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The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists

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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    Sam’s Town, Hot Fuss, Day & Age

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    Oracular Spectacular, MGMT, Flash Delirium

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    Torches, Supermodel, Pumped Up Kicks

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    Tourist History, iTunes Festival: London 2010, Beacon

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    XX, Coexist, FACT Mix 70: The xx

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    Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, Saturdays = Youth

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    Bad Blood, No One’s Here to Sleep, Remixed

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    Chutes Too Narrow, Wincing the Night Away, Port of Morrow

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    Vampire Weekend, Contra, Modern Vampires of the City

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    Funeral, The Suburbs, Neon Bible

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    The Queen Is Dead, Meat Is Murder, The Smiths

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, United, Bankrupt!

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    Gossamer, Manners, Chunk of Change

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    Mermaid vs. Sailor, The American Jewels EP, The Family Jewels

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    Walk the Moon, Tightrope EP, Anna Sun EP

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    A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, ...

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    Spreading Rumours, Grouplove, Never Trust a Happy Song

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    Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes (EP), Fleet Foxes

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    My Head Is an Animal, Live from Vatnagarðar, Into the Woods

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    Give Up, Against All Odds, We Will Become Silhouettes

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    The Reminder, Let It Die, Metals

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    Illinois, Ding! Dong! Songs for Christmas - Vol. III, Ding! Dong! Songs ...

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    Strange Mercy, Actor, Marry Me

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    Alright, Still, F.U.E.P.

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    The Wombats, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation

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    So Jealous, This Business of Art, The Con

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    Lungs, Ceremonials, Dog Days Are Over

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    Summer Sampler, Talking Dreams, Acoustic Dreams

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    For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver

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    Writer’s Block, Peter Bjorn and John, Falling Out

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    Wounded Rhymes, Get Some, Youth Novels

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    Eyes Open, Final Straw, Live and Acoustic at Park Ave.

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    Night Visions, Continued Silence EP, Night Visions Live

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    Dreaming Out Loud, Waking Up, The Teen Idols: The Very Best Of

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    Girls and Boys, Be OK, Lights Out

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    Twin Cinema, Electric Version, Mass Romantic

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    Plans, Narrow Stairs, Transatlanticism

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    The Hazards of Love, The Crane Wife, Her Majesty the Decemberists

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    Inside In/Inside Out, Stormy Weather, Inside In/Inside Out Acoustic

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    Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (Deluxe Companion), Babel

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    Gorilla Manor, Hummingbird, iTunes Session

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    Synthetica, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

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    Miike Snow, Happy to You, Remedy

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    The Wrong Direction, iTunes Session, Wide Eyes Blind Love

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    We Died, They Remixed, Places Like This

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    Big Yellow Taxi / You Could Be Born Again, The Neighborhood

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    Gilded Stars and Zealous Hearts, Copacetic, ¡Simpatico!

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    Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

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    Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Do the Collapse

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    The Stone Roses, Second Coming, Fools Gold

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