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Best Indie Bands/Artists

List Criteria: Only bands considered indie rock

Indie artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good indie bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top indie bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Indie groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all indie bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest indie bands of all time, since the most famous indie artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best indie music.

You can click on the indie band names to see more information about that particular notable indie group. If they're near the top of the best indie artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top indie bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the indie band names themselves.

Examples include Fatboy Slim and M.I.A.. Vote for the best items on the list and see them rise to the top. If you don't like Ani DiFranco or Tegan and Sara, then give them a thumbs down.

All important, significant and iconic names in indie music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new indie bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of indie, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into indie music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good indie bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent indie bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best indie bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest indie musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular indie bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

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    Indie folk, Indie rock

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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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    Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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    Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

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    added by HoserUSC Indie pop, Anti-folk, Pop music

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    Alt-J

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    Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    added by elise Indie rock

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    added by elise Indie pop, Shoegazing, Electronic music

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    Indie pop, Blues-rock, Folk music

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    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    added by ShaneBird Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock

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    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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    added by HoserUSC Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    added by elise Indie pop, Folk music, Emo

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    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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    Pop music, Folk music, World music

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    added by eveholt3141 Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music

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    added by elise Indie pop, Synthpop, Emo

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    added by ShaneBird Alternative rock, Noise pop, Indie rock

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    Synthpop, Alternative rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Synthpop, Psychedelic folk, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    added by elise Indie pop, Indie rock, Baroque pop

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    Haim

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    Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    added by eveholt3141 Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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    added by HoserUSC Britpop, Alternative rock

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    added by elise Indie pop, New Wave, Experimental rock

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    added by elise Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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    Indie, Rock music, Alternative dance

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    added by HoserUSC Dance-punk, Rock music, Post-Britpop

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    Neo soul

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    added by elise Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music

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    added by ShaneBird Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    added by ShaneBird Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    added by ShaneBird Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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    added by ShaneBird Garage rock, New Prog, Experimental rock

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Dance-punk

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    added by elise Folk rock, Alternative rock

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