Your Indie Playlist to Welcome 2016

Posted at December 28th, 2015 | by Anam Siddiqui | in

As we count the days and box up all the good memories that 2015 gave us, let us take a moment to appreciate all the good music that came our way all year round. While some songs became hit instantly, others remained untouched by the hyped commercialism. From the deep realms of infinite symphonies that 2015 bestowed upon us, we searched for you the top 10 indie songs which touched us greatly, and which will help to embrace 2016 in its full fervor. So as you brew some coffee and sit with your loved ones, here are the song recommendations for the peaceful time that one deserves.

Heartless by Milo Greene

The band considers its genre to be Cinematic Pop, released their new album Control (2015), which departs from the more folk – based sounds of their previous work. They personally, stole my heart with “Autumn Tree”, however, “Heartless” is promising with its upbeat and percussive music, a perfect listen for the New Year.

Someone new by Hozier

Hozier with his new song, inspires one to go out and experiment, take chances and be fearless. The video is eye catching featuring lovely Natalie Dormer as fierce as always, also the glimpses of the Irish singer crooning the soulful lovely melody, which is bound to uplift your spirits. So, fall in love just a little, oh a little bit every day with someone new

Anchor by Novo Amor

Novo Amor carved its place in the hearts of the people with songs like “From Gold” and “Welcome to the Jungle”. Though in 2015, the folk artist from U.K. surprised us with the “Anchor”, which carries such strong sentiments that are bound to leave an indelible imprint in the minds of the listeners.

If you ever want to be in love by James Bay

The debutante of 2015, took us by storm with the album Chaos and the Calm. James Bay tinkers with genres like Folk pop, blues and soft rock, and elevate the listeners to the level of transcendence. ‘Let it go’ and ‘Scars’ are another songs from the same album, that are worth listening to, and perhaps, to be added into ‘the playlist’.

Catch in the Dark by Passenger

The soothing song is taken from Passenger’s sixth studio album Whispers – II, of which all the songs are written by Mike Rosenberg. “loving her is like playing catch in the dark”… the beautiful song has influences of folk and pop fusion, and is sure to make you have a sing along.

Spectre by Radiohead


Sam Smith’s “Writing on the wall” which became a rage in the music world, came as a shock to some who were expecting Radiohead to compose for the James Bond movie. However, the band released the track as a Christmas present to the masses, which is a easy going, smooth ballad that would suit a 007 film as well as to our wintery mood.

Dark Bird is Home by The Tallest Man On Earth

The song taken from the recently released album of the same name, has influences of folk and the blues. The song is ideal for those silent lapses and retrospection periods, when you reminisce over the happy memories and look forward to the new ones that 2016 has in store for you.

This must be the place by Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell

Sing into my mouth is a the covers album, deriving its name from a lyric from The Talking Heads song “this must be the place (naïve melody)”. The singer’s simplistic yet haunting approach to harmony and pitch, makes it the perfect 2016 playlist song.

Creepy Cool by The Jungle Giants

The song features an amazing chorus that consistently manages to get the listeners excited and uplifts the mood. The band has often been compared to The kooks, San Cisco and Spoon, has managed to maintain its stature with this catchy song.

Creatures of Habit by The Kooks

The band with this song has proved that it is indeed not the Creature of Habit. Their music has undergone various tweaks and changes and the final product is indeed awe-worthy. The song is produced by Isom Innis of Foster the People, showing the influence of psych rock jam, giving it multiple reasons to be played out this New Year’s Eve.

This list is in no means perfect or complete,but the mere tracks suggestion which deserve to be heard by one and all, and not remained buried under the wild chaos of nonsensical droning. Feel free to discover and suggest some more hidden gems of your own finding in the comments below.

Anam Siddiqui


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