✦ 00s Indie Pop ✦ & ✖ 00s Indie Rock ✖ Rates | ✖ Indie Rock Rate Finale! ✖

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Welcome to the ✦ 00s Indie Pop ✦ & ✖ 00s Indie Rock ✖ rates! And before anything else - yes, that's rates, plural, meaning these are two separate rates happening in the same thread, each with its own leaderboard, winner, 11, etc. This was decided as while they have some things in common, the two song lists are quite different, and I imagine some people might be interesting in taking part in one rate but not necessarily the other. Though of course I encourage everyone to give both a shot, each selection is quite short at just 35 songs, and both are full of classics.

As you can tell, these rates are focused on indie music from the 00s, but since that's a very broad term, let me specify - in the ✦ 00s Indie Pop Rate ✦ you'll find an assortment of folk-y, twee, retro and atmospheric songs (there are a lot acts that fit the "indie pop" umbrella, but I avoided including anything too noisy/experimental/intense, as it didn't really fit the vibe), a mix of classics and hidden gems, and a lot of songs that fall somewhere in between, it's overall a very pleasant but still engaging listening experience. On the other hand, the ✖ 00s Indie Rock Rate ✖ is full of 00s rock classics that often match any pop girl releases in terms of boppability. Both rates are mostly comprised of acts which I know would have a hard time ever showing up in another rate, so I thought it'd be fun to give them a bit of time in the spotlight in this corner of the forum, and have a look at a classic era in indie music, through a PopJustice lens.

Rules: Rate the songs (either from one of the rates or both) on a scale of 0-10, with your favourite getting an 11 (that's one 11 for each rate if you participate in both). In terms of decimals, please stick to 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75.

Commentary is very welcome - please share your favourites memories, live moments, or just random thoughts on these songs and acts. I intend for this to be a fairly breezy rate, so the idea is keeping the write-ups pretty brief, so commentary would really help fill them out.

Voting deadline: September 26 23:59 BST October 3 23:59 BST

Indie Pop watch2gether: August 29 18:00 BST
Indie Rock watch2gether: September 5 18:00 BST
Final watch2gether: September 19 16:00 BST​
 
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✦ 00s Indie Pop Rate ✦

A Camp - Stronger Than Jesus
Air - Cherry Blossom Girl
Andrew Bird - Oh No
Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane
Au Revoir Simone - Shadows
Bat For Lashes - Daniel
the bird and the bee - Again & Again
Broken Social Scene - Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl
Camera Obscura - French Navy
Chairlift - Bruises
El Perro del Mar - Party
Emilíana Torrini - Sunny Road
Feist - My Moon My Man
Fleet Foxes - Mykonos
Frou Frou - Let Go
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Husky Rescue - New Light of Tomorrow
Kings of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance With You
Laura Marling - Ghosts
Laura Veirs - Don't Lose Yourself
Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone
Neko Case - This Tornado Loves You
Passion Pit - Moth's Wings
Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks
The Pierces - Secret
The Pipettes - Pull Shapes
The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
Regina Spektor - Fidelity
Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining
She & Him - Sentimental Heart
St. Vincent - Jesus Saves, I Spend
Tegan and Sara - Back in Your Head
Wilco - You and I
The xx - Islands







✖ 00s Indie Rock Rate ✖

Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
Bloc Party - Banquet
The Bravery - An Honest Mistake
CSS - Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above
Editors - Papillon
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Gossip - Standing In the Way of Control
Hard-Fi - Hard to Beat
Interpol - Evil
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
Kasabian - Fire
The Killers - When You Were Young
The Kills - Sour Cherry
Klaxons - Golden Skans
The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now
Mando Diao - Dance With Somebody
Metric - Help I’m Alive
MGMT - Time to Pretend
Modest Mouse - Float On
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
New Order - Crystal
Noisettes - Don't Give Up
OK Go - Here It Goes Again
Phoenix - 1901
Placebo - The Bitter End
The Sounds - Painted By Numbers
Stereophonics - Dakota
The Strokes - Reptilia
The Walkmen - The Rat
White Lies - To Lose My Life
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The Wombats - Let's Dance to Joy Division
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll







PM List

Please write your scores inside the () and the commentary inside the “”!

00s Indie Pop

A Camp - Stronger Than Jesus ✦ () “”
Air - Cherry Blossom Girl ✦ () “”
Andrew Bird - Oh No ✦ () “”
Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane ✦ () “”
Au Revoir Simone - Shadows ✦ () “”
Bat For Lashes - Daniel ✦ () “”
the bird and the bee - Again & Again ✦ () “”
Broken Social Scene - Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl ✦ () “”
Camera Obscura - French Navy ✦ () “”
Chairlift - Bruises ✦ () “”
El Perro del Mar - Party ✦ () “”
Emilíana Torrini - Sunny Road ✦ () “”
Feist - My Moon My Man ✦ () “”
Fleet Foxes - Mykonos ✦ () “”
Frou Frou - Let Go ✦ () “”
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks ✦ () “”
Husky Rescue - New Light of Tomorrow ✦ () “”
Kings of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance With You ✦ () “”
Laura Marling - Ghosts ✦ () “”
Laura Veirs - Don't Lose Yourself ✦ () “”

Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone ✦ () “”
Neko Case - This Tornado Loves You ✦ () “”
Passion Pit - Moth's Wings ✦ () “”
Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position ✦ () “”
Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks ✦ () “”
The Pierces - Secret ✦ () “”
The Pipettes - Pull Shapes ✦ () “”
The Postal Service - Such Great Heights ✦ () “”
Regina Spektor - Fidelity ✦ () “”
Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining ✦ () “”
She & Him - Sentimental Heart ✦ () “”
St. Vincent - Jesus Saves, I Spend ✦ () “”
Tegan and Sara - Back in Your Head ✦ () “”
Wilco - You and I ✦ () “”
The xx - Islands ✦ () “”


00s Indie Rock

Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies) ✖ () “”
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor ✖ () “”
Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You ✖ () “”
Bloc Party - Banquet ✖ () “”
The Bravery - An Honest Mistake ✖ () “”
CSS - Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above ✖ () “”
Editors - Papillon ✖ () “”
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out ✖ () “”
Gossip - Standing In the Way of Control ✖ () “”
Hard-Fi - Hard to Beat ✖ () “”
Interpol - Evil ✖ () “”
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot ✖ () “”
Kasabian - Fire ✖ () “”
The Killers - When You Were Young ✖ () “”
The Kills - Sour Cherry ✖ () “”
Klaxons - Golden Skans ✖ () “”
The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now ✖ () “”
Mando Diao - Dance With Somebody ✖ () “”
Metric - Help I’m Alive ✖ () “”
MGMT - Time to Pretend ✖ () “”
Modest Mouse - Float On ✖ () “”
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole ✖ () “”
New Order - Crystal ✖ () “”
Noisettes - Don't Give Up ✖ () “”
OK Go - Here It Goes Again ✖ () “”
Phoenix - 1901 ✖ () “”
Placebo - The Bitter End ✖ () “”
The Sounds - Painted By Numbers ✖ () “”
Stereophonics - Dakota ✖ () “”
The Strokes - Reptilia ✖ () “”
The Walkmen - The Rat ✖ () “”
White Lies - To Lose My Life ✖ () “”
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army ✖ () “”
The Wombats - Let's Dance to Joy Division ✖ () “”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll ✖ () “”
 
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✖ Results ✖

✦#35✦: Sentimental Heart
✦#34✦: Party
✦#33✦: Jesus Saves, I Spend

✦#32✦: Sunny Road
✖#35✖: Sour Cherry
✦#31✦: Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl

✦#29(1)✦: You and I
✦#29(2)✦: Again & Again
#28: I'd Rather Dance With You
✖#34✖: Don't Give Up


✖#33✖: Let's Dance to Joy Division
✦#27✦: Shadows
✖#32✖: Can't Stand Me Now
✦#26✦:The Magic Position
✦#25✦: Oh No
✦#24✦: Secret
✦#23✦: Bruises
✦#21(1): Don't Lose Yourself
✦#21(2): New Light of Tomorrow
✖#31✖: Fire


✦#20✦: Big Jet Plane
✦#19✦: Stronger Than Jesus
✖#30✖: Here It Goes Again
✖#29✖: Evil
✖#28✖: The Rat
✦#18✦: Ghosts
✦#17✦: Two Weeks
✦#16✦: Fidelity
✦#15✦: This Tornado Loves You
✦#14✦: Moth's Wings


✖#26(1)✖: The Bitter End
✖#26(2)✖: Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above
✖#25✖: The Strokes - Reptilia
✖#24✖: Float On
✖#23✖: Papillon
✖#22✖: To Lose My Life
✦#12(1)✦: Young Folks
✦#12(2)✦: Cherry Blossom Girl
✖#21✖: Painted by Numbers
✦#11✦: Islands


✖#20✖: Rebellion (Lies)
✦#9(1)✦: Such Great Heights
✦#9(2): Pull Shapes
✖#19✖: I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You
✖#18✖: Crystal
✖#17✖: I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
✖#16✖: Dance with Somebody
✦#8✦: Silver Lining
✖#15✖: An Honest Mistake
✖#14✖: Help I'm Alive


✦#7✦: Let Go
✖#13✖: 1901
✖#12✖: Hard to Beat
✖#11✖: I Predict a Riot
✦#6✦: My Moon My Man
#10: Golden Skans
✦#5✦: Back in Your Head
✖#9✖: Supermassive Black Hole
✦#4✦: I'm Good, I'm Gone


✦#3✦: French Navy
#8: Banquet
✦#2✦: Mykonos
✖#7✖: Dakota
#6: When You Were Young
✖#5✖: Seven Nation Army
✖#4✖: Standing in the Way of Control
#1: Daniel
✖#3✖: Take Me Out
✖#2✖: Time to Pretend
✖#1✖: Heads Will Roll

Commentary Guessing Game

 
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@soratami I know you had people do “write ups” for albums in your last two rates. If we really like a featured artist, could we volunteer to spotlight them more? Personally, I was thinking I would love to showcase a few other songs that could’ve made the rate for at least one artist.

Yes, of course! Feel free to do that for as many artists as you want, and the same goes for anyone else who'd like to do something along those lines.

Also, since I didn't want the selections to go past 35 songs, some difficult cuts had to made, and I'll be posting about those artists through the voting period.
 
Weirdly I know more from the Indie Rock than the Indie Pop rate. I guess cos these songs date back to my heterosexuality.
Well I believe @soratami was going for an anthemic vibe for the indie rock rate. . It’s not surprising that most of the indie rock artists songs would have crossover success into the “mainstream.”

Yeah, a lot of the songs in the indie rock rate were quite big at the time, I imagine most people (who aren't @Music Is Death's age) will probably be familiar with at least a good part of the song list. The indie pop side is a bit more, let's say, Pitchfork-y (but in a good way, I swear), but there are a few big songs there as well.
 
Not me arguing with the Animal Collective pick just for the band not to make the final cut nn. I only recognize like 20 songs at most in the list but I'm willing to try doing this!

nn I'm sorry, but honestly their songs are a bit too dense/intense, they just didn't really fit the fairly mellow vibe of the indie pop song list. They'll be featured in one of the "songs we could have rated" posts though at least.
 
Hmmm, I don't know the majority of the songs here (although I recognize a lot of the artists) and I'm about to go back to work in a few days for what is shaping up to be another stressful and draining academic year... but do I really want to miss my chance to give "Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl" an 11?

Decisions, decisions.
 

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