NME Compiles List of Greatest "Indie” Anthems Ever

NME Compiles List of Greatest "Indie” Anthems Ever
Though their credibility over the years has dwindled considerably, it’s still entertaining to see the navel-gazing NME assemble their always enjoyable lists (in this case done so with the help of trendy UK radio station XFM). The May 5th issue boasts "the Greatest Indie Anthems Ever,” which was voted for by bands, critics and readers on their website NME.com and as always with these things includes the classic hits along with the recent ones that will no doubt be forgotten the next time such a list is remade (yeah, I’m looking at you Kaiser Chiefs).

The term "indie” has always been a shady one that constantly defies any real definition these days, but in this case the list was made based on the artists and their record deals being "independent” in the UK. So yes, it is filled with big names like Oasis (Creation), the Smiths (Rough Trade), the Stone Roses (Silvertone) and Nirvana (Geffen) – wait, wasn’t Nirvana on a major? Okay, basically there are no rules to work with here, so just enjoy the ridiculousness and let it inspire you to make a better list on your own. And if you’re up to such a challenge, feel free to have your say and post it on our Message Board.

The complete list:

1. Oasis - 'Live Forever'
2. Nirvana - 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
3. Pulp - 'Common People'
4. The Smiths - 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'
5. The Libertines - 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun'
6. The Libertines - 'Time For Heroes'
7. The Smiths - 'How Soon Is Now?'
8. The Stone Roses - 'I Am The Resurrection'
9. The Strokes - 'Last Nite'
10. Arctic Monkeys - 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor'
11. The Smiths - 'This Charming Man'
12. The Stone Roses - 'She Bangs The Drums’
13. The Libertines - 'Can't Stand Me Now'
14. Oasis - 'Don't Look Back In Anger'
15. Blur - 'Song 2'
16. Franz Ferdinand - 'Take Me Out'
17. The Stone Roses - 'I Wanna Be Adored'
18. The Verve - 'Bitter Sweet Symphony'
19. Joy Divison - 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'
20. Joy Division - 'Transmission'
21. The Smiths - 'Panic'
22. The Breeders - 'Cannonball'
23. The Gossip - 'Standing In The Way Of Control'
24. Babyshambles - 'Fuck Forever'
25. Oasis - 'Supersonic'
26. Radiohead - 'Creep'
27. Oasis -' Wonderwall'
28. Pavement - 'Cut Your Hair'
29. Arcade Fire - 'Rebellion (Lies)'
30. Manic Street Preachers - 'A Design For Life'
31. Oasis - 'Cigarettes & Alcohol'
32. The Stone Roses - 'Fool's Gold'
33. The Killers - 'Mr Brightside'
34. Radiohead - 'Just'
35. Pixies - 'Monkey Gone To Heaven'
36. Kaiser Chiefs - 'I Predict A Riot'
37. Kasabian - 'LSF'
38. Pixies - 'Gigantic'
39. Oasis - 'Champagne Supernova'
40. Klaxons - 'Golden Skans'
41. Blur - 'Parklife'
42. The Cribs - 'Hey Scenesters'
43. Suede - 'Animal Nitrate'
44. The Stone Roses - 'Love Spreads'
45. The La's - 'There She Goes'
46. Dinosaur Jr - 'Freak Scene'
47. The Libertines - 'Up The Bracket'
48. Sonic Youth - 'Bull In The Heather'
49. The Rapture - 'House Of Jealous Lovers'
50. My Bloody Valentine - 'You Made Me Realise'