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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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Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica
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Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica
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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
JenLangfeld added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave
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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock

Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock

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Of Monsters and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock
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Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk
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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock
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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop
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Muse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music
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MARINA is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave
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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock
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The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
billy-poynter added Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock
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Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pablo Marrero added Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop
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Echosmith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
juliocaesar7080 added Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock
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Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock
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The xx is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music
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OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
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Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
AbhimanyuKaushal added Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music
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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock
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Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie, Neo soul, Folk music
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Bastille is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Alternative rock
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Fun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Pop rock, Power pop
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The Shins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop
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The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Blues-rock
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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music