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The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the indie artists you loved this year.

While it's fun to listen to old favorites, every year introduces music fans to incredible new bands and artists. The best indie bands of 2019 include classic acts like Vampire Weekend, as well as new 2019 indie artists like Better Oblivion Community Center.

Some of the hottest indie artists right now include Hatchie, Alice Merton, and Pup. Kenyan singer J.S. Ondara released his debut album Tales of America on Feb. 15, 2019.

Vagabon – AKA Laetitia Tamko – has been floating around the festival scene for a couple of years now and 2019 should be the year that she breaks out from indie darling to mainstream mega-star.

Who do you think are the top indie artists today? Be sure to vote for your favorite 2019 indie artists, and feel free to add good indie artists that we may have missed.

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Sharon Van Etten is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Folk music, Indie rock
Sharon Van Etten is an American singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York.
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Jade Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Americana, indie, folk
Jade Elizabeth Bird (born October 1, 1997) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Her debut EP, Something American, was released in July 2017. Rolling Stone described her vocals as ...more
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Alice Merton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Indie pop
Alice Merton (born 13 September 1993) is a German-Canadian-English singer and songwriter. Merton achieved mainstream success with her debut single, "No Roots", a number-one single in
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Hatchie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Dream pop, indie pop, indie rock
Harriette Pilbeam (born May 4, 1993), known professionally as Hatchie, is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She released her debut EP, Sugar & Spice, in 2018.
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Never Loved is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative, Indie
Never Loved is an alternative/indie band created by vocalist/guitarist Camm Knopp, and featuring drummer Kevin Blackburn, and bassist Jay Gayoso.
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Ex Hex is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Indie rock, garage rock, garage punk
Ex Hex is an American rock band formed in 2013. The band consists of Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris. Ex Hex recorded its first single, "Hot and Cold" in Timony's basement, ...more
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Mac DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Jangle pop, Indie rock, Psychedelic rock
Macbriare Samuel Lanyon "Mac" DeMarco is a Canadian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is best known for his solo career, during which he has released two ...more
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Wild Pink is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Indie rock, heartland rock
Wild Pink is an American indie rock band from the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City featuring John Ross, T.C. Brownell, and Dan Keegan.
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Stella Donnelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Indie rock, indie pop, indie folk
Stella Donnelly is a Welsh-Australian musician born in Perth, Australia. She spent some childhood years living in Morriston, Wales before moving back to Perth, Australia with her family.
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The Japanese House is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Indie pop, dream pop, folktronica
The Japanese House is an English indie pop act from Buckinghamshire consisting of solo artist Amber Bain. She has released four EPs; Pools to Bathe In, Clean, Swim Against the Tide, and Saw You ...more
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Mallrat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Electronica, hip hop, indie pop
Grace Shaw (born September 25, 1998), known professionally as Mallrat, is an Australian musician, singer, and rapper from Brisbane. Mallrat has released two EPs: Uninvited (2016) and In the Sky ...more
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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion
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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J.S. Ondara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Indie pop, rock
J.S. Ondara is a Kenyan singer-songwriter living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, born August 1992. He released his debut album "Tales of America" in 2019.
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Vagabon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Indie rock, lo-fi
Laetitia Tamko, better known by her stage name Vagabon, is a Cameroon-born multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer currently based in New York City.
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Pronoun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative, indie
Alyse Vellturo, known professionally as pronoun, is an American singer-songwriter and one-woman band based in Brooklyn, New York. Her music has been described by critics as indie/synth. and ...more
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Better Oblivion Community Cent... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Indie rock
Better Oblivion Community Center is an American indie rock duo composed of musicians Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers. The duo released their eponymous debut album on January 24, 2019, through ...more
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Panda Bear is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
New Weird America, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
Noah Benjamin Lennox, also known as Panda Bear, is an American experimental musician and co-founding member of the band Animal Collective. He has recorded several solo albums including Panda ...more
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Girlpool is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Indie rock, folk punk
Girlpool is an indie rock band from Los Angeles, California. Its members are Cleo Tucker (guitar, vocals) and Harmony Tividad (bass, vocals). The band originally did not have a drummer.
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Foals is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Dance-punk, New Prog, Alternative dance
Foals are a rock band from Oxford, England formed in 2005, consisting of lead vocalist and lead guitarist Yannis Philippakis, drummer and percussionist Jack Bevan, rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith, ...more
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Honeyblood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Honeyblood Indie rock, lo-fi, garage rock
Honeyblood is the Scottish indie rock solo project of guitarist and singer-songwriter Stina Tweeddale, originally formed as a duo in Glasgow, Scotland in 2012. Shona McVicar from Cumbernauld ...more
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Pup is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Punk rock
Pup is a Canadian punk rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada formerly called Topanga. They released their debut self-titled album on October 8, 2013 on Royal Mountain Records. In December ...more
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Noah Kahan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Pop, Alternative, Indie
Noah Kahan (born January 1, 1997) is an American singer-songwriter of folk-infused pop who signed to Republic Records in 2017. Kahan released his first single, "Young Blood" in January ...more
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Houses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Houses Electronic, indie pop
Dexter Miles Tortoriell (born August 5, 1986) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He rose to prominence as part of the group Houses and is also known for his work as Dawn ...more
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White Lies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
New Wave, Alternative rock, Indie rock
White Lies are an English post-punk band from Ealing, London. Formerly known as Fear of Flying, the core band members are, Harry McVeigh, Charles Cave, and Jack Lawrence-Brown. The band perform ...more
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White Denim is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Garage rock, New Prog, Experimental rock
White Denim is a four-piece rock band from Austin, Texas. Their music draws influence from dub, psychedelic rock, blues, punk rock, progressive rock, soul, jazz, experimental rock with ...more