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The Best Indie Duos Of All-Time

Updated June 19, 2019 1.2k votes 77 voters 8.0k views50 items

Here are the greatest duos in indie music history. Independent music is not just for hipsters anymore. With the advent of online streaming, it is easier than ever for people to discover indie artists who upload their music onto Spotify or Soundcloud. Plenty of artists have proven it is possible to create stellar music without the backing of a major record label. What is even more impressive is that many of these artists can do so with just two people in the band. This list has the best indie duos from today and decades ago. Which ones fill your heart with joy?

Indie music tends to fall into various other subgenres, including lo-fi, noise rock, jangle pop, and math rock. These bands come from all over the globe. Matt and Kim originally hailed from Brooklyn, and now they make infectious indie pop and rock music. Meanwhile, Japandroids come from Vancouver, Canada and have really made a name for themsleves in the alternative rock scene throughout North America.

You may not have heard of all the artists on this list, and that is okay. There are plenty of new indie duos to familiarize yourself with, and you may just discover your new favorite band. Vote for the artists you end up liking most.


  • Phantogram1
    Phantogram (formerly Charlie Everywhere) is an American music duo from Greenwich, New York,...  more
  • Beach House2
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  • Japandroids3
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  • Sleigh Bells4
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  • Crystal Castles7
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  • The Kills8
    The Kills are a British-American indie rock band formed by American singer Alison Mosshart...  more
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    The Zolas are a Canadian indie rock band based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are signed...  more
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  • Matt and Kim16
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  • The Darcys17

    The Darcys

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    Pascal Pinon

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  • Flora Cash21

    Flora Cash

    Flora Cash is a Swedish-American indie pop duo consisting of Shpresa Lleshaj and Cole Randall....  more
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  • Electric President23
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