Best Indie Rock Songs of 2010, Vol. IV – Dead Weather, Foals, The Radio Dept., Beach Fossils, Weekend, The National

The Dead Weather's 'Sea Cowards,' was one of the best rocker albums of 2010

Enough with 2010 already? If that’s how you feel, then you probably don’t want to listen to 30-plus more of our favorite indie rock songs of 2010. By natural extension, many of the songs featured in this series are on many of our favorite albums for 2010. So, in place of the weekly S-25 Mix, we’ve put together this playlist of some of our favorite 2010 tracks to share with you instead.

It’s now mid-February, and there have been oodles of ace songs released so far, mainly via the Best New Releases weekly series, and the regular Fresh Tracks spotlight, including the latest and best music from bands like The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Drive By Truckers, Smith Westerns, The Strokes, Radiohead, and many others.  And so while we do our best to keep you updated on the latest most popular releases from indie bands and artists, we’re also continuing to share our favorite music of 2010, from albums and songs, to well-known artists and new bands.

“The Difference Between Us”Dead Weather from Sea of Cowards

“Cigarettes in the Theatre”Two Door Cinema Club from Tourist History

In addition to creating various mixes featuring our favorite songs of 2010, work continues on putting together IRC’s Best Albums of 2010. So why the wait? Well, one reason is to make sure we have listened to as many indie albums from 2010 as possible, and with perspective. Another reason is so that we can measure your favorite albums based on what songs from this series are listened to, ‘hearted’ (on our Hype page), and downloaded the most.

With that in mind, you don’t want to miss the first three volumes of Best Indie Rock Songs of 2010 because there are more than 100 killer tracks; so far, this series has been the most popular playlist series of 2011.  Also, don’t miss the Top Ten Breakout Bands of 2010, plus 50 No. 1 Songs of 2010; and check out the first installment of 5 Bands to Watch in 2011. Let us know what you think of this best indie songs fourth playlist mix, Tweet it, share it on Facebook, Tumblr or Foursquare it. Enjoy.

“This Orient” Foals from Total Life Forever

“Boots of Danger (Wait Up)”Tokyo Police Club from Champ

“Part Of Me”Electric Tickle Machine from Blew It Again

“Golden Haze”Wild Nothing from Gemini

“Collector”Here We Go Magic from Pigeons

“Heaven and Earth”Blitzen Trapper from Destroyer Of The Void

“Oh You, Old Thing”Wolf Parade from Expo 86

“Distant Life”Film School from Fission

“Afraid of Everyone” The National from High Violet

“Never Follow Suit” The Radio Dept from Clinging to a Scheme

“Remember Last Time” Avi Buffalo from Avi Buffalo

“Catholic Pagans”Surfer Blood from Astrocoast

“Bermuda” Kisses from The Heart Of The Nightlife

“Daydream”Beach Fossils from Beach Fossils

“Harlem River Blues”Justin Townes Earle from Harlem River Blues [Explicit]

“Round and Round”Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti from Before Today

“King of Spain”The Tallest Man on Earth from The Wild Hunt

“Forever and Ever Amen” The Drums from The Drums

“Two Lives at the End of the Night”The Henry Clay People from Somewhere on the Golden Coast

“Twenty Two”Wakey! Wakey! from Everything I Wished I Said The Last Time I Saw You

“Lady in the Light Lines”Auto Body from Priest Party

“American Slang”The Gaslight Anthem from American Slang

“Born Stoked”Wet Illustrated from Academy Annex

“Written in Reverse” Spoon from Transference

“All-American”Weekend from All American split single

“Weird Feelings”Male Bonding from Nothing Hurts

“What A Drag”Bear Hands from Burning Bush Supper Club

“Head of Steam” The Fresh and Onlys from split 7″

“Restoration”The Acorn from No Ghost

“Dirty Cartoons”Menomena from Mines

“Kill Joe Arpaio”Crocodiles, single release

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  1. Hi there,

    I believe the mp3 for King of Spain by The Tallest Man on Earth is actually the song Home Together by White Denim.

    1. Good catch Bill! Issue has been resolved – “Never Follow Suit”The Radio Dept from Clinging to a Scheme


      P.S. Everyone: It looks like we might crack the one million visitors a month ceiling this week! Thank you all! Very humbling.

    1. Hello Karl:

      You’re absolutely right and we were absolutely wrong. Therefore, we replaced the track with “Cigarettes in the Theatre” from Tourist History. It’s hard to pick just one song from that awesome album.


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