Best Alternative / Indie Rock Bands of the 21st Century
The Top Ten
Their music rock my world!
They are very good. The absolute best indie band of the 21st century.
I'm not surprised. They really are good.V 14 Comments
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 - WillWords
They have created their own Genre. Enough said
Of course the best - YunisV 11 Comments
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.
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)
Glamorous indie rock and roll is what I want...
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.V 5 Comments
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!V 12 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.
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.V 8 Comments
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.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
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
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 itV 4 Comments
They were the ones that started it in 2001 with Is This It.
Badass band... Enough said.
Best band ever
They should be #1V 2 Comments
Only voting because I live in Teignmouth
Muse is the best band ever! I haven't heard a single song by them that I didn't like.
Three words. Knights of Cydonia.
Everyone one of their songs draws you in. I absolutely love this band!V 5 Comments
Beautiful guitar, haunting vocals, and incredibly deep lyrics
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.
Amazing band. jack white is a geniusV 3 Comments
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
Why? Should be in top 10
They are amazing
I think they should at least top 10, they are way better then Linkiln Park - dovf
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!
Couldn't stand the fact that this band wasn't on the list!V 2 Comments
The new album 'right thoughts, right words, right action' is AMAZING! - RafaelM
Take me out and dark of the matinee are great songs
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 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.
Honestly they're perhaps the most underrated band of today. They're just incredible!
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.
Pure awesomeness to my ears!V 1 Comment
These guys are just amazing an for me they deserve top 5 at least
The 1975 are absolutely the best!
Incredible! Obsessed with their music!
They are amazing especially their new album!
This is my favourite band!
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)
Honestly so good! Can't believe they're not in the top ten! So underrated! "
I love the neighbourhood. their music has helped me throughtout the years of my life, I live them wiith all my heart, I might just cry ahh
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.V 5 Comments
People sleep on these guys but they're beyond talent like its insane how much the lyrics mean and the vocals! Just wow
My favourite. I love everything about them
Top new band with a great vocalist, thing these guys will go far
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!
Best virtual band ever
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.
FATM is the best band in Britain.
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.
Foster the People should be #1 change my mind
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 10V 1 Comment
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.
I rlly can't believe that they weren't already on the list. They r amazing and serge is a genius.
Best band on planet bar none
BEST BAND EVER JIM JAMES IS GOD FUC
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
They're great, enough said.
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