The Catchiest Indie Songs in Current Rotation

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By Confusion & Constant Gardner

In the past, indie music seemed to intentionally avoid being too catchy, but these days the line between underground sensibility and mainstream accessibility is becoming more blurred, and it's a good thing. In the past, if an indie song was too catchy, it risked losing credibility among people who were looking for an alternative to more basic, radio-friendly music. Today, that mentality has died down. Through more experimental production or less obvious songwriting, indie music is finding new ways to be different without avoiding the naturally satisfying pleasure of a big hook or a riff that will get stuck in your head for weeks. Here are some of the catchiest indie songs, from rock to pop and beyond, currently in rotation.

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  • neubski

    This post is great.

  • Azhar Khan

    each one of these songs is so damn great. thanks for sharing!

  • Angel E. Fraden

    really solid list. much thanks

  • Jose Cahue

    Great Songs and definitely do more Soundcloud playlists.

  • Hector Roman

    every single song is great. love the sound cloud playlist

  • Roya

    Playlists are absolutely great, keep doing them!

  • thetune

    Don’t get me wrong, there were some very catchy songs on this list — “Lovit” and
    “Goodbye Sasha” in particular — but seriously, are you so biased that you think every catchy song has to have R&B/soul influences? Take another look at this list. It’s EXTREMELY narrow genre-wise.

    Here are some of the actual catchiest indie songs out there right now, for those who prefer pop, rock, and alternative influences over R&B/soul:

    We the Wild – “Body Electric (Blue)” https://soundcloud.com/wethewild/we-the-wild-body-electric
    Sleigh Bells – “Young Legends” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ7FCOCSEOo
    Holy Ghost! – “Okay” https://soundcloud.com/holyghostnyc/its-okay-holy-ghost
    Temples – “Keep in the Dark” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99U9-zRHXf0
    Jeremy Neale – “Swing Left” https://soundcloud.com/jeremy-neale/swing-left
    Midlake – “The Old and the Young” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbNtl0UC_BI
    Darkside – “Paper Trails” https://soundcloud.com/daftside-2/paper-trails
    Jagwar Ma – “That Loneliness” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Tl7kjcQibY
    annddddd every song by St. Lucia

  • zilla

    More playlists! But I still like the write ups you do about each song too! You need a pigeons and plane specific player that lets us play the song while seeing your witty write ups :)

  • Silence Nogood

    there was a playlist at the end all along!! oh well, still enjoyed

  • Jessi

    totally respect that you backed up the criticism with substance, so thanks! will be checking those out.

  • Christopher Roditis

    I love you guys