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The Best Country Indie Songs

The tradition of indie bands soaking up the influences from country goes all the way back to the late '70s and early '80s. More recently, Jess Williamson, Waxahatchee, Faye Webster, Florry and Fust are just a few of the indie artists soaking up the influences of country and Americana.

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The tradition of indie bands soaking up the influences from country goes all the way back to the late '70s and early '80s. More recently, Jess Williamson, Waxahatchee, Faye Webster, Florry and Fust are just a few of the indie artists soaking up the influences of country and Americana.

April 9, 2024 1:45 pm GMT
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It seems like every time an English indie guitar band goes over to SXSW these days they come back home wearing a cowboy hat extolling the joys of two-stepping and telling anyone who’ll listen about Townes Van Zandt, but the tradition of indie bands soaking up the influences of country and americana goes back to a time long before that.

Jonathan Richman made a whole album of country songs, Orange Juice added a little red dirt twang to their Scottish indie pop sound on Texas Fever back in the early '80s and Eugene Kelly from The Vaselines and Isobel Campbell from Belle & Sebastian discovered their hidden country sides after going solo.

More recently, Jess Williamson and Waxahatchee recorded one of the most quintessential country records of recent years when they got together to form Plains. Phoebe Bridgers and boygenius have never shied away from the influence that Taylor Swift and The Chicks had on them, while indie artists like Faye Webster, Florry and Fust have all got a country edge to their cool slacker pop.

We’ve put together our favourites in our Holler playlist of The Best Country Indie Songs for those of you who like a little bit of slap, crackle, and twang with your indie pop.

See the full tracklist below:

  1. 1.

    Abilene

    Plains

  2. 2.

    Time Ain't Accidental

    Jess Williamson

  3. 3.

    Right Back to It

    Waxahatchee and MJ Lenderman

  4. 4.

    I'm In Love

    Slaughter Beach, Dog

  5. 5.

    Cowgirl Giving

    Florry

  6. 6.

    Naturally

    Sarah Gross

  7. 7.

    Johnny Cash

    Sofia Wolfson

  8. 8.

    Daisy

    Anna St. Louis

  9. 9.

    Can't Cut Loose

    Erin Rae

  10. 10.

    Country

    Sam Evian

  11. 11.

    Keeps Me Running

    Esther Rose

  12. 12.

    Who Did You Leave For Me

    Molly Parden

  13. 13.

    Sadness As A Gift

    Adrienne Lenker

  14. 14.

    It's Not A Sad Thing

    Faye Webster

  15. 15.

    Motion Sickness

    Phoebe Bridgers

  16. 16.

    How Quickly Your Heart Mends

    Courtney Marie Andrews

  17. 17.

    My Love Mine All Mine

    Mitski

  18. 18.

    Big Time

    Angel Olsen and Sturgill Simpson

  19. 19.

    New Song

    Maggie Rogers and Del Water Gap

  20. 20.

    Wide Open Spaces

    Soccer Mommy

  21. 21.

    Cool About It

    boygenius

  22. 22.

    Shampoo

    Izaak Opatz

  23. 23.

    Aloe Vera

    Chris Acker

  24. 24.

    Runnin

    Ohtis

  25. 25.

    Suburban Outlaw

    Maggie Antone

  26. 26.

    Violent Jubilee

    Fust

  27. 27.

    She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Double)

    Wednesday

  28. 28.

    You're Still The One

    Christian Lee Hutson and Julia Jacklin

  29. 29.

    Everywhere I Go

    Cat Clyde

  30. 30.

    Pigeons

    Bill Callahan

  31. 31.

    Big Love

    Camera Obscura

  32. 32.

    Born For Loving You

    Big Thief

  33. 33.

    Lucky

    Teethe

  34. 34.

    i was all over her

    salvia palth

  35. 35.

    Nothing on This Earth Can Make Me Smile

    Dougie Poole

  36. 36.

    get clean

    vegas water taxi

  37. 37.

    Lamplight

    Del Water Gap

  38. 38.

    El Paso

    Howdy

  39. 39.

    I Try

    Kacey Johansing

  40. 40.

    Tonight

    Katy J Pearson

  41. 41.

    The Light Of Day

    Kacy & Clayton

  42. 42.

    Roll Back Your Clocks

    Buck Meek

  43. 43.

    Tear Us Apart

    Becca Mancari

  44. 44.

    Karaoke Angel

    Molly Sarlé

  45. 45.

    Long Wave

    Bonny Doon

  46. 46.

    One Of These Days

    Bedouine

  47. 47.

    Both My Friends

    Harrison Whitford

  48. 48.

    Every Once In A While

    Cut Worms

  49. 49.

    Anything But Me

    MUNA

  50. 50.

    Shanghai Cigarettes

    Caitlin Rose

  51. 51.

    Wakin on a Pretty Day

    Kurt Vile

  52. 52.

    Pressure to Party

    Julia Jacklin

  53. 53.

    Let Me Get There

    Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

  54. 54.

    By Your Side

    Beachwood Sparks

  55. 55.

    Fade Into You

    Mazzy Star

  56. 56.

    Corner Store

    Jonatha Richman

  57. 57.

    The Day I Went Down to Texas

    Orange Juice

  58. 58.

    I'm Holding You

    Ween

  59. 59.

    Steak For Chicken

    Moldy Peaches

  60. 60.

    Older Faster

    Eugene Kelly

  61. 61.

    (Do You Wanna) Come Walk with Me

    Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

  62. 62.

    Checking Out

    Divorce

  63. 63.

    Never Love Again

    Sentimental Family Band

  64. 64.

    Fiddle

    Bad Flamingo

  65. 65.

    Five and Dime

    Hazel English

  66. 66.

    Valleys (My Love)

    Whitney

  67. 67.

    Town

    Val Son

  68. 68.

    There Was A Moon

    Magic AL and Molly Searle

  69. 69.

    Smoke Signals

    Phoebe Bridgers

  70. 70.

    Pretend You Love Me

    Sonny & The Sunsets

  71. 71.

    Heartbreaker

    Girls

  72. 72.

    Time Is Just the Same

    Isobel Campbell

  73. 73.

    Cowgirl in a Ditch

    Florry

  74. 74.

    Asheville Blues

    Adeem the Artist

  75. 75.

    Drunk on a Plane

    Izaak Opatz

  76. 76.

    TV Dinners

    MJ Lenderman

  77. 77.

    Cool Dry Place

    Katy Kirby

  78. 78.

    Teeth Marks

    S.G. Goodman

  79. 79.

    Hot Rotten Grass Smell

    Wednesday

  80. 80.

    Morning Zoo

    Ratboys

  81. 81.

    Dreamer Boy

    Suckerpunch

  82. 82.

    Low Sun

    Hermanos Gutiérrez

  83. 83.

    Oom Sha La La

    Haley Heynderickx

  84. 84.

    Broadview

    Slow Pulp

  85. 85.

    Cowboy Nudes

    Geese

  86. 86.

    Chevrolet Van

    The Nude Party

  87. 87.

    You Can't Stay The Same

    Bonny Doon and Waxahatchee

  88. 88.

    Ponies in Town

    Jess Williamson

  89. 89.

    Donut Sam

    Adrienne Lenker

  90. 90.

    Right Side of My Neck

    Faye Webster

  91. 91.

    It Must Be Someone Else's Fault

    Courtney Marie Andrews

  92. 92.

    All The Good Times

    Angel Olsen

  93. 93.

    If Only You Played Football As Well As You Played Girls

    Maggie Antone

  94. 94.

    Betty

    Christian Lee Hutson

  95. 95.

    Emmylou

    The Best Westerns

  96. 96.

    Wanna Give My Love

    The Sons of Rainier

  97. 97.

    Room in the City

    Kassi Valazza

  98. 98.

    Fort Benton

    Caroline Keys

  99. 99.

    Neon Lights

    The Lostines

  100. 100.

    Groggy Morning

    Steph Green

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