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!

Arctic Monkeys might have at first seemed like just another landfill indie group during the 2000's, but there were three main things that set them apart from the rest- their everyman image, Matt Helders's excellent drumming, and Alex Turner's outstanding songwriting.

Firstly, the Monkeys were in their teens when they started the band, and this is reflected in their early (and by far best) albums. They didn't sound like rock stars. They sounded just like some slightly nerdy British kids who had got together in a garage and started playing songs- except they were really, really good at it. This adds a homegrown charm to their music and makes it very relatable to the younger generation.

Secondly, the Monkeys' Matt Helders is one of the best drummers in rock music today. Even on the first few songs, when the other band members could barely wield their guitars, Helders was always there in the background, pounding out complicated yet visceral drumlins as though he had been ...more

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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.

The Strokes led many indie rock bands like Arctic Monkeys and The Killers. The Strokes is literally definition of "indie-rock".

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

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3 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.

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!

My favorite band of all times. I can't wait for the next album!

THE KILLERS ARE THE BEST INDIE ROCK BAND TODAY, 8/25/2018! RUNAWAYS IS ONE MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SONGS!

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.

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4 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!

Quite possibly my favorite band ever! I don't think that they are really indie though... The Clear Winners of this list is The Strokes and Arcade Fire but what is Imagine Dragons doing here? The fact that they are above practically all these bands just shows it really is a bit of a popularity contest in the end!

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5 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.

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!

They suck

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!

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6 Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Arcade Fire are a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and RĂ©gine 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

Arcade Fire has great rhythms, and even better lyrics. When I found out about them my life was complete.

Good, solid music. Artistically brilliant and most importantly, its actually indie... unlike those awful pop-rock hacks that make up Arctic Monkeys

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7 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.

Modest Mouse= dank.

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

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8 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.

Underrated

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

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9 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.

Greatest band of all time the gallagher brothers are legends

Brit Pop is not indie

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.

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10 Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006 and currently signed to Columbia Records.

ABSOLUTE BOPS! ALL OF THEM. I heard the song harmony hall and fell in love. not one song I don't like.

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

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The Contenders

11 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 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 ...read more.

Not really indie, but one of the best bands ever! - Userguy44

Muse WERE Indie, but they became commercial (too mainstream) after Black Holes and Revelations. Anyways, you can always find some of their good songs on the internet. Happy search, and long live Muse.

How the hell are the this far down, they are so inspirational and produce songs like plug in baby and muscle museum, om sorry but the script can not compare and muse should be no1

Umm why are muse down here and not in 1st some would say that they aren't in this genre but muse are so good that they should be top of lists for folk, country, classical, rock heavy metal and pop.

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12 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.

Sadly underrated.

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!

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13 Neutral Milk Hotel

Surreal indie rock

Almost all of the bands in the top ten aren't even indie bands. Some of them started out being sort of indie, but not really. This is true indie rock and it's amazing. Aeroplane over the sea is fantastic - 10Jackson

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

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.

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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.

Timeless "new wave," "post punk," and now "Indie? "

Despite Morrissey being a pariah, The Smiths were influential on indie and even alternative rock.

One of the most revolutionary and unique bands that inspired so many, forever will hold a place in my heart for the amazing music they produced. - daisyypx

I came onto this website just to see the smiths here and it should not be number 15

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15 Kings of Leon Kings of Leon Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin Matthew Followill.

Pretty much everyone knows this band because of Sex On Fire and Use Somebody but they have been making good music for a while now.

The first band I've become obsessed with and the only band that never disappointed me. I've been a fan for more than 5 years now and they can surprise me, while they are also true to what they believe in and play the music they want to, not paying the music they are told to play. BEST BAND EVER

The Kings embody a dimension of indie rock music like no other. One of the very few bands that I have connected to and cherished for many years. Every piece that they produce has an identity, that is so incredibly human. Hope to see them for a third time in the up incoming future.

I love the Kings. They are such an amazing band because they have raw, natural talent. Caleb Followill has such a unique voice and he can sing like no other. I love how they have their own sound and they don't have to play a ton of instruments and their sound is still full.

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16 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.

Why are they so low?

First album (franz ferdinand) is one of the best albums in history, so in the indie-rock area they are awesome as well

Franz Ferdinand is mostly known for "Take Me Out". However, my favorite song by them is "Dark of the Matinee", which starts out with a genius guitar rift. Also, "All My Friends" is a powerful song with a deep meaning.

This band is completely amazing. (Listening to No You Girls right now) Their music is always fresh and new! I never get tired of Franz Ferdinand, their songs are THE BEST. Honestly. They should be up there with The White Stripes. They are completely amazing, my favorite band hands down.

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17 Kasabian Kasabian Kasabian are an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The band's original members consisted of vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist Chris Karloff, and bassist Chris Edwards.

All of their music is amazing. Each and every album. They should really be A LOT higher and they have a very original sound.

The best indie rock music around these days, they are amazing at everything they do, the music its incredible, the vocals amazing and when all comes together its just epic every time you hear a song, one of my favorite band of all time. Just plain awesome

Each and every of their songs is my favorite! Not only the well known ones but also less popular like butcher blues which is probably the one I like the most... Number 1 is way under the place they deserve!

Is this a joke!?! They easily deserve to be in the top 5

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18 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.

The Pixies destroy any other band on this list.

They nearly created "alternative'' rock. top 5 for sure

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!

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19 Alt-J Alt-J Alt-J is an English indie rock band formed in 2007 in Leeds, by Joe Newman, Thom Sonny Green, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Gwil Sainsbury.

Awesome!

These guys should definitely be closer to the top. Alt-J was the #1 touring band in the world last year, the vocalist, like many indie-rock artists, has a very unique sound but even more so than the majority. The Instrumental structure in their music paints imagery to most every mood you could possibly imagine.

Such an amazing band, one of very few bands to break new ground with their music. An Awesome Wave is my favourite album of the last decade if not all time, if you haven't listened to it you haven't lived...

How is Alt-J so far down the list?! One of the best indie rock bands around, their debut album is just brilliant start to end, their particular style of music makes them irreplaceable, a favorite. must-listen.

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20 The Wombats

THIS HAS RUINED MY DAY, THE WOMBATS SHOULD BE NUMBER 1! This is by far my favourite band, if their music was all I had to listen to for the rest of my life I'd be overjoyed. I've listened to almost all the bands above The Wombats on this list and none of them even compare to The Wombats. To me this list is therefore a disgrace! THE WOMBATS IS THE BEST!

I don't understand why The Wombats are ranked as the best indie band! They've inspired me to play guitar.

Arctic monkeys, the killers are undoubtedly talented, but are too overrated. I mean come on, the wombats? 23? Are you kidiing me? THIS IS THE BEST INDIE ROCK BAND TO EVER EXIST ON THIS PLANET! They are the reason why I listen to this genre. everyone should give em a listen because they are truly talented and define perfection.

I've been obsessed with the Wombats ever since I was conscious. Definitely recommend, to anyone, anytime.

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21 Foster the People Foster the People Foster the People is an American indie pop band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2009. It currently consists of lead vocalist Mark Foster, lead guitarist Sean Cimino, keyboardist Isom Innis, and drummer Mark Pontius.Foster founded the band in 2009 after spending several years in Los Angeles as ...read more.

Most underrated band and everybody listens to pumped up kicks and not their amazing songs

Should be #1

All the others kids

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!

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22 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!

THESE GUYS SHOULD BE AT THE TOP! TWO ALBUMS OF PURE GOLD!

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23 Young the Giant

Awesome Band!
Just recently found out about them, and honestly I can't stop listening to their music:) I can't believe it wasn't on this list until now.

Amazing band, tune, lyrics, vocals, it had everything you could ask a band to have and more!

Rarely do I find albums where I like every song. I can say that about both Young the Giant's albums. I absolutely love them and can't believe they aren't more popular. Just heard their newest single "Something to Believe in"...once again amazing!

I don't know how these guys aren't more popular by now! Better than 90% of the crap that's popular today.

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24 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.

MGMT is one of my favorite bands of ALL TIME! They should be number 1 on this list. The first song I listened to by them is When You Die (from a hack on a Roblox game) and then I started listening to more. I love the songs I listened to, but When You Die will be my all-time favorite by them I think their best album is Little Dark Age (my favorites are When You Die, Little Dark Age, and Me and Michael). I think Little Dark Age is better than Oracular Spectacular in my opinion. - PhoenixAura81

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.

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25 The 1975 The 1975 The 1975 are an English pop rock band from Manchester, consisting of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matthew "Matty" Healy, lead guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald, and drummer George Daniel.

How are they on here. Disgraceful

Just checked these guys out for the first time. Nothing but a glorified pop band trying to pass themselves off as "indie", with their leather jackets and punk hairstyles. Zero edge. Every song is a slight variation of the song before it. Almost gave me a cavity listening to them. The Arctic Monkeys (the real deal) basically reinvent themselves with every album, and can do any genre while brilliantly adding their own unique style. On a positive note, my niece and her school mates will probably love this band...going to tell her about them...I'm sure they "squeal" with excitement at how "cute" they are. What are they even doing on this list?

Every time I listen to one of their songs I get a feeling I can't explain It's the most beautiful yet painful feeling I've ever had and I never wanna stop feeling that way while listening to their music. Their music is real art. You can literally feel the passion.

They're one if my all time favourite bands. When their songs come on on my playlist, it makes me feel happy and like I don't want to stop listening. You know when you have that one song which you just listen time after time but it never gets exhausted; that song is Sex. So good

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26 Foals

FOals are just one of the best indie rock band and one of the most original too... Songs from the first album have math. Rock and dance punk elements. In there second album "Total Life Forever" have elements of post punk and electro rock there third album is a combination of the first two... I love this band... Start by listening to cassius and go on

Foals!... They're just amazing... I mean, Providence, Spanish Sahara, Late Night are just awesome songs... I haven't decided which one of the latest albums I like the most! Listen to both of 'em!

I can't understand, at least they deserve a higher place on this list. The sound of their guitars ist the most beautiful.

Not the most original band, (I thought "Mountain at my Gates" was an Imagine Dragons song) but absolutely great nonetheless.

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27 Never Shout Never

Great albums, the best indie band, love them

Indigo was a masterpiece, and their song Trouble is just amazing.

They are fantastic and should be number one on this list!

Awesome band I love it

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29 Blur Blur Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist/guitarist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.

An overall great indie band. They cover a wide range of styles from Manchester in their 1991 album leisure with songs as the likes of sing being the highlight of the album. From their they only get better with their second album modern life is rubbish with a very original and indie feel with songs such as chemical world/intermission showing blur could create enjoyable while new and fun music.

With 1994 seeing the release of parklife blur solidify their status as a marvelous British band with a wide selection of songs from the fun and slightly poppy girls and boys to the beautifully to calm and heartfelt songs such as to the end. This album also stays quite consistent with amazing non single songs such as badhead.

Later Blur reinvent themselves again taking on a more lo-fi

I LOVE BLUR! They were one of my first tastes of indie rock back in the 90's, and I've loved them ever since I was little.

Couldn't decide between these guys or the White Stripes

It's britpop not indie, fools

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30 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.

Seriously? 19? Get the greatest band ever up and up and up!

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

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31 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 agree that The Script is not an indie rock band but lots of fans of true indie rock bands like The Strokes and The Fratellis like The Script as an alternative choice. People who listen to radio music think they're hardcore when they listen to rap. Indie rock fans think they're bad ass when they listen to The Script :D

My most favorite band! Once I only listened to their music just with my ears, and I already fell in love. Then I saw their love performance, went line by line of their lyrics, damn, those are lethal combination. Plus, I love their personality... They are very nice people...

The Script are an amazing band that has a close bond with their fans. Their lyrics are inspirational and straight from the heart. They wear their heart on the sleeves and are just a happy bunch, who really love what they do.

One of the top bands in the UK these days (although they're Irish), they are mainstream but it doesn't really matter since they make some good stuff.

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32 Stereophonics Stereophonics Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band that formed in 1992 in the village of Cwmaman in the Cynon Valley.

So many amazing songs such as A Thousand Trees, More Life In A Tramps Vest And The Bartender And The Thief.

Kelly Jones is the most talented rock singer there has been for a very long time

This is may favorite band ever! Kelly Jones is an amazing story-teller and they rock!

Are they indie? No idea, but still a fab sound. Graffiti on the train so good

33 Mayday Parade Mayday Parade Mayday Parade is an American rock band from Tallahassee, Florida. Their debut EP Tales Told by Dead Friends was released in 2006, and sold over 50,000 copies without any label support.

I love MAYDAY PARADE for the song Stay and The memory are really awesome

Can't stop listening to their music.

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35 Tame Impala Tame Impala Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music.

what? 35?

They're indeed one of the best masterpieces of psychedelic art. - Lsdjesus

Seriously? 78? At least they don't commit the crime of having that unbearable stereotypical indie sound. They have more depth than anything on here except for maybe Radiohead. All the songs have amazing melodies and lyrics, plus, Kevin Parker does all the music himself. It's a shame they're so low.

"Feels like we only go backwards" is amazing, one of the best songs on this whole list so far, and I've been going in order of bands and really surprised I had to go this far down for such perfection.

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36 Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan "Gay for God" Stevens will kick your favorite band in the ass with his insane polyrhythmic flutes and whatnot. Literally the greatest musician of all time.

This man is a genius. Very versatile in songwriting skills. Carrie & Lowell, Illinois and Age of Adz are among the best indie albums ever.

37 The xx The xx

Um that was/is dream pop actually

The best band of the universe

The XX is so eccentric. This band describes Indie perfectly!

Their songs are so calming. Intro is ingenious and makes me feel like I can accomplish anything!

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38 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Alice in Chains is a great band but they aren't indie rock. - Imreallyboredrightnow

39 The Stone Roses The Stone Roses The Stone Roses are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983. One of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the band's lineup consists of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani and drummer Reni.

The absolute inventor of indie great super brilliant there just enough words to describe how good they are

Well how are the stone roses here they were pioneers of music in the late 80's and the 90's

Number 70? Are you having a laugh? They invented the entire bloody genre!

Top 3 should be Smiths Stone Rises and Oasis for practically inventing the genre between them (big up Machester), 4th and 5th should be Strokes and White Stripes, without whom Arctic Monkeys wouldn't exist. I don't hate any of the bands I've seen above the Stobe Roses but to have them 40th is farcical - their debut album is truly one of the greatest masterpieces ever made.

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40 Death Cab For Cutie Death Cab For Cutie Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band, formed in Bellingham, Washington, in 1997. The band is composed of Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Dave Depper, Zac Rae, and Jason McGerr.

Ben G is a genius, is an understatement. His music is so well put together. Words can not declare his full beauty he puts into his music. I am in awe of his works

Deat Cab For Cutie is the most consistent and beautiful band I've ever heard before, all of their albums are amazing, Gibbard's voice on each one of them is amazing, their lyrics are so sad but so hopefull at the same time, they are one of my most favourite bands!

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".

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41 Cage the Elephant Cage the Elephant Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006 and relocated to London, England, in 2008 before their first album was released.

Pure genius, each album has some serious hits...

These guys are awesome, and have a nice garage band feel. They are just amazing and they should have been on this list sooner. So many good songs like In One Ear, Aberdeen, Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, Shake Me Down, and personal favorite Sabertooth Tiger, just to name a few. They Kick Ass. - marspa

Why aren't they higher? Heard them for the first time on pandora and can't get enough, my favorite song would probably be "Cigarette Daydreams". I LOVE YOU GUYS.

Simply one of the best bands I've heard. As someone said they have that garage feel and the "Ain't no rest for the wicked" couldn't be any better.

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42 LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002 by musician James Murphy, co-founder of DFA Records.

Greatest live band ever

43 Band of Horses

Listening to this band for years now! Their songs make me calm down and relax

Deeply rooted in indie rock with their style and melodic flawless sound... They continue to be humble and genuine and their music feels authentic...

Love them! So melodic and unusual music... One of my favorite bands

Great salt lake is a super track... and Funeral wow

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44 The White Stripes The White Stripes The White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they ...read more.

I literally don't understand how they are not number one. I could listen to them for the rest of my life and never get bored. you can rarely see that in music, which makes it stand out so much. they are the reason I listen to rock and learn electric guitar. they are so inspiring, I have never paid so much attention to one particular band before, but I am so inspired to play and make music at their level that daily blisters from my guitar are worth it.

They are genuine indie, and I love how it's a husband and wife band. You rarely see that.

Come on this is a great band

Grooving drum and Guitar

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46 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.

They should be in the Top Ten.

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.

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47 Unknown Mortal Orchestra

dope!

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49 Mumford & Sons Mumford & Sons Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane.

Only 24!? That makes me want to scream. They make such quality music and all the members are so down to earth. I love the folk sound and Winston's banjo. Amazing band, best I've heard in a long time.

They are the best band ever and I cannot believe people have really put such rubbish before them, however many are total critics of this bands folk sound, but that just makes them more EPIC!

They have a folk sound to it.

Mumford and sons from my point of view are totally underrated, they should be at least within the 10 best, not in a mediocre 20th!

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50 The Fray The Fray The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and ...read more.

Maybe the band has lost popularity since their self titled album, nevertheless many of their songs define indie. Love them!

My favorite piano rock band ever

I absolutely love them. Can't get enough of them. They should be higher on that list.

Love them! I can always relate to their lyrics. Favourite song? Never say never!

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