Greatest Indie Rock Songs


The Top Ten

1 Mr. Brightside - The Killers Mr. Brightside - The Killers

Cammy Connor played the drums for this song in sixth year. I enjoyed it. Unfortunately Nairns bass amp was too quiet, Rosie was out of tune, Carina shouted at me half the time and my guitar string broke. all in all a five out of ten performance


so unique.

This has to be first! I mean, it's not only the most popular song of one of the most popular (and the best) indie rock band, it can also be seen as the ideal definition of "indie rock"- it is sooo good! Classic song, lyrics are amazing and The Killers wrote it, what else to say.

2 Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys

The tone for this whole song is so on point. You can't help but hearing it and imagining yourself singing it out loudly in front of 1000's-Jordan Lacy

The best indie song ever.

Great beat and lyrics. So good

6 songs in the top 10 alone? Aw yes! Arctic Monkeys are incredible, all of their good old indie bangers are amazing!

3 Reptilia - The Strokes Reptilia - The Strokes

Right place

Guitar hero 3 baby!

Second best indie rock song but for some reason don't look back into the sun isn't on the list at all so reptilia has my vote

So Good

4 A Certain Romance - Arctic Monkeys

A masterpiece.

Amazing song, drums, guitar, vocals, lyrics, and just everything. Should be up much higher defiantly.

A song that anybody connects to---instantly. It is truly something special.

5 Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys

This song has an amazing beat and I find this song getting stuck in my head all the time. Incredible band, incredible song.

I can hear it all day long and never get tired of it!

I think I hear this song so many times.. But it feel like first time...

This song is just great and amazing

6 Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand

This song is fantastic... I love the sputtering guitar riffs!

I like the tempo change also

This should be number one on gang

I like how the tempo changes in the song. - Userguy44

7 Fire - Kasabian

I love the contrast between the verses and the chorus! The pick-up is amazing!

Fantastic song. Should be first on this list

Best Indie Rock song out there!

8 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
9 Wake Up - Arcade Fire
10 Somebody Told Me - The Killers

Maybe their best song. - Userguy44

This song is great

Surprised to see so little killers on this list!

I love this song! :P

The Contenders

11 Float On - Modest Mouse

Probably the greatest Indie Song Ever, coming from Indie Legends. You people are way too hung up on the Killers. and "Somebody Told Me"? Come on. That song is like a joke..

The only band to stay indie when they got big.

12 A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
13 Twisted Soul - Pint Shot Riot
14 When the Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys

Why? Can someone explain this to me its by far the best A. M song the lyrics the drums everything just listen to it ♥♥♥♥♥

15 Moving to New York - The Wombats

Easily the greatest Indie Rock song. - 8gerrard8

Awesome to listen in the car... Nice

Let's dance to Joy division is much better, but this song is pretty great too)

16 Naive - The Kooks
17 Karma Police - Radiohead
18 Helicopter - Bloc Party

This is the best indie rock song ever made. Period. It is just so awesome. Cannot understand why this is not on number 1!. How many things I have to write before I can post this?

19 Golden Touch - Razorlight
20 I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor - Arctic Monkeys

How is this not in the top 5!? This is the Arctic Monkey's best song and they are the best Indie Rock band of all time. Should be top of the list really... Vote now!

One of the best songs ever. Arctic Monkeys totally rock!

21 Jump Into the Fog - The Wombats
22 Electric Feel - MGMT
23 All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
24 Crying Lightning - Arctic Monkeys

Although every single song from the Arctic Monkeys is just brilliant

25 Airbag - Radiohead
26 Living for the Weekend - Hard-Fi
27 Machu Picchu - The Strokes
28 Fell in Love with a Girl - The White Stripes
29 Somebody That I Use to Know - Gotye
30 505 - Arctic Monkeys

Great song with no flaw. Strong lyrics and riff.

Love to the Arctic Monkeys, can't go one single day without listening to them!

The point where the guitar kicks in is just really sublimeee

My favorite song ever

31 Skinny Love - Bon Iver
32 The Suburbs - Arcade Fire

I hate arctic monkeys. ARCADE FIRE!

Whats with the people on this sites obsession with arctic monkeys? :( Arcade fire has so much more emotion, originality, and meaning in their music! I'm sad I haven't seen wake up or neighborhood #1 yet on this list though the suburbs is suburb!

I love Arctic Monkeys, but Win Butler is the king of indie music.

Arctic Monkeys?
It's Arcade Fire.

33 Creep - Radiohead
34 Brianstorm - Arctic Monkeys

Should be number 1

Totally in love with Arctic Monkeys!

35 Diplomat's Son - Vampire Weekend
36 Hard to Beat - Hard-Fi
37 Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

No. 35 what? Easily better than the whole top 10

38 Hard to Explain - The Strokes

Honestly, what's the obsession with The Arctic Monkeys? The Strokes are way better!

This Song is Life! - LazyBones26

39 Last Nite - The Strokes
40 Ball and Biscuit - The White Stripes
41 You Only Live Once - The Strokes

Oh my god! Julian Casablancas is fantastic! He sounds great, looks great, is great.

This song is so great and it has a great message too. I love a song that sounds good, but actually means something as well.

Wasn't going to originally going to vote for this but when I saw it was 82 I was ashamed. Simply one of the best song made by one of the best bands!

Greatest catchy indie rock song period. Listen to it if you don't believe me.

1 Comment
42 All These Things that I've Done - The Killers

Great song... one of the best albums ever made in my opinion

43 Midnight City - M83

This song has such a great vibe, and it makes me feel like I'm in a different world.

This song has to be number ONE come ooon, it's magnificent it makes you feel so many things at the same time. It's just awesome, perfect.. - Amyfalahee

44 Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

How is this indie rock? Please... Whoever added this is either very deluded or very stupid.

45 King of Carrot Flowers - Neutral Milk Hotel
46 Banquet - Bloc Party
47 Club Foot - Kasabian

A classic, no doubt. Such a cool song with killer lyrics. Something I'll never forget. I'm flying to Europe to see them play specifically this song!

Lyrics to the first verse:

One... Take control of me?
You're messing with the enemy
Said it's 2... It's another trick
Messing with my mind, I wake up
Chase down an empty street
Blindly snap the broken beats
I said it's cut with a dirty trick
It's taken all these days to find ya.


48 Kill the Director - The Wombats
49 Undercover Martyn - Two Door Cinema Club

Super catchy! This song never gets old to me.

50 Empire - Kasabian

Nice beat, good music video, great album, ambitious lyrics

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Top Remixes (10)

1. Skinny Love - Bon Iver
2. Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys
3. Reptilia - The Strokes
1. A Certain Romance - Arctic Monkeys
2. Reptilia - The Strokes
3. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
1. Wake Up - Arcade Fire
2. Reptilia - The Strokes
3. A Certain Romance - Arctic Monkeys

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