Best Indie Bands

The greatest of the indie bands, double check record labels before adding.

The Top Ten

1 Arctic Monkeys 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, ...read more.

a rely skillful band with a good drummer

fantastic band in the world..

I almost threw up when I seen this. How did they make it past the Top 20?

This list is horrible because not enough people have voten. Love Artic Monkeys but not sure if it is the best indie band.

2 The Strokes 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 ...read more.

You Only Live Once is a great song and Julian Casablancas sounds (and looks) perfect in the song and the video. Some songs just sound perfect and this one is it! I LOVE THE STROKES! BOTTOM LINE.

This band literally saved rock n' roll with Is This It album, which is the best indie album of all time.

The best band with best songs...
couldn't find any song to compare to theirs...

Except for arctic monkeys and MGMT others are unheard bands in top 10 n bull is the fact that that even oasis cracked in d list even they were a fukin mainstream band!

3 MGMT 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.

To those who haven't heard MGMT before, I suggest starting out with Electric Feel, Flash Delirium, Kids, and Time to Pretend... That will get you hooked on enough to properly fall in love with songs like Siberian Breaks, Of Moons Birds and Monsters, and Congratulations.

By the time you've through with these songs, you'll return to this page and vote for them! And these are just some of the popular choices... I encourage even casual MGMT fans to go through their entire albums- you'd be surprised just how one of the songs you've heard little of catches your fancy!

I wish there were more bands like MGMT out there right now. There songs have a unique sound to them which you will find irresistible. You won't be able to stop humming their songs!

I LOVE MGMT! I just about died when I bought their album Oracular Spectacular. That was the best money I ever spent! They really mean the world to me!

I fell in the love with MGMT the moment I heard Kids. MGMT is definitely my favorite band every.

I think they should be #1, in my opinion they're one of the best bands out there today and highly underrated.

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4 The Killers The Killers The Killers is an American indie rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

Best indie maker of all time! The vocalist and drummer r the best!

5 Oasis Oasis Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

Is the best band in the world

Good band

6 Two Door Cinema Club

Great band, summer vibe and catchy guitar riffs. Best example of an indie band.

7 Arcade Fire 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.
8 Sufjan Stevens
9 Of Monsters And Men Of Monsters And Men Of Monsters and Men is a five-member, English-language, indie folk-pop band from Reykjavík, Iceland, formed in 2010.

I was surprised not to find them on the list... Nanna has an incredible voice and the band is AMAZING!
Their song 'Little Talks' is a major hit... I love them!

10 Bright Eyes

His lyrics and music are beyond many of his peers. He doesn't try to dazzle you with a voice he pulls you in with actual meaning to the words he says.

definitely a great band, but this is a horrible list, sorry. - T-uh

The Contenders

11 Bunkface

The top song of this Malaysian band is situasi, prom queen, soldier, sily lily, bunk anthem and through Malaysia window... This can be top of the world with great performance on stage and have fun with people

Bunkface is the best indie band ever in my life. Their songs were the best of the best. Their music was awesome, fantastic, and cool... I hope that bunkface will do their own best to save malaysian's music industry of music. Maruah malaysia tidak akan kami cemari... Music malaysia lagi bagus daripada music luar.. GOMO BUNKFACE GOMO!

12 Foster the People
13 The 1975 The 1975

...Needs to go back to 1975 where it belongs, in the dark shadow of what music is today. Perfected.

Are. You. Kidding. Me. The 1975 is original AF, unlike what music has become

14 Alt-J

So different and such a unique style. Can listen to their album over and over again. Geek-rock.

15 Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine rocks and he is my favorite singer. He kind of looks like Jesus Christ with the beard but he is still a good singer/songwriter. You rock Iron and Wine.

Iron and Wine is the BEST! Its all I've been listening to at the moment. after hearing just one song I was hooked!

16 Red House Painters
17 Broken Social Scene
18 Imagine Dragons 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.

Imagine the world w/o imagine dragons... in the words of sam Cooke

19 The Neighbourhood

Dude, they are simply amazing, their music makes me feel something unexplainable.

The Neighbourhood is my all time favorite band. You really can't put them into a genre, they can range from sleepy indie R & B to hard hip-hop rap. These are my personal favorites: Female Robbery, $ting, Greetings From Califournia, Daddy Issues, Baby Came Home (1 and 2), The Beach, Warm, and Jealousy.

20 Vampire Weekend
21 Stars
22 Feist

Who doesn't love that 1-2-3 video... Lucky gal you - batnag

23 Death Cab for Cutie

If you havnt heard death cab, you havnt heard music. Not really indie but they're amazing so defiantly check them out.

24 Modest Mouse Modest Mouse Modest Mouse is an American rock band formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington, and currently based in Portland, Oregon.
25 Fratellis
26 Sons of William
27 Coldplay 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 ...read more.

Hwo is Coldplay not in top ten?

28 The Cranberries The Cranberries The Cranberries are an Irish rock band who formed in Limerick in 1989. The band consists of lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler.
29 The Libertines
30 Copeland

Seriously how in the world are these guys not on here? Aaron Marsh has the most beautiful voice in the world and his songs have so much meaning to them. - Luvaddict77

31 The xx

The xx is so good why isn't it on top ten.

32 Radiohead 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).
33 Bloc Party
34 Dewa 19

Best indie music mixing blues, pop, rock

35 Morning Parade

More people need to know about this band. They are just pure brilliance. Their debut album is great to listen to and I can't wait for more from them.

36 Angus & Julia Stone
37 Harvey Danger
38 Maximo Park

A Certain Trigger is the work of genius

39 Fun

Fun isn't even Indie! How the hell did they manage to make 47? Seriously, If you like Fun and consider their genre Indie, you need need to delete your iTunes account and start new.

You all obviously have no taste for genuinely good music.

Overplayed radio station trash.

FUN.Forget,Us,Now.

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40 Minus The Bear
41 Snow Patrol 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.
42 The Verve The Verve The Verve were an English rock band formed in Wigan in 1990 by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bass guitarist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. Guitarist and keyboard player Simon Tong became a member at a later date.
43 Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

They're epic! The band's name, the members, and their songs, like "let's get tired" are simply amazing

44 Franz Ferdinand 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.
45 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
46 Bombay Bicycle Club
47 Passion Pit
48 Local Natives

Just listen to the song airplanes bye local natives and then decide who should be on the top, bitches!

49 Frightened Rabbit
50 Islands

They aren't that well known, but god, they're amazing. Islands are forever.

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