'''Indie Pop''' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: {{Pop}}-centric music made independently. It is characterized by its production; whereas standard pop acts often employ a team of writers (often with the artist in question having little-to-no involvement with the songwriting), indie pop acts write all of their songs by themselves (occasionally guest writers may be involved to help with the creative process, but it largely comes from the heart of the singer). Standard pop acts are often signed to a major label, and take heavy direction from those labels in both their image and sound. Indie Pop acts are often signed to independent label and have full creative control over their music and image. Although some indie pop acts are signed on to major labels, they're used solely for the distribution of their music.

Indie pop first grew into popularity in the early 1980s, where it was especially used to describe the NME compilation ''[=C86=]''. Indie pop bands in the 1980s featured sounds influenced by '60s music, jangly guitars and melodic PowerPop structures. Indie pop continued to march on, especially in the UK in the late 2000s, where bands like Music/TheHoosiers, The Feeling and Scouting for Girls topped the charts. In America, however, indie pop was just a cult genre until TheNewTens, where it ''really'' became popular.

As indie pop continued to grow, it also did so in its sound; from that standpoint, it can be hard to describe what indie pop is supposed to sound like, since some indie pop acts don't really sound a whole lot like other indie pop acts. For example, compare Music/{{M83}} to Music/{{Lorde}}. One defining characteristic of the indie pop sound is the aforementioned freedom in the direction of their sound. As such, many indie pop acts may [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly incorporate elements of other genres]] (or [[GenreBusting even have a distinct sound that's hard to describe]]), have more [[WordSaladLyrics complex, harder to understand lyrics]], focus on themes besides the usual SillyLoveSongs and party anthems (often will be DarkerAndEdgier compared to standard pop), and some might make more liberal use of [[PrecisionFStrike profanity]], maybe even [[ClusterFBomb plentiful use of it]]. Also, many indie pop artists make use of [[ElectronicMusic electronics]] and [[{{Synthpop}} synths]] with varying degrees of prominence, though not all of them do.

As mentioned before, indie pop didn't really hit it big until TheNewTens with the 'internet age' allowing for music to be discovered by other means than physical or radio airplay. Before, the biggest indie acts were cult heroes at best. Now, the biggest indie acts have produced chart topping hit singles and albums and are among the biggest acts in the industry alongside the standard pop artists. Indeed, the internet age has truly changed the landscape of the music industry. Of course, if an indie pop artist does successfully crossover to the mainstream, there'll be cries that they're "[[ItsPopularNowItSucks not truly indie]]".

Also known as "hipster pop" or "alternative pop". See also AlternativeRock, which is influential on the sound, and {{Synthpop}}, which often turns up in indie pop acts. PopRevival often goes hand-in-hand with indie pop, with many bands being both. In fact, it can be hard to tell the difference between the two at times. It also went hand-in-hand with JanglePop. In general, indie pop artists don't use instruments like guitars, bass, and drums...except when they do.

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!!Indie Pop artists include:
[[index]]
* Music/AmericanAuthors (also indie rock)
* Music/ArcadeFire
* Music/AGreatBigWorld
* Music/{{Banks}}
* Music/{{Bastille}} (also indie rock)
* Music/BeatHappening (also twee pop, punk and lo-fi)
* Music/{{Bleachers}}
* Music/{{Broods}}
* Music/CapitalCities
* Music/CharliXCX
* Music/{{CHVRCHES}}
* Music/DeathCabForCutie (''Plans'' onward)
** Music/ThePostalService
* Music/{{Echosmith}}
* Music/EllieGoulding
** ''Music/{{Halcyon}}'' (2012)
* Music/{{Feist}}
* Music/FirstAidKit (with folk-rock)
* Music/FitzAndTheTantrums
* Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine
* Music/FosterThePeople (also indie rock and indietronica)
* Music/{{Fun}} (scored one of the first indie pop hits ever with "We Are Young")
* Music/{{Gotye}} (had possibly the biggest indie pop hit ever with "Somebody That I Used to Know" before [[OneHitWonder fading into obscurity]])
* Music/{{Haim}} (overlaps with PopRevival)
* Music/HotChip
* Music/IngridMichaelson
* Music/JessieWare
* Music/{{Kelis}} (''Food'' onward)
* Music/{{Kimbra}}
* Music/LanaDelRey (overlaps with PopRevival)
** ''Music/BornToDie'' (2012)
* Music/{{Lights}} (with a [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly slew of other genres]])
* Music/{{Lorde}} (the arguable face of this genre at the moment)
** ''Music/TheLoveClub'' (2013)
** ''Music/PureHeroine'' (2013)
* Music/LykkeLi
* Music/{{M83}} (with PostRock and {{Shoegazing}})
* Music/MarinaAndTheDiamonds
* Music/{{Metric}}
* Music/MiikeSnow
* Music/NeonTrees (also indie rock)
* Music/SineadOConnor (with folk-rock)
* Music/OfMonstersAndMen (with folk-rock)
* Music/ParadeOfLights
* Music/{{Passenger}} (with folk-rock)
* Music/PassionPit
* Music/{{Peace}}
* Music/{{Phantogram}}
* Music/{{Phoenix}}
* Music/ReginaSpektor
* Music/TheRevolutionaryHydra
* Music/RynWeaver
* Music/{{Santigold}}
* Music/{{Sia}}
* Music/TheSmiths (one of the most influential bands in the genre)
** Music/{{Morrissey}}
* Music/ToroYMoi (also indietronica)
* Music/ToveLo (also synthpop and dance-pop)
* Music/TwentyOnePilots (has a sound that's [[GenreBusting hard to describe]])
* Music/TwoDoorCinemaClub (also indie rock)
* Music/TheWarOnDrugs (with folk-rock)
* Music/{{Wavves}} (overlaps with PopRevival)
* Music/YoLaTengo (another massive influence on the genre)
* Music/YoungTheGiant
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!!Indie Pop provides the following tropes:

* ArtifactTitle: The term "indie" means that their music is made on an independent label. However many artists eventually signed on to major labels, or in some cases were signed on to a major label from the beginning. In those cases, it's often used to describe the aesthetic.
** Also the "pop" part of it fits too. The term "pop" means music designed for the mainstream, while many indie pop artists aren't in the mainstream, although this has changed some in recent years. Like the above, the "pop" is used to describe the style of the music than how mainstream it is.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Often compared to label-directed pop artists, due to being able to explore darker themes that the labels would avoid. Of course, there's plenty of upbeat indie pop songs as well.
* DoingItForTheArt: Many artists make indie pop because they want to make pop-style music with full creative control of their material, and generally aim for the people into the indie scene, not the masses. This was even more true before TheNewTens, where there was practically ''no prospect'' of being commercially successful.
* {{Hipster}}: What people refer to as the general audience, hence why its often called "hipster pop".
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: Can range anywhere from 1 to 5, depending on the artist and song in question.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally 1 to 3. It doesn't get too hard, it's still indie '''''pop''''' after all.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: What makes indie pop stand out is the welcoming of other musical genres, which can range anywhere from {{synthpop}}, RAndB (often called PBR&B), trip-hop, punk, {{dream pop}}, {{baroque pop}}, electronica to... whatever else the artist in question can come up with.
* PrecisionFStrike: Swearing shows up more in indie pop than label-produced pop, due to the artistic freedom the musician has. Though indie pop artists that never swear in their songs (such as Music/EllieGoulding) do exist. Other artists like Music/CharliXCX aren't even [[ClusterFBomb precise about it]].
* SelfBackingVocalist: Very common.
* TropeCodifier: Bands like the Smiths and Yo La Tengo laid the seeds for the genre, but the Postal Service's ''Give Up'' was the album that started the genre's flood onto blogs and later the radio. As far as indie pop artists today, this distinction probably goes to Music/{{Lorde}}.
* XMeetsY: Music/{{Pop}} meets independence.
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Here's some nice indie pop songs to get you through the day.
* A Great Big World -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2U0Ivkn2Ds Say Something feat. Christina Aguilera]]
* Banks -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twix375Me4Q Beggin For Thread]]
* Bastille -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F90Cw4l-8NY Pompeii]]
* Bleachers -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5osPtE7kXI I Wanna Get Better]]
* Capital Cities -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47dtFZ8CFo8 Safe and Sound]]
* Charli XCX -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOPMlIIg_38 Boom Clap]]
* Death Cab for Cutie -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkk5wViJo-I You Are a Tourist]]
* Ellie Goulding -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NKUpo_xKyQ Lights]]
* Feist -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABYnqp-bxvg 1234]]
* Florence + the Machine -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbN0nX61rIs Shake It Out]]
* Foster the People -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlAgHt92lqE Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)]]
* fun. -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQkBeOisNM0 Some Nights]]
* Gotye -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY Somebody That I Used to Know]]
* Ingrid Michaelson -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJOzdLwvTHA The Way I Am]]
* Lana Del Rey -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bag1gUxuU0g Born to Die]]
* Lorde -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcIKh6sBtc Royals]]
* Lykke Li -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TTPGAy5H_E Get Some]]
* M83 -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX3k_QDnzHE Midnight City]]
* Metric -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRtd8ArvH_s Gold Guns Girls]]
* Of Monsters and Men -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I Little Talks]]
* Passion Pit -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZX6Q-Bj_xg Take a Walk]]
* Tove Lo -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh2LWWORoiM Habits (Stay High)]]
* Two Door Cinema Club -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxu02vp_Vm0 Something Good Can Work]]

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