The Top 10 Indie Electronic Tracks of All Time: a blog about some of the most popular indie electronic tracks over time.
Indie electronic is a genre of alternative music that combines post-punk, elements of rock and dance music. Unlike indie rock, where the “indie” label refers to the music’s DIY ethos and relationship to major labels, the term “indie” in indie electronic has historically been synonymous with alternative dance music or IDM (intelligent dance music). It is also used to describe artists who have signed to independent record labels instead of major ones. The term has been used to describe genres such as synthpop, chiptune, glo-fi among others.
The Top 10 Indie Electronic Tracks of All Time
1. “M83 – Midnight City”
2. “Washed Out – Feel It All Around”
3. “Hot Chip – Boy From School”
4. “Fever Ray – When I Grow Up”
5. “Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle”
6. “Royksopp – What Else Is There?”
7. “Justice – D.A.N.C.E.”
8. “Grizzly Bear – While You Wait For The Others”
9. “The Knife – Silent Shout”
10. “Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire”
Many people know what indie is, but they don’t know the full story of indie electronic. It’s the fusion of two words with separate meaning but together they form the best genre in music history. Indie means that you are free to create anything and electronic means that you use electronic instruments for your music. The two combined form a genre that not many are aware of, and it’s time to change that. We are going to give you a list of the top 10 indie electronic tracks of all time and educate you on this amazing genre.
1. Kid A – Radiohead
2. Oblivion – Grimes
3. Titanium 2 Step – SBTRKT
4. Life Round Here – James Blake/Chance The Rapper
5. Other People – Beach House
6. Yeah Yeah Yeah Song – The Flaming Lips
7. Settle Down – The 1975
8. Move On – Caribou
9. Lightshow – Darkstar
10. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala
In the past few years, dance has come to dominate the pop charts. The Top 40 is now more an EDM playlist than it is a collection of the latest hits from all genres. So, we put together a list of the 10 best indie electronic tracks from the past 15 years.
Number 1: “High For This” by The Weeknd – “High For This” is one of those songs that’s been stuck in my head since it first came out. And it’s not just me; The Weeknd’s debut mixtape, House of Balloons, has become a cult classic among fans of both indie and electronic music. It’s become so popular that it was recently featured in an episode of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black.
Number 2: “Can’t Get Enough” by J Cole – I’m not going to lie; this is one of the most underrated songs of all time. I’m not sure why it hasn’t gotten more attention over the years, but it deserves to be on this list because it deserves to be heard. It’s a beautiful song about love and loss that will leave you wanting more.
Number 3: “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa – If you’re looking for a song that will make you cry
Number 10: “O Superman” by Laurie Anderson is an electronic song that was released in 1981, and was the breakout hit from her debut album Big Science.
Number 9: “Tubular Bells” Mike Oldfield’s epic instrumental composition that he wrote, arranged and produced when he was only 19 years old.
Number 8: “Tomorrow Never Knows” The Beatles’ last single to be released using a mono mix is also their most overtly psychedelic single.
Number 7: “Six Underground” by Sneaker Pimps is the lead track from their debut album Becoming X in 1996.
Number 6: “The Robots” by German electronic band Kraftwerk, released on their 1978 album The Man-Machine.
Number 5: “Crimewave” by Crystal Castles is the first single from their eponymous debut studio album.
Number 4: “The Only Shining Light” by Electrelane, taken from their fourth studio album No Shouts, No Calls in 2007.
Number 3: “Left Hand Free” alt-J’s second single from their album This Is All Yours.
Number 2: “Three Changes”s the fifth track on Radiohead’s 1994 EP My Iron Lung.
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1. “Shot in the Back of the Head” by Moby
Moby’s “Shot in the Back of the Head” is a prime example of what an artist can accomplish with minimalism. Featuring only a drum machine, piano and Moby’s own vocals (for a total of four tracks), this track achieves more than many songs with twenty times as many instruments ever could. While there are no lyrics, the track still succeeds in conveying emotion through Moby’s use of his own voice to create haunting vocal melodies.
2. “I Follow Rivers” by Lykke Li
Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers” may have reached mainstream success after it was featured on one of Nokia’s television commercials, but it’s easy to see why. The song features a minimal beat, forgoing any drums in favor of using simple bass and synth lines to create an atmosphere that is both dark and yet somehow danceable at the same time. This is only enhanced by Li’s ethereal vocals and lyrics, which manage to be both simplistic and profound simultaneously: “I’m your holy fool / Oh, I’m your holy fool.”
3. “Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit
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1. Grimes – Oblivion
2. Purity Ring – Obedear
3. Glass Animals – Gooey
4. Flume – Say It (featuring Tove Lo)
5. SBTRKT – Wildfire (featuring Little Dragon)
6. Majid Jordan – A Place Like This
7. Caribou – Sun (Extended Version)
8. XXYYXX – About You
9. Com Truise – Colorvision
10. M83 – Midnight City