Indie Christmas: The 21 Best New Songs of 2011

Some time last year, our faithful leader Jerod introduced me to Indie Christmas. It was an idea some of his friends came up with to compile their favorite indie songs over the past year into a playlist and share it with their friends. Out of this idea, Jerod created his own list as well as a website and twitter page.

Indie Christmas is a great idea. As someone who listens to indie music more than anything else (other than the occasional 80s rap binge), this was something that I felt compelled to participate in as well.

indie-christmas-21-best-new-songs-of-2011I created a playlist last year, and did the same this year.

This list has been worked on since January 1 of this year and undergone quite a few changes along the way. Songs have been added, removed, and added again. At one point the list was up to 26 songs, but I have trimmed it down to 21 so they would all fit on a CD.

I have already gifted this list to a few of my friends, and I plan to send it to a couple of fellow writers here from MSF.

There is also a playlist created on Spotify (except for The Black Keys and Ty Segall) for easier listening and on iTunes if you would like to purchase any of the songs.

Enjoy, and Merry Indie Christmas!

1. April Fool – Manchester Orchestra


2. Around My Head – Cage the Elephant


3. Under the Gun – Apex Manor


4. Under Cover of Darkness – The Strokes


5. So It Goes – Akron/Family


6. Weekend – Smith Westerns


7. Gold on the Ceiling – The Black Keys


8. Honey Bunny – Girls


9. Up Up Up – Givers


10. Modern Art – Black Lips


11. I’m Not Ready – Surfer Blood


12. Bizness – Tune-Yards


13. Go Outside – Cults


14. Our Deal – Best Coast


15. Stuck on the Puzzle – Alex Turner


16. Coyote – The Lonely Forest


17. My Head Explodes – Ty Segall


18. Sets Me Free – The Apache Relay


19. Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men


20. Elegy – Hey Marseilles


21. Holocene – Bon Iver

About Drew Lange

Drew is a student at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. He is a life long Vikings fan and distracts himself from their futility by watching a lot of TV and listening to a lot of music, even though his parents don't understand the appeal. Follow on twitter (@drewlange) or send an email to


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