Greatest Indie Rock Songs


The Top Ten

1 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.

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

Imagine Dragons are way much better than any indie rock band

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2 Reptilia - The Strokes

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

Guitar hero 3 baby!

So Good

3 Mr. Brightside - The Killers

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.

I honestly don't know why this isn't number 1 :(

This song was a hit for a reason! - Elijah_Cook

This is the first, forever!

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4 A Certain Romance - Arctic Monkeys

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...

Best Arctic Monkeys song for sure. - Elijah_Cook

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6 Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand

Recently started listening to a lot of indie rock, including the Strokes, Black Keys, Killers, Kooks, and several others including Franz Ferdinand. This song, along with Mr. Brightside, are easily my favorites from what I've listened to so far. Bring back the good rock!

Franz Ferdinand is not as good as The Arctic Monkeys, but this song is unique!

This song is pure gold

The tempo change is the best part. - Elijah_Cook

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7 Brianstorm - Arctic Monkeys

Should be number 1

Totally in love with Arctic Monkeys!

8 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!

I don't know who you are...but I bet you look good on the dance floor. - Elijah_Cook

9 Somebody Told Me - The Killers

This song is great

Surprised to see so little killers on this list!

I love this song! :P

10 505 - 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!

My favorite song ever

The point where the guitar kicks in is just really sublimeee

The Newcomers

? Indigo Dust - The Arcana
? Flying High - The Arcana

The Contenders

11 A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
12 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!

13 Twisted Soul - Pint Shot Riot
14 Golden Touch - Razorlight
15 Living for the Weekend - Hard-Fi
16 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)

17 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 ♥♥♥♥♥

18 Undercover Martyn - Two Door Cinema Club

Super catchy! This song never gets old to me.

19 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..

Sad thing is, every time I hear this song it reminds me of the terrible Lupe Fiasco ripoff. - Elijah_Cook

The only band to stay indie when they got big.

20 Jump Into the Fog - The Wombats
21 Wake Up - Arcade Fire
22 All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
23 Electric Feel - MGMT
24 Snowflake - Malachai
25 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?

26 America - Razorlight
27 Still Take You Home - Arctic Monkeys
28 Skinny Love - Bon Iver
29 The Suburbs - 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.

30 Diplomat's Son - Vampire Weekend
31 Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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

32 1996 - The Wombats

Such an amazingly nostalgic song, yet still remains upbeat and positive! Amazing song, amazing band, amazing genre!

It's amazing. Should Be #1

33 You're a Wolf - Sea Wolf

Randomly heard this song on Pandora and have been a Sea Wolf fan ever since

Reminds of the Nightshade series

I really adore Sea Wolf!

34 Haruka Kanata - Asian Kung-Fu Generation
35 Hard to Beat - Hard-Fi
36 Last Nite - The Strokes
37 The View from the Afternoon - Arctic Monkeys
38 Naive - The Kooks
39 R U Mine? - Arctic Monkeys

This song sounds amazing, has great lyrics, and is by one of the most iconic indie rock bands ever. What more could you ask for? To be honest, this song turns me on.

40 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

41 Crying Lightning - Arctic Monkeys

Although every single song from the Arctic Monkeys is just brilliant

42 Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

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

43 VCR - The xx

Amazing! Their voices are so sexy, this song should be higher on the list. Also "infinity" and all their songs! They are the best!

44 Golden Skans - Klaxons
45 Machu Picchu - The Strokes
46 Killer - The Hoosiers
47 Cut Your Hair - Pavement
48 Kill the Director - The Wombats
49 It’s Time - Imagine Dragons
50 Let's Dance to Joy Division - The Wombats
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Top Remixes (8)

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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