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.

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

I haven't heard that many Arctic Monkeys songs but from what I have heard of them they are extremely good. I'm looking to get more into them soon. What I want to know is how they became super popular out of nowhere. Was it Tiktok?

I first encountered this band while playing rockband; "Arabella" was the song. I couldn't stop playing it until I perfected it. I later searched up "Arctic monkeys" on youtube (before I got spotify), and when I saw the views, it took me by shock! I would say this is one of the most underrated bands out there. Honestly some high quality and durable music, there. This band is not just some one-time-masterpiece-band, but a really versitile band as well. Great music and a great band!

Few bands in the history of rock can compete with Arctic Monkeys in terms of creativity and originality. They don't just use one style of rock, they use many, which I think works very well with the chemistry between the lyrics and the beats and the general mood of the subject. They're simply the best

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.

The Strokes are brilliant. I love their music more than anything, but I also love how real they are. After falling in love with their music, I wanted to know who was behind it, so I watched one of their interviews. They said that fame wasn't what they cared about. That it was all in the music. That's what I just love in a band. In the interview, Julian Casablancas talked about how bands are portrayed through false articles on the internet and in magazines, and how all the bull ruins their image. It's solely about the music to them, and I couldn't ask for more.

In short. They are like a pepsi, I'm not always in the mood for them, but certainly every single time I DO I have the mood to listen I take a serious injection of energy and ecstasy about it. Their music have power, originality and most importantly: longevity. Id definitely would have a blast jamming one of the strokes albums and chilling out in 20 years from now.
In all honesty I can only listen a bunch of arctic songs, as great of a band they are, they're certainly not a coca-cola.

They have some of the most interesting music I've ever heard. Every song has clever lyrics, a signature style, and the right balance of laid back and power. I definitely think they deserve the #2 spot they have as I type this but I don't know if they should be higher than Arctic Monkeys. Still, I am obsessed with their music and so should everyone be.

Not surprised at all to see The Strokes, the Arctic Monkeys, and the Killers take up the first 3 slots. I completely agree with them being top 3 but in my personal preference I would rank The Strokes #1, The Killers #2, and The Arctic Monkeys #3. I have to rank The Strokes #1 because I can't recall ever hearing a single song I didn't like by them.

3 The Killers The Killers The Killers is an American pop 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 one of my favorite bands! Or maybe my favorite after Sixpence None The Richer. They're absolutely amazing! I love all their albums, every one of them has something magical and catchy, plus the lyrics you can dive in. My dream is to be at a concert of them. Go Killers, go!

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.

How are the Killers not an Indie band? They started the same way all the other bands on this list did and aren't supported by any huge labels. Sorry if they're good enough to tour successfully and make great meaningful music while other indie bands aren't able to...

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).

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.

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!

Radiohead is my favourite band of all time! They are really professional musicians, who always make something new.
I don't think there will be a new band on planet earth that will reach Radioheads level ever again or at least on a houndred year from now. The only reason for Radiohead is not at first on this list must be because many who have voted haven't heared enough Radiohead songs.

A band with this much potential deserves more recognition, however I applaud Radiohead for stepping out of the lime-light and into the realm of dreams, creating what is obviously hidden deep beneath what the human mind initially perceives. All I need, House of cards, separator, Videotape, and anything from kid A. <3 10/10

5 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Provo, Utah, and are now based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. The band first gained exposure with the release of their ...read more.

ImagineDragons has rose to fame and rightly so, their music easily connects to everyone listening. Take demons for example, just listen to the lyrics and watch their demons music video. Pretty sure demons was a song influenced by their lead vocalist, Dan Reynolds who went through depression before and during his musical career. This band will continue to rise and unlike other artists, they don't objectify women, have sexual references, or use vulgar words in their music to attract fans. ImagineDragons are one of the few bright spots in today's music industry.

I'm your average music lover, and I enjoy many bands on this list, but I am genuinely concerned that Radiohead is at #7 here and The Killers are at #4. I like Imagine Dragons but they, along with other high-rankers here shouldn't even qualify to be on this list! They along with other bands here belong on other lists, Interscope? They signed Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and others, definitely not indie, which explains why most people vote for Imagine Dragons bringing them to #3, half their voters probably have never even heard of PJ Harvey, The Church or Fleet Foxes. Point is, don't vote on a list you don't know about

The greatest band ever, honestly. There songs are so relatable on a personal level. Songs like "It's time" and "Demons" are their deepest and soul searching songs ever. Then they have "Radioactive" and "Shots" that are so energetic, but also have deep meaning. Night Visions and Smoke and Mirrors are amazing albums that are unparalleled. Also this band can perform live better than any better else.

Dear God, people! Quit saying they aren't Indie until you've listened to their WHOLE albums. People make such opinions just off of their most popular songs. They are sooo much more diverse than the stupid radio makes them sound. Listen to Round and Round, Cha-Ching, The River, Amsterdam, and Polaroid! Best band on this list. Never get sick of their music, and I tend to get tired easily.

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 Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.

Currently my favorite band and has been for the past 9 months. A pure masterpiece of the album "The Suburbs" how it describes his childhood and is quite emotional. "Reflektor" is much more upbeat but still touches on very important messages in the world. In any album, the words flowing from Win Butler's lips are very poetic and meaningful

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.

Arcade Fire is such an original band. Arcade Fire is able to step into many genres of rock and always put their own sound on each genre. They are one of few bands who are still very ambitious. In my opinion Arcade Fire is the greatest band... period!

Arcade Fire at #5? What is happening? Arcade Fire is not your average indie band, but that's what makes them so amazing. Their songs and albums are addicting and their atmospheric sound is to die for! Please bring his L-E-G-E-N-D-A-R-Y band to the top!

7 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.

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

They're so underrated, I hope years will go by and they're still gonna be remembered for their unique,inspiring and heavenly sound. I've been a huge fan for a really long time and their lyrics and sound is totally amazing, it's something new, something I've never heard before, something that touches my soul every time I hear them

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

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

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!

Ok, no offense, but Radiohead and Imagine Dragons aren't really indie. The rest above are I guess. Now, I'm not saying Radiohead is bad by the way. In fact I own all of their albums and consider them in the 10 greatest bands of all time and they are my 2nd favorite band. But they aren't indie. They certainly aren't overproduced of course, but are published by big record companies and have actual record producers. They inspired dozens of indie bands by their style and innovation to the art of music.

Now, Imagine Dragons aren't indie just because they are more pop-rock than anything. Plus their style sounds a bit overproduced (no offense.)

Anyways to my point: I like the Killers, Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, etc, but MM is wayyy too low on this list. They helped pioneer the Indie style during the late 90s and early 2000s through deep and sometimes...creepy...lyrics. The music is as innovative as it is emotional in some songs, and others are just nice, catchy indie songs like ...more

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.

9 The Black Keys The Black Keys The Black Keys is an American indie rock and blues rock duo formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001 by Dan Auerbach (vocals, guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums). ...read more.

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

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

My goodness, this band is just...pure drugs for your ears. You can't go wrong with just about any song of TBK, they're blues-rock Heaven. Dan Auerbach's vocals are nothing short of perfect and the lyrics and instrumentals are addictive. Such a great band, with underrated albums. Look them up and listen to the well-known and underrated songs, if you don't like them you'll at least respect they're evident talent

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

Best band in while, so many of their songs have unique messages which are brilliantly written and each have such an amazing tune that you will never forget. All of their albums have a different feel and they are just multi-talented!

10 Oasis Oasis Oasis were an English britpop 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. Noel Gallagher (Liam's Brother) served as the primary ...read more.

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.

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

The band broke up because the singer and the guitarist fought? FOR REAL? They are awesome and they broke up because of a fight? They could have replaced one of the members.

Just listen to "Around The World" from there 1997 album "Be Here Now." One of the most epic songs I've ever listened to. It is a lengthy track but that is one of the reasons it's epic.

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

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.

Their third album "Modern Vampires.. " is probably one of the greatest albums of the 21st century. I'm not saying that they should be #1 but as good as Two Door, Killers, Strokes etc are it really has to be between VW, Modest Mouse, and perhaps Arctic Monkeys.

I'm not sure if Radiohead qualify as "indie". If they do, then there is no debating that they are #1. Forget indie, they are THE greatest band since the 90s and right up there in the debate for best ever.

I am absolutely addicted to this band. If you've never listened, I'd recommend to start off with their third album. You'll definitely feel like taking off from there. VW has a unique sound and their albums are versatile yet focused. You don't get much better than this.

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

12 The White Stripes The White Stripes The White Stripes were 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.

Grooving drum and Guitar

13 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.

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...

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...

They are more indie rock than almost everything up in this list. Oasis and The Black Keys are not even indie rock. Not to mention that they deserve beign on 3rd place cause their songs are amazing and iconic. Their music was a gift to mankind.

14 Neutral Milk Hotel Neutral Milk Hotel

NMK has an overwhelmingly unique sound and style. Their stylistic influences expand far beyond those of the bands that were previously mentioned. Jeff Mangnum's voice in unique and is capable of striking a chord in your heart. Listen to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea if you don't believe me. These guys are truly the definition of alternative and are unfortunately underrated. Their two albums have left an unarguable mark on the indie scene. Their contribution to music is so important, so please, please vote for them.

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

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

They are just so unique, their sound and their lyrics are different, that kind of makes them special, In An Aeroplane Over The Sea is probably the best album I've ever listened to, they're music does't seem to bore, despite the fact that I've been listening to the same album for over a year, they leave me breathless...

15 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.

The obvious choice. Morrissey's lyrics have also exposed me to lots of brilliant art, such as Oscar Wilde's writing, films such as A Taste of Honey, in addition to the band exposing me to bands such as Modest Mouse, who I always knew about, but never delved into until I found out about Marr's work on 'We We're Dead...'.

I think opening my argument on why The Smiths are the definitive indie band with 'the obvious choice' is probably the most token Smiths-fan thing I'll ever do, but I digress.

Brilliant artists! Joyce and Rourke are also vital to The Smiths, despite what Moz and Marr will try and tell you.

The quintessential indie rock band.

By far one of the most influential British bands ever, let alone within the genre of indie rock.

The perfect combination of Morrissey's lyrical genius (yet became a bit of a rabbler in his later solo career) coupled with Johnny Marr's smooth and effervescent guitar style, which inspired many of the artists mentioned (wrongly) above this one.

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.

Best band ever (Besides The Beatles and Queen). Morrissey is a lyrical genius and Johnny Marr's guitar is magical. Best lyrics/guitar duo in history. Also the bass riffs are so catchy and the drums compliment the rest perfectly. I could go on but I'll end up filling a book...

16 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.

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.

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

Kings of leon music is to be experienced with every inch of your body. Songs like use somebody, sex on fire, last mile home, pyro can only be listened with your eyes closed and letting every note take you to heaven.
isn't that what indie rock its all about?
Should be in top 5 at least since they have many masterpieces. They are incredible.

17 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.

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".

I've grown up listening to these guys and they will always have a special place in my heart. I've been to several concerts and they are unlike any other. Transatlanticism is easily one of the best indie albums because of its consistent theme and coffee shop feel. Really love these guys, should be #1 in my personal opinion!

I love this band! There's so many good bands in this list which made it hard to decide, but personally speaking, this is by far my favorite. Their music is filled with meaning and heart, a work of pure genius pressed into every song!

This band knows what their doing in the indie scene, Ghosts of Beverly Drive, Soul Meets Body, Grapevine Fires, each song is unique and is wonderfully written. Ben is a masterful artist, and in all honesty, DCFC should be up with bands such as The Killers and Two Door Cinema Club.

18 Of Monsters and Men Of Monsters and Men Of Monsters and Men is a five-member, English-language, indie folk-pop band from Reykjavík, Iceland, formed in 2010.

Totally my favourite band! They duo's voices are just so emotional to listen to, and their lyrics are completely out of this world. The music takes you to places you never thought you could imagine

Definitely the best Indie rock band. Half of these on this list aren't even Indie Rock bands. I thought that was what this list was about...

They have nice music and such beautiful voices, sexy voices! Their music is original and makes me travel in my head. Absolutely love em!

Amazing band, Their music is just... Unbelievable, when you need an uplift, their music is the way to go...

19 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.

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

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

20 Two Door Cinema Club

They are so energetic, their songs are so vibrant and are all masterpieces. A LEGENDARY band like this that is so consistent (all rounder, where no songs are fillers in the album) deserves to be at the top

I love this abd as well I have not heard very many of their songs but, What You Know is one of their songs that I have heard, and I could not stop putting that song on replay.

The guys are just amazing. Their creative use of the guitar separates them form everyone else. Sun, I can talk, and What you know are must listen go's.

Two Door Cinema Club is one of the freshest sounds gracing Indie music today. If they're not in the top ten then there really isn't even a list.

21 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.

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.

The second I heard breezeblocks. My mood was dramatically changed from stressed and busy to totally calm and my mind is astounded by the beauty and sound of their music. Truly my favorite band, and they write with so poetic. If you haven't heard this band, you are missing out!

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.

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 ...read 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.

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.

There is no one on this planet that can falsetto like Matthew Bellamy.

23 The Wombats

Honestly so underrated, kinda good though because it keeps them underground. Deserve more attention though, latest album is absolutely amazing.

The Wombats have a very good flow and lyric performance, or how they convey their lyrics to an audience. The should at least be in the top five.

The Wombats are secretly gods sharing their mother f-Ing awesome music with us. They deserve at least top ten!

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

24 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.

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.

I find this interesting because their first single Pumped Up Kicks hit the mainstream, and hit it hard. However, by all means, their work afterwards is still indie. I've just always never been sure when it comes to including these guys on a best indie rock list.

All of there song was catchy especially the chorus part and there best songs was pumped up kicks, coming of age, don't stop, best friend, etc.
Please listen to this band and you wont regret it and maybe you will idolize them. they will became famous in the future like linkin park, maroon 5, paramore

Pumped Up kicks is one of the only songs on my phone that I never get sick of, it fits how ever I'm feeling so is perfect for having on constant replay for days! Love Foster the people, but The Wombats will always be my BAE!

25 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.

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.

Amazing band. How they are able to create such interesting music is beyond me. "Ulysses" is by far one of my favorite songs ever, so deliciously dark. All their songs has something special about them - definitely worth checking out.

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.

Can somebody tell me why is FranZ Ferdinand here?
They should be in the top 10! With there new album righ thoughts, right words, right Action!

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