Best British Indie Bands

The Contenders: Page 2

21 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

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.

22 Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US.

Duran Duran was a fantastic band in the eighties however could hardly be considered to be indie.

23 The Kills

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!

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24 Beady Eye

"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".

25 The Script 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.

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.

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26 The Maccabees

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 list

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27 New Order New Order New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980, currently comprising Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman.

How are New Order at 22!? Joy Division and them should be at 1 and 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!

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28 Bauhaus Bauhaus
29 Editors

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! 💕

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30 The Vaccines

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?

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31 Razorlight

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 listen

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32 Muse 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 five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, more.

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!

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33 Sex Pistols Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history more.

Are you serious, sex pistols and indie? What

34 James

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 trumpets

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35 Killing Joke Killing Joke Killing Joke are an English rock band formed in October 1978 in Notting Hill, London, England. The original line-up included Jaz Coleman, Paul Ferguson, Geordie Walker and Youth.

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

36 Two Door Cinema Club

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...

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37 Bastille 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.

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.

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38 Palma Violets

The revival of indie/punk from 1980!

39 The Savages
40 Manic Street Preachers

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 boo

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