Top Ten Best Indie Rock Bands

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.

They are just amazing! I can't stop listening this band!

Arctic monkeys is the best band forever... Alex turner create a genius lyric!

Wow I love this band, they never get old, and they never will! Alex Turner has such a great voice, and the guitar and bass riffs are just amazing!

In my opinion I love this band so much I bet many can agree and I just can't believe that they aren't more popular. If you like 'The Strokes' you'll probably like Arctic Monkeys.

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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.

Oh my lord god in heaven I cannot believe that this blessed band is not even mentioned in this list. You haven't heard good indie rock unless you've heard The Strokes. I'm speechless, honestly

These guys are basically the 21st century revolution of indie music. Come on, now! If you like Arctic Monkeys, there is no possible way that The Strokes don't come before or after the Monkeys on your favorite's list.

You can't have a top ten indie bands list without these guys! Like every Arctic Monkeys song sounds like a carbon copy of the last and Kings of Leon; are you kidding me?

Arctic Monkeys songs sound the same? Every record they've released has been completely different to the one which came before it. - Scretty_MUFC

Seriously expected The Strokes to be NUMBER ONE! 'Cause, I mean, they are💥😍� - 🤤

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3 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).

Just one question, why aren't they Number #1, and mostly why are they behind Coldplay when they have taken so much from this band? So much more to be said.

Paranoid Android!

My personal favorite indie band. I can definitely understand why groups like The Strokes or The Killers are higher up on this list, as their music is much more accessible and radio friendly than a lot of Radiohead's music but when it comes to being the most innovative and bringing the most to the table, Radiohead blows the rest of these groups out of the water.

Genius, good music, good lyrics, and original. Enough said.
Top 5:Radiohead, The Mars Volta, Modest Mouse, Queens of the Dark Age, and Muse. Peace out amateurs!

One of the finest examples of musical evolution among indie bands and bands in general. Just compare songs from "Pablo Honey" to "The King of Limbs" or "Fake Plastic Trees" to "Bodysnatchers".

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

The Killers are my favourite band! I have so much respect for them and their music inspires me more than any other thing in my life at the moment. I respect the fact that Brandon is not afraid to sing about his religious views and his beliefs although I am not a Mormon, I can relate so much to them. The Killers are my idea of perfection and when Ronnie announced they are currently writing new music my heart lifted! The may be number 8 on this website, but to me they will always be number 1!

The Killers are my favorite band ever. I have so much respect and love for them, it's amazing. Even live they sound amazing, which is quite rare to find. Every word of their music means something to me, every song has an emotion. You guys, this band is the definition of perfection.

They not only do rock but also different music genres they are completely versatile, think of Queen, not only that but they're lyrics are really meaningful 'if' you really go deep into them and analyze carefully and you'll find them relatable. So far the best modern band ever

ALWAYS A KILLERS FAN!

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5 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.

There are few bands that I truly love. Aside from Modest Mouse, Radiohead, and Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire holds a special place in my heart.

And unlike most of the bands in this list, Arcade Fire is one of those few bands composed of artists, in the truest sense of the word.

They have the audacity to make some of the most original sounds that work so incredibly well when incorporated in their music. Intelligent meaningful music that should be recognized in the indie hall of fame

Brilliant band and awesome songs! and albums =D

I saw them 3 times live (in Belfort, France) and I never felt so engaged in a show, the kind of band that can make me cry alone just watching their work. Brilliant.

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6 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

Is there a greater indie rock band anywhere? I love practically every song and I find myself singing the lyrics all the time. Imagine Dragons has songs that will always be some of my all time faves including Hear me, Round and Round and Amsterdam. They are just purely amazing!

This must be the best of all NIGHT VISIONS

Radioactive is the best song I've heard in years, they're really underrated. Also very good songs: It's time, Demons. Love them!

Simply amazing

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7 Two Door Cinema Club

How are these not even top 10 THERE AMAZING COME ON, SOMETHING GOOD CAN WORK, WHAT YOU KNOW? BEST SONGS

I love them best indie rock ever... Peace, love, rockets

THIS BAND IS INSANELY TALENTED! They are by far the youngest band on this list, and yet they demonstrate their amazing skill in every song! Honestly, they are the only band that I've liked every song they've ever made- including their demos!

So many fabulous songs and great guitar riffs!

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8 Modest Mouse Modest Mouse Modest Mouse is an American rock band formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington, and currently based in Portland, Oregon.

Considering more than half of what's on top is not indie rock, it isn't that surprising. Really, it's filled with overrated "famous" Alternative bands. I was surprised to see the Hoosiers up there though. I really think they're a great band, but I didn't know they were considered in that high of a regard. Really, up in the top ten, Arctic monkeys shouldn't be even close to where they are at. Oasis isn't indie. The Killers aren't indie. Kings of leon. For me, the strokes are awesome, but they aren't really indie. All good bands (maybe except for kings of leon), but not indie. I can't actually believe that Blur or The script is even on this list. Also, why isn't pavement higher? Why isn't Built to spill on this list? Well there are plenty of indie bands that need to be on this list that's for sure, but a lot of the best ones are on here of course they aren't in the higher spots they deserve like Modest Mouse here.

Arctic Monkeys are amazing. Oasis is definitely indie if you consider Blur to be indie. The Killers are indie, they are signed with an independent label. The Strokes are indie as they are signed with RCA. The Script isn't rock. You're pretty much wrong on everything lol - PeterG28

I have to say, I've only recently discovered this band, but I was definitely grateful to have done so. Modest Mouse is one of the most literary yet overwhelmingly deep and meaningful indie rock bands out there who use lyrics that will blow your mind. And I've grown to love them in such a short amount of time. Go ahead and listen to their songs. Take it from me, you will not be disappointed.

I'm not a huge fan of indie rock but I love modest mouse! They are a great band and have so many great songs. Why is imagine dragons on this list and above modest mouse? Imagine dragons aren't really an indie rock band and they aren't a very good band (they suck compared to modest mouse in my opinion). Modest mouse has really good and meaningful lyrics and everything else about them is amazing. Come on people! Vote for Modest Mouse! - Imreallyboredrightnow

Simply the best there is

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9 Vampire Weekend

First time I heard STEP, I fell in love with them, they are unique. So I decided to purchase their latest album down at local disc shop, listened to it and absolutely love it, found out they were touring the next month, begged my family to but me tickets to the concert and heard so many of their other songs and loved them even more, now I own all their albums! In a space on 1 1/2 months from hearing that one song on radio.

OXFORD COMMA AND STEP ARE MUST-LISTEN!

A fun indie band that somehow mix classical and world influences and make it work! The last two albums take a bit more risk and need a little time to grow on you (but when they do, you'll be hooked! )
I suggest: oxford comma, a-punk, holiday and white sky

I love this band, but...

I really do care about an Oxford comma

(get the reference?)

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10 The Black Keys The Black Keys The Black Keys is an American indie rock and blues rock duo, that was formed by Dan Auerbach (Vocals, Guitar) and Patrick Carney (Drums). ...read more.

The Black Keys return to what got rock started in the first place - BLUES! Tired of hearing post-grunge indie rock that still hasn't overcome the 1990s? Try these guys, using the roots of rock that were so prevalent in the 60s and 70s.

Their new album, Turn Blue, is a little bit of a disappointment because it's got too much pop, but hopefully they'll get back on track to what brought them here - check out their older stuff.

How this band is so low, I don't know. Their music consist of insane guitar solos, beautiful lyrics and melodies. Every album is something different and their new album, in my opinion, is the best one yet. Just Listen to Weight of Love off their new album, and let Dan and Patrick blow you away

You don't know about bands if you don't listen to TBK, they're amazing! LISTEN to Lonely Boy and love them and of couse welcome to the fanbase

Yes, just ye

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The Contenders

11 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.

There will never be any other band that can compare to Oasis.

You know how almost every other band Is a 2000s band right? We'll these guys made indie rock pretty much. If you haven't heard the whole what's the story? Morning glory your missing out on songs like don't look back in anger.

Top 10 songs:
1. Live forever
2. Don't look back in anger
3. Stop crying your heart out
4. Champagne supernova
5. Morning glory
6. The master plan
7. Supersonic
8. Slide away
9. Hey now
10. Wonderwall
If you haven't heard songs like live forever and don't look back in anger your missing out.

The most awesome band to ever come from Great Britain. They inspired me to listen to music

How are Oasis 11th, Seriously? Wonderwall, Champagne Supernova, Slide Away, Live Forever.
Not one song I named peaked number 1 on the Uk Charts, Surprisingly.
But... They still have more Uk No.1s than everybody above them on this list put together. Go ahead and check.
BIBLICAL!

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12 Death Cab For Cutie

If you talk indie rock... Dcfc is the first band that comes to my mind...
Soul meets body, I will follow you into the dark, someday you will be loved... and the others have been so beautifully written... It's difficult not to love the band...
Absolute favourite indie rock band...

Death Cab for Cutie has been a favorite for years. Looking at the name it might seem like a emo band, but once you listen you'll see the beauty of it. The chilling piano intros and the in deep lyrics and imagery paired with amazing guitar work with Bens amazing voice will sure make you love the band. The topics of the songs are relatable which makes it even better. The drum beats are nice too and the bass on "I will posses your heart are amazing".

beautiful lyrics, beautiful music - ShaggysWorld

This band got me INTO indie rock. you can't have indie rock without this band. I will follow you into the dark was the first song I heard by them and I've been listening since. my playlist starts with like twenty songs by them.

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13 Pixies Pixies The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering.

Heck, Pixies are an incredible band. Their music is weird, imaginative (and often rude, I know), but groundbreaking too. Pixies are a major influence to so many of the really famous bands everybody knows, yet their contribution is shamefully unseen. These guys deserve to be No. 1; way better than all those listed above (and I am a fan of some too), especially better than Arctic Monkeys, and just... Yeah. Incredible.

69?!? Come on!? Pixies are one of the best rock bands ever!

This is one of the most important bands in rock history, most bands on this list owe a lot to Pixies, and somehow this is at 50.

Pixies may not be the best band in the genre, but they still deserve to be WAY higher.

There are only 3 actual I die bands in the top ten. This list is a mess.

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14 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

How many bands have been influenced by these incredible musicians wouldn't be surprised if all that came after them on this list were

So much more than simply four incredibly talented musicians, collectively, Morrissey, Marr, Rourke and Joyce had a magic that can't be manufactured or reproduced. We have seen many challenge for their crown but no one has come close to the musical perfection created by The Smiths.

I'm almost sickened of the fact that the smiths are at 53...

Wow...They started the whole Indie lot. All the bands above draw from them! How can they be number 16? SMH! The best guitar riff maker guitar wizard Johnny "fooking" Marr, and the best lyrical poet Morrissey! Their position on this list is most likely due to Millineals voting for their favorite contemporary Indie band but have yet to discover the originanaters and genius that are The Smiths.

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15 Foster the People

This should be at the top!
I mean, Foster the People is a great band with awesome music.
It's the best of Indie-pop music!

I think foster the people should be #1 because of their innovative music. Their "Torches" album displays creativity in vocals & rhythms. Their new album "Supermodel" expands on creativity in a variety of moods not on the first album. Watch this band's fan base grow.

Nice album, they are the future

Should be #1

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16 Neutral Milk Hotel

Neutral Milk Hotel always did their own thing, which is the true meaning of an "independent" band. They released only two albums, but that was enough, and they continue to tour because they love their music. They don't release album after album of tired, boring and forced material. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is one of the best albums ever made, and it is impossible to argue otherwise.

Neutral Milk Hotel is on a whole different level from every other band on this list. They are simply amazing! They may not have as many songs under their belt as several other bands on this list, but In the Aeroplane Over the Sea will wreck all other indie albums. If you haven't heard it, why are you even looking at this list? Go listen to it.

Apart from Radiohead. Neutral Milk Hotel are still amazing though! - Oliwally

Every one of these lists is disgusting and voting for Neutral Milk Hotel is the only way to salvage this one. Indie means independent, plebs.

They are so underrated and should be higher up.

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17 Florence and The Machine 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.

Way under recognized on American radio, I don't know about their status in the UK, but way underrated in US. I mean it's so much more than Florence Welch, the band itself (the Machine) is some of the finest music I've heard from the 21st Century. I especially love the way they incorporate the harp in their music, so rarely do you hear harp in popular music anymore. My favorite song is "What the Water Gave Me" but I also really like "Shake it Out", "Seven Devils", and their covers of "You've Got the Love" and "Addicted to Love". Extremely talented and unique band. I'm waiting anxiously for new music from them. -

Why are they so low on the list. They are the best and very underrated which kinda makes me angry. They are so good and talented, yet so under appreciated. Their songs like dog days are over and shake it out should've got more radio regonition because they are so great. Even though those songs are the most popular, it didn't get a chance to top the charts. All three of the albums are amazing, but Lungs has to be the best. - zach2246tt

This band absolutely deserves to ve in top 10! The first song I ever became to know was "Never let me go" and always made me feel somehow freezing. One of the best decisions I had ever taken was to look for some other songs. "No light, no light", "What the water gave me" and many others made me fall in love with this perfect group even more!

They deserve to be higher up the list for sure! - Michael77

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18 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.

They are my other half. They changed the way I feel about music forever. I love Andrew VanWyngarden's voice and the way it flows beautifully with their psychedelic music style. They are one of my everyday obsessions. I won't even date people unless they like MGMT. It was love at first listen when I heard the song Electric Feel on the album Oracular Spectacular.

I love them as much as Spiderman loves Mary Jane. They can have fun yet meaningless lyrics and real deep lyrics that captivate and harness the soul. They give me EARGASM!

Their new album is out and it just keeps adding to their everlasting phenomenon! I'll never forget Oracular Spectacular, but it's time for a new sound. Artists experiment and grow at their own pace, so let's sit back and watch them bloom.

MGMT is such a great band, I'm obsessed and listen to them every day.

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19 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.

Maybe not true indie, but makes amazing songs with great lyrics and beautiful music.

I personally love coldplay. They have meaningful lyrics with a story and they speak to so many people world wide that's why they are the best indie band.

They are amazing, great music, good lyrics... When you listen to them you find yourself in peace... Excellent band, love them

This band has truly changed the indie/alternative rock genre. You look at today's indie rock bands and 80% of them are influenced by Coldplay. Melodically, lyrically instrumentally, and emotionally, their music is just transcendent and matchless.

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20 The Kooks 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.

This is truly a unique band. Not only is Luke Pritchard's voice soothing yet exciting, but the sound from the band intertwines into sheer perfection. Their constant experimentation is also a plus!

They're amazing! I really like their songs, especially See The Sun and Seaside, everyone should listen to their music!

Don't think they're the best but still should be further up. Naive is one of the greatest songs ever. My list : 1. Arctic Monkeys 2. Oasis 3. Kaiser Chiefs 4. Killers 5. Kooks 6. Wombats 7. Imagine Dragons 8. Arcade Fire 9. Fratellis 10. Vampire weekend. THE SCRIPT ARE NOT INDIE ROCK.

Their music brings a light accessible effortlessly cool vibe.

Even though Arctic monkeys are my favorite band the kooks bring a needed balance to that darker tinged sound.

The kooks acoustics and brightness is perfect for the morning while the other bands are for the night.

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