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The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists

Though indie pop bands first emerged in the 1980s (primarily in the UK and Scotland in particular) the 2000s saw them become more mainstream. Though it's roots are in post-punk, indie pop artists can encompass a slew of different genres, including indie folk, synthpop 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 are dominating the radio airwaves today.

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. These groups had a huge influence on shaping indie pop 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.

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 just voting for the most popular indie pop bands that you might've heard of. (81 items)

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