The Best Indie Rock Songs of 2014

The Best Indie Rock Songs of 2014


 Indie Rock is a genre that emerged in England however it has a grip firmly in international culture as well.  It has evolved from a band rebelling from the heavy-handed by a major record label to a distinctive sound.  For a band to become very large and stay independent can be hard.  Artists are smarter nowadays and read record contracts before signing them. A band that has a great sound can get recognized through the internet and all media methods.  There has been a resurgence of lo-fi sound and there are also strides being made in electronic indie rock.  A lot of the songs deal with love, some are just fun, and all are the best songs looking back at 2014.

12. King And Cross by Ásgeir Ásgeir is an Islandic singer-songerwriter and   He toured with Hozier.  While the video is like an interpretative dance version of Game of Thrones.  The song is an ethereal, fun song.

11. Heart Is a Drum by Beck B

eck won the Grammy for Album of The Year for Morning Phase.  This track is a great representation of the entire album.  It is a timeless song.  Beck proves that Pharrell Williams is not the only who likes cool hats.  Just watch the video for Heart is a Drum

10. Wait for Me by Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon are known for their hits “Use Somebody” and “Sex On Fire”.  This track is a bit slower and more methodic.  Kings of Leon is a band from Tennessee comprised of three Followill brothers and their cousin with the same surname.

9.  Step by Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend was formed when the members met while attending Columbia University.  The band has incorporated world music sounds into their music.  The name Vampire Weekend came from a short film that Ezra Koenig worked on in the summer before sophomore year in college.

8. Mess Is Mine by Vance Joy Born James Keogh and taking the stage name is Vance Joy is an Australian singer-songwriter.  Taylor Swift recently covered his song “Riptide”.  “Mess Is Mine” is a sweet love song perfect for a weekend of love.  The video is an interesting journey of a polar bear.

7. Red Eyes by The War on Drugs T

he War on Drugs has a timeless sound similar to a combination of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen with a synthesizer all mixed in.  The War on Drugs is a band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

6. From Eden by Hozier

Andrew Hozier-Byrne is monomously known as Hozier.  He has exploded onto the world with his social message video “Take Me To Church”.  Hozier is a singer-songwriter with a pure, mellow sound. His album Hozier is perfect for a weekend with a lover.  The majority of the songs are sweet about falling in and being in love with a person.

5. Shut Up + Dance by Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon is bringing back the amazing decade of the eighties with this catchy tune.  The video is the epitome of bad eighties videos with a group of friends in crazy clothes dancing around.

4. Do You by Spoon

Spoon is a rock band formed in Austin, Texas.  “Do You” is a fun song, full of good vibes.  The video portrays a man who is beat up driving along in a world in havoc.  He has a passenger in the backseat.  At the end, we see who the culprit of the destruction is.

3. These Four Words by The Maine

The Maine is a rock band from Las Vegas.  These Four Words is a testament to breaking up and following one’s heart.  If you hear the melody of the piano from this song on a date, know that what is coming next is not going to be good.

2. Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys

This is the classic song about not moving on from an ex.  This describes the feeling that we get when we second guess a break in a relationship.  The lyrics, “Ever thought of calling when you’ve had a few? ‘Cause I always do, Maybe I’m too busy being yours to fall for someone”.

1. Lampshades on Fire by Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse is an indie rock powerhouse band from Washington, United States.  They have a decade of hits and this song is off their upcoming album.  You cannot sit still when listening to this song.  It makes you want to get up and move to the beat.  That is why it tops the list of best indie rock songs of 2014.