Songs of the Summer – Which Indie Hits Should Be Your Summer Soundtrack?

music distributionThere are so many different modes of music distribution, digitally and physically, that deciding what to listen to can be overwhelming. Luckily, we have compiled a list of Indie artists with new music that you need to listen to this summer, whether you’re on vacation by the beach or chilling at home.

Sufjan Stevens                        

While Stevens has been making music for a decade and a half, his first album in fifteen years was just released to widespread critical acclaim, many calling it his best. It is one of his more stripped-back and folksy albums; always nostalgic, and sometimes melancholy. Relax and reminisce on old times while listening to Stevens this summer.

Song to listen to: Should Have Known Better

Shamir Bailey

Shamir’s debut album will drop in late May, yet he has already gained recognition as one of hip hop’s rising stars. Known for his androgynous style and his intelligent raps, his infectious songs will have you singing along all summer.

Song to listen to: On the Regular

Ryn Weaver

Last year, Ryn Weaver’s catchy single “Octahate” became a viral hit, and was backed by stars like Charli XCX, Passion Pit, and Cashmere Cat. Her newest album will drop in June, and she’s touring across the United States. You can see her at some of the most popular summer music festivals, as she’s already performed at South by Southwest and Coachella, and is set to appear at Firefly, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo.

Song to listen to: Promises


If you’re looking for an Indie spin on the homegrown, Americana style, Houndmouth should be your artist to watch this summer. The quartet from Indiana has been making music together since 2011, and just recently released their second album, which is full of new hits.

Song to listen to: Sedona

Courtney Barnett

Barnett is a new artist hailing from Melbourne, Australia. She just released her first album in March, and has already received mentions from both Rolling Stone and the New York Times. She’s a singer-songwriter known for her narrative lyrics, and will be touring North America all summer, so you can see her perform live.

Song to listen to: History Eraser


Garrett Borns, who performs as Børns, just released his first single late last year, but has already been identified as one of the rising stars in Indie pop music. His debut EP was full of groovy, catchy songs that highlight his unique voice. You can catch him this summer on tour with Charli XCX, or watch his set at Lollapalooza in late July.

Song to listen to: Candy

Tove Lo

She has been making music since 2006, but her album “Queen of Clouds” released last year skyrocketed her to fame, despite it having relatively little promotion or investment in music distribution before its release. Her hits “Habits (Stay High)” and “Talking Body” seem to be playing on the radio non-stop, and she seems to be everywhere as well; playing at major music festivals and touring across the US, giving you many chances to see her perform this summer.

Song to listen to: Habits (Stay High)

These artists have all made great music for you to enjoy this summer, but there are countless other musicians out there with fantastic songs as well. To discover new indie artists, learn more about music distribution, and keep up with indie trends, follow our blog.

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