Top 100 Indie Rock Crossover Songs

Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News

If you have heard a hipster refer to this song when discussing the bastardization of indie rock, you will likely see it on this list. These are cross over hits that explode from more obscure indie/alternative rock circles to the mainstream public. Some of them don't necessarily chart high, but have staying power and age well. A lot of them are even radio regulars to this day (providing a rare treat on normally excruciatingly bad radio stations). You may hear them in commercials, TV shows, movies, or even at the mall. You may hear your friend, who claims that Fall out Boy and Three Days Grace are his favorite bands, singing these songs. For better or for worse, these songs unexpectedly (and sometimes regrettably) became a part of pop culture. A rare intersection of good music with mainstream culture which provides proof for those of us that like to believe that the common man can (periodically) embrace good music.

 

 

No.SongArtistAlbumYear
1Float OnModest MouseGood News For People Who Love Bad News2004
2WonderwallOasis(What's the Story) Morning Glory?1995
3Smells Like Teens SpiritNirvanaNevermind1991
4Bittersweet SymphonyThe VerveUrban Hymns1997
5How Soon Is NowThe SmithsHatful of Hollow1984
6CannonballThe BreedersLast Splash1993
7Love Will Tear Us ApartJoy DivisionSingle1980
8London CallingThe ClashLondon Calling1979
9CreepRadioheadPablo Honey1993
10Cut Your HairPavementCrooked Rain, Crooked Rain1994
11Take Me OutFranz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand2004
12Seven Nation ArmyWhite StripesElephant2003
13Come As You AreNirvanaNevermind1991
14ClocksColdplayA Rush of Blood to the Head2002
15Losing My ReligionREMOut of Time1991
16Song 2BlurBlur1997
17Just Like HeavenThe CureKiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me1987
18Love SpreadsStone RosesSecond Coming1994
19Radio Free EuropeREMMurmur1983
20There She Goes AgainThe La'sThe La's1990
21Karma PoliceRadioheadOK Computer1997
22In My PlaceColdplayA Rush of Blood to the Head2002
23Hold My HandHootie & The BlowfishCracked Rear View1994
24Wolf Like MeTV On The RadioReturn To Cookie Mountain2006
25Fade Into YouMazzy StarSo Tonight That I Might See1993
26Slow HandsInterpolAntics2004
27Go With The FlowQueens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf2002
28Blister in the SunViolent FemmesViolent Femmes1982
29Natural OneFolk ImplosionSoundtrack: KIDS1995
30Here Comes Your ManPixiesDoolittle1989
31Last NiteThe StrokesIs this it?2001
32Paranoid AndroidRadioheadOK Computer1997
33Pictures of YouThe CureDisintegration1989
34Glory BoxPortisheadDummy1994
35Honest MistakeThe BraveryThe Bravery2005
36Time is Running OutMuseAbsolution2003
37Your WomanWhite TownWomen In Technology1997
38Steady As She GoesThe RaconteursBroken Boy Soldiers2006
39Standing Outside a Broken Phone BoothPrimitive Radio GodsRocket1996
40DashboardModest MouseWe Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank2007
41RebellionThe Arcade FireFuneral2004
42Steal my SunshineLenYou Can't Stop the Bum Rush1999
43StayLisa LoebTails1995
44LoserBeckMellow Gold1994
45Mr. BrightsideThe KillersHot Fuss2004
46The District Sleeps AloneThe Postal ServiceGive Up2003
47Mmm Mmm Mmm MmmCrash Test DummiesGod Shuffled his Feet1993
48Been Caught StealingJane's AddictionRitual de lo Habitual1990
49Teen Age RiotSonic YouthDaydream Nation1988
50No One KnowsQueens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf2002
51LovefoolThe CardigansFirst Band on the Moon1996
52Fake Plastic TreesRadioheadThe Bends1995
53Love SongThe CureDisintegration1989
54Only ShallowMy Bloody ValentineLoveless1991
55Lazy EyeSilversun PickupsCarnavas2006
56HysteriaMuseAbsolution2003
57Somebody Told MeThe KillersHot Fuss2004
58It's the End of the WorldREMDocument1987
59Bohemian Like YouThe Dandy WarholsThirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia2000
60No SurprisesRadioheadOK Computer1997
61Praise YouFatboy SlimYou've Come a Long Way, Baby1998
62The FuneralBand of HorsesEverything all the Time2006
63First of the Gang to DieMorrisseyYou Are the Quarry2004
64Don't Look Back In AngerOasis(What's the Story) Morning Glory?1995
65YellowColdplayParachutes2000
66We Used To Be FriendsThe Dandy WarholsWelcome To The Monkey House2003
67Live ForeverOasisDefinitely Maybe1994
68Start ChoppinDinosaur Jr.Where You Been1993
69Stacy's MomFountains of WayneWelcome Interstate Managers2003
70Devil's HaircutBeckOdelay1996
71She Bangs The DrumsStone RosesThe Stone Roses1989
72VelouriaPixiesBossanova1990
73RubyKaiser ChiefsYours Truly, Angry Mob2007
74Lucky ManThe VerveUrban Hymns1997
75BanquetBloc PartySilent Alarm2005
76ParalyzedRock Kills KidAre You Nervous?2006
77Never Say NeverRomeo VoidWarm, In Your Coat1984
78Paper PlanesM.I.A.Kala2007
79Not if You Were the Last Junkie on EarthThe Dandy WarholsThe Dandy Warhols Come Down1997
80Young FolksPeter Bjorn & JohnWriter's Block2007
81Gold LionYeah Yeah YeahsShow your Bones2006
82Motorcycle EmptinessManic Street PreachersGeneration Terrorists1992
83Crooked TeethDeath Cab for CutiePlans2005
84The WidowThe Mars VoltaFrances the Mute2005
85Neighborhood #3The Arcade FireFuneral2004
86Champagne SupernovaOasis(What's the Story) Morning Glory?1995
87BackwaterMeat PuppetsToo High to Die1994
88CrashThe PrimitivesSoundtrack: Dumb and Dumber1994
89You Stole The Sun From My HeartManic Street PreachersThis Is My Truth Tell Me Yours1999
90MapsYeah Yeah YeahsFever to Tell2003
91EvilInterpolAntics2004
92Orange CrushREMGreen1988
931234FeistThe Reminder2007
94Novocaine for the SoulEelsBeautiful Freak1996
95StarsHumYou'd Prefer An Astronaut1995
96Birdhouse in Your SoulThey Might Be GiantsFlood1990
97I Bet you Look Good on the Dance FloorArctic MonkeysWhatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not2005
98Irish Blood English HeartMorrisseyYou Are the Quarry2004
99Phantom LimbThe ShinsWincing the Night Away2007
100Fall On MeREMLife's Rich Pageant1986
New Post: 07/15/08 Written by the Rock Czar

 

 

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