I’m going to let you in on one of the great secrets of the universe: the best music is never on the radio. Luckily, I don’t have a car, so I rarely find myself listening to the radio. Instead, I scour Spotify for the best indie music and share it with you all! This week, I’m talking all things radio songs that aren’t actually played on the radio! You’ll see what I mean.
I haven’t listened to a ton of Lostboycrow, but this song is definitely one of my favorites. Anyone else sick of searching through the silence like there’s nothing on the radio?
This is a hell of a throwback! I remember getting into The Royal Concept because their song “On Our Way” was the theme song for a season of Food Network Star when I was back in high school. As one does, I listened to their entire discography and “Radio” has always been one of my favorites!
I was first introduced to Twenty One Pilots in college. I remember listening to their album Vessel over and over and over! If you like Car Radio, I recommend that you give the rest of the album a listen-in order, of course! This, like much of Marianas Trench’s discography, must be listened to in order, and in full. I don’t make the rules.
You know I had to include this one! This was one of those songs that I heard at roller rinks and malls when I was younger. It’s a classic, and I still find myself listening to it all the time!
What is it with me and indie bands formed in the Midwest!? My latest obsession is 90’s Kids. Their nostalgic sound and reference to mixtapes in this song make it one of my favorites on this list. Side note: if anyone out there wants to make me a mixtape…well, I wouldn’t be opposed!
I know that “Video Killed the Radio Star” would’ve been the obvious fit here, but I’m too enamored with this song not to include it! The glory days are gone, but everything’s okay! And side note, thi song was featured on Teen Wolf, so you know it’s a good one.
I read an interview once in which Sean Scanlon, the lead singer of Smallpools, talked about what this song meant and what it meant to him. At its core, this song is about how heartbreak is almost essential to creating good art. Though I’ve always found that argument compelling, now that I have firsthand experience writing sadness into my material, it hits a lot harder.