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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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390 372
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
286 208
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
353 188
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
383 228
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
257 184
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
226 92
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

7
361 178
Foster the People is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
AbhimanyuKaushal added Indie pop, Synthpop, Rock music

8
305 210
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

9
350 154
Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

10
328 239
Marina & the Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

11
221 120
The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
billy-poynter added Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

12
70 74
Franz Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-punk

13
176 63
The Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists

14
97 83
Fun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Pop rock, Power pop

15
197 111
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

16
192 52
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pablo Marrero added Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

17
179 178
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

18
378 201
Bastille is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Alternative rock

19
167 129
Walk the Moon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
dreamertilldawn added Power pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

20
235 193
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

21
325 221
Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

22
271 247
The xx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, New Wave, Electronic music

23
105 82
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

24
295 222
MGMT is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

25
115 96
Muse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

26
92 103
Snow Patrol is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Post-Britpop, Folk rock, Power pop

27
152 107
Echosmith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
juliocaesar7080 added Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

28
292 185
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

29
97 59
The Kooks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

30
135 68
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

31
109 102
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

32
96 63
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

33
62 53
The Stone Roses is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Blues-rock

34
129 70
Passenger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Folk rock

35
81 42
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

36
93 109
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

37
106 99
The Postal Service is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

38
101 67
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

39
120 91
The Wombats is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Pop punk, Indie pop, New Wave

40
186 122
Passion Pit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

41
41 54
Damien Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
eligoldsworthy1995 added Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

42
143 119
Grouplove is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Indietronica, Alternative dance

43
47 44
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

44
190 132
M83 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Indietronica

45
41 42
The Lemonheads is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock

46
84 75
Feist is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

47
113 81
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Downtempo, Folk music

48
47 59
Gotye is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

49
72 42
X Ambassadors is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
_1449240075374 added

50
116 118
Lily Allen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Indie Pop Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, 2 Tone