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Best Songs 2009

It’s amazing how many people are still seeking out indie music from 2009. Our site statistics show it is hundreds of people a week. You can’t blame them; 2009 was a great year for indie rock, and we feel like we covered it fairly well. However, due to the demand, we created this special page dedicated to 2009. Here you have access to a series of gigantic playlist mixes, plus links to popular mixes of 09 songs that were published throughout last year.

If you want to build your MP3 collection, or just stream the playlists while you do other things, you’ve come to the right spot. These playlists are very diverse, featuring the most popular songs of 2009, plus many other terrific and memorable songs from artists and bands that most people have never heard of.

This playlist is not meant to be definitive and the songs are not in any particular order of best to least best, or whatever; it’s just the best random songs of 2009. For more 2009 playlists and mixtapes, check out the Ears to the Music series. If you like these mixes and want us to add more, even though the songs are 6 to 12+ months “old”, leave comments below to let us know. Admittedly, we’re still disovering, or going back for additional spins, of songs and albums we love from 2009. (updated 5/14/10). You may also want to check out the popular In Dee Mail series for lesser-known indie jems from 2009.

“Dominos”The Big Pink from A Brief History of Love

“The Box”1990s from Kicks

“Oslo Novelist”Grand Archives from Keep in Mind Frankenstein

“Go Home”Bad Veins from s/t debut

“Slow Doomsday”Elvis Perkins in Dearland from The Doomsday EP

“Shine On”Air Waves from Air Waves EP

“Wonder Who We Are”The Clientele from Bonfires on the Heath

“Roman History”Pet Lions from Soft Right EP

“Taxidermy”White Lies from To Lose My Life 7″

“Last Dance”The Raveonettes from In And Out of Control

“Colossus”Lightning Bolt from Earthly Delights

“People Say”Portugal. The Man from The Satanic Satanist

“Last Time” Paper Route from Absense

“Vapours” Islands from Vapours

“I Am The Universe”Mellow Down Easy from Cosmisutra

“Nothing But Time” Opus Orange, unreleased web debut

“Crying Lightning”Arctic Monkeys from Humbug

“Everything With You”Pains of Being Pure At Heart from s/t debut

“Gold And Warm”Bad Veins from Bad Veins

“Drowning Men”Fanfarlo from Reservior

“Tiny Little Robots”Cage The Elephant from Cage The Elephant

“Vacationing People”Foreign Born from Person To Person

“Die Young”The Danks from Are You Afraid of The Danks

“Moth’s Wings”Passion Pit from Manners

“Hi Fi Goon”Throw Me The Statue from Creaturesque

“I Want You To Know”Dinosaur Jr from Farm

“The Letter” The Veils from Sun Gangs

“Best Supporting Actress”One For The Team from Build A Garden

“Starry”Throcke from Sometimes Not Unpointful,

“Now We Can See”The Thermals from Now We Can See

“Dimmer” Bishop Allen from Grrr…

“Things That I Like To Do”Ben Kweller from Changing Horses

“Two”The Antlers from Hospice

“I Want You to Keep Everything”These United States from Everything Touches Everything

“Mirrored and Reversed”White Demin from Fits

“The Rake Song”The Decemberists from upcoming release The Hazards of Love

“Arcady”Pete Doherty from Grace/Wastelands

“The Strangers”St. Vincent from Actor

“Early Warnings”Foreign Born from Person To Person

“Safety of a Back”Trainwreck Riders from The Perch

“It Gets Your Body Moving”Suckers from s/t debut

“Little Bit of Heaven”Cheval Sombre from s/t debut

“Any Way The Wind Blows”Green Pajamas from Poison in the Russian Room

“A Good Life”Jill Sobule from California Years

“Lake”New Ruins from We Make Our Own Bad Luck

“I Know What It’s Like”Yonlu from A Society in Which No Tear is Shed

“Please and Thank You”Mouthful of Bees from s/t debut

“The Chosen One”Raveonettes

“The Colloquialism Is Simply Gas” I Love You from Bell Ord Forrest

“Brother Bird”Franklin for Short from Swell

“Skyling Slip”Naam from Kingdom EP

“Take It In”Wye Oak from The Knot

“Safety of a BackTrainwreck Riders from The Perch

“The Letter”The Veils from Sun Gangs

“I Knew”Lightning Dust from Infinite Light

“Big Bird In A Small Cage”Patrick Watson from Wooden Arms

“This Blackest Purse”Why? from Eskimo Snow

“Percussion Gun”Why? from Eskimo Snow

“Wake Up Call from the Nexus of Me and You”Downtown/Union from Aurora Ahora

“Ashes Grammar/Ashes Math”A Sunny Day in Glasgow from Ashes Grammar

Want more free and legal MP3s? Browse these playlist mix series:

In Dee Mail – Terrific music sent to us from artists and bands you should hear.

One Man Bands – Impressive releases from people who write, play all instruments, record, mix, etc.

Ears To The Music – This was an extremely popular 12 part playlist mix series that highlighted our favorite indie songs of 2009.

Singer/Songwriter Spotlight Series – Sometimes there is nothing more personal and organic as a magnificent song featuring great lyrics, good vocals and an acoustic guitar.

Songs About New York, Vol 1 & Vol 2 – Almost 50 carefully selected songs related in some way to New York from established, indie and obscure artists and bands.

Feet to Da Beatz – We thought it would be cool to have a playlist mixtape series with some of our favorite current dance/electronica/pop songs that make you wanna shake your body.

Recent Releases We Almost Missed – Playlist mix series that focuses on presenting tracks from recent releases that must not go unnoticed,even if we were ‘late’ getting to them.


  1. I visited multiple web pages however the audio quality for audio songs current at this web page is truly wonderful.

  2. Great ! But you forgot this lovely song !!

  3. love the website indeed!!!great job!!
    Any ablum of soul indie music?like “garbage?”not only indie rock?

  4. Hello,

    Much appreciated with this website, im really diggin the indie music :D

  5. lots of music to discover! thanks:)

    • Hello Cagri: We are happy to hear that you are finding music that you enjoy. The archives are literally full of thousands of songs – most of which are still working/available. Peace to you. – IRC

  6. Non stop WOW..Music for those that can think and Rock at the same time. A thousand times, Thank you!

  7. FANTASTIC! ..nothing else to say cuz i got a lot to download

  8. ohhhh my god.
    i’m in love with this website. why am i just now finding it?
    The Thermals FTW.

  9. oh Great!, i ilke this music, Artic monkeys! i love them


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