Best Alternative / Indie Rock Bands of the 21st Century

The Top Ten Best Alternative / Indie Rock Bands of the 21st Century

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, 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.

Better than every British rock band within 30 years in either direction

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

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 more.

Best band ever
My Spotify list only contains the songs of this artist

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

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

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.

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)

After listening to 'When You Were Young' for the first time, I couldn't stop listening to their music

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

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!

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 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.

Best band ever existed, the rhythm, the lyrics and the energy everything about this band is perfect

Amazing band, amazing music, amazing lead singer! What else do you want.

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.

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...

Genius, mind blowing albums. They're by far, the most creative band ever.

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 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. more.

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

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

Great band

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 more.

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

Badass band... Enough said.

Best band ever

They should be #1

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 more.

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

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 more.

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.

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

So amazing!

They're wonderful!
Wats up with people?
Linkin Park is overrated

15 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 more.

Why? Should be in top 10

They are amazing

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

16 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.

They are so good! Y'all need to listen to The Balcony. Such a great album!

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!

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.

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

20 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.

Way under rated, way better than Arctic Monkeys

They are my favourite band

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.

21 Two Door Cinema Club

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

22 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.

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

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.

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.

Incredible! Obsessed with their music!

They are amazing especially their new album!

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 more.
26 Bastille Bastille are an English indie pop band formed in 2010. The group began as a solo project by singer Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. Beside Smith, the four-piece consists of Chris Wood, Will Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons.

They should at least be in the top 10. This band is great and they don't have a single bad song.

I think they should be the first,but 29 is maybe right(no)

27 The Neighbourhood

The best band ever, they introduced me to the alternate/indie genre and I love every song they made. The lyrics are just so calming and genius.

Not sure why this ranking thing isn't higher for The Neighbourhood? They're literally the greatest thing ever.

Honestly so good! Can't believe they're not in the top ten! So underrated! "

Favourite band ever, their songs are so meaningful and calming and just beautiful

28 Bloc Party
29 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.
30 Nothing But Thieves

People sleep on these guys but they're beyond talent like its insane how much the lyrics mean and the vocals! Just wow

Top new band with a great vocalist, thing these guys will go far

My favourite. I love everything about them

31 The Kooks The Kooks are an English rock band formed in 2004 in Brighton. The band currently consists of Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Alexis Nunez, and Peter Denton. The original bassist was Max Rafferty, and the founding drummer was Paul Garred.

I actually prefer the arctic monkeys but I just could not accept that this band was behind my chemical romance

Seriously people? 28? WAKE UP ASSHOLES!

32 Bring Me The Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively more.
33 PVRIS Pvris is an American rock band from Lowell, Massachusetts, formed by members Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski, and Brian MacDonald.
34 30 Seconds To Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band currently consists of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.
35 The National The National is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Scott Devendorf and Bryan Devendorf.
36 Florence and the Machine Florence 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.

FATM is the best band in Britain.

37 Gorillaz Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.

I was first introduced to Gorillaz by my friend. The first song I heard was Feel Good Inc. I got hooked immediately and I haven't heard a song I don't enjoy.

Best virtual band ever

38 The Wombats

Quality band


39 Modest Mouse Modest Mouse is an American rock band formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington, and currently based in Portland, Oregon.
40 Foster the People Foster the People is an American indie pop band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2009. It currently consists of lead vocalist Mark Foster, lead guitarist Sean Cimino, keyboardist Isom Innis, and drummer Mark Pontius.

Torches is by far one of the best produced music albums of the century. With hits like Pumped Up Kicks, Waste, and Don't Stop (Color on the Walls), it provides a fresh new perspective on national problems we face every day. Mark Foster has an incredible voice and a talent for songwriting. He draws inspiration from his own troubled past, and seems to enjoy combining great sounds with deep lyrics. Foster the People is widely underappreciated and they still have a successful future ahead of them.

I love this band I listen to it every day you the bomb mark foster

FOSTER THE PEOPLE has such unique music.. They should be in top 10

Foster the people 32nd? They should be at least top ten

41 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

Fall out boy a newcomer? Jesus get this band to one. This is an amazing band because the music is just amazing and they have like songs for everything. Also with the different eras, there's songs for everyone to love. The band members are also super inspiring and they are just amazing.

42 The Vaccines

Geniuses not respected for what they are... youthful, droned in reverb, summer hooks with deeper meaning that first glance. great live too. love them

The vaccines are are quite a new band but I think they're great! Please vote

Love love love their songs Wetsuit and Family friend, best songs I've heard.

43 Saint Motel
44 Kasabian Kasabian 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.

I rlly can't believe that they weren't already on the list. They r amazing and serge is a genius.

45 MGMT MGMT is an American rock band formed in 2002 by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman, joined the core band in the studio.

Surely much higher than 47? Maybe a bit mainstream but if the Monkeys make first MGMT is a top ten.

Beautiful band, deserves top 10 status for sure

Godly band with actual lyrics about life.

They're great, enough said.

46 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
47 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). more.
48 My Morning Jacket My Morning Jacket is an American rock band formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1998. The band currently consists of vocalist/guitarist Jim James, bassist Tom Blankenship, drummer Patrick Hallahan, guitarist Carl Broemel, and keyboardist Bo Koster.

Best band on planet bar none

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