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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    The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists

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    Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock

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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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    Synthpop, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

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    New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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    Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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    Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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    Post-Britpop, Folk rock, Power pop

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    Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

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    Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Indie pop, New Wave

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Blues-rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Anti-folk

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, 2 Tone

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Pop rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Experimental rock

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Indie folk

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