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Indie rock

Most popular artists in Indie rock

This chart is based on the monthly listeners metric for all artists tagged with the genre indie rock by Spotify. It may contain some errors or some data may not be up to date. You can check the artist profile to update data if necessary.

# Artist Monthly Listeners Followers
1
16,925,397
3,112,164
2
13,164,835
2,217,844
3
12,216,704
3,976,824
4
11,084,153
830,045
5
9,841,614
3,270,372
6
9,746,029
2,404,049
7
9,341,701
2,627,695
8
8,581,454
2,025,670
9
8,471,793
1,175,125
10
8,311,973
1,440,794
11
6,550,990
1,304,683
12
6,277,460
1,944,575
13
5,759,971
988,394
14
5,445,425
538,533
15
4,763,432
388,158
16
4,733,517
872,836
17
4,727,326
1,857,244
18
4,451,213
1,609,253
19
4,095,550
1,096,493
20
3,935,403
2,440,489
21
3,893,144
814,416
22
3,880,925
1,461,745
23
3,866,168
1,174,213
24
3,859,244
2,284,625
25
3,736,180
1,357,348
26
3,552,009
551,083
27
3,384,805
825,859
28
3,370,224
1,130,051
29
3,118,009
1,404,448
30
2,970,873
1,517,430
31
2,945,527
1,113,439
32
2,920,376
1,002,186
33
2,764,167
563,871
34
2,750,011
869,732
35
2,407,902
608,344
36
2,351,169
761,682
37
2,342,030
315,269
38
2,243,477
620,283
39
2,204,199
1,231,305
40
2,201,005
1,104,103
41
2,195,748
1,707,147
42
2,038,886
632,666
43
1,907,294
897,533
44
1,815,488
699,158
45
1,800,937
454,644
46
1,785,778
842,624
47
1,764,091
564,016
48
1,758,555
647,702
49
1,745,825
751,858
50
1,729,146
936,742
51
1,714,608
855,974
52
1,627,232
649,411
53
1,506,910
866,437
54
1,504,262
773,185
55
1,489,973
597,766
56
1,438,205
664,983
57
1,420,345
747,765
58
1,403,242
603,385
59
1,390,397
616,568
60
IDLES
1,388,873
685,422
61
1,385,835
181,243
62
1,361,493
588,575
63
Neutral Milk Hotel
1,358,533
701,431
64
1,332,694
527,398
65
1,327,332
791,396
66
Thom Yorke
1,324,634
1,081,972
67
Car Seat Headrest
1,312,708
753,229
68
1,310,472
588,640
69
1,240,204
702,397
70
1,213,227
992,855
71
1,170,859
556,756
72
1,102,121
642,199
73
Whitney
1,025,840
267,624
74
1,024,965
681,492
75
1,019,589
1,328,448
76
Sylvan Esso
1,018,035
563,218
77
Klaxons
976,606
299,693
78
Kurt Vile
951,980
512,925
79
Generationals
925,855
150,577
80
Sigur Rós
918,721
1,317,826
81
The Decemberists
909,615
609,097
82
Phosphorescent
883,976
233,278
83
Blonde Redhead
883,423
333,050
84
Angel Olsen
883,079
480,208
85
Waxahatchee
876,489
212,569
86
Editors
854,687
739,672
87
The Bravery
843,146
255,047
88
Courtney Barnett
823,843
587,011
89
DIIV
807,715
370,938
90
Panda Bear
803,145
211,274
91
of Montreal
793,716
336,379
92
Yo La Tengo
786,314
517,144
93
Soccer Mommy
780,746
376,400
94
My Morning Jacket
774,659
547,110
95
White Lies
761,346
510,513
96
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
691,948
362,266
97
Kevin Morby
679,002
293,590
98
Coconut Records
674,482
160,982
99
The Mountain Goats
667,069
378,868
100
Tennis
654,742
298,772
101
599,152
166,506
102
The Kills
588,287
673,579
103
Rogue Wave
530,339
117,009
104
Real Estate
521,116
402,055
105
Animal Collective
520,290
535,489
106
The Maccabees
515,787
364,674
107
Warpaint
507,130
494,646
108
The Walkmen
505,305
196,788
109
Broken Social Scene
489,285
363,393
110
Perfume Genius
483,434
390,363
111
All Them Witches
481,301
302,495
112
Sun Kil Moon
471,868
234,191
113
Melody's Echo Chamber
457,112
271,616
114
Black Country, New Road
455,946
293,602
115
Youth Lagoon
443,247
217,091
116
Ra Ra Riot
417,434
205,165
117
The Rapture
415,880
259,155
118
Built To Spill
414,525
304,936
119
Foxygen
410,368
251,444
120
Parquet Courts
409,366
283,010
121
Guided By Voices
406,446
174,839
122
Petey
403,750
70,923
123
Rilo Kiley
397,700
228,675
124
Conor Oberst
390,027
160,872
125
Deerhunter
389,672
388,083
126
Mogwai
386,362
573,256
127
Sleigh Bells
386,147
272,321
128
Snail Mail
376,568
385,701
129
Best Coast
355,492
318,784
130
Pinback
337,624
149,120
131
Wild Nothing
325,225
297,648
132
In The Valley Below
318,039
47,762
133
Ty Segall
306,478
322,011
134
Tokyo Police Club
303,043
197,777
135
The Beths
302,184
146,567
136
Thee Oh Sees
300,874
304,204
137
Hamilton Leithauser
283,144
54,689
138
Yeasayer
275,516
212,282
139
Sleater-Kinney
269,653
261,285
140
Grandaddy
266,971
162,913
141
Better Oblivion Community Center
243,517
128,430
142
Stars
239,264
193,745
143
Wavves
238,745
243,494
144
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
237,829
179,788
145
Frightened Rabbit
236,554
239,227
146
The Horrors
229,408
264,927
147
Songs: Ohia
225,682
129,210
148
Momma
225,215
62,372
149
Tune-Yards
224,650
220,869
150
We Are Scientists
208,777
228,632
151
The Microphones
208,406
199,750
152
The Boxer Rebellion
203,911
110,952
153
Minus the Bear
200,416
198,482
154
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
197,470
105,397
155
The New Pornographers
197,329
202,726
156
Cloud Nothings
193,250
167,122
157
The Antlers
192,909
200,061
158
Silver Jews
191,900
100,164
159
The Mysterines
190,183
58,576
160
Destroyer
185,273
173,856
161
Dirty Projectors
178,659
253,880
162
Chastity Belt
172,453
106,493
163
Night Moves
150,754
55,951
164
Bad Books
149,536
56,926
165
Nico Vega
145,367
56,467
166
Wolf Parade
144,656
160,194
167
Hop Along
126,699
109,969
168
Okkervil River
116,019
122,437
169
Pedro The Lion
110,628
68,654
170
Woods
101,469
100,932
171
Japandroids
99,491
123,249
172
Girls
92,065
107,643
173
Islands
91,063
58,392
174
Sheer Mag
84,264
48,937
175
Juan Wauters
83,748
38,434
176
The Dodos
80,550
78,748
177
The Morning Benders
74,526
38,976
178
Menomena
72,461
54,628
179
Dear and the Headlights
69,465
43,424
180
The Unicorns
68,481
84,876
181
Tapes 'n Tapes
62,497
32,819
182
Plastic Picnic
62,040
18,856
183
Varsity
60,749
63,235
184
Surfer Blood
60,709
97,861
185
EL VY
60,209
74,756
186
Preoccupations
57,112
86,872
187
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
55,012
70,509
188
Atlas Sound
53,600
108,395
189
Stephen Malkmus
49,553
69,793
190
The Black Heart Procession
42,872
34,786
191
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
41,694
35,830
192
Mothers
36,546
49,881
193
Titus Andronicus
32,955
60,691
194
Palma Violets
32,118
60,144
195
Crooked Fingers
28,461
10,829
196
Wild Sweet Orange
2,093
3,303

Some info about indie rock

Indie rock, a genre that emerged in the 1980s from the shifting sands of the underground music scene, primarily captivated audiences in the United States and the United Kingdom with its eclectic sound and defiant autonomy from major record labels. Derived from the term "independent," indie rock encompasses a diverse range of music that predominantly shies away from mainstream musical trends, embracing a DIY ethic that is as much about attitude as it is about a specific sound.

The roots of indie rock can be traced back to the post-punk era, where bands began to eschew the prevailing music industry's constraints by releasing music on independent labels. This period saw the rise of pioneering bands such as R.E.M. and Sonic Youth in the United States, and The Smiths and Joy Division in the United Kingdom. These early bands not only defined a new sound—characterized by an emphasis on authenticity and experimentation—but also established a template for operating independently of major labels.

In the United States, indie rock was incubated in local scenes with Minneapolis, Chapel Hill, and Seattle being notable hotspots. Minneapolis's Husker Du and The Replacements famously rejected the polished sounds of mainstream rock, while Seattle later birthed the grunge movement, closely related to indie rock, with Nirvana initially emerging from the independent Sub Pop label.

The 1990s heralded a golden era for indie rock, with the emergence of bands that would leave a lasting impact on the genre. Pavement, guided by Stephen Malkmus, brought an element of slacker cool to their music, blending intelligent lyrics with lo-fi aesthetics. Similarly, bands like Guided by Voices and Built to Spill defined themselves through prolific output and a signature lo-fi sound that challenged mainstream production values.

The arrival of the new millennium saw indie rock's continued evolution and increased mainstream acceptance, with bands like The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys gaining significant commercial success and critical acclaim. These bands managed to maintain their independent credentials while engaging larger audiences, a testament to the powerful blend of authentic musical expression and accessible appeal found in indie rock.

In the UK, the genre was propelled into mainstream consciousness during the late '80s and '90s by record labels such as Rough Trade and Creation Records, who helped launch careers for bands like The Stone Roses and Oasis. These bands, while often straddling the line between mainstream and independent, significantly contributed to the 'Britpop' movement, although maintaining a distinct sound and ethos from their American counterparts.

Internationally, indie rock has taken root in various forms, influencing scenes and artists around the world, from Australia's Tame Impala to Japan's Shonen Knife.

As of today, indie rock continues to thrive with newer bands such as Mitski, and Tame Impala who continue the tradition of innovative, genre-blending sounds, and independent operation. The genre's embrace of internet platforms for distribution and promotion has only amplified its global reach and influence, proving that indie rock's core ethos of artistic freedom and innovation continues to resonate across generations.

In conclusion, indie rock is not just a genre but a vibrant, evolving expression of musical independence. Its history is a tapestry of artistic defiance and creative progression, offering a compelling alternative to the commercial music industry. For music enthusiasts, indie rock provides a rich vein of artistic exploration, marked by a commitment to authenticity and boundary-pushing soundscapes.