Indie pop

genre of pop music within independent music movement

Indie pop is a genre of alternative rock which originated in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. Originally and often still a form of independent music, it is closely associated with indie rock, both genres are similar, yet there are differences between both. Indie rock tends to be edgier, rougher and harsher-sounding, contrasting the more melodious indie pop. Indie pop additionally takes influences from 1960s girl group music and power pop, often giving it retro elements, and makes usage of jangly guitars.

In 1986, British music magazine NME released a cassette called C86, which included indie pop and indie rock music; the artists in C86 made music which was described by as "a twee, amateurish form of home-made music drawing deeply from sunny '60s acts like The Byrds and the Velvet Underground."[1]

Early indie pop bands include The Shop Assistants or The Pastels. More recent bands in the genre include Point blank, Travis, The Research and Maritime.


  1. journalist, Anthony Carew Anthony Carew is a music; Magazine, host of "The International Pop Underground" radio show His work appears in Rolling Stone. "What's the Difference Between Alternative and Indie?". ThoughtCo.