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  1. Lauren says:

    The Elliot Smith cover (Give Me Love) was originally by George Harrison, not John Lennon.

  2. ekko says:

    Yeah, I know that Lauren. I’m a shmuck. I don’t even know why I wrote that.

    As to Charbarred–I gotta disagree. For me, Funeral is the beginning of modern indie rock. There were albums before it, but this was the one that really broke through and affected me (and lots of the mainstream public). In fact, it’s one of the main reasons I went into blogging in the first place.

  3. ekko says:

    Adam-I also think Daydream Nation was major, but like I said, I let the votes have it.

    Hugger-Save your tuts for your colleagues in the blogosphere. Although some of mine made it to the top 25, many didn’t.

  4. Tim says:

    Wincing the Night Away is not even close. I love the Shins, but that album just don’t do it. I could stand to see some Les Savy Fav on here. I don’t know anymore, though. Is French Kiss a subsidiary of GiantRecordConglomerateCorp?

  5. Davis says:

    Neither Death Cab for Cutie nor The Postal service are rock bands. And Sufjan Stevens, while brilliant, doesn’t listen to or write rock music. What’s wrong with an indie-label album (“Hot Fuss”, Lizard King) getting picked up by a major label and made available for more people to listen to? I love most of the albums on this list, but it doesn’t have anything to do with what other people are listening to. If I like it, I like it, whether or not millions of others do as well. No one has made the case that an album changes intrinsically as soon as it’s picked up and distributed by a major label. “Hot Fuss” is leagues ahead of “Turn on the Bright Lights” as a first album, and “Sam’s Town” kicks Ben Gibbard all over the playground, with Bono, Bowie, Paul McCartney, and Elton John cheering behind.

  6. Jamie Dugan says:

    Do you have any information on the live Neutral Milk Hotel show you posted, like when or where it was recorded? Any info would be helpful, thanks.

  7. ekko says:

    Yan-I didn’t put Crooked over Slanted. The voters did. I am but a conduit.

    As for Hot Fuss being indie, if it was indeed released on an indie label then it WOULD have qualified for this list. If someone had voted for it. Not a soul did, including you, Davis, so stop your complaining. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

    I’ve never said, for the record, that the major labels don’t release good music. I love Hot Fuss–it’s one of my favorite albums ever–and I’m a big fan of the new Hold Steady, most Jay-Z, and Amy Winehouse. However, I–like many bloggers–have been threated with lawsuits by the major labels. THAT is the reason that I no longer help hype their material. This is not a blog about hyping whatever I like to listen to dancing around naked in my bedroom. It’s a blog about helping the little guys, the indies, the ones without multi-million dollar advertising and studio budgets.

    If you want to find blogs that cater to your major label tastes, please do. I read Smoking Section, Gorilla vs. Bear, etc., regularly. It’s just not what I do.

    And I do find it interesting that so many people get offended by that. Weird.

  8. ekko says:


    You know I love you & UR blog, but your comment is baffling. You only voted for a few albums, as I recall, and I think they’re all here!! As for the post-80s slant, I don’t really think “indie rock” as a genre existed before then, did it? I mean, sure there were rock bands who released things independently, but “indie rock” itself is pretty new, I think.

  9. Chris says:

    ::Cough:: Pinback.

  10. VoodooGuru says:

    As for the post-80s slant, I don’t really think “indie rock” as a genre existed before then, did it? I mean, sure there were rock bands who released things independently, but “indie rock” itself is pretty new, I think.

    I think “indie rock” is just a catch-all term bands are put into to appear in the NME and Spin. Back in the 80s acts were on Independent labels, had independent distribution and were classed as “indie bands” on the Independent Charts. In Britain at least. They became “college bands” once they crossed the Atlantic and signed to a major for distribution purposes.
    It was always going to be a thankless task.One person’s definition of “indie rock” is another’s Bloc Party.
    Lastly, is Neutral Milk Hotel-In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, possibly the most overated “indie” album EVER! This is the defintion of a “critics album”. You buy it, take it home, listen to it 3 or 4 times, and never listen to it again. Then when it crops up in conversation/lists you say “Yeah I’ve got that. It’s a classic.”

  11. Davis says:

    I suppose I just think of “indie” to mean a certain sound– a sound that represents a contribution to rock music from a scene that, in the past, was completely independent from major labels and not heard by as many people. And I like that sound. It’s the sound of musicians who grew up in the nineties listening to good eighties music, and it’s such a good sound that it’s appeal has become very widespread since the beginning of this century. That said, I hear you loud and clear (Ekko) when you talk about getting shit from the record labels. I’m not a fan of “the music business” either.

    As for Sufjan Stevens, I love his music. I just don’t think it belongs with rock. I like “Transatlanticism” alright, too; love the “Postal Service”, but I don’t think it’s rock. I wish I’d found this site sooner, or I’d have voted myself. As it is, I just ran across it this morning. New laptop! So I’ll definitely check out those blogs.

  12. ekko says:

    Exactly. “Indie rock” does not equal “college radio.” That’s just my opinion. It would be fine to put together a best-college-radio list, or a best “alternative rock” list, or what have you, but I think indie does have a specific sound.

    As for Death Cab not being rock, I just disagree. It’s got the same basic three-chord progressions. Rock is such a vague term, anyway, arising from blues, folk, etc.

    Anyway, as I’ve said before (and I don’t know why I’m so defensive about this), I didn’t pick these albums. My regular readers did. In addition to the ones above, I got votes for John Coltraine, Mr. Lif, and a host of other Jazz and Rap albums. Clearly, to me at least, those aren’t rock. But some readers thought they were.

  13. ekko says:

    Thanks, Dude. I agree: It had its roots in the early 80s. Glad to know I agree with Wikipedia.

    And yeah, the congloms are going to win. They always do, right? Janis Joplin gave way to Britney Spears. Led Zep gave way to Poison. Run DMC gave way to Another Bad Creation. Great starts in a genre, leading to tepid follow ups. A recent example: The Killers gave way to The Killers.

  14. gringopig says:

    Interesting Ekko 1…
    However, I gagged out loud at the inclusion of The Pixies! wtf! They have to be THE most over-rated band I’ve ever heard; I can’t stand them! Both Pete, Paul & Mary AND Husker Du are 10X better…

    BTW, where are Husker Du? Have people forgotten them already? SST records owes a lot to these guys and probably haven’t paid them back yet…

  15. Davis says:

    Now you’re just being unnecessarily mean.

  16. lulu says:

    Nice! I’d forgotten about some of these albums!

  17. jason says:

    I’m sorry ekko, but you are simply wrong, indie rock and college radio are practically interchangable and have been since the 80’s. Early Sub Pop, IRS, Touch and Go, SST, and Dischord have been operating for decades now. “Indie Rock” is not a genre. It is a term that has changed in sound as the bands and music has changed. On an indie label?
    Play music for that indie label? Don’t have any affiliation with a major label? Congrats, you are indie. Don’t matter if you sound like Negativland or REM (probably the first Indie to major success story). But “Indie Rock” has been around since Punk Rock and New Wave and probably goes back even further. And as far as Indie Rock as a sound look no farther than IRS era REM. And by the way, Nirvana’s Bleach is the best selling indie rock album of all time. You got the label right, just not the album.

  18. KEN says:


  19. Theo says:

    I was deeply involved in college radio and the music played thereon from 1969 until the early ’80s, the time of the music in this story. I regret that I know almost nothing of this music and hope to use stories like this to help me get into it. However, when I was spinning disks, the commercial stations except for a few so called ‘hippie’ stations, shunned what is now called heavy metal, hard rock, classic rock, until the economic power was too much to ignore. We did ‘freeform’ radio which meant that we played anything we wanted to, in any order, but we did work to keep the quality high. Now some few stations at odd hours, or now satellite radio play “lost tracks” that are especially good songs which didn’t become hits, and hence didn’t get played to death. Friends, colleagues, and me actually played mostly lost tracks but way before the term was coined. There is really tons of great stuff out there, which I expect you all know, and you can just see “classical’ music being born, sort of like Bach and Beethoven in their time. I enjoy this post because people mostly stay away from hostility and simply discuss and argue about this beautiful form of sonic pleasure. “What a long strange trip it’s been.” And continues to be.

  20. Orlick says:

    Indie might even be over, 1995-200?
    whats the new genre going to be called. Please dont let it be emo.

  21. ekko says:

    The people who voted are my readers. I didn’t ask for ages.

    This is what they picked. How can any “best of” list really be the “best”? I mean, Stairway to Heaven is good and all, but is it really the best rock song in history?

  22. dmanx says:

    first comment: a great amount of effort must have gone into this list, my compliments.

    second: age, an old fart, I’m over fifty

    third: very interesting to read ither people’s comments. “theo” makes a significant point with his opinions of colleeg radio in the ’80s. most of these stations, along with their opinions, were shunned and mocked and laughed at by the “establishment” radio moguls.

    remember, whether you like them, hate them, or don’t care, the effect of college radio will not be denied, or even ignored for that matter.

    WBCN, Boston, has underdone many changes, again, good or bad?, but it started as “Boston College Network”

    Many of these stations had and continue to have “daytime only” licenses, yet they had and have a loyal following and continue to thrive.

    my point? don’t give up, persevere, and you’ll succeed. God bless and thanks for listening

  23. theo says:

    Thx, dmanx, et al; Gotta luv U guyz ‘n galz. This is a great discussion. My involvement in college radio was full time. No pay. First WRPI (Rensselear Polytechnic Institute) was a 500 watt FM broadcasting from a homemade “basketball hoop” in the sixties until some of the geeks there discovered an open frequency, applied to the FCC and got licensed to do 10,000 watts full-time stereo FM. A local defunct TV station donated its 700 foot tower to the school and the staff had state-of-the-art antennas installed, got a new transmitter and microwave link to the studio, and started in ’69. This non-commercial station played the hard rock, folk rock, Zeppelin, Hendrix, Doors, Beatles, J Tull, Byrds, Mahavishnu Orchrestra etc etc and the likes of Steeleye Span, Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention and pre Stevie Fleetwood Mac (Brit) etc which couldn’t be heard anywhere else in the area. We ‘broke’ albums like Bruce’s “greetings from asbury park NJ” and outrated the commercial “pop top 40” stations and were even played in mall sound systems. Not too far away is the 50,000 watt WBRU (Brown Univ, RI) which sells commercials but was and is one of strongest and most influential student operated college stations in the US. These 2 stations are exceptions I’m familiar with. There was also a Philly station out of Temple U ? (I’ve forgotten the call letters), and WFMU, East Orange NJ (Michael Kuskuna’s legendary “Cocaine Karma”) which carried into NYC. Unfortunately, commercial forces have made stations such as WBCN, WABX Detroit, and countless more go to “modern rock” and tighten up their playlists and become very dull. Even the big “classic rock” stations during the day playlist very few tracks. Just as in TV, predictability sells. But the music loving public is not to be denied. Thats why IPODS and custom CDs are so popular. Of course we did the same with cassettes in past years, putting together “mixes” which keep ones interest. I will sign off for now and take all your suggestions to look for more “indie” music. Just as in films, the most imaginative stuff seems to come from the indies. Bless ’em!

  24. ekko says:

    So, we’ve got Bleach, Smash, and Postal Service. Anybody got a source for what’s the bestseller?

  25. Tanny says:

    How is it possible for not one early Flaming Lips album to be on this list????

  26. dimsy says:

    best of all time? i have major problems with this list. surprised yo la tengo’s and then nothing isn’t up there. or perhaps a galaxie 500 or even the feelies…. wedding present anyone? this list is terrible.

  27. frank says:

    Does it matter what it´s called? It is a fine list of music that obviously many people like. And if you like other music more…good, and probably post it so other people will know.
    As for a new post, I´d be extremely interested in a list sort of:
    “….whatever I like to listen to dancing around naked in my bedroom…”
    (but that might not be indie labels…)

  28. vanillaqueen says:

    Jayzus! Look up the word “boring” in a dictionary of your choice, and you’ll find this list. A bunch of whiny young men (& a few women) with electric guitars. And the exact reason why “indie rock” is such an incredibly uninteresting genre.

  29. elizabeth says:

    Great list and cool tunes, thanks! I’ve got to hand it to you and the other blogs that post various lists: Even if readers don’t agree with all the entries, you make it possible for us to understand why the entry is included. Sure beats the heck out of VH1 and other MSM “lists.” You know, the ones that always have Nirvana in position number one, followed by entries that make little or no sense. They should take notes.

    For future reference the MSM has coined a new term for the indie music blogosphere. Consider yourself a member of the “Bloggerati.”

  30. JoggerDog says:

    I agree with E.T. I discovered Cricket, My Brightest Diamond, and Division Day because of you, and I love ’em all.

  31. Salmonspartan says:

    Calling Interpol sellouts makes you look like a poorly educated twat. Death Cab signed to a bigger label then capitol and still made a good record in plans. Elliot Smith put some of his best work on “sellout” matt damon movie sound tracks.

    Interpol has put out two records that were top 2-3 records of the year, and turn on the bright lights is one of the best records of the last 20 years. Making it easy to find there new album for everyone, not just indie people is smart.

    ahd who the fuck said that that the pixes are underrated? let me guess. you don’t like the beatles, you think that only posers like radiohead and you prefer bauhaus to the cure or joy division. stop trying to be different.

    and “Give Up” is the SECOND best selling album in sub-pop history. It’s sold 650,000, but nirvana still wins by a bit.

    if you want to be a pain about it, maverick is technically not a a major label as it’s artist owned, so Jagged Little Pill is the best selling indie record of all time. or lauren hill, of ruffhouse records, which is no question every bit as indie as epitaph, sold millions. smash would be third-ish if that’s all considered.

  32. Sarah says:

    This is a great list. I’m really into Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service, Modest Mouse, Interpol, and Arcade Fire. However, I’m a little sad to see that nothing by The Shins made the list! Their albums “Oh Inverted World,” “Chutes Too Narrow,” and new this year “Wincing the Night Away” are all amazing if you’re into the indie music scene. If you’ve seen Zach Braff’s film Garden State then you’ll recognize two of their tracks (‘Caring is Creepy’ and ‘New Slang’) from their first album “Oh Inverted World.” With their new album “Wincing the Night Away” they have finally made it to the radio here in Toronto, Ontario with the single “Phantom Limb.” They played a sold out Show at the Kool Haus in Toronto on March 17th which was easily the best concert I’ve seen in a long time! I suggest giving The Shins a listen!

  33. ekko says:


    How do you REALLY feel? I totally agree that Interpol has every right to be signed, and I actually liked Plans more than any other DCFC album. Frankly, I’m not sure why I wrote that Interpol were “sell outs” and I’m sorry I did. I may edit the post. It was probably in a fit of pique because I now cannot review their stuff. Major labels have this thing about blogs.

    As for your other comments, I get them (despite the fact that they are unnecessary ad hominem, hostile and rude, and I suspect that you, not I, sound more like an “uneducated” female member as a result of using such terminology.

    As is evident from the comments above, many of us have slightly different definitions of “indie.” For me, it means that the band’s label doesn’t sue through the RIAA. Ruffhouse does, Epitaph doesn’t. It’s that simple.

  34. bsd987 says:

    Aeroplane is both one of the best and one of the worst albums ever made. Yes, it is quite possibly the best release of the 1990s, but it has also revolutionized independent music much to the worse. Of Montreal wouldn’t even sell 1 copy of their last few albums if this were 20 years ago because, quite honestly, it would have been trashed by every critic. But because of NMH, of Montreal is actually one of the better independent bands out there. It should not be this way.

    NMH and Sunny Day Real Estate, two amazing bands, have ruined independent music because of so many bands trying to imitate them and watering down the music in the process.

    Anyway, Aeroplane isn’t rock so it should not be on this list at all, but that’s a different story.

  35. bigtimetopbanana says:

    your blogosphere is distinctly brooklyn……. no Fall, Stone Roses, Buzzcocks, Smiths, Nick Drake, Bjork, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus & Mary Chain, Oasis, Verve, Libertines, or Joy Division? Jeez….. sorry if I’m not being constructive, but Neutral Milk Hotel v My Bloody Valentine? Not even close.

    Manchester has been the epicenter for Indie music for the last thirty years… any one would think it was the corner of Bedford and 4th….

  36. earache says:

    “Congratulations to NMH. I don’t have this album (yet), but I’ve heard it in college a bunch a times, and I promise to get it.” You finished college 6 years before this album was released – or did you go back for another BA? Or fudging your age…? Hmm… Drop me a line.

  37. ekko says:

    How can I drop you a line if you don’t leave your e-mail?

    And where do you get a theory about my age from?

  38. drum says:

    fucking sufjan stevens and the postal service in the same group as pavement and sonic youth? you make me want to neck punch you.

  39. lauren says:

    actually, i find sufjan stevens and postal service to be an excellent choice

    it’s a shame you forgot bright eyes.

  40. CWaDD says:

    This is the worst list ever. The guy writing it (apparently) doesn’t even know shit about indie rock. I mean, it’s obvious from reading it that he didn’t put it together himself, but still he’s like I’ve never heard this one, or I don’t own this one, or I think this one sucks. What a fucking waste.

  41. giramondu says:

    a list like any others… what about the smiths, joy division, peter murphy, echo & the bunnymen, the cure in seventeen seconds, dream syndicate, bith magnet, dEUS, stone roses, this mortal coil…. modern indie rock was conceived by the velvet underground, implemented by sonic youth and their fellows in the 80’s and finally rebuilt by bands like arcade fire and the postal service in the last years…

  42. cochise says:

    i think that lifted by bright eyes should be on here. that album is freaking amazing. it just hits every emotion on the spectrum.
    i like the list though, for the most part.

  43. John says:

    woahhhh no bright eyes or the smiths?

    good list though. the album i would put for bright eyes would be I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning…lifted is a little too winey although about half of the album is very good.

    the smiths debut is one of the best albums and they influenced everyone!

    i agree with another person that the shins new album (or their debut ) should be on here

    the list is very good though!

  44. Joe says:

    I think we all know Goo is the best indy album ever made i think sonic youth pritty much define indy.

    i love sonic youth

  45. Angie says:

    In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is a brilliant album. Probably one of my favourites.

  46. Eric says:

    Hmmm I think Radiohead and the Shins deserved a spot somewhere on here.
    But great list.

  47. John says:

    ^I wouldn’t really consider Radiohead indie…

  48. superdick says:

    Bright Eyes fuckin sucks, you people needto shut up it doesn’t deserve to be on the fuckin list. BY the way the best MM album is Moon and Antarctica and 2 other albums made the list, just goes to show how strong MM is. I’m happy to see Fugazi get a spot, repeated is an incredible fucking album, I still listen to it on a consistant basis after 15 fucking years, fucking incredible. SUck a sock you jerk offs, you fucks don’t know shit. suck it.

  49. superdick says:

    by the way, fucking Ween deserves a spot on every list of everything ever fucking made. Anyways, fuck you all.

  50. superdick says:

    how in the fuck is nuetral milk hotel even on this fucking list? They are fucking aweful. You people are idiots.

  51. shoebrush101 says:

    Why would you be ashamed to put Bloc Party on the list, they’ve write such good music, beautiful lyrics as well.

  52. ekko says:

    Obviously, I agree with you, Shoebrush, but most indie fans would probably say that the album isn’t as good as, say, Slint.

  53. PCH says:

    No GBV? Total disgrace. Alien Lanes and Bee Thousand should both be on this list…

  54. Dayton, OH says:

    What PCH said.

  55. ekko says:

    Yeah? Well then both of you should have voted!

  56. superdick says:

    you stupid fucks dont know shit so just shut the fuck up.

  57. ekko says:


    Who are you talking to?

  58. Jens Lekamn says:

    nice list. i dont understand the cult status with bands like sonic youth. the cd surely didn’t blow my mind, nor does the band.

    I think the list would be different if the author knew more bands. nada surf “let go” if anyone even gave it a listen, and let it completely grow on them, their minds would be blown.

    i also think there needs to be room made for the shins on the list.

    to resolve the discussion about 2007s best album, i will have to say that the shins nor les savy fav deserve that honor. have you not listened to GAGAGAGAGA? the new spoon album has become better and better every time i listen to it and its simply flawless. switching a track on that cd is almost impossible.

  59. therenovator says:

    He shmukko–the “author” was a bunch of people who voted–blog author didn’t write this list. Why bother to come to the site if you’re not gonna read it?

  60. barfuelontap says:

    Great to see so many cool bands already there, but I do sorta feel we should have some input from the other side of the Atlantic too. I realise of course that this is all down to not enuff people outside the U.S. voting for these bands, but still…
    dEUS – Worst Case Scenario is one of the most absorbing albums ever!
    Stone Roses – The Stone Roses has several stunning songs on.
    The Cure – Boys don’t Cry and Disintegration are two wonderful albums, full of emotion.
    Also the BuzzCocks deserve a mention, as do the early Muse albums before Warner got their hands on them.
    And a couple of other’s that would get my vote:
    Breeders – Pod is a classic.
    And by the way, The White Stripes best album is without doubt White Blood Cells. End of.

  61. joe says:

    all these bads suck….you guys got a weird sense of music o.0

  62. ekko says:

    and you have a weird sense of spelling.

  63. lord pim hates thursday says:

    my two cents.

    it was nice that you included the minutemen, and pixies twice. but many are left out, and most that are mentioned here would make it seem like alternative music only existed in the past 6 to 8 years. also most of these bands are doing the same thing! not very “alternative”

    what about ramones? what about Roxy Music? what about lots of bands? it’s as though no one ever did anything but weepy acoustic ballads or smarmy teen angst bullshit.

    get a grip on the music world. you’ve only got a pinch of it.

  64. nate says:

    Great blog, but a little international exposure wouldn’t hurt. Yes I realize Arcade fire is from Toronto and Victoria.

  65. SB says:

    I’m getting a bit old, but Sun Records was the greatest indie label. A one man show that had the first recordings of Howlin Wolf. That would be enough, but they also recorded BB King, Elvis, Jerry lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl perkins, Charlie Rich and others. The label only lasted a decade or so. It’s influence is still reverbrating loud and clear.

  66. Chiggers Dudley says:

    Obviously this list was made by people born in the 80s and 90s (for the most part). One of the great things of NOT voting (the local newspaper never told me where to vote) is that I can go on this site and be an indie snob equal with all of you. Bands I would have included would be
    Camper Van Beethoven (Key Lime Pie)
    The Jesus Lizard (Liar)
    Whiskeytown (Faithless Street)
    Uncle Tupelo (all of their albums)
    The Blue Rags (Eat at Joe’s)
    Brian Jonestown Massacre (Give it Back)
    The Decemberists (I’m gonna have to go with Crane’s Wife)
    The Essex Green (Cannibal Sea or Long Goodbye)
    Beachwood Sparks (s/t and Once We Were Trees)
    Mudhoney (pick an album)
    The Mekons (Fear and Whiskey)
    M Ward (Transfiguration of…)
    Marah (20,000 Street..)
    The Minus Five (Down With Wilco)
    Mojave 3 (Puzzles Like You or Spoon and Rafter)
    Ryan Adams (stuff on Bloodshot and Lost Highway)
    The Sleepy Jackson (Lovers is album that sticks with me though lyrically it’s inane); The Volebeats (sky and the ocean and Mosquito Spiral are excellent albums)
    The Wrens (Silver – is indie rock 101)
    Fiery Furnaces (pick any of their albums though many skip Rehearsing my Choir)
    New Pornographers (you all know them – I pick Mass Romantic)
    Shudder to Think (Get your Goat) — maybe too emo for some
    Laura Veirs (Carbon Glacier – fans of Modest Mouse will like this)

    I can’t include: the Butthole Surfers to save you indie kings and queens a headache; Band of Bees (close – they are the adult Ween); The Frames (also close); Bobby Bare Jr. (Young Criminals is close); The Lemonheads (grew out of their stuff on Taang); Waco Brothers (too consistently country); Langhorne Slim (too new); Magnetic Fields (69 love songs or “i” is close); Old 97’s (close); Sparklehorse (It’s a Wonderful Life is close – though may be on major); Stereolab (emperor tomato ketchup is a good album and a definite college rock album); The Thrills (I’m a sucker for So Much for the City though too embarrassed to put in top 25); The Meat Puppets (early SST sides are interesting); Granddaddy (close)

    And of course I have to at least mention Sebahoh, Archers of Loaf, Superchunk, Guided by Voices, The Posies, Dinosaur Jr., Young Fresh Fellows, Braniac, Arcwelder, Urge Overkill, Teenage Fanclub,

  67. steve says:

    wolf parade-apologies to the queen mary should be on there.
    its only about two years old but if you havent heard you should check it out

  68. francescop1 says:

    death cab for cutie – we have the facts is the greatest album of all time.

  69. Konrad says:

    I actually really liked this list. I never like lists like these, but I agree with it for the most part. People have pointed out some noticeable exclusions, but they always will on lists like this (which should be the point, I guess).

    I believe that Page France and Two Gallants will be on this list in 5 years.

  70. migilgi says:

    My vote to include Stone Roses debut album. It seems a “last years best indie albums”with someexceptions (great Pavement!). An “ever” list should include more from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s& even before. Some classics today were indie’s then (Ramones, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, Talking heads, Patti Smith, etc). Nice job anyway to discuss largely.

    Examples: Patti Smith – Horses 1975, Suicide 1977, Ramones debut 1976, Smiths- Queen is dead 1986, The pogues -If I..1988, Cowboy Junkies – trinity session 1988, J&M Chain – Darklands 1987 & many others from Nick Cave, Teenage Fanclub, Radiohead,da,da,da…

  71. skyharness says:

    No Smiths or Stone Roses?!?!?! A worthless list without their inclusion.

  72. Bacon (is my dog) says:

    Modest Mouse – Lonesome Crowded West changed my life. I listened to that album for, really, a year straight. It happened for all of us, with one album or another. Some of us, it was the Beatles, and some of us it was Archers of Loaf (I am more inclined toward the Crooked Fingers), and for a whole new group it is going to be N.I.N. (again…).

    Keep in mind, that although your top album may not have been honored the way you would have liked by the voters in this list, it is no less special to you. Similar to the way you are always special to your mom, but your favorite album is probably not going to cut the crusts off your grilled cheese…

    Oh, yeah, I guess if anyone finds an album that will cut of the crusts off my grilled cheese let me know. I gotta have it (unless it is Linkin Park – in that case I will cut my own crusts).

    Good list man!

  73. BVan says:


  74. TdotTim says:

    Interesting list. Made for a good playlist or 2. The one band that I feel like I should like from what I read but I can’t seem to get into is The Hold Steady. They are similar in style to some other music I like, they get rave reviews from all the right places…yet I still don’t get it…but I’m trying. I think my biggest issue is the singer. Vocals are a key for me with most bands, and I have never really liked singers who talk most of the time instead of singing. That seems to be my issue so far. But I’m not giving up on them yet. Listening to them makes me want to throw on Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket or even Kings of Leon.

    As for some of the others: I always heard people ranking Slanted as the best Pavement album but I always like Crooked better. Goo is actually my favorite Sonic Youth record, as a couple of others have said as well. And Sufjan I cannot get into in the least. Love Arcade Fire but it’s ranked high now because it’s the most recent big thing in indyland. It will drop with time. I actually much preferred Clap Your Hands Say Yeah overall. LOVE that album!

  75. Chris says:

    OMG!! NMH!! Only u and Magnet put it at #1. And i think it would be my choice too. The rest I may have sum arguments with (as would most) but I respect the list and am glad u published it.

    Thanks for this!!

  76. jeff says:

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor…. denied?

  77. Ryan says:

    How can you not have My Bloody Valentine on this list?

  78. Elias says:

    That is no the correct track list for Neutral Milk Hotel.
    Most of those songs were not even on the record

  79. fuzzy says:

    no oasis?????????

  80. myke says:

    i dont think MBV was considered independent, didn’t Loveless bankrupt someones label?
    Nobody should ever say anything bad about Areoplane over the Sea, And I was hoping to see Eliott smith mentioned more here

  81. Hmmmm...? NO WAY says:

    I haven’t seen the list because it has been removed but judging by the comments it is the shittest indie list ever made. Any “greatest” list, albums or bands, should have the inclusion of The Stone Roses and The Smiths. If it doesn’t then you are wasting your time. Fact not opinion.

  82. roxette says:

    hey for me the beatles are greatest rock band of all time
    thats all thank
    you say beatles
    i say beatles number one
    my favorite song hey jude
    A day in the life

  83. ndlover says:

    ok serriously, no Vampire Weekend or MGMT, come on, what type of list is this?

  84. someone says:

    MGMT? WTF? Man some kids need to get a clue.

  85. Crapmaster says:

    are you kidding me? arcade fire is got to be in my top ten bands period

  86. Sandy Cooper says:

    I just wanted to say that I found your site via Goolge and I am glad I did. Keep up the good work and I will make sure to bookmark you for when I have more free time away from the books. Thanks again!

  87. Stefan says:

    Where is Green Day’s “Kerplunk”?!

  88. Rockero says:

    Hello Everybody
    I Guess Is kings of leaon
    What Do U Think Abouit Them
    Are There Any Groups Like kings Of Leon styl Of Indie Rock Aternative
    Have A Gd Times

  89. Isaac says:

    I think Coldplay’s parachutes and rush of blood to the head are the 2 best indie
    albums in the world!!!

  90. Sam hunt says:

    aeroplane over the sea by neutral milk hotel. the moon and Antarctica by modest mouse and on avery island by neutral milk hotel

  91. Erick says:

    The absolute best “Indie” bands ever was Pink Floyd! your do called Indie bands are still light years behind them. Give Atom Heat Mother, or meddle, a listen then try to convince me what passes today for music holds you? They didn’t
    t need vulgar language our innuendo to make a song that well be remembered for as long as my generation lives and a few of our kids will remember

    our kids know the difference between music adisposable music

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