Sam’s Song Recs: Songs that’ll Make You Turn Up the Radio

Sam's Radio Picks

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. 

“Where it All Goes” by Lostboycrow

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?

“Radio” by The Royal Concept

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!

“Car Radio” by Twenty One Pilots

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.

Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine

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!

“Adeline” by 90’s Kids

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!

“Internet Killed the Video Star” by The Limousines ft. Tommy Sunshine

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.

“Here’s to the Zeros” by Marianas Trench

If no guitar was allowed on the radio, I would be very sad indeed! Luckily, there’s plenty of rock and roll in this M Trench single.

“DJs and Porsches” by Smallpools

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.

“Johnny Cash” by RAC and Scavenger Hunt

This is one of the synthier songs on this week’s list! With Springsteen references, addictive guitar and more, this is the song you’ve been looking for.

“Golden” by Jet Black Alley Cat

Listen guys, when was the last time you heard a band name that flows as well as Jet Black Alley Cat!? i love their band name, and their music. I recommend giving this whole album a listen, but Golden is a great place to start!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed checking out this week’s songs! The full playlist is available here.


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