Best British Indie Bands
The Top Ten
I am a huge fan of the Artic Monkeys but how are oasis not first. They are the hearts and should of British music and there contribution to music has been outstanding. There was not one bad song on the first two albums and even when they had so called "bad" albums, there were still 4 or 5 fantastic songs on those albums
OASIS are really #1 INDIE band as well as one of the Great bands of all time... Their lyrical genius is beautifully portrayed with great music.
They are really not appreciated as they should be.!
The gallagher brothers were really great partners.. I wish they re-unite in FUTURE..!
I have listened to arctic monkeys, kasabian, the wombats and oasis and almost everything else on this list enough to tell my opinion (so if you haven't listened to everything don't bother to comment), and I've come to the conclusion that oasis has the most classical and rhythmic songs. Others are all very good and in fact really good, but they just need the harmony and experience which oasis has had.
You can't describe how good Oasis actually are?V 36 Comments
They have the unforgettable songs, simply the most outrageous indie band in the world. THEY MAKE ME love BRITISH INDIE! ~~
They are actually the best band ever. I LOVE every SONG
The verve, the kaiser chiefs and oasis are all pretty good, but honestly who could beat the monkeys? THey beat all the bands on this list just by having such a cool name! Rock on Monkeys! Oh and don't sit down because I moved your chair! LEGENDS! X
AM NEVER DIEV 77 Comments
Radiohead's unique sound and unique lyrics beat any other band's easily. No other band on this list has achieved as much as Radiohead has in music over the past years. Take, for example, the fact that Radiohead has made it to Billboard's top 100 rock songs of the 90's. Take, for example, how long Radiohead has stayed in the music industry and how long the band has prospered. No other band has achieved this much, this fast and during its career as a band. Many other bands only achieve this status after they have fallen apart.26 years in the music industry. That's big. The Beatles lasted less than half that time.
Well I love arctic monkeys too but Radiohead is Radiohead and will always be Radiohead, they don't fit in any genre or style, they have their own genre. And the feelings you got in each songs of these guys, man they are unique. Their bests albums are in my opinion "OK Computer" and "In Rainbows", and if I had to recommend a song to any person in Earth will always be "Paranoid Android" that's its just a masterpiece.
OK computer was undeniably the best album ever made! Nothing can compare to it's brilliance and therefore radiohead deserve first place.
They can take my soul to different places, just with their songs. definitely, my favorite band.V 30 Comments
While Blur and Oasis are the better bands (my favorite band is blur) no one can match the swagger and vocal prowess of Richard Ashcroft. Listen to their albums... They're absolutely incredible. The Verve are a definite #3 on this list for sure.
Verve sure deserve a top 3 spot. Superb vocals lyrics and music. Awesome album quality.
I think the Verve were better than Oasis
In my opinion: The Verve were and still are completely underestimated and stereo typed for the commercial hits only (the drugs don't work & the one with the stolen riff for example), unlike other indie bands Ashcroft and the Verve fear not to go ambient in an alternative way which is something that's been missing from Indie since Pink Floyd. To be ranked on a totally different scale.
what is Arctic Monkeys doing in the number 1 spot?
Where is Elbow and the Guilemots? don't make me go to page 2!
The Roses should be further up because they originated and founded the Madchester sound that other bands on this list kind of adopted. They ushered in a new sound in the rock genre. They had ups and downs but their ups were amazing. They had great lyrics, John was probably one of the best guitarists to come out of England and their instrumentals were unbelivable. I even like the way Ian isn't the best singer, his voice has enough of that distinctive Manchester accent and character to appeal to the bands target audience which was mainly northerners. Unreal band
No other band sounds like these with guitar from squire which sounds mint no other bands can make a sound like that other than the roses and maybe johnny marr from the smiths then you've got ian brown who's just the dogs bollocks and you've got Reni who's drums are so coolly adapted to squires unique guitar skills and don't forget mani on the bass it's like something from the 60s they're ace
Should be top of the list. Brown and Squire = Jagger Richards. If it wasn't for the Roses the indie scene wouldn't have spawned the talent it did likevthe happy Mondays or inspirall carpets who also don't feature in the top ten yet blur do! Your having a laugh. No roses and Oasis would never of happened to the admission of Noel Gallagher himself who also quoted"the stone roses are the best band in the world"
Should be number 1 simple as that.. - espyorkshiremanV 13 Comments
Why are the Smiths so low down? They are the ones who started indie and without them their would be no Arctic Monkeys, no Libertines, no Strokes (Lou Reed was a bigger influence on the Strokes) and no Oasis. Johnny Marr's guitar playing is iconic and Morrissey's voice can't be described by words. I am fourteen and the thing I love about this list is that even though it is in a bad order, practically all the bands on here are amazing! I love indie rock and I think a few new bands such as the Vaccines and the Horrors should be included on here.P.S. listen to Spector, they are brilliant! :) x
Not even in the top 20? That is a disgrace to Indie music I say. Don't get me wrong I love Oasis, Arctic Monkeys etc but The Smiths were the band that started it all (If not The Jam or Joy Division were). Morrissey's lyrics defined a generation, Johnny Marr's guitar playing is some of the best ever. Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce are such an underrated rhythm section which is a real disappointment as they are amazing.
All other bands in this list create(d) music fit to a specific time. The Smiths music is timeless. All one needs to do is look at their debut album (debut! ), and see that it doesn't fall under any genre. Their originality and uniqueness earn them the #1 spot, in my opinion. Their influence on the others in the list have already been mentioned by others.
SimpleV 27 Comments
Underrated yet again, they have many good songs and the song "Fire" is one of the best Indie Rock songs of all time.
The best band in history! Each and every album impresses and never ceases to amaze me. The world will catch on soon.
Kasabian Is simply the best. Re-Wired is outta this world. Not to mention every single album they have put out has been a perfect 10/10. Club Foot, Shoot the Runner, Empire, Underdog, Fire, Take Aim, Fast Fuse, Thick as Thieves, Switchblade Smiles, Days are forgotten... They are just the best band out there. Period.
No one can put on a better show than kasabian, they are literally the best live sounding band you can find. the crowd participation is always mental and their songs are just perfect! should be number 1 however I do love oasis and muse tooV 10 Comments
Number 20, that's nuts. They moved with the times and were always amazing. Every album from leisure to think tank was incredible.
My number one, but should definitely be in the top 5
It's really amazing, I like this band more than many of the top 5 bands! But the popular voice is the voice of the reason! Good Energy since Colombia!
My favourite band of all time. A band that would fit in everywhere, they would always find a way to move with the changes in scene and culture and always have a good solid body of work and fan base.
They made me fall for indie as a metal fan more than any other band here, props to these guys.V 14 Comments
There amazing. All their songs are sick. I only wish I was able to see them live before they split up. Maybe one day they'll have a reunion gig. Here's to hoping. But, yeah, just wanted to say what a stunning band they are. Love them. So much. Wish they never split. It's a hard *knock* life.
The Libertines... Where can I start? Every single song has an individual spark that just makes all their albums so unique and amazing to listen to. Carl and Pete together are just ace and their musical skill combined with deep, meaningful lyrics makes brilliant songs that are memorable and legendary. The Libs are ACE!
Why are these so low down? Its outragoeus! They are the band that brought British indie back, without them, most of the bands on this list would not even be here! They are British Indie, Pete and Carl are the best rockers and the music they make is so British and amazing, they should be number 1 easily!
My jam atm. It's fantastic!V 11 Comments
They may have two eh albums but silent alarm is by far one of the best indie albums of the decade
Bloc Party has the most innovative sound of all these groups. Not one of their three studio albums sounds the same. And they feel good music, whenever I have a bad day just turn on Bloc Party problems solved!
I must say that there isn't a bloc party song that I hate, they are just amazing. There songs has awesome drum and the singer is amazing, they are truly one of the best bands out there, indie or not
This group is incredibleV 9 Comments
Please someone kill me now, how can you compare Joy Division to the Kooks. What could compel someone to claim that the Kaiser chiefs are better. Done about 4-5 good songs in five albums. Joy Division 2 studio albums 19 good songs, that doesn't even include the classics. As what has previously said insanely influential, who without, there would definitively be no other bands on this list. Horrendous list
Ian Curtis' lyrical mastery alone should surely warrant Joy Division a place above Kasabian and Bloc Party, add the fact that they make generally great music should push them to that number 1 spot shouldn't it? Oasis made good music without the lyrics to back it up, Joy Division were the complete package
The Wombats above Joy Division, easily top deserve top spot with the Smiths second with Stone Roses third, come on half of these bands are not British, why are the Strokes on this list they are from New York. Top ten should be; Joy Division, Smiths, New Order, Stone Roses, Radiohead, Libertines, Oasis, Bauhaus, Babyshambles and maybe Kasabian,
1 year achmpospkiswed mcuhV 7 Comments
let's dance to joy division never fails to cheer me up, techno fan, moving to new york... they're just awesome :) (which British indie in general is)
Moving To New York. Therefore this band should be top of the list. - DalglishIsBack
BEST BAND EVER! The Wombats is all the music I need in my life they have everything! They are by far the best for countless reasons their singing tones, their amazing lyrics etc etc! God I can't do them justice, just go listen to them, you won't be disappointed! THE WOMBATS SHOULD BE NUMBER 1!
I LOVE THE WOMBATSV 18 Comments
The Cure is number what now?! Are you kidding me? Talk about timeless! I grew up on them and STILL love their tunes!
If you wanna listen to real indie music go to them - or arctic monkeys.
I don't understand how can the be so low on the list.
My socks are too tightV 3 Comments
They may not be as big as some of the others on this list, but they are quite arguably the most innovative and influential, so long as you exclude Radiohead, to be honest Radiohead shouldn't even be on this list anyway as they're not actually an Indie band.
Best cool indie band ever, you rock kaiser cheifs... love the upbeat tempo of last few albums! Last album bit slower
I like a lot here on the list! But kaiser chiefs stands out. Their music is great!
Most underrated band everV 3 Comments
Coldplay are hardly Indie, they're 95% Alternative Rock, I don't know why they are even on this list. Obviously great band though and consistent too.
saw them at t in the park in 2011 and it just confirmed how much of an awesome band they are. absolutely loved them, got the atmosphere down to perfection. chris martin is such a heart throb
Coldplay owns! Best band ever in this world! But I have to agree with the guy before, they're mostly Alt Rock.
Coldplay best band everV 6 Comments
Original and beautifully complex
Such a good band! I love their music and I hope they will make more albums! I really love there B-side to! And there covers, I love everything of them, they are the first indie band I've ever heard and one of the best!
This band is the definition of indie. Perfect blend between electric and acoustic material. Just listen to "Naive" and "She moves in her own way" and you'll know what I mean. Should definitely be closer to the number 1 spot.
I LOVE the kooks SO MUCH. Their music is beautiful. Plus they're really handsome.
The BESTV 20 Comments
Gotta love The Fratellis. Costello Music is just pure awesomeness. I'd love to see them live.
Immense band! Totally under appreciated by people these days! The Fratellis have always been one of my favorite bands, and I've been listening to them for years! Real toe-tapping tunes- seriously!
Costello music is an amazing album. Great band to see live as well. Awesome!
I love the Fratellis. They know how to make quality music, not like the plastic music theese days.V 6 Comments
Their music is uniquely Awesome. They don't sound like most of the bands out there, which is why I could Never get bored listening to all of their songs - be it b-sides or covers. They have the best guitar riffs, drums, Kapranos' voice, back-ups etc that make a great band.
On top of that, their live performances are splendid! Which is the reason I fall in love with them in the 1st place. You could never tell the difference from their recorded ones!
The most intelligent and fascinating lyrics I've ever heard. The most beautiful voice. The most energizing concerts I've ever seen. Too many "the most" for one band, but they DO deserve it. In my list they are on the first place.
One of the Best concerts I've ever seen. Kapranos is a stage animal! They deserve to be at top 10
Take me out is probaly the best indie song...ever! - RecklessGreedV 4 Comments
Jarvis is one if the greatest lyricists of the past 30 years and sum up real life like no other singer. Why are they so low? Such an underrated band
You must be joking top ten at the very least, mike luke.
This is the chance Noel always wanted to take the lead completely, they are a good band but entice obvious Oasis vibes ad without the "yeyaaaryeee" back of the tongue and head back whine from Liam you get a sense of something missing!
If you like OASIS. You have to Love Noel. He�'s God, the best songwriter of a generation. His music is beautiful and the lyrics are amazing. He�'s from another planet.
Duran Duran was a fantastic band in the eighties however could hardly be considered to be indie.
Even though I absolutely love the kills, they are semi-English (VVs America) but oh well, I'm not complaining. Thanks for listening to what I had to say!V 1 Comment
"Oh Liam! " there's lots of opportunity with this band but without the song writers skill its found lacking, "expectation! ". much harder than the style of the high flying birds and there lye the issue of comparison to both Noels crew and Oasis, there was always going to be conflicting comparisons and without good backing vocals and harmonics you will find Liam's vocals much too "in ya face".
I love them they are amazing the best ever their music just inspires and I'm so glad that they came to America I love indie music so this band is just the best for me
The script are amazing! I think they should really be up there with all the rest o' the epicest bands. I'm not sure why they want me to spell everything incorrectly. Every time I put an ' they say it's better quality. I don't know what's happening there. Awkward.
Embarrassed to say, but I actually just recently learned about The Script. I think they'd pretty awesome. And they are actually the reason I started listening to Indie again. Except for Modest Mouse, I never get tired of them
They're amazing! So good.V 7 Comments
I've been listening to the maccabees for the last 2 years now, I think they are the best of the best british indie bands ever. All I want is for them to bring out a new album!
First learned of them when I watched "Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging" about 5 years back, and I haven't stopped listening since.
They are absolutely amazing I've only heard their first album colour it in but they have a really unique sound
They should be close to the top of the listV 3 Comments
How are New Order at 22!? Joy Division and them should be at 1 and 2...best British Indie/Alternative Rock bands ever!
If it wasn't for them or Joy Division a majority of the other Indie/Alternative Rock bands on this list would not have been around.
I don't understand why New Order are so down low! That can't be :/
Surely they should be in the top 10. Best British band along with smiths and the cure
Oh wow, I remember these guys!V 1 Comment
Seen them four times, pure class. They are completely and smokers outside the hospital doors seriously needs to be recognised!
Saw them live two months ago and it was brilliant! The band deserves a better place, at least one in the top ten!
Saw them live for my 18th birthday. Probably one of the best live bands I've EVER seen. been obsessed ever since. like seriously :( cried when their act finished so yeah should be waaay higher up /:
The greatness of this band as a whole is ridiculously far from being acknowledged enough. Lyrics are deep and meaningful, rhythm is flawless, their live performances are unforgettable and Mr. Smith has a voice and a glance that would resuscitate the dead. Number ONE on my list! 💕V 1 Comment
Listen to all their music and take into consideration the beauty of their lyrics, and the whipping guitars. Justin Hayward-Young is incredible, totally unappreciated and very deserving of global recognition.
Seriously 24 position what a joke number 1 or possibly number 2 behind the stone roses
One of my favourite bands absolutely adore them Justin's vocals are fantastic
Really? page 2? have the people forgotten about bands like Doves?V 4 Comments
Razorlight the first Album is a far superior piece of work than the later, in a time where bands like Oasis were a thing of the past and RHCP's where still floating around Razorlight took a number 1 at a time where the only Indie you could get your ears on was from xfm. with a sharp impacting bed shaped tune their fame shot up but soon dies down after America, they really must make a come back and not become something of the past that could be stereo typed a one hit wonder.
In the Morning you know you wont remember a thing! "about The Fratelies that is".
They are a pretty damn good band. Johnny borell has an awesome voice for the band and their riffs never fail. America, Before I fall to pieces, golden touch and wire to wire are Razorlights best songs of you want to give them a listenV 1 Comment
There are many great bands in this list... But MUSE not in top 10?! Seriously?! For example how can be the kooks or razorlight be better? Muse has got this unique style and matt's voice is just incredible! One of the best Live-Bands! You have to vote for them and show that the majority of people in this world have good music taste!
I find the fact that Coldplay is higher on this list than Muse atrocious. Muse is by far one of the most creative acts in modern music and frankly deserve at least top five on this list.
They were voted best live band for a reason, you know.
There is no way Muse can be this low on the list. It should totally be #1
Hasn't anybody heard Bliss? New Born? Starlight? Seriously, if Muse is this low, then indie music is most definitely dead.
Muse should be in Top Ten. (Personally even Top 5 or 6). This is one of the most creative bands in modern alternative/indie rock history. They are also fantastic live!V 21 Comments
Are you serious, sex pistols and indie? What
James are still a great band and gave been producing great songs for the last 30 years! Unique sound and just amazing!
James rules. No other band can come out with albums that just get better all the time!
They are so great you can almost touch the music out of the trumpetsV 3 Comments
A band that you can't define would not put them in the indie category but certainly one of the most intense and thought provoking pioneers of there day still putting out music that would put younger bands to shame
Within the space of about 2 hours, I have gone from not ever heard of them to buying their first album! Amazing music, I love them.
They are amazing I love both their first and second album, GREAT indie band and I would definitely recommend for you to listen to their first album
One of my favourite bands! Love their accents especially, just overall amazing music! But The Wombats will always be the best!
How are they 35...V 7 Comments
Started listening to Bastille only last month, and trust me they write amazing music! Songs that the lead singer actually writes himself, about lie, and struggle! Trust me me it is probably the most amazing bad you will ever hear about, trust me on that. So check them out, and you'll just fall in love with their music and emotions immediately!
Their songs are awesome especially Pompeii, Flaws and Bad Blood it's so addictive to listen it's worth listening! Best Brit Indie for this year so far :D I LOVE BASTILLE
Honestly they should be at least in 3rd place, they've got the best music. They're music actually has meaning unlike all the music that comes up on the radio. Dan smith's voice is so amazing it gives more meaning to the actual songs and well the songs I can totally relate to. Bastille is such an amazing band I recommend listening to them.
They should be top 2. Probably first, but I know other people have different tastes. I love them though.V 18 Comments
How the hell is Muse above this band? That's pure rubbish...
The revival of indie/punk from 1980!
Don't know why they weren't on the list already. one of the best British bands up there with Radiohead and Muse, been around nearly 30 years and have carried on despite losing one of their members.
Nnoottiinnddbbuuttvery good motor cycle emptiness yeah! Very good rock ban their not underrated in rock indie manics booV 1 Comment
I love the xx, ever since I heard their first album I was sad, because they didn't have any others, and it totally rocked. Makes me sad to see them this low on the list.
I really like the xx's music and their style, the lyrics are beautiful and melodies are great, you know, simple but nice. I like the itchy feelings when I hear them sing!
No way they xx is this low they should be up there. Can't think of one song I don't repeat over and over.
When the Script are higher than the XX...V 7 Comments
Should be number one. Love her hauntingly soulful voice that is always pitch perfect. Their music is also so deep.
BEST. BAND. EVER. How is it not claiming the #1 spot on this list? Come on, y'all. Never heard of them? Listen. To. It. Now. It's AMAZING.
These should be number 1. Best band of all time, they are just pure perfection.
Has the voice of an angelV 5 Comments
No wonder that this band has nearly no votes; these lists are made by Americans.
Should be at least in the top ten
Brilliant; love all their songs! Chocolate is a firm favourite
Most incredible band I know, not only do the songs sound incredible the lyrics also mean so much and Matty is such and intelligent person
Why isn't this band at the top? Seriously, you guys voted radiohead into the top 10!? This band blows all of these other bands it of the water.
Deep lyrics and awesome beats, love yah the 1975!
These guys are the definition of British alt pop/rock. My favorite band!V 14 Comments
Specially their first album: peaceful, the world lays me down, is amazing all the way through, puts a smile on my face every time.
Should definitely be in the top 10
Very very underrated, last night on earth is one of my favourite albums and first days of spring is really good as well.
Slowly bought one album after another, growing more and more amazed each time. You hear a transformation in the sound. This group is in my top 5 all time.
They should be higher up, way higher up.
Ridiculous that they're so low down. Please just stop what you're doing and listen to their music, it will change your life. In love with their unique sound, Taro is mindblowing. Can't wait to see them live! All their music just makes you want to move. Only Alt-J can get me out of a funk.
I can't believe they're so low. Innovative, original, a sound all their own. Bloody brilliant band with only exponential room to grow.
How can they be 43? Cause they have one album? (Which they spent 7 years on) Even so that one album, An Awesome Wave, is ridiculously good and has a variety of songs.
Great band, my all time favourite band. Great live band as well!V 7 Comments
Who can forget "The Trick To Life"? Great album, shame about the 2nd though... They had a bright future.
The best music for british indie. After mgmt of course
AMAZING My New favorite! Best Band Ever!
Love this band, deserves more credit!V 2 Comments
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