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25 Indie Albums That Are Still Amazing 10 Years Later

What a time to be alive/in college.

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1. Girl Talk – Night Ripper

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"
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

The album that made us fall in love with 12-minute-long sad harp songs.Recommended Listening: "Emily"
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

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.
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

What the nerds danced to at house parties.Recommended Listening: "Over and Over"
EMI, Astralwerks, DFA

What the nerds danced to at house parties.

Recommended Listening: "Over and Over"

5. Regina Spektor – Begin To Hope

For a brief time in 2006, Regina Spektor ruled the world and the soundtrack to every rom-com on television.Recommended Listening: "Fidelity"
Sire Records

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


Recommended Listening:
"Fidelity"

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"
Rabid

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"
4AD

The album that made David Letterman go bonkers.


Recommended Listening:
"Wolf Like Me"

8. The Thermals – The Body The Blood The Machine

The album that made us overthink Catholicism.Recommended Listening: "St. Rosa and the Swallows"
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

This albums still kicks so much ass. Why couldn't this band stay together?Recommended Listening: "Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle"
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

HEEEEEYYYYY LLOYD! I'M READY TO BE HEART BROOOOKEEEENNNN.Recommended Listening: "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken"
Merge

HEEEEEYYYYY LLOYD! I'M READY TO BE HEART BROOOOKEEEENNNN.

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"
Mute

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"
Geffen

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"
Warp

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

Recommended Listening: "Knife"

14. The Hold Steady – Boys And Girls In America

The album that made middle age not sound so bad. (As long as you were a Twins fan, that is.)Recommended Listening: "Chips Ahoy!"
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

The album before THE album.Recommended Listening: "Consolation Prizes"
EMI, Source, Astralwerks, Arts & Crafts

The album before THE album.

Recommended Listening: "Consolation Prizes"

16. The Pipettes – We Are The Pipettes

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"
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"
Ibid

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"
Matador

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"
Domino

What the sexy nerds danced to.


Recommended Listening:
"In the Morning"

20. Belle And Sebastian – The Life Pursuit

The happiest "sad bastard music" you'll ever hear.Recommended Listening: "We Are The Sleepyheads"
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

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"
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

The album that fans of The Decemberists really liked.Recommended Listening: "O Valencia!"
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"
Domino

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"
ANTI-

The album that you probably cried to.

Recommended Listening: "Star Witness"

25. Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control

The album that everyone danced to.Recommended Listening: "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"