Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Indie Rock songs of all time 2017, Indie Rock is not something that has had a lot of major successes throughout the mainstream world. Comprising a list of the very best Indie Rock songs seems more like a popularity contest, as by definition, many of these aspiring artists are not as well known as they likely should be. This being said, there are very likely well suited candidates for the best ever list like this one that not enough people know about. However, on the more mainstream side of the Indie scene, here are the best Indie Rock songs that have ever been written.
- 10. “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” – Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
- 9. “Yellow” – Coldplay – Parachutes (2000)
- 8. “Skinny Love” – Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
- 7. “Sex On Fire” – Kings of Leon – Only By The Night (2008)
- 6. “Last Nite” – The Strokes – Is This It (2001)
- 5. “Take Me Out” – Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (2004)
- 4. “Somebody Told Me” – The Killers – Hot Fuss (2003)
- 3. “Wonderwall” – Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (1995)
- 2. “Float On” – Modest Mouse – Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004)
- 1. “Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes – Elephant (2003)
Here we present the list of top 10 best Indie Rock songs of all time 2017.
10. “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” – Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
Indie Rock is likely best defined right now through the efforts of the Arctic Monkeys. A lot of these artists that will be featured on this list have started out embracing the ideals of the indie scene, but might have left it behind so that they could pursue a broader audience on a major label. While the Arctic Monkeys are not as widely recognized as a lot of the later listed artists, they haven’t abandoned the indie ideals that have gotten them as far as they have gotten. “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” is an anthem that everyone can get down to, but what sounds a lot like it was recorded in the garage of one of the members. If you want to hear Indie Rock, start with this track right here and work your way up this list.
9. “Yellow” – Coldplay – Parachutes (2000)
Coldplay is no longer closely associated with the Indie Rock and Indie Pop roots that began their careers. They went quite a while without major label representation, which is a testament to the quality of the songs that they were making and the fans that they were able to generate through non-common promotional tools like social media sites. “Yellow” would be one of the original hit songs for the English performers, which might be a bit more on the mellow side, but the recording itself has a specifically indie and lower quality feel. In addition to this, the lyrics for the song are perfectly crafted, which makes this an excellent song to listen and to add to any playlist you might have.
8. “Skinny Love” – Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
Bon Iver has quickly been deemed one of Indie Rock’s greats throughout his rather short career. While the band is still very much together and very much making new music, the band’s most successful single would be featured on their debut album For Emma, Forever Ago back in 2007. The band is a quintessential Indie group, and most of the bands growing fan base have discovered the artist through social media platforms and through various streaming sites on the internet.
7. “Sex On Fire” – Kings of Leon – Only By The Night (2008)
Kings of Leon is a band that has made a very large splash into the rock and roll pool in the past 8 years. Two of their largest singles to date for the band are “Use Somebody” and “Sex on Fire”. While these songs were released many years ago now, the surprising truth is that these songs are so well composed and written that they receive regular rotations like they are new releases even to this day. A lot of the successes from the band came from their own self promotions, making the band easily identifiable with the Indie scene.
6. “Last Nite” – The Strokes – Is This It (2001)
The early 2000s saw a slew of bands with a rather unique sound that would change the way that people would appreciate Indie Rock altogether. The look and feel of these groups is that they had walked straight out of a 1970s rock variety show and into the new millennium. It was a breath of fresh air to a rock scene that was riddled with bands that were churning out a lot of the same hard rock anthems. The Strokes really began this process when they took off following the success of their album Is This It. “Last Nite” became one of the biggest Rock tracks of 2001, and quite literally opened the door for other groups higher on this list that ended up having bigger and more memorable tracks.
5. “Take Me Out” – Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (2004)
Such is the case with Franz Ferdinand. They were ushered into the rock scene by the efforts of bands like the one they just passed up in The Strokes. But it can’t really be helped regarding their placement on the list, it really just amounts to which of their singles was more impactful and memorable towards their Indie Rock genres. “Take Me Out” was an addicting track that people couldn’t seem to get enough of in 2004. It began with a nice guitar buildup and slowly built into the driving cadence that would make up the better part of the track.
4. “Somebody Told Me” – The Killers – Hot Fuss (2003)
The Killers would be another band to follow closely in line with the successes of bands like The Strokes. Their debut album Hot Fuss would be a huge success for the group, far surpassing anything that the band would release later on in its career, or to date as it would have it. “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside” would be the two largest singles from the album, both of which shared about the same successes during their releases. “Somebody Told Me” slightly edges out the latter by representing a more true to form interpretation of Indie Rock for the modern era.
3. “Wonderwall” – Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (1995)
Oasis was a band that was quite influential for acoustic rock bands throughout the 1990s. While they saw great heights and successes, they basically did so early on throughout the use of the conventional promotional avenues. While the social media scene was not quite as prominent throughout any large part of the career of Oasis, the primary promotion came through playing a lot of shows and getting their fans to spread the word around about the great band that they loved. “Wonderwall” was an almost instant hit, it was catchy and it was well written. It was an instant classic.
2. “Float On” – Modest Mouse – Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004)
Modest Mouse was a great example of Indie music reaching the main stage. “Float On” was bar none one of the catchiest songs in Rock music throughout 2004, and that is competing with quite a lot of great tracks (Including “Take Me Out” from Franz Ferdinand). The song focused on taking life a little less seriously, and that is something that all of us can afford to do sometimes.
1. “Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes – Elephant (2003)
There is a reason that Indie rockers The White Stripes have earned the number one spot on this Indie Rock list. In particular their track “Seven Nation Army” has become an anthem for all manner of sporting events. This is a track that was almost written to get people up and get them excited. The driving beat of the song as well as the addictive guitar riff drives the entire feel of the track forward.
Indie Rock is steadily becoming a bigger and bigger genre. With the more expedient promotional tools available to all level of musicians, it has never been easier for the self producing artist to get their name out to the world. While some of these bands later went on to reach mainstream successes throughout their careers (most noteworthy of these likely being Coldplay), their origins suggest a deep rooted style created through the indie scene.