10 Best Indie Music Playlists on Spotify


Looking for the best indie music playlists on Spotify?

Same. Here’s the ultimate compilation.

Spotify revolutionized our music listening habits in several different ways. However, one of the biggest contributions of this platform was how much more widespread playlists became. That happened for a lot of reasons. To start with, Spotify made it a lot easier to set up playlists. Coincidentally or not, at the same time, it just so happened that people’s musical tastes were also becoming more diverse.

The stage was set. Enter: the wide world of indie music playlists.

Now, if you are on the lookout for indie playlists, be warned that not all of them are equally brilliant. If you want to find the best that this platform has to offer, you’ll need to do a little bit of digging. While there are some sites like the guitar pal that can point you in the right direction, you’ll also have to trust your own ears – and ours. If you like us.

Without further ado, we present to you the 10 best indie music playlists on Spotify – by our definition, at least. These are the indie music playlists that will really broaden your horizons.

1. BIRP! by BIRP!

There really is a lot to like with this playlist. To start with, it’s a great mix of both indie pop and indie rock, so that you get to switch things up. The other perk is that the songs that you are familiar with will be peppered with new and unusual tracks. Therefore, you will always be pleasantly surprised.

2. Crack In The Road New Music On Repeat by Crack In The Road

There are so many indie artists out there and it can be difficult to keep track of them all. However, if you tune into this playlist, you won’t have that problem again. This playlist isn’t just focused on bringing you the newest indie tracks. It also makes an effort to showcase the talents of artists that you may not be aware of yet.

3. New Indie Generation by Indie Mono

On a similar note, the New Indie Generation is the playlist you need if you are looking for hidden gems. Most independent musicians on this playlist are actually undiscovered. So, you probably wouldn’t have found them by yourself. If you want to stay on top of things, this is the playlist to rely on.

4. KEXP Song of the Day by KEXP

This Seattle radio station isn’t just another moneymaking machine. Rather, it has been responsible for setting trends and keeping people on the right track with indie music. That’s why this playlist should definitely be something you lock onto. You can listen to everything from both well-known as well as up-and-coming artists.

5. Dreampop/Shoegaze/Lo-Fi Buffet by Chris Chan

Although it isn’t updated too often, this playlist offers plenty of material to listen to. So, what’s the best part of it? Well, you are certainly unlikely to listen to anything quite like it. For listeners looking for something beautiful and wistful, you will certainly hit the jackpot with this playlist.

6. Songpickr: 2018 Best Songs by Songpickr

If you prefer the slightly folksier sounds of indie music, this playlist will definitely deliver. You can expect a lot of Americana-based tunes and find plenty of independent singer-songwriters featured as well. This is largely because they accept music from even relatively unknown artists. As a result, you really do get to listen to some new and unusual tunes.

7. NPR All Songs Considered (Unofficial) by Fri Tsch

While this playlist certainly borrows from NPR, you can expect a more coalesced experience. You will not have to waste time listening to the dregs of the radio station. Instead, you are treated to the best of the best and lots of it. It is a great way to build up your music collection.

8. I Never Learned to Drive by David Greenwald

Sometimes, you just have to rely on the professionals to see what good music is out there. Well, David Greenwald would definitely be the guy to turn to. He is a reputed former music critic but keeps himself busy these days by stringing together playlists that weave a dreamy spell over the listener.

9. Indie Workout by Spotify

All right, we caved. Every now and then Spotify comes up with some pretty good indie playlists. What makes this one stand out from the others, though, is that it offers great music to blast through your headphones while working up a sweat. At the same time, it is suited for all indie music lovers. What more could you ask for?

10. KCRW Top Tracks by KCRW

KCRW is yet another LA-based radio station that’s featured here with good reason. Not only does it boast an indie-heavy playlist, but you are sure to find lots of new and undiscovered music on it as well.

Bonus Playlist / Shameless Plug: Sunday Stories by Two Story Melody

Yes, this is our indie music playlist. It’s a bit different in that it’s only 10 songs at any given point – but it’s also updated weekly, so the finds are constantly fresh. And, like our site in general, it’s focused around the indie music that leans into storytelling. We dig it. We hope you do, too.

So, there you have it: the top ten playlists for indie music. Regardless of what your music tastes are, they are sure to be quenched by what these playlists have to offer.

And if you’re still looking for more sources of good indie music, go check out our top 10 indie music blogs. Go ahead. Do it.

And either way, here’s to great music.


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Shawn November 10, 2018 - 12:34 pm

A lot of these playlists are really good! So much good indie music out there. Thanks Natalie!

Jay July 22, 2019 - 11:14 pm

Try Indie Apocalypse. It has over 450 indie songs by various artists. Real good mix to get a feel of great indie artists. Just hit shuffle. https://open.spotify.com/user/josephabes-us/playlist/0rQ4JogJ2U5Z0XR2RqVo75?si=-Pnt6sQsReCHsxhlaChp_A


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