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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
The Arcana Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock - Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock

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292 282
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
JenLangfeld added The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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180 136
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Florence and the Machine Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

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91 86
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

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162 85
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
billy-poynter added The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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90 38
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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222 142
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Twenty One Pilots Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

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176 137
Of Monsters and Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Of Monsters and Men Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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205 165
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Arcade Fire Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

10
239 140
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
AbhimanyuKaushal added Foster the People Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

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154 153
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

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203 101
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

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198 149
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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250 196
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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244 163
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Vampire Weekend New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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233 219
The xx is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The xx Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

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35 44
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Franz Ferdinand New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

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273 197
Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Two Door Cinema Club Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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72 60
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Bon Iver Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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248 211
Marina & the Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Marina & the Diamonds Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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290 181
Bastille is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Bastille Synthpop, Alternative rock

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121 78
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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78 71
Muse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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126 103
Walk the Moon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
dreamertilldawn added Walk the Moon Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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92 87
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

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67 78
Snow Patrol is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Snow Patrol Post-Britpop, Folk rock, Power pop

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43 36
The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Stone Roses Jangle pop, Indie pop, Blues-rock

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65 47
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Death Cab for Cutie Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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57 59
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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86 44
The Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists

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59 64
Fun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Fun

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95 52
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

33
157 107
Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Passion Pit Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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107 84
Echosmith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
juliocaesar7080 added Echosmith Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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73 26
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pablo Marrero added Lana Del Rey Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

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82 99
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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88 86
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Postal Service Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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165 122
M83 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
M83 Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

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61 44
The Kooks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
The Kooks Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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86 53
Passenger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Passenger Folk rock

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46 17
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Tristen0817 added The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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69 57
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Sufjan Stevens Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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114 106
Grouplove is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Grouplove Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

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167 113
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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72 66
Feist is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Feist Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

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92 71
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
St. Vincent Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music

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31 34
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

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28 34
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

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90 77
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

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94 81
Lykke Li is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Lykke Li Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music