Indie Songs Of The Summer 2001-2011

Scott Lapatine | June 16, 2011 - 10:22 am

On Friday we posted an Internet list of the last thirty years of Songs Of The Summer to shed some (sun)light on what makes a jam huge this time of year. Turns out many of you disagreed with that pop-leaning chronology, probably because this is an indie rock blog, so FAIR ENOUGH. Forget that. Let’s instead survey historical data more relevant in these parts and then pick an “Indie” SOTS.

As a lead up, here’s what I’ve come up with as a list of indie anthems from the past ten summers. It is based on release schedules, chart data, indieness, BBQ-appropriateness, and our memories of which tracks were ubiquitous at the time.

2001: The Strokes – “Last Nite”
2002: The White Stripes – “Fell In Love With A Girl”
2003: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Date With The Night”
2004: The Killers – “Somebody Told Me”
2005: LCD Soundsystem – “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”
2006: Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”
2007: Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.”
2008: MGMT – “Electric Feel”
2009: Phoenix – “Lisztomania”
2010: LCD Soundsystem – “Drunk Girls”

That’s all science fact, but I’m also willing to accept Santigold’s “L.E.S. Artistes” for 2008.

Below are your five most nominated for 2011. Vote for your favorite by 6/29/11 and we’ll reveal the results before Independence Day.

Ices for everyone! (Better luck in the fall, Kreayshawn.)