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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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369 344
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
JenLangfeld added Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

2
264 192
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

3
350 172
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock - Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock

4
350 204
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

5
242 169
Of Monsters and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

6
334 164
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
AbhimanyuKaushal added Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

7
189 78
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

8
318 135
Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

9
275 196
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

10
309 229
Marina & the Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

11
61 61
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

12
204 111
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

13
183 99
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

14
167 40
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pablo Marrero added Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

15
86 74
Fun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists

16
151 55
The Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists

17
174 169
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

18
155 114
Walk the Moon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
dreamertilldawn added Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

19
230 186
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

20
314 211
Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

21
355 194
Bastille is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Alternative rock

22
264 238
The xx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

23
108 87
Muse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

24
284 215
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

25
85 92
Snow Patrol is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Post-Britpop, Folk rock, Power pop

26
146 98
Echosmith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
juliocaesar7080 added Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

27
93 75
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

28
281 178
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

29
87 52
The Kooks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

30
126 61
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

31
58 46
The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Blues-rock

32
105 97
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

33
119 61
Passenger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Folk rock

34
87 59
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

35
91 103
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

36
101 93
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

37
67 36
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

38
93 62
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

39
45 39
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

40
111 86
The Wombats is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Indie pop, New Wave

41
178 116
Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

42
37 49
Damien Rice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
eligoldsworthy1995 added Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

43
135 113
Grouplove is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

44
185 127
M83 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

45
36 38
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock

46
44 51
Gotye is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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80 71
Feist is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

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113 108
Lily Allen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, 2 Tone

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64 35
X Ambassadors is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added

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61 55
Chvrches is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Synthpop, Electronic music