10 Best Indie Songs Ever

What are the 10 best indie songs ever? Some would say that nothing past Oasis’ second album should be considered, while others would say that the new generation of bands, such as The White Stripes, has made some of the best records. Whatever your preference, there is a wide variety of songs to choose from.

  1. “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes. Powered by a rumbling bass riff, this among the greatest indie songs ever. It's proof that two people can make a monstrous sound.
  2. “Stuck Between Stations” by The Hold Steady. Looking like teachers at a faculty meeting but sounding like the rightful heirs to Springsteen’s throne, The Hold Steady produced one of the best indie songs of all time with this gem and put themselves firmly on the map.
  3. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” by Oasis. Starting the way they intended to continue, Oasis wrote the soundtrack for millions of student’s lives in the mid-nineties. It was the opening track on their debut album and one of the best indie songs ever recorded when it came out of the UK.
  4. “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” by The Arctic Monkeys. Bursting onto the scene in 2006, this band proved that the fabled sound of the north didn’t die with Oasis’ demise. A potent track with a blistering guitar and biting vocals, this is simply one of the best songs ever.
  5. “The Only One I Know” by The Charlatans UK. Opening with a funky organ riff, “The Only One I Know” is the sound of The Charlatans UK at the top of their game. From the hit album “Tellin’ Stories,” this is one of the best indie songs to ever be released.
  6. “Can’t Get There from Here” by R.E.M. Before they were considered one of rock’s giants, R.E.M were young upstarts making exciting indie music. This stomping track from their third album is the sound of a band on the verge of greatness.
  7. “There’s No Other Way” by Blur. The south’s answer to the baggy movement of the north, UK band Blur released a truly great indie song with this number. Dynamic and funky with ambiguous lyrics, it was the perfect precursor to the monster hit “Parklife.”
  8. “Northern Sky” by Nick Drake. He may be regarded as the lost genius of folk music, but many college students will maintain his roots are in indie music. A delicate song from a delicate soul.
  9. “Grade 9” by The Barenaked Ladies. Before the global dominance of “One Week”, the Ladies were just an indie band plugging away for success. This frenetic anthem to adolescence is one part Rush, one part Peanuts, making it one of the best indie songs ever.
  10. “Last Night” by The Strokes. They may have gone to bigger and better things, but this is the sound of a classic indie band: solid beats and fuzzy guitar tones all topped off with an unforgettable vocal style.
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