10 Best Indie Songs Of The ’90s

If you're a fan of modern indie music, you might be interested in taking a trip back and look at the ten best indie songs of the '90s.  Indie music has certainly changed quiet a bit over the past decade.  You may recognize a few of these names or you might be surprised to find them on a list of the ten best indie songs of the '90s.  These are the cream of the crop from some of the most influential indie bands ever.

  1. "The King of Carrot Flowers" by Neutral Milk Hotel: Active in the mid-late '90's, this creative indie band (or "fuzz-folk," as they called themselves) has sadly slipped into obscurity.  They have, however, left several of the best indie songs of the '90s for everyone's listening pleasure.  This is but a beautiful sample.
  2. "The Distance" by Cake: Combine spoken and sung lyrics with a wide variety of musical instruments, Cake's "The Distance" was originally self-released.  It's not only one of the best indie songs of the '90s, it's also one of the catchiest. Many people enjoy this one without realizing it's indie.
  3. "The Boy With the Arab Strap" by Belle and Sebastian: Combining hand clapping, whistling and some great piano, this is a fun song that's reminiscent of something from the Partridge Family. It's easily one of the best indie songs from the '90s and you just can't help but want to clap along.
  4. "The Life of Riley" by The Lightning Seeds: If you're looking for one of the best indie songs of the '90s and you enjoy the Brit-pop sound, you'll definitely want to give this one a listen. The chorus is sure to get stuck in your head. 
  5. "If I Had $1,000,000" by Barenaked Ladies: Who hasn't sat around and wondered what they'd do if they had a million dollars?  One of the oldest singles by Barenaked Ladies, this is one of the best indie songs of the '90s and one of the best Canadian singles of all time.
  6. "Animal Nitrate" by Suede: What do you get when you cross a singer with Trent Reznor animalism and a glam rock feel with a band that's reminiscent of great early Smiths and Bowie?  The answer is you get one of the best indie songs of the '90s and one of the coolest songs of the era.  Suede is often understated but don't let this band pass under your radar.
  7. "Where Is My Mind" by The Pixies: This song was originally released in the late '80s, but it was its inclusion in movies such as "Fight Club" and "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" (both '90s releases) that launched its popularity.  One of the best indie songs of the '90s, performed by one of the best indie bands of all time.
  8. "Indian Rope" by The Charlatans: This song is perfect for those who love some funky organ and a hauntingly keening voice.  The Charlatans were one of the most influential bands of the time and "Indian Rope" is certainly one of the best indie songs of the '90s. 
  9. "Loser" by Beck: Not only was this one of the most popular songs of the '90s, it was also one of the most popular indie songs of the '90s.  Who can forget the lyrics, "I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?"  Apparently, he was emo before it was en vogue.
  10. "Sit Down" by James: James was one of the most popular indie bands of the '90s and one of their best indie songs of the '90s was the catchy "Sit Down."  An inspirational and fun song, this one is soon to have you singing along in no time.
     
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