XFM and NME have joined forces to bring you their user poll, counting down the 50 greatest anthems in indie rock (criteria? your guess is as good as ours). You could try and guess which band delivered the #1 single … or you could take the over/under on the number of Oasis tracks to make the cut, which we’ve set at 5. Good luck!

50 My Bloody Valentine – ’You Made Me Realise’
49 The Rapture – ’House Of Jealous Lovers’
48 Sonic Youth – ’Bull In The Heather’
47 The Libertines – ’Up The Bracket’
46 Dinosaur Jr – ’Freak Scene’
45 The La’s – ’There She Goes’
44 The Stone Roses – ’Love Spreads’
43 Suede – ’Animal Nitrate’
42 The Cribs – ’Hey Scenesters’
41 Blur – ’Parklife’
40 Klaxons – ’Golden Skans’

39 Oasis – ’Champagne Supernova’
38 Pixies – ’Gigantic’
37 Kasabian – ’LSF’
36 Kaiser Chiefs – ’I Predict A Riot’
35 Pixies – ’Monkey Gone To Heaven’
34 Radiohead – ’Just’
33 The Killers – ’Mr Brightside’
32 The Stone Roses – ’Fool’s Gold’
31 Oasis – ’Cigarettes & Alcohol’
30 Manic Street Preachers – ’A Design For Life’
29 Arcade Fire – ’Rebellion (Lies)’
28 Pavement – ’Cut Your Hair’
27 Oasis -’ Wonderwall’
26 Radiohead – ’Creep’
25 Oasis – ’Supersonic’
24 Babyshambles – ’Fuck Forever’
23 The Gossip – ’Standing In The Way Of Control’
22 The Breeders – ’Cannonball’
21 The Smiths – ’Panic’
20 Joy Division – ’Transmission’
19 Joy Divison – ’Love Will Tear Us Apart’
18 The Verve – ’Bitter Sweet Symphony’
17 The Stone Roses – ’I Wanna Be Adored’
16 Franz Ferdinand – ’Take Me Out’
15 Blur – ’Song 2′
14 Oasis – ’Don’t Look Back In Anger’
13 The Libertines – ’Can’t Stand Me Now’
12 The Stone Roses – ’She Bangs The Drums’
11 The Smiths – ’This Charming Man’
10 Arctic Monkeys – ’I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
09 The Strokes – ’Last Nite’
08 The Stone Roses – ’I Am The Resurrection’
07 The Smiths – ’How Soon Is Now?’
06 The Libertines – ’Time For Heroes’
05 The Libertines – ’Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
04 The Smiths – ’There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’
03 Pulp – ’Common People’
02 Nirvana – ’Smells Like Teen Spirit’
01 Oasis – ’Live Forever’

The overs have it. Thank god we’re not a casino.

Comments (131)
  1. kristen  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    wheres my k-fed cd?

  2. In your car?

  3. great list….i get most of the new indie stuff i hear from suggestions on stereogum and this indie show i listen to on the radio. http://orock1059.com/pages/79590.php

  4. annie onymous  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0



    horrible list. but what did i expect?

  5. Julie  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    I love how 20 songs or so has been from less than 6-7 years ago.

  6. Ron  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    Take Klaxons off this list immediately!!

  7. settledownbrown  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    what a shitty list

  8. James  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    Two Pixies songs but no “Debaser”? Every time I hear the opening bass-line I want to run around, pump my fist, and scream. On a personal note, as of last weekend I have successfully grown up to be a debaser.

  9. dabea  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    there’s quite the many number of Oasis songs up on there.

  10. Iagree  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    Yep, “Debaser” should be in the top 3 easily.

  11. How UNBELIEVABLY out of place is Cut Your Hair on that list?! hahahahaha

  12. wtf – i love how indie is considered an aesthetic (a poorly defined one at that), rather than a mode of production.

    Indie-pendence in a critical sense should be derived from a DIY, anti-consumerist ethos and devoid of commericial interests and corporate infrastructure.

  13. What the bloody, puckering hemorhoid is up with all the damned Oasis?!

    Jeez, it’s like the carnival game where you shoot water in the clown’s mouth and the balloon inflates and pops above it – only in this case, it’s the juice the Brit Press keeps popping off in the mouth of the collective Gallagher.

    Hey, maybe if their egos super-inflate, their heads will explode…


    Keep up the good work, Brit Press!!


    • Matthew  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2009 0

      To be honest, the NME hate Oasis. Have you read all their stuff lately – all they ever do is slag them off these days. But, however, they’re being unbiased because Oasis in their day pissed all over every band in the 90s – even Nirvana.

  14. kyle  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    british magazine puts too much substandard british music on best of list. news at ten.

  15. mike  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    Why don’t they just throw every Libertines song ever on there.. Shit list.

  16. James  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    Just came to me, New Pornographers anyone?



  18. and how the fudge is ‘i bet that you look good on the dance floor’ a goddamn anthem????????

  19. But is not Oasis the greatest British band since the Beatles? Can we not vote on this?!

    Isn’t the point of making a list to have a good variety of bands and acts exhibited to prove that your musical taste is both broad and well developed?

  20. ryan adams  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    no bloc party?

  21. Thimas  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    How is there only one Sonic Youth song on there? And how is Nirvana indie?

    • Scott  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2009 0

      At least Nirvana were signed to Sub Pop for 2 years. Half the other bands have only been on major labels

  22. pearl  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    i love klaxons. but they shouldn’t be on this list, no no no.

  23. Will  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    Yeah yeah I understand the criticism, but first off indie is a term that has changed and outgrown its original definition (Like the whole english language!) second this is a list that emcumbers you’re average filthy (I mean that in a good way) indie club from the last few years, being as it tends to be young people that are passionate about this kind of thing were your older person, though still nostalgically passionate does’nt really bother with “lists” and dark clubs were snakebite is omnipresent anymore! just to emphasise this point: it’s a list made from NME & XFM, what did you expect? But like I said before, as far as small dark indie discos up and down england go this list is fairly accurate, apart from oasis!

  24. Thimas:
    Yeah, I wondered how Nirvana made the indie list, too.

    And yes, Dave, Oasis is a pretty cool band, even though five songs on this list is overkill. Indie used to have a small group of followers. Now it’s totally cool to love indie, which kind of takes away the point. But I still love stuff on both sides of the line. And where’s The Revs? If you want indie, there you go.

  25. tally-ho  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    Ah, the English. Doncha just love ‘em???

  26. dmarek  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    The Babyshambles over Pavement? Le sigh.

  27. David  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    When the fork did Oasis become Indie?

    And no “Bastards of Young”?

  28. I can’t believe they got away with as few Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys songs as they did, judging from their other oh-so-strategically-chosen top picks.

  29. B-rad  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    They should re-name this list “Top 50 Oasis Songs”…seeing as there on the list like 15 f-ckin times.

  30. Justin  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    i hate the word “indie” it’s so overused. The whole god damn hipster world is “indie”. What does it all mean?? Nothing at all.

  31. Mehdi  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    Two libertines songs ahead of “How Soon is Now”? are you kidding me? what a fucking joke. Melody Maker was always a better paper that that fucking shit rag.

  32. Dave  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    God bless nirvana! the true pioneers of indie rock…

    worst list ever

  33. Vyral  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    Teenage Riot should top this list at least be on it!

  34. mago  |   Posted on May 3rd, 2007 0

    While I don’t agree with much on this list (at ALL), it is, in fact a legit ‘INDIE’ list. All of these records were released in the UK on ‘indie’ labels;

    The Smiths and The Strokes on Rough Trade, Oasis on Creation, Blur on Food, Franz Ferdinand on Domino, Joy Division on Factory, Pixies and The Breeders on 4AD… anyway you get the idea.

    Pretty much every popular UK ‘indie’ band gets snapped up by a major here in the US, which is why this looks decidedly non-indie.

    It still sucks, though…

  35. I think they nailed it with certain songs, like “Fuck Forever”, “Common People” and “Rebellion (Lies)” – some of the best songs to jiggle about to on obligatory “indie” nights at the student union. I don’t care if they’re not technically indie. They’re just fucking good songs. I just want to know where “E-Pro” is on the list.

    …the Oasis love *is* inexplicable, though.

  36. glenbruce  |   Posted on May 4th, 2007 0

    ok now, what the @#$% is indie?

    because oasis aint it.

  37. If they have to put 3 Libertines (1 babyshambles that dude goes out with kate moss dudes! dudes!) songs, 2 oasis songs and other multiple repetitions then this list obviously sucks and NME should kill its own balls off. SUCK MY TITS NME SUCK MY FUCKIN TITS

  38. settledownbrown  |   Posted on May 4th, 2007 0

    ot, that dungen ad is nearly making me vom.

  39. I swear the English are self-adored pre-madonnas.

  40. dannygutters  |   Posted on May 4th, 2007 0

    I think more pete dohety projects should be on this list.

  41. I’m not saying I miss it, but can you really leave “Just Like Heaven” off this list. Seems like the Limeys would want a Cure song on there somewhere.

  42. Mikey T  |   Posted on May 4th, 2007 0

    Bloc Part = 0 Oasis = 5? Come on… And Nirvana? Fuck Off!

  43. This is all so depressing. It’s not even cool to say you like indie anymore. You might as well tell everybody you like the Backstreet Boys. And would it kill them to include lesser-known bands? That’s the true indie stuff. One guy just told me about one – Nu-Matix. They’re awesome.

  44. Bonehead's Bank Holiday...  |   Posted on May 4th, 2007 0

    My head just hurts reading all of these posts. The term INDIE is defined a little differently in the U.S. vs. the UK. I could explain this but I’m not that bothered.
    Oasis have been on an indie label in the UK from day 1 (Creation and now Big Brother). So they basically went on to sell 50 million records as a UK indie band. And yet they will sell out the new Wembley 3, 4?7 times next summer when they choose to do so next. Not bad for a bunch of tossers?
    The list is actually quite relevant if you are standing in a bar in Leeds, Liverpool, Brighton, Bournemouth or god for bid Birmingham. Most of the songs on this list are considered classics in the UK and rightfully so. They have created the musical landscape and shaped the culture for the past 15 + years. This is more that I can say for the production of US bands over this time.
    The UK has ¼ of the population of the US and produces better tunes.
    The NME also breaks bands and does not contain crap gossip columns or have shinny glossy pictures. It would be amazing to have a US equivalent.
    Oh I?m American and Nickelback rules. And if you have not figured it out yet The National suck?

  45. d.  |   Posted on May 4th, 2007 0

    “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was released on DGC/Geffen. It is, essentially, the definitive moment where Indie had been sold out on a popular level (other than, say, “Goo” from Sonic Youth). Anyway, it was never released on an indie label, even in the UK.

    Genre speaking, it would have made more sense to include early Green Day from Outlook! than Nivana from DGC.

    I’m thinking… “Knowledge” or “Welcome to Paradise”.

    Shit list. Hardly newsworthy. May as well have called it “Stone Roses vs. Smiths = Oasis”.

  46. I think “Just Like Heaven” was left off to make room for another fucking Oasis song. I mean, I get it, I thought Oasis was pretty rockin’ for a couple of months in 1995, but dayum I woke up and smelled the joke eventually.

  47. Eh. Saying Oasis are on an indie label are about as insightful as saying Nine Inch Nails or New Order are on indie labels, and for the same reason.

  48. Nope, not this time. You’re not gonna get me all riled up NME! Consider yourself shunned!

  49. Hey Bonehead’s Bank Holiday: Yeah, Nickelback does rule (oh I’m probably gonna really get it for that – they’re kind of out of good graces right now for some strange reason. But I will always like their music no matter what.)

  50. i love lists. they let me know who’s the best, and also who’s not quite so good.

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