When it comes to polls and top song/album lists, they must always be taken with a grain of salt. This is the case with a recent poll done by NME and XFM, where they listed the top fifty greatest indie anthems. One problem is the whole concept of "indie" anthems, as the indie genre's definition is totally in question. When you think of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," does the term indie spring to mind? Not really.
OK, so genre debating aside, their top ten is a pretty strong list. Artists in the rest of the countdown included Blur, Franz Ferdinand, The Verve, Joy Division, Radiohead, Pavement, Arcade Fire, Manic Street Preachers, Killers, Pixies, Kaiser Chiefs, Suede, The Cribs, The La's, Sonic Youth, The Rapture and My Bloody Valentine. Here is the top 10. Now somebody please tell me how Joy Division wasn't higher?
NME/XM's Greatest Indie Anthems Ever
01. Oasis "Live Forever"
02. Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
03. Pulp "Common People"
04. The Smiths "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
05. The Libertines "Don't Look Back Into The Sun"
06. The Libertines "Time For Heroes"
07. The Smiths "How Soon Is Now?"
08. The Stone Roses "I Am The Resurrection"
09. The Strokes "Last Nite"
10. Arctic Monkeys "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor"