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The Best Bands Like The Killers 

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Updated February 26, 2019 460 votes 67 voters 4.3k views 42 items

Looking for more bands like The Killers? Fronted by lead vocalist Brandon Flowers, The Killers have been a rock staple since their debut album Hot Fuss was released in 2004. With songs like "Mr. Brightside" and "Somebody Told Me," the Las Vegas rock band quickly became one of the hottest acts in the country. Let's rank the best bands similar to The Killers, with the help of your votes.

People often compare The Killers to Franz Ferdinand, a Scottish rock band best known for their song "Take Me Out." Their newest album, Always Ascending, was released in 2018 to positive reviews. Other bands often mentioned for having a similar sound to The Killers include Kaiser Chiefs, Kings of Leon, and The Kooks, an indie rock band that hails from Brighton, England.

These Killers band recommendations are ranked by your votes, so show some love to the bands you think other fans should check out. Feel free to downvote any bands as well if you feel they aren't similar enough to The Killers.

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Kaiser Chiefs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Kaiser Chiefs are an English indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming and establishing themselves in their current name ...more
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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Arctic Monkeys is an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Matt Helders (drums, vocals), Jamie Cook (guitar, keyboards) ...more
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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim ...more
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Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin ...more
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The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998, consisting of Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond, Jr., Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti. Upon the ...more
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Muse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and ...more
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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members – which include lead vocalist/pianist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer ...more
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Catfish and the Bottleme... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Catfish and the Bottlemen
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The Wombats is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
The Wombats are an English indie rock band formed in Liverpool. The band comprises native Liverpudlians Matthew Murphy, Daniel Haggis and Norwegian-born Tord Øverland Knudsen. The band is ...more
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The Temper Trap is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
The Temper Trap is an Australian band that formed in 2005. The core members are Dougy Mandagi on vocals, Jonathon Aherne on bass guitar, Toby Dundas on drums and Joseph Greer on keyboards and ...more
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Cage the Elephant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006. The group currently consists of Matthew "Matt" Shultz, Brad "Dave" Shultz, Jared ...more
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Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 2002. The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, ...more
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Kasabian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Kasabian ( kə-SAY-bee-ən) are an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The band's original members were vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist Chris ...more
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The Kooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
The Kooks are a British rock band formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2004. The band currently consists of Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Alexis Nunez, and Peter Denton. The original bassist was ...more
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Bloc Party is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Bloc Party are an English rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, sampler), Russell Lissack (lead guitar, keyboards), Justin Harris (bass guitar, keyboards, ...more
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Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Two Door Cinema Club are a Northern Irish indie rock band from Bangor and Donaghadee, County Down, formed in 2007. The band consists of Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday, and Kevin Baird. The band's ...more
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The Vaccines is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
The Vaccines are a platinum selling English indie rock band, formed in West London in 2010 by Justin Hayward-Young, Freddie Cowan, Árni Árnason and Pete Robertson. The band have ...more
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Keane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Keane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The band currently comprises Tom Chaplin (lead vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), Tim Rice-Oxley (piano, synthesisers, ...more
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Interpol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Interpol is an American rock band from New York City. Formed in 1997, the band's original line-up consisted of Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler, Carlos Dengler and Greg Drudy. Drudy left the band in ...more
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Snow Patrol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Snow Patrol are an Irish-Scottish rock band from Northern Ireland and Scotland, formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1994, consisting of Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, ...more
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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, ...more
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Julian Casablancas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Julian Fernando Casablancas (born August 23, 1978) is an American singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of the American rock bands The Strokes ...more
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Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band, formed in Bellingham, WA, in 1997. The band is composed of Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar, piano), Nick Harmer (bass), Dave Depper (guitar, ...more
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Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. Since 2015, singer Urie has ...more
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The Fratellis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands Like The Killers
The Fratellis are a Scottish rock band from Glasgow, formed in 2005. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Jon Fratelli (born John Lawler), bass guitarist Barry Fratelli (born Barry ...more