Classic Indie Songs To Add To Your Summer Playlist!

When was the last time you listened to Undercover Martyn, Pumped Up Kicks, or Lisztomania? Here are some classics to revisit this summer! 

There are so many classic indie songs that it’s hard to name them all. Whether it’s a hot girl or a working girl summer, we are coming prepared with some of our favorite indie-based songs that give us all the summer feels.

Lisztomania by Phoenix

This song is such a hit! “Lisztomania’s” vibes are unlike most songs you hear today, making the upbeat tempo great for any late-night drive, beach day, or even when you’re stuck in traffic. Add any song by Phoenix to your playlist and good vibes are guaranteed.

Electric Feel by MGMT

“Electric Feel” is one of those songs you sing with friends in the car with the windows rolled down as you’re driving down PCH on your way to the beach. Add it to your playlist if you haven’t already!


Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People

This is a top-tier carpool karaoke song to play with the windows down. This song was everywhere in the 2010’s and a big part of why was because of its ability to balance out the genres of indie and alternative with pop, making it a catchy song for the summertime.

Someday by The Strokes

This 2001 song is a timeless classic! The Strokes are iconic so the next time you’re on aux and don’t know what to queue next, play this!


Undercover Martyn by Two Door Cinema Club

The opening of this song is everything and it’s one of those songs that feels like you’re listening to live, in-concert. Everyone loves Two Door Cinema Club so it’s not a surprise that it’s on our list for this summer.

Walking On A Dream by Empire of the Sun

Everyone knows this hit, don’t they? This song is perfect for tanning outside or playing volleyball at the beach. “Walking On A Dream” is so fun, it’s sure to make anyone’s day better.


Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

This song is nostalgic for many people! The 1977 classic is so positive and light-hearted it’s perfect to get everyone in a good mood. Its energy was made for a sunny, summer day.

Midnight City by M83

“Midnight City” is a great song to listen to for an early morning hike, summer workout or even when you’re on the road with friends!


Carried Away by Passion Pit

“Carried Away” is a great song for a road trip or when you’re camping with friends this summer. This song is ten years old and still brings the same amazing energy every time you listen!


About the Author

Ashley Sousa

Ashley Sousa is a marketing student at California State University, Fullerton who is also minoring in entertainment and hospitality management. She is currently an intern for AfterBuzzTV and Better Together with Maria Menounos and hopes to have a career involved in the entertainment industry one day.