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, 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!


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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 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

Every album, expect for the calm down machine, was great. it was a hard choice but they are better than the arctic monkeys. Better, more consistent albums than them. They win.

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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!

I don't know what Indie is, but this band is good nad hates Scott Tenormann. Smits in this list r good too. Tool might be classified as Metal but is kind of similar direction.

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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.

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


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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

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

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6 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.

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

No contest, MM should be number 1 above all this other alternative rubbish. I love the strokes and killers but they simply aren’t indie. And where is cage the elephant? Another true indie band

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7 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). 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

By far the best gritty & bluesy band out there that can actually rock out.

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8 Two Door Cinema Club


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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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.

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

The Qunitessential indie band

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10 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.


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

White Sky is such a jam! The lead singer is adorable as well and looks like the Canadian prime minister

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The Contenders

11 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!

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!

They are the best indie rock.
Their music makes part of my daily routine and should make part of everyone’s.
The lyrics are deep, the vocals are fantastic and the instrumental is astonishing.
They are simply perfect.
They really understand what teenagers think and feel!

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12 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

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

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.


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13 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

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!

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14 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.

Best band ever!

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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

One of my favorite bands. I have a bunch of their songs on my indie playlist. it makes me happy whenever i’m listening to their songs

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16 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!

Sadly underrated.

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17 Neutral Milk Hotel

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.

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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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.

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

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!

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 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

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

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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.

Amazing songs... a cool voice and that truthful sound. I like them, they should have a better position in this ranking.

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21 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.

M&S in top 21!
I can't believe my eyes. They are the best band I have ever heard in my whole life. Whenever I listen to their songs, they always give goose bumps!

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22 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 more.

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.

What are they not higher up on this list? Maybe they're a bit more alternative and electro than indie but still one of the best bands. I'm shocked.

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23 The Shins

Some of You people don't understand what indie means.

Coldplay, while is a totally awesome band, does not qualify. Nor do The Killers, The Script, or Kings of Leon.
The mere lack of The Pixies on this list makes it null and void.
I am a shins man myself.

The Shins are amazing and unique and the songwriter James Mercer is definitely one of my favorite songwriters of all time. Some of their songs are like pure poetry and then when you add in the unique and beautiful music it makes them even that much more incredible. The Shins are pure art.

Shins are top 5 INDIE, no doubt.

All the bands on this lists are, if not awesome, very good. But as some already has said, they aren't all indie.

New Slang is for every human being to listen to.

First of all I'm listening to gone for good as I write this. second of all: 24!?!?!?! REALLY!? They should easily be top 5 along with dcfc. Song just switched to sleeping lessons. There songs and lyrics are amazing. I've found myself singing girl inform me and its only life more than any song in my 98 song playlist. If you haven't heard of them, go check them out. Now.

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24 The 1975 The 1975

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

How are they on here. Disgraceful

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25 The Fratellis

Killers and kings of leon do not deserve to even be in the top 50! The Fratellis, Arctic Monkeys, Strokes, Wombats, Libertines, and Vampire Weekend are true indie bands!

Go listen to youth and young manhood, aha shake or because of the times ( but even the new one mechanical bull) albums by kings of leon ;) and remember, you don't know a band only if you listen to their first songs on wikipedia's list

This band is so overlooked it's not even funny. They're my favorite and I didn't even discover them until 2013.

Best band ever! I've been a fan for years, they totally deserve this spot!

Define indie

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26 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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27 Sonic Youth Sonic Youth Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.

This band is indie, they are everything indie should stand for rather than what it has come to stand for, I think it's cool that they're this underrepresented because that's the whole point, they're not making music for fame and recognition or to be called THE GREATEST BAND EVER, they're making it because they love making it, and all the poseurs (the 1975, Coldplay, etc) can enjoy the spotlight for now, we all know it won't last.

My gosh. They are way too far down. Most of these bands aren't even indie. The more commercial success a band has, the higher it gets voted. Simple as that.

Great and influential band

So indie it hurts

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28 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.

The best POP-ROCK band ever.Ok? Pop rock.But tgese guys are amazing.Every song kinda touches your heart

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29 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.

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.

Love franz Ferdinand and also check out their collab album with sparks

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30 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 more.

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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31 Pavement

Pavement are not only hands down the greatest indie band ever they are also one of the greatest bands of all time, period.

Pavement, The Smiths, (early) Modest Mouse, Elliott Smith; these (amongst others) are examples of TRULY indie bands. Whilst I love the likes of The Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club, anyone who knows what they're on about will realise that they are not actually proper indie bands.

Pavement maybe have just been going through the motions after Wowee Zowee but they are also one of the most lyrically brilliant bands ever. Their best songs reach new heights of awesomeness. Listen to Fillmore jive and Gold sounds which are two of their best sounding songs. Even then songs like summer babe are still amazing even if musically they aren't as good because the lyrics are just amazing. Did you know that summer babe is a love song?

Slacker Rock staples

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32 Built to Spill

There would be no Modest Mouse, Death Cab, or many of theses other bands without Built to Spill. The only other bands on this list who have had as much influence are the Smiths, Pixies. Built to Spill was a giant influence, and still rock today! Can't wait for their new album to come out this next year!

Perfect From Now On is one of the few albums that truly amaze me. In awe of this band.

Doug Martsch is an indie messiah.

Best ever

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33 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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34 Alt-J

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.

They are amazing!

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35 The xx

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!

The xx is special.

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36 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.

Just love them!

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37 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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38 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 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.

They aren't really indie but they are my favorite band so

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39 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!

Absolutely incredible, these guys rock!

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40 Keane Keane Keane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tom Chaplin.

Simply the best band in the world. They are indie rock. Their vocals, lyrics and piano are the best. Listen Hopes & Fears, Under the Iron Sea and Strangeland albuns. They are perfect. I'm a big fan.

Their concert blew me away. The best concert I'd ever been too. Lovely songs, great lyrics, and Tom's voice was so beautiful, I got goose bumps.

Their first albums are truly amazing. They have songs which are full of inspiration.

I love their songs, they are my type and it's sad not many people have even heard of them among my friends. - FixedNation

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41 Brand New

No one has ever made music like this ever before with this amount of musicality and this much emotion. Jesse lacey might as well change his name to Zeus, a god of gods because indie is the best music genre their is and he is the god of it. Just listen to play crack the sky live in Seattle and you'll all know why they are the best. Plus, Andy hull can be his co god. And Justin Vernon(bon iver Is so good). I hope brand new isn't done making music together. No one has or ever will make music like them.

Though arctic monkeys is one of my favorite bands, I gotta say brand new needs to be number 1 or t least close to it. They are so unique with a variety of song styles. Whether its one of their happy songs or sad ones each and every one of thm is full of meaning.

Clearly people don't know this band or else they would have been easily #1

Most deep, and real lyrics a human can ever hear. Listing to Jesses emotions he puts into the songs are truely breathtaking. Should be higher up on the list, but begets can't be choosers

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42 Phoenix

Their new album may not be indie at all, but wolfgang amadeus phoenix was the best album I heard in years!. I think the lyrics are the greatest part. At least top 10 would make it!

So good! Diverse, great lyrics and vocals, Bankrupt is one of the best albums out right now! You won't regret listening!

Phoenix is the BEST INDIE BAND just people with knowledge about art and music will agree

So underrated! they're amazing and their music style gives off such good vibes

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43 The Stone Roses

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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44 Bright Eyes

NUMBER 48?! You've got to be kidding. Conor's lyrics are easily some of the best this generation has seen, heard, felt, etc. Arctic Monkey's are good, but number 1? No. NO.

Why aren't there any comments about Bright Eyes? Seriously. this music is some of the best out there!

People need to listen to Bright Eyes if lyrics mean anything.

One of the best indie rock bands I’ve ever heard, Songs like Road to joy, Bottom of everything, lover I don’t have to love, and landlocked blues have some of the best music writing I’ve ever seen

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45 Bon Iver Bon Iver Bon Iver is an American indie folk band founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. The name "Bon Iver" derives from the French phrase bon hiver, taken from a greeting on Northern Exposure.

Hello world, I loves Bon Iver. Their songs are so nice and discouraging at the same time. They bring me often to cry, because I feel understood. This may sound silly, however, a song plays my thoughts again. I come from Germany and I would like to hear only once Justin is right before me. On a stage. Here in Germany. Hey Justin? If you this allowed to love sometimes, then imagine in it how many fan and addicted after your wonderful, melancholy voice are. Love you.

Not only "Skinny Love" but all his other songs, all are amazing. People should listen to them as well, they are just as good!

Skinny love. Best song of this era.

Simply great

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46 Cage the Elephant

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

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.

Pretty good band and I'm a guy who is very influenced by classic rock. I'm not that much into the hole indie thing either. Still pretty good

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.

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47 The Cure The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

The Cure is timeless, and I've loved their work since I was a little kid. My mom loved them back in the 80's, and it's stretching to this generation. Hopefully their music will never die after all these years of changing lives.

The Cure means everything to me, I can hear 24/24 the lovesong and surely my favourite album was the "Disintegration".

The cure is the band that prctically inspired nearly all of these group, the fact its not on this list is ridiculous, they deserve to be at least top 20. there music is amix of everything and they have never copied or been changed by whats happening in the music world at the time. they're career spanning nearly 4 decades speaks for itself.

48 The Libertines

I absolutely love The Libertines. Although they might not be 100% indie rock, I'd say that they're in the genre enough to be on this list; in fact, their musical style should bring them up higher on the list. Just listen to "What Became of the Likely Lads" and "Music When the Lights Go Out" to understand how great they were. The Libertines opened up a path for so many other bands. Babyshambles was also really good.

That being said, one of my favorite, if not my favorite, band on here is probably Vampire Weekend. I love their newest album, Modern Vampires of the City, especially for its subtle lyrical intellectuality (just listen to "Hudson"). However, I voted for The Libertines because they completely deserve to be higher than what they are.

One of the greatest songwriting team of all time. They never get old and basically opened the door for all the british rock bands that followed (arctic monkeys, palma violets etc) Plus, the black keys are amazing but they're blues not indie...

The libertines will go down as the greatest Indie Band of all time, mainly because of the fact that they sung about their own relationship and daily struggles.

Things we can all relate to.

Also if you don't get the libertines yet, then you haven't listened to them enough. Sometimes you need to put the effort in to appreciate a band...

Why down here

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49 The Hoosiers

They were a HUGE success in the UK back in 2007/8 with their brilliant debut album. Songs such as Goodbye Mr. A, Worried About Ray and Cops And Robbers charted very well and Worst Case Scenario (their best song) is a brilliant Indie Rock song.

Eden is my favorite

Take me to church is unforgettable!

50 Foals

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!

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

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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