The Best English Indie Rock Songs Of The Noughties (2000’s)

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There were few genres that were as popular as Indie music during the noughties. Kids that grew up during that era were treated to a plethora of huge artists making their big breakthroughs, with some of the bands still making waves across the globe to this day. 

The success of the genre led to a rise in ticket sales at music festivals across the country, as they would typically be the best place to find all their favourite bands performing across the same weekend. But, what were some of the best Indie songs released during the noughties? 

Hard-Fi – Hard To Beat

There were few Indie bands as successful as Hard-Fi during the noughties, with their critically-acclaimed album Stars of CCTV going straight to number one in the charts. One of the most successful songs from the debut record was Hard To Beat, which peaked at number nine in the UK charts. 

It would be one of two songs that the band managed to get into the top ten, while it also reached a peak position of 34th in the US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks.

The Kooks- Naïve 

The Kooks were widely regarded as one of the best upcoming bands in the United Kingdom in early 2006, and it almost seems criminal that their debut album titled Inside In/inside Out never made it to number one. 

It is even harder to believe that a song that remains one of the Indie classics only peaked at number five in the charts. Naïve gave The Kooks their mainstream breakthough around the world, and was BPI 3x Platinum. The song remains the bands best-selling single and it was the 19th best-selling single of 2006.

Editors- Munich 

The Editors were one of the most exciting rock bands to come from Birmingham at the start of 2006, and their debut album titled The Back Room peaked at number two in the UK charts. However, the single Munich, was one of their most commercially successful songs, and was adored by India fanatics. 

The song reached number 22 in the charts and was among the best-selling titles in 2006. Such was its success, the song was covered on two occasions on Radio 1s Live Lounge, with Corinne Bailey Rae covering the song in 2006, before R.E.M. followed suit two years later.

Arctic Monkeys- I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

It would be hard to mention Indie bands without mentioning the biggest in the world. The Arctic Monkeys are now one of the biggest groups in the world, with all six of their albums peaking at number one in the UK charts. However, for Indie lovers, it remains the release of Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not that is the ultimate song track of the Indie generation. 

Classics such as When The Sun Goes Down, Mardy Bum and Dancing Shoes all feature on the debut release, but the sound track that carried the band forward was I Bet You look Good On The Dancefloor. The single gave the group their first ever UK number one, and was performed during the opening ceremony of the Olympics in 2012

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