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Best indie/alternative songs to vibe to


Photo by Allyson Smith

Story by Makenzie Hofert, Staff Writer

Music tends to always have a push towards the mood we are feeling so I decided to give a list of my favorite music and the mood it coordinates with.

Relaxing – these songs tend to have calming riffs and softer tones that make you “loosen up.” Listen to these songs when you are in a good mood and are relaxed.

  • “Gooey” by Glass Animals
  • “Cocoa Hooves” by Glass Animals
  • “Chamber of Reflection” by Mac DeMarco
  • “Give It to Me” by HOMESHAKE
  • “Show Me How” by Men I Trust
  • “Locket” by Crumb
  • “Warned You” by Good Morning
  • “Uncomfortable” by Wallows
  • “Friends” by levitation room
  • “Sunflower” by Rex Orange County


Vibey- these songs are somewhat loud and soft at the same time, giving you the best music to thrive to. Listen to this music when you are doing something you enjoy and it makes you feel fulfilled.

  • “Toes” by Glass Animals
  • “Lemon Glow” by Beach House
  • “Ditch” by Gus Dapperton
  • “Cop Killer” by John Maus
  • “Making a Fool of You” by HOMESHAKE
  • “Wandering, I” by Sunbeam Sound Machine
  • “Shalala” by Moses Gunn Collective
  • “Driving to Hawaii” by Summer Salt
  • “Solitude Is Bliss” by Tame Impala
  • “Come a Little Closer” by Cage The Elephant


Energetic- Listen to these songs when doing something you don’t enjoy and it will brighten your mood and let you complete any task you set your mind to. This music is loud and full of emotion. It makes you feel wild and makes you wanna dance all the dang time.

  • “The Less I Know The Better” by Tame Impala
  • “American Spirits” by Inner Wave
  • “Sail” by AWOLNATION
  • “Elephant” by Tame Impala
  • “Tangerine” by Beach Fossils
  • “Can I Call You Tonight?” by Dayglow
  • “Rockaway” by Summer Salt
  • “Borderline” by Tame Impala
  • “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” by Tame Impala’
  • “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.


Reminisce- Sometimes it’s nice to listen to songs that bring up the best moods you haven’t heard in a while. This music feels as if it’s in the past and sometimes forgotten but it sure is a mood lifter.

  • “Breezeblocks” by alt-J
  • “When I’m Small” by Phantogram
  • “Otherside” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Man in the Sixties” by Balue
  • “Electric Feel” by MGMT
  • “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd
  • “Clouds” by BøRNS
  • “Summer” by Calvin Harris
  • “Peach Pit” by Peach Pit
  • “This Old Dog” by Mac DeMarco


Uplifting- This music can turn your day from bad to good real fast. The songs have softer rhythms and make you feel happier after moments of listening.

  • “Prune, You Talk Funny” by Gus Dapperton
  • “Way to be Loved” by TOPS
  • “Lost In Yesterday” by Tame Impala
  • “My Kind of Woman” by Mac DeMarco
  • “Your Hand Holding Mine” by Yellow Days
  • “Adversity” by Beach Fossils
  • “The Way Things Change” by Yellow Days
  • “Gap in the Clouds” by Yellow Days
  • “Youth” by Glass Animals
  • “Pretty Girl” by Clairo

Music always has a place in changing our emotions based on what we are listening to. It can change the way we feel in a moment solely based on the emotions that radiate off those particular songs and it succeeds every time.