
I think they should at least top 10, they are way better then Linkiln Park - dovf
Have found themselves succeeding in a time where rock is practically dead. Hats off!
Couldn't stand the fact that this band wasn't on the list!
So many different types of songs but all still so good and catchy
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
And so is PARACHUTE and ANGELS N AIRWAVES n KEANE!
Wats up with people?
Linkin Park is overrated
Great band with amazing music and lyrics, one of my favorite
Because they ARE the best band of our time!
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
Way under rated, way better than Arctic Monkeys
They hace a fusion of genres on their music that makes you feel in other place
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.
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