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The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists  

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This indie pop bands list ranks the best indie pop groups and musicians making some of the best indie songs of 2018. 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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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion
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Walk the Moon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
dreamertilldawn added Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock
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Snow Patrol is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Post-Britpop, Folk rock, Power pop
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Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave
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Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie
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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music
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Grouplove is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance
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Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock
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The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock
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Passenger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Folk rock
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The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music
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Chvrches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Synthpop, Electronic music
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Damien Rice is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
eligoldsworthy1995 added Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock
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Lily Allen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, 2 Tone
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The Kooks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music
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Feist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music
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The Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
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The Wombats is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Indie pop, New Wave
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X Ambassadors is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock
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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop
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Grizzly Bear is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music
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Sebadoh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie rock, Lo-fi music
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Lykke Li is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music
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Young the Giant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Indie pop, Rock music, Alternative rock