Top Ten Best Indie Rock Bands

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61 Yeah Yeah Yeahs

They deserve a way higher rank

They should be on the top

Feel that goosebumps in Maps

love them!

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62 Awolnation

Not indie... they don't belong here

Some great music. I cannot stop listening to Sail, my favorite.

WHY THE HECK ARE THEY HERE?! The words, the words to their songs are so inspiration and motivating, I just love them.

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63 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

Just listen to The Funeral

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64 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

65 Neon Trees Neon Trees Neon Trees is an American rock band from Provo, Utah. Known for their energetic live performances, the band received nationwide exposure in late 2008 when they opened several North American tour dates for the band The Killers.

Awesome band, I love Them so much!

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66 The National

The National's greatness is in the details. Once you start liking their songs, you're addicted. Very personal. Very deep. Very diversified.

Amazing band everything about them is awesome!

Best band ever, never seen such amazing performances live!

I don't understand how they aren't st least in the top 15. They are true indie, way more than many of the top 20. Last two albums have had the best music I've ever heard, with such a good variety.

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67 LCD Soundsystem

Greatest live band ever

68 Grizzly Bear

One of my Top 10 indie rock bands. They're doing their own thing and that's what you gotta love.

I love this track by grizzy bear, will calls. try it out! Great band, they're also a top pick for me

Veckatimest and shields are seriously some of the best albums in recent times

69 Jet

They are one of the best bands I have ever heard.

I consider them the best rock band since 2000

I never heard this song, I just voted for it so I could get a comment in. Have a good day!

70 Of Montreal

Their songs are so well crafted, they've covered so many styles, and their live shows are incredible! Plus, Kevin Barnes is a lyrical genius.

The king of psychedelic indie pop is Mr. Kevin Barnes. Maybe start with Hissing Fauna or False Priest (albums). They are like no other band on the planet, Barnes' genius is indescribable.

71 Bloc Party

Listen to the song Helicopter by this band then come back here and rightly vote for this band. Do it. Now.

One direction are above bloc party? Kill me now! This band is inspirational, you just have to listen to helicopter or like eating glass and you're hooked!

These guys are amazing, countless riffs that really make you appreciate real music and fantastic lyrics

Addictive - love them

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72 Superchunk

Great band! Loved them ever since my dad told me the story of when he met the lead singer Mac working at a local record store when he was in college at chapel hill. Ever since then he has loved them and I have loved them since before I can even remember. foolish is a top 10 album

Really underrated band. Listen to them right now

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73 Passion Pit

This band is very amazing. All of their songs are a hit they should be in first place right now, I don't see how anyone could not love this band so amazing.

They really make outstanding original songs and also great remix of songs from fellow indie rock bands and whatnot.

No other group mixes such happy and melodic music and deep emotional power with such ease, awesome group. Gossamer always on repeat with me.

Their music is amazing

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74 Dinosaur Jr. Dinosaur Jr. Dinosaur Jr. is an American rock band formed in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1984, originally simply called Dinosaur until legal issues forced a change in name.

Have people really never heard of Dinosaur Jr? I agree with the other guy. This is a horrible list. The fact that the pop group "fun" is even considered indie blows my mind.

Horrible horrible list. These guys should be top 10. They destroy

Dinosaur jr is my favorite band of all time. They have such a talented line up. They created overrated nirvana

#1 along with SY

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75 The Drums

Me and the moon & Money are two of their best songs!

76 Animal Collective
77 The Neighbourhood

This band has some awesome songs. Especially Sweater Weather! And the lead singer, Jesse Rutherford, is so sexy! My all time #1 favorite. Band of all time

The Neighbourhood is one of the best indie rock bands out there! They should seriously, at least, be in the top 20! Need convincing? Listen to these songs by the neighbourhood: Sweater weather, how, wire and afraid. You'd fall in love with them in no time!

This band is just perfect, nothing more to say

This is my favorite band of all time, and they have songs that I never grow tired of. Give this band a shot; you will not regret it my friend!

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78 Bombay Bicycle Club

BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB SHOULD TOP THIS LIST IF ARCTIC MONKEYS ARE number 1. I'm not a hater of the mokeys however I feel that if we are talking true indie bands that bombay suit this description more then any of the others on this list. Their extraordinary third album " A Different Kind Of Fix" is a modern classic in the genre of indie music today. I reccomend for new fans that they listen to bombays unbelievably catchy singles such as shuffle, lights out words gone, always like this, magnet, evening/morning, ivy and gold, as well as flaws. All three of bombay's albums are beautifully crafted masterpieces of sheer talent in its rawest form. BOMBAY for number 1 is what I say, a true band!

LOVE a lot of bands in this list. But yeah if talking about 'indie' in its true sense Bombay Bicycle Club has it on every category. What's really amazing about them is their music changes in every album yet they all sound not just good but great. That's unbelievable. Alternative, acoustic, electronic, dance, hipster-ish, chill, happy, sad, melancholic, heck even world music they nail it. Whatever genre or mood, every song is an absolute spot on. Pure talent. Luna and Lights Out, Words Gone are top favorites.

SERIOUSLY! Bombay should be at least in the top ten. Kings of Leon and Coldplay aren't even indie (this is a bad list).

Wait WHAT? NOT NUMBER ONE? WHAT IS THIS? I had to scroll down three pages to get to what should be number one. God dammit internet.

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79 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

Since when are Fall Out Boy indie? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE THEM from Save Rock and Roll, to From Under the Cork Tree, but I just don't think they belong on this list.

Can I please hug Andy, Pete, Joe, and Patrick all at once?

I like it

80 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.

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.

Just wait till they get more albums out, then people will eventually give them the praise they deserve

One of the few modern musical geniuses in Kevin Parker. Extremely original.

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