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All Time Indie Top 50

(Each band limited to 1 song)


In 2016 we asked our DJs, staff and assorted friends of the station to let us know what their favourite indie songs are.


Rather predictably, we found the list dominated by just a few bands - Stone Roses, Pulp, Radiohead, Strokes, Arctic Monkeys etc. Because of this we have picked one song (the top-rated song) for each band. This gave us a much more eclectic list and will, we hope, lead you to some gems that you might not have heard yet.


Here’s the top 50 in reverse order:


50 Wonderstuff - Who Wants to be the Disco King?

49 Throwing Muses - Counting Backwards

48 Stereolab - Ping Pong

47 Rialto - Monday Morning 5:19

46 Sleeper - What Do I Do Now?

45 Shed Seven - On Standby

44 Gene - Be My Light, Be My Guide

43 Zutons - Valerie

42 Spector - Chevvy Thunder

41 Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

40 Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight

39 Smiths - There is a Light That Never Goes Out

38 Minuteman - 5,000 minutes of Pain

37 Guillemots - Trains to Brazil

36 Buffalo Tom - Porchlight

35 British Sea Power - Carrion

34 Stereophonics - Dakota

33 Vaccines - Post-Break-Up Sex

32 JJ72 - Oxygen

31 Flaming Lips - Waiting for Superman

30 Teenage Fanclub - The Concept

29 Sebadoh - I Will

28 Kitchens of Distinction - The 3rd Time we Opened the Capsule

27 Wedding Present Brassneck

26 REM Losing My Religion

25 The Killers All These Things That I've Done

24 Pixies Monkey Gone to Heaven

23 Camera Obscura French Navy

22 The Cribs Men's Needs

21 The National Bloodbuzz Ohio

20 Violent Femmes Add it Up

19 The Horrors Who Can Say

18 Nirvana The Man Who Sold the World

17 Divine Comedy Lady of a Certain Age

16 Manic Street Preachers - From Despair to Where?

15 Libertines - Up the Bracket

14 Coldplay - Yellow

13 Jesus and Mary Chain -  April Skies

12 Maccabees - Ayla

11 My Morning Jacket - The Way That He Sings

10 Strokes - Hard to Explain

9 Stone Roses - Bye Bye Badman

8 The Walkmen - The Rat

7 New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

6 Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance

5 Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

4 Pulp - Razzmatazz

3 Radiohead - Creep

2 Undertones - Teenage Kicks

1 Dinosaur Junior - Freakscene


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