Indie Song Of The Summer 2012

What makes for a solid summer song? It’s an ontological discussion scholars far more astute and nerdy than us have debated since time immemorial, or at least since 1981. And what even defines a song as indie? Yikes that’s a fun one. Honestly though, stop thinking so hard. It’s summer now, and so it is time to get loose, and decide which indie banger to canonize as the representative soundtrack for your summer of looseness and bad decisions. Because it’s important to have a trigger to recall them later in life, in awkward situations, when you least expect it. And maybe that’s what really defines a good summer song: A song capable of bottling up this year’s mood, and then make your kids feel weird when you play it for them in dewy eyed reminiscence years later. Choose it wisely — you’re stuck with it forever. No pressure! Fun forever! Now, let’s do it together. Like a family.

Here’s how it’s gonna work: Name your top candidate(s) in the comments, and once a few prospective contenders have emerged, we’ll make an official shortlist (next week) and vote on it like Obama. It’s democracy in action! A democracy in which Gotye is absolutely exiled.

There will be only one winner, but there are a lot of worthy contenders. To get you started, consider these:

Does M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” qualify if it came out in Q1? Maybe, maybe not. Does Usher’s “Climax” qualify because it is so good but also how is that possibly indie? Good point. Although his recent cover of last year’s winner suggests he’s campaigning. Shrewd dude.

Anyway — democracy. Write in your vote. Do it for summer, do it for forever. Let’s go!

POLL: Vote For The Indie Song Of The Summer 2012

Comments (336)
  1. Fuck these songs, Pumped Up Kicks will be the song of every summer forever.

    • Pretty sure he meant that sarcastically people…

    • So did people who downvoted me not realize I was joking or was my joke just terrible?

      Anywho… from this list “The Full Retard” edges out “The House That Heaven Built” and “I’ve Seen Footage” for me.

      A ton of good suggestions below, one I didn’t see was “Make up your Mind” by Here We Go Magic.

      • you might not be so far off there. according to the popular radio station that my office’s secretary listens to all day every day, pumped up kicks is yet again the song of the summer… for the third year in a row. about 5 spins a day, i’d say. that EDM remix of “somebody that i used to know” ain’t doing too bad, either.

        some days, i just don’t know if i can take it anymore.

      • Answer #1.

        I upvoted that shit to help correct the injustice.

        • Yeah but if my initial comment doesn’t have downvotes then my reply won’t make sense.

          Oh well dbr, your heart is in the right place.

          • Looks like you don’t need to worry about that anyway.

            Not sure why the post is getting so much hate; something about it seems to foster the people’s animosity.


          • I got the joke plb!

            I also get the dilemma between El-P & Japandroids. I think you’re just hating on Japandroids band name still ;)

            True Story on The Full Retard (cwatididthar) — Was popping the CD out of my friends girlfriends car and she heard literally 5 seconds of The Full Retard and was jamming out to it. So yeah, that song is infectious.

            I think the overall consensus is “The House That Heaven Built” and I am PERFECTLY fine with that.

          • dbr gets me, but raptor jesus gets me the most

      • Peeps were downvoting you because they totally wanted to make that joke first. : p



  3. Baio – Sunburn Modern

  4. “Tell Her” by Dent May. That whole album, really.

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  6. Hot Chip – Flutes

  7. I Love It, obviously.

  8. “Breezeblocks” by Alt-J

  9. Ab-Soul – Mixed Emotions

  10. To The Lighthouse (Million Young Remix) – Memory House

  11. “The House That Heaven Built” is truly badass.

    “All of Me” by Tanlines is another one I’ve been jamming to a lot this summer.

  12. Gun Has No Trigger – Dirty Projectors

  13. Django Django, random track.

  14. Japandroids! The sound of reckless abandon

  15. Stay Useless by Cloud Nothings.

  16. Death Grips – I’ve seen footage

  17. Icona Pop – I Love It

  18. I guess this came out a couple months ago but shouldnt “The Only Place” by Best Coast be considered?

  19. according to the rules of indie dont we have to wait for the new vampire weekend LP to come out?

  20. Pyramids by Frank Ocean. Easily.

  21. as long as it isn’t that fucking fun. song

  22. major lazer “get free” beats all

  23. grizzly bear – sleeping ute

  24. CITIZENS! reptile

  25. Since “Call Me Maybe” isn’t eligible, I’m gonna go with “The House that Heaven Built”.

  26. Beach House – “Lazuli“

  27. Massive props to “The Full Retard”, and “Lazuli” is my favorite of these, but if I had to pick one for the summer, I’d choose “The House That Heaven Built”.

  28. Japandroids – “The House that Heaven Built” (or “Continuous Thunder” or anything from Celebration Rock)
    El-P – “The Full Retard” (or anything from Cancer 4 Cure)
    Killer Mike – “Big Beast” (or anything from R.A.P. Music)
    The Menzingers – “Good Things”
    Frank Ocean – “Pyramid”

    That’s my playlist.

  29. Poolside – “Slow Down”

  30. Japandroids

  31. The Tallest Man on Earth — 1904

  32. superchunk – this summer

  33. M.I.A. Bad Girls or Major Lazer Get Free are my choices, even if they did come out before summer, they are PURE SUMMER

  34. The House That Heaven Built or mayhaps even The Nights of Wine and Roses, which seems more partyish to me.

  35. Neither Mystikal or Galactic are really indie, but what about when they team up? Cuz “Move Fast” is a ridiculously fun summer song.

  36. RIPPED

  37. King Tuff – “Keep On Movin”

  38. Surprised no one has mentioned Best Coast – The Only Place !

  39. Best Coast – The Only Place alongside Alt-J and the new XX tracks when they make it out.


  41. Major Lazer – Get Free!

  42. Matthew Dear – Her Fantasy!

  43. Icona Pop – I Love It, everything about is brilliant

  44. I don’t care when it came out, Spiritualized’s “So Long You Pretty Thing” is my song of the summer.

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    • Good. Now pick one.

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  46. Japandroid’s House That Heaven Built had my vote the very second I heard it

  47. Something from the Lemonade album. Big Changes?

  48. Tanlines “All of Me”. That whole album oozes summer. Japandroids for all the same reasons be in different ways.

  49. Purity Ring – Obedear

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