indie The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists  

Originally by
17k votes 2k voters 126k views 290 items Follow Embed

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. 
list ordered by

1
+ - 293 92
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Arcana Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock - Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock

The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s The Best Survival Games of All Time

2
+ - 284 270
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

3
+ - 170 128
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Florence and the Machine Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

4
+ - 86 77
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

5
+ - 153 79
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

6
+ - 208 128
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Twenty One Pilots Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

7
+ - 203 160
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Arcade Fire Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

8
+ - 75 32
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

9
+ - 169 130
Of Monsters and Men is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Of Monsters and Men Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

10
+ - 230 136
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

11
+ - 148 149
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Shins Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

12
+ - 187 95
Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Imagine Dragons Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

13
+ - 243 193
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

14
+ - 227 215
The xx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The xx Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

15
+ - 32 40
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Franz Ferdinand New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

Indie Musicians You Didn’t Know Were a Couple The Greatest Fictional Singers

16
+ - 183 142
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

17
+ - 236 161
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Vampire Weekend New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

18
+ - 241 205
Marina & the Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Marina & the Diamonds Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

19
+ - 265 192
Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Two Door Cinema Club Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

20
+ - 68 57
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Bon Iver Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

21
+ - 282 176
Bastille is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Bastille Synthpop, Alternative rock

22
+ - 66 73
Snow Patrol is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Snow Patrol Post-Britpop, Folk rock, Power pop

23
+ - 43 33
The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Stone Roses Jangle pop, Indie pop, Blues-rock

24
+ - 115 72
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

25
+ - 91 85
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Fleet Foxes Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

26
+ - 122 99
Walk the Moon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Walk the Moon Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

27
+ - 74 67
Muse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

28
+ - 62 44
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Death Cab for Cutie Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

29
+ - 55 55
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

The Best Pop Songs About Saying Goodbye Fun Jobs That Pay Well

30
+ - 82 40
The Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists

31
+ - 91 49
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

32
+ - 56 62
Fun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Fun

33
+ - 82 95
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

34
+ - 153 103
Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Passion Pit Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

35
+ - 88 83
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

36
+ - 104 82
Echosmith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Echosmith Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

37
+ - 162 119
M83 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
M83 Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

38
+ - 59 42
The Kooks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Kooks Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

39
+ - 43 15
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

40
+ - 81 50
Passenger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Passenger Folk rock

41
+ - 67 54
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Sufjan Stevens Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

42
+ - 166 110
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

43
+ - 112 103
Grouplove is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Grouplove Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

The Best Pop Songs About Sex The Best Comedy Films On Amazon Prime

44
+ - 60 25
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Lana Del Rey Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

45
+ - 71 63
Feist is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Feist Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

46
+ - 90 68
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
St. Vincent Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music

47
+ - 30 31
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

48
+ - 28 31
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Lemonheads Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock

49
+ - 88 74
The Wombats is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Wombats Pop punk, Indie pop, New Wave

50
+ - 92 79
Lykke Li is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Lykke Li Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music