The Best Indie / Alternative Songs of 2016

After an entire year of listening to thousands of submissions and running neck and neck comparisons, we’re proud to present our annual playlist that features 50+ of the best indie / alternative tracks for you to jump and down about! There are some artists who you will recognize (ex. Chvrches, BROODS, Wild Nothing, A Tribe Called Red), but there’s others who might be brand new to you (ex. Yessica Whoaneil, Chris Staples).

Listen at any time of the day / night, with or without headphones, over lunch, on the bus, at work, or while entertaining!

Add a comment below if you like what you hear or if you think that song should be included in the playlist! :)

Listed alphabetically by artist (except for the first four songs)

Don’t Miss:
The Best Songs of 20172015 (on Spotify) / 2014 / 2013 / 2012

Don’t Miss:
The Best Songs of 20172015 (on Spotify) / 2014 / 2013 / 2012

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Aaron McMillan

Aaron is the Founder / Chief Editor and curator of Indie Underground. He was the Festival / Music Director for the 2017 Dundas Street Festival and the Music Director in 2016. He is scene builder / promoter for select events in London Ontario, Toronto, Canada, and Southwestern Ontario. When Aaron's not working on Indie Underground, you'll usually find him at a concert or DIY event. He's a sucker for anything that glows in the dark and the company of his cat, Charlie. Watch for Aaron to make a return to DJing in 2018 when he will begin to mix Trance.