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Posted on Jan 17, 2017

33 Indie Albums That Turn 10 In 2017

2007 was a fantastic year for indie rock fans.

1. Radiohead – In Rainbows

Radiohead

The album that you downloaded for free (and later felt guilty about).

2. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Polyvinyl Record Co.

The album that made chemicals fun.

3. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver

DFA

The album that made "North American Scum" into a term of endearment.

4. Justice –

Ed Banger

The album that you still want to hear at every dance party.

5. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

Columbia/RED Ink

The album that college kids did drugs to.

6. M.I.A. – Kala

XL/Interscope

The album that still sounds as fresh today as it did the first time you heard "Paper Planes."

7. The Go! Team – Proof Of Youth

Memphis Industries

The album that inspired everyone to make up their own choreography.

8. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

Merge

The album that proved Funeral wasn't a fluke, but the start of something beautiful.

9. Feist – The Reminder

Cherrytree/Interscope

The album that sold so, so many iPod Nanos.

10. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam

Domino Recording Company

I don't know if there's ever been a better album with a worse album cover. This is just nauseating.

11. Panda Bear – Person Pitch

Paw Tracks

The album that your stoner friends were in love with.

12. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

Jagjaguwar

The album that made Wisconsin winters sound romantic and beautiful instead of freezing and terrible.

13. The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters

FatCat

The album that confirmed that, yes, Scotland is probably as cold and drizzly as you imagine it to be.

14. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha

Fat Possum Records

The album that made you feel self-conscious about your whistling ability.

15. Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City

Wichita

One of the most divisive sophomore albums of 2007.

16. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare

Domino

The album so good that America almost forgave the band for spelling "favorite" with an extra "u."

17. Deerhunter – Cryptograms

Kranky

The album that finally scratched your mid-2000s psych-pop/shoegaze itch.

18. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Merge

The album with the title that you hated having to say out loud. Good trolling, Britt.

19. The Shins – Wincing the Night Away

Sub Pop

The album that mega-Shins fans couldn't get enough of. (The rest of us, though. Meh.)

20. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin

Sub Pop

The album that you really wanted to blast into a canyon to hear it echo for miles.

21. Stars – In Our Bedroom After the War

Arts & Crafts

The album that made you want to stay young forever.

22. The National – Boxer

Beggars Banquet

The album that made made the cool kids start smoking cigarettes and dressing in all black.

23. Battles – Mirrored

Beat Records

The album that all the music theory nerds loved but found difficult to sing along to.

24. Les Savy Fav – Let's Stay Friends

Frenchkiss Records

The album that made us feel pretty relieved that the future of punk was in good hands.

25. Caribou – Andorra

Merge

The album for people who thought Person Pitch was a little too boring and slow for their tastes.

26. !!! – Myth Takes

Warp

The album that everyone danced to even though it made them feel weirdly dirty.

27. Dan Deacon – Spiderman of the Rings

Carpark Records

The album that parents just really didn't get.

28. Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future

Polydor

The album that made raving kind of cool again.

29. Beirut – The Flying Club Cup

Ba Da Bing

The album that got kids hype for their post-graduation Euro-trips.

30. Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil

Vice Records

The best album for being up to no good.

31. No Age – Weirdo Rippers

Fat Cat Records

The album that tested everyone's patience by making them wait through a 90-second intro for a 60-second song.

32. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Epic Records

The album where Modest Mouse went full-on Adult Contemporary.

33. Okkervil River – The Stage Names

Jagjaguwar

The album for people who needed a little pick-me-up. It still works, too!

And here's a Spotify playlist to travel back to 2007 whenever you want.

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