The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists Bands/Musicians

The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists

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This indie pop bands list ranks the best indie pop groups and musicians by votes. This list of top indie pop artists let’s you see who indie fans think are the best singers, musicians, and artists in indie pop. Though indie pop bands first emerged in the 1980s (primarily in the UK and Scotland in particular) the 2000s saw them become more mainstream. It's roots are in post-punk and alternative rock, but indie pop artists can encompass a slew of different genres including indie folk, synth pop, and electro pop. No matter what your definition of indie pop is, these indie pop bands are among the best in the genre and have managed to influence new indie pop bands that have managed to become hugely popular without the help of mainstream record labels and radio airplay. 

So, what are the best indie pop bands? For starters, any list of indie pop bands has to include the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, Phoenix, MGMT, and Arcade Fire. The classic songs and albums released by these acts had a huge part in on shaping indie pop today and there's a good reason they're considered the top indie artists. These groups sell out headlining tours, are top billing at festivals, and are without a doubt the most recognizable indie pop bands out there today.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best indie pop bands. If you notice that an indie pop artist isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best indie pop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest indie pop musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of what groups are most popular. After all, this list is about independent, non-mainstream acts. 


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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Synthpop, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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    Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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    Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

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    Post-Britpop, Folk rock, Power pop

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, 2 Tone

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    Folk rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Pop punk, Indie pop, New Wave

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Experimental rock

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Blues-rock

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock

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    Indie pop, Indie folk

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Pop rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Psychedelic pop

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Anti-folk

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