25 Indie Albums That Are Still Amazing 10 Years Later

What a time to be alive/in college.

1. Girl Talk – Night Ripper

Illegal Art

The album that inspired thousands of teens and twenty-somethings to rush stages and sweat all over each other. 2006 was not a sanitary time.

Recommended Listening:Smash Your Head

2. Joanna Newson – Ys

Drag City

The album that made us fall in love with 12-minute-long sad harp songs.

Recommended Listening:Emily

3. Peter Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block

Wichita Recordings

The album that made you never want to hear anyone whistling ever again.

Recommended Listening:
It doesn’t matter because now the whistle song is in your head and you’re going crazy and trying to jump off a bridge.

4. Hot Chip – The Warning

EMI, Astralwerks, DFA

What the nerds danced to at house parties.

Recommended Listening:Over and Over

5. Regina Spektor – Begin To Hope

Sire Records

For a brief time in 2006, Regina Spektor ruled the world and the soundtrack to every rom-com on television.

Recommended Listening:

6. The Knife – Silent Shout


The creepy-as-hell electronic album with creepy-as-hell music videos that topped every critic’s year-end list.

Recommended Listening:
Silent Shout

7. TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain


The album that made David Letterman go bonkers.

Recommended Listening:
Wolf Like Me

8. The Thermals – The Body The Blood The Machine

Sub Pop

The album that made us overthink Catholicism.

Recommended Listening:
St. Rosa and the Swallows

9. Be Your Own Pet – Be Your Own Pet

XL Recordings

This albums still kicks so much ass. Why couldn’t this band stay together?

Recommended Listening:
Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle

10. Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out Of This Country



Recommended Listening:Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken

11. Liars – Drum’s Not Dead


You came in expecting dance-punk. You left with a lot of feels. MY EMOTIONS.

Recommended Listening:The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack

12. Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped


To call this album “a return to form” would be selling it short. This is simply a collection of some of the best pop songs Sonic Youth ever wrote.

Recommended Listening:
Jams Run Free

13. Grizzly Bear – Yellow House


The album that everyone tried (and failed) to drunkenly harmonize to.

Recommended Listening:Knife

14. The Hold Steady – Boys And Girls In America

Vagrant Records

The album that made middle age not sound so bad. (As long as you were a Twins fan, that is.)

Recommended Listening:Chips Ahoy!

15. Phoenix – It’s Never Been Like That

EMI, Source, Astralwerks, Arts & Crafts

The album before THE album.

Recommended Listening:Consolation Prizes

16. The Pipettes – We Are The Pipettes

Memphis Industries

The album that made us think (for a few months) that 60s girl-pop groups were going to make a major comeback.

Recommended Listening:Pull Shapes

17. Tapes ‘n Tapes – The Loon


It doesn’t get much more 2006 than Tapes ‘n Tapes, does it? (Shout out to my boy Clell Tickle).

Recommended Listening:Insistor

18. Cat Power – The Greatest


The album that made Chan Marshall into an living legend.

Recommended Listening:
The Greatest

19. Junior Boys – So This Is Goodbye


What the sexy nerds danced to.

Recommended Listening:
In the Morning”

20. Belle And Sebastian – The Life Pursuit

Matador Records

The happiest “sad bastard music” you’ll ever hear.

Recommended Listening:We Are The Sleepyheads”

21. Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time

Sub Pop

The album that made us want to move to the mountains and then yell lyrics that echoed for miles.

Recommended Listening:The Great Salt Lake

22. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife

Capitol Records

The album that fans of The Decemberists really liked.

Recommended Listening:O Valencia!

23. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not


The album that almost changed the world.

Recommended Listening:When the Sun Goes Down

24. Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood


The album that you probably cried to.

Recommended Listening:Star Witness

25. Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control

Back Yard Recordings, Kill Rock Stars

The album that everyone danced to.

Recommended Listening:
Standing In The Way of Control

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