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Indie Music: The all-time indie rock charts

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Indie music originally meant that the music was distributed by an independent label - not a market-leading label such as Sony Music Entertainment or Warner Music Group. These industry giants discovered rock music as a commercial draft horse in the 1970s and produced increasingly bombastic arrangements and stage shows. Opposed to this were the indie labels who rejected this commercialism and signed hard-to-market bands with higher artistic demands. Then, in the late 1990s, indie rock made its own commercial breakthrough. The golden era of indie music came through the success of bands like The Strokes, The Hives and The Libertines. The term indie music is very versatile, it unites numerous different musical styles. British bands were often traded under the term "Britpop" at this time. Are we missing a hit from the playlist? Then let us know!

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Indie rock, sometimes also alternative rock, has its roots in British punk. He is classified as having a low-budget attitude and a tendency to “do it yourself”. Later indie music was heavily influenced by American grunge. The term Britpop is used for British indie rock, but was rejected by bands like Oasis, for whom it was actually coined.

In the 2000s, spurred on by free access to music through the Internet, the gatekeeper function of the major labels also fell. Indie bands could suddenly become internet stars overnight through Youtube, Napster, Myspace or their own blogs. This development has done musical diversity very well, even if the commercial incentive in the music sector has clearly decreased due to illegal downloads. The most commercially successful indie bands of this high phase were The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Hives and The Vines. The band names led to the fact that the indie genre was also called that of "The" bands in the 2000s.

Originally, indie hits stood for independence from large music groups. The majors' fixation on mass success without high quality standards led to this counter-movement. Especially in times of crisis, the music industry tends to avoid experiments and thus musical progress. This is where the niche of small independent labels emerged. In the 1990s, the term became the genre name that is still known today. You can find an eclectic mix with punk, electro, wave and rock elements. Of course, the success of the indie bands did not go unnoticed by the major labels, which is why many “indie” musicians have long been recording on major labels or sublabels. The term now stands for a very broad style of music and no longer for an independent record company.