Who Did That Indie Song Quiz

Name the indie bands who performed these songs.
Quiz by Quizmaster
Last updated: June 15, 2013
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First submittedNovember 16, 2010
Times taken19,300
Average score36.4%
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Band or Artist
Ho Hey
The Lumineers
Lonely Boy
The Black Keys
Giving Up the Gun
Vampire Weekend
Sigh No More
Mumford & Sons
Electric Feel
I Will Possess Your Heart
Death Cab for Cutie
Keep the Car Running
Arcade Fire
I Bet You Look Good
on the Dancefloor
Arctic Monkeys
Naked as We Came
Iron & Wine
I Predict a Riot
The Kaiser Chiefs
Band or Artist
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Float On
Modest Mouse
Take Me Out
Franz Ferdinand
Such Great Heights
The Postal Service
Mr. Brightside
The Killers
Jesus, etc.
Fell in Love with a Girl
The White Stripes
Last Nite
The Strokes
New Slang
The Shins
She Don't Use Jelly
The Flaming Lips
Monkey Gone to Heaven
The Pixies
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Jun 15, 2013
Level 58
Aug 18, 2013
There just had to be a quiz about the most infamous musical genre ever, didn't there?
Level 31
Aug 19, 2013
Apparently, I stopped listening to new music from 2005 until 2011, except for Justice. 15/22. Nice quiz!
Level 18
Mar 2, 2014
100% first try.
Level 58
Mar 20, 2014
Wow, I think I just got officially diagnosed as a hipster.
Level 63
Mar 21, 2014
Not all of these are Indie.
Level 74
Jun 12, 2014
I think in this case "Indie" means unlikely to be played on a "top 40" US radio station, not independently produced/promoted
Level 68
Aug 6, 2014
Ho hey?
Level 43
May 21, 2015
I heard Of Monsters and Men on the radio for a while
Level 67
Dec 29, 2014
I agree. Most of these bands are well known on a national level and enjoy success under Top 40 Rock charts. Let's see a quiz about Moss Icon, Dag Nasty, and Indian Summer!
Level 84
May 4, 2014
What the hell are the Pixies doing among those brats ? :p
Level 38
Sep 4, 2014
Calling The Killers indie is like calling Maroon 5 indie.
Level 68
Oct 23, 2014
i love all these songs!!!! especially i bet you look good on the dancefloor thats so good
Level 45
Dec 1, 2022
Not really.
Level 53
Mar 5, 2015
Ben Hibbard seems over-represented in this quiz...
Level 86
Mar 19, 2018
I think you mean Ben Gibbard
Level 43
May 21, 2015
I didn't know The Killers were indie. Always thought they were Alternative Rock
Level 90
Oct 16, 2015
Is there a reason they can't be both?
Level 52
Sep 11, 2017
Well no, but the Killers are not indie. Like, at all.
Level 75
Apr 21, 2016
I don't think you understand what Indie means.
Level 71
Oct 12, 2016
Agreed 100%. The overwhelming majority of these bands are not Indie. Much more "Pop" than "Indie".

Also, were no Indie songs released between 93 and 2001, and then 20 in 16 years?

Level 59
Dec 31, 2016
I knew I wouldn't get a single one...and I was right.
Level 52
Jan 5, 2017
franz ferdinand and kaiser chiefs...are they really indie tho?
Level 44
Nov 13, 2017
This is my all time favorite quiz on this site!
Level 68
Jan 20, 2018
Only quiz I have ever taken on Jetpunk, where I could not answer a single question and after seeing the answers still don't know a single answer!
Level 43
Feb 5, 2019
Most of these aren't indie but ok
Level 70
Jan 24, 2020
I *think* that Quizmaster doesn’t mean the term “indie” here to indicate a genre or relative popularity, but rather a song released by an independent record label – a well-defined category of small companies not funded by major labels. But there are some entries which seem to meet the above criteria only partially, including “Mr. Brightside”, “I Will Possess Your Heart”, and “Jesus, etc.” A few others seemed to not have any ties to indie labels at all, & there may be more as I didn’t check all of them. Plus, I may be totally wrong about Quizmaster’s intentions!
Level 70
Jan 24, 2020
If however I am right about your intent Quizmaster – and even if I’m not – I’d like to argue for Black Lab to be accepted for “Lonely Boy” (although it is a totally different song than The Black Keys’).

Black Lab was an important early pioneer of the modern indie movement in the Internet age, as they actually started out on major labels (first Geffen, then Epic), scoring a couple of US hits and soundtrack inclusions. Feeling a bit soul-drained, primary band member Paul Durham decided to leave Epic, and announced his intention to self-release Black Lab’s music from then on. He’s stuck to that objective, and they’ve enjoyed success similar to their previous levels, with a strong showing in the TV & film soundtrack oeuvre, using only Internet-based promotion. And they’re awesome!