NME's Greatest Indie Anthems Ever


"Indie" has undergone a major transformation in the past decade. Once used to refer to independent record labels and the DIY attitude of bands on the fringe, "indie" music is now being totally embraced by both mainstream audiences and labels alike. 


While it's fantastic that indie music is having such a *moment* in the mainstream right now, we often forget the genre's true pioneers. To reconcile this, NME is paying homage to our fav original gangsters of indie with their "The Greatest Indie Anthems Ever" Poll. They've compiled a list of 20 classic (are we allowed to call The Killers and The Strokes "classic"? Whatever) indie tunes for you to cast your vote in deciding the ultimate indie anthem. We've singled out a few tracks from the list that we hold near and dear to our hearts:


Last Nite - The Strokes




Last night, she said / "Oh, baby, I feel so down / Oh it turns me off / When I feel left out"



This song arguably revived modern day rock n' roll. The Strokes flawlessly pulled off "that New York style" both sonically and aesthetically. Their super low budget sound with washy guitars and bored, ambivalent lyrics definitely make these guys an indie fan favorite. 


Creep - Radiohead




But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo / What the hell am I doing here? / I don't belong here



It comes as no shock that Radiohead has three songs in the top 20 list as they're an absolute staple in any indie fan's iPod. "Creep" expresses the indie ethos of feeling different, outcast, and just plain weird so well that we're willing to bet money on at least 20 people having these lyrics as a tattoo. 


Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division




When routine bites hard and ambitions are low / And resentment rides high but emotions won't grow / And we're changing our ways, taking different roads / Then love, love will tear us apart again



Well, duh.  This song was indie before indie even existed. Its apathetic, melancholy lyrics essentially serve as the blueprint for the genre. By the way, it's totally cool if you only know this song because of Donnie Darko. 


If none of these songs are what you would consider the ultimate indie anthem, don't fret, there's 17 more to choose from over at NME. Go, go, go!


-al