25 Huge Alt-Rock Songs You Loved In 2009

From emo to indie rock, these were the anthems you were rocking out to 10 years ago.

1. Kings of Leon, "Use Somebody"

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Where you most likely heard this song on repeatedly: Everywhere! Literally this song was played non-stop, even on pop stations.

2. Silversun Pickups, "Panic Switch"

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Controversy this song brought up, again: Whether the Silversun Pickups were directly copying the Smashing Pumpkins' sound. And FTR: no.

3. The Killers, "Spaceman"


What you probably remember about the song: The weird AF music video, where Brandon Flowers looked like the baby of Elton John and Freddie Mercury.


4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Heads Will Roll"

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Argument you probably had about this song: Whether the original or the A-Trak remix was the better version.

5. Franz Ferdinand, "No You Girls"

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Why this song made you happy: 'Cause it was just Franz Ferdinand sounding exactly like you wanted them to.

6. Santigold, "Lights Out"


Thing you probably forgot about Santigold: That she used to be Santogold until she was forced to change her name to Santigold for a few reasons.


7. MGMT, "Kids"


What was so great about this song: It didn't sound like anything on the radio at the time.

8. Phoenix, "1901"


Thing you remember most about this song: Having that ONE music snob friend tell you they were totally into Phoenix since at least 2004, when they released their album Untitled.

9. Death Cab For Cutie, "Meet Me On The Equinox"


Things this song brings back: How much we used to love the Twilight soundtracks.


10. Weezer, "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To"


Most Weezer-esque lyrics: "You told me stories about your chickadees

/They didn’t like BB guns or stupid archery"

11. Matt and Kim, "Daylight"

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Other late-'00s things this song reminds you of: Twee music, Fred Flare, super-skinny neon colored jeans, and how everyone wanted to move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

12. Asher Roth, "I Love College"


Big truth about this song: Asher Roth walked so that Macklemore could run.


13. Cage The Elephant, "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked"

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First thought you had when you heard this song for the first time: Wait, is this a country song?!

14. Incubus, "Love Hurts"


Where you probably heard this song the most: On the "breakup/sad feelings" playlist on your iPod.

15. Shinedown, "Second Chance"


What this song reminds you of: How much we loved loud-ish rock ballads in the 2000s.


16. Anberlin, "Feel Good Drag"


What this song is: Literally a Hot Topic store come to life (well, in musical form).

17. Linkin Park, "New Divide"

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Fact this song reminds you of: That the soundtrack to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was a 100x better than the movie.

18. Paramore, "Decoded"

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Things this song brings back: Again: How much we used to love the Twilight soundtracks.


19. Green Day, "Know Your Enemy"

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Honest critique of this song: It sounded like a B-side off American Idiot.

20. Apocalyptica feat. Adam Gontier, "I Don't Care"


Genre of music you totally forgot existed until you saw this on the list: Screamo.

21. Rise Against, "Savior"

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What you probably thought the first time you heard this song: Wait, is it me or do all Rise Against songs sound the same?


22. Pearl Jam, "Brother"

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The thing you might not remember about this song: That this song was originally written for the band's debut album, Ten, but they couldn't agree on the final mix of it, so it was left off (but, it was finished and included on the re-issue of Ten in 2009).

23. Owl City, "Fireflies"

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What you thought the first time you heard this: Is this new The Postal Service?!


24. The Airborne Toxic Event, "Sometime Around Midnight"

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Memory this song brings back: Waiting to get towards the part where he sings "Then you walk under the streetlights/ And you're too drunk to notice that everyone's staring at you," so that you could scream along.

25. Muse, "Uprising"


What this song reminds you off: How many hits Muse had throughout the 2000s!

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