Out of the Gate – Top 25 ALTERNATIVE Hits (so far) of 2016

cage the elephant

Alternative music has a strong and creative vibe already this year and may be poised to make a larger impact on pop and rock music in the coming months. Veterans like Weezer (top) and newer groups like Cage the Elephant (above) and the Strumbellas (below) are spicing up the charts with songs that seem simultaneously fresh and retro.

strumbellas on plane

Chart and Synopsis by Rick Hiduk

The following list focuses on the alternative songs that have made the biggest impact on me so far this year. Many made their debut in 2015 but either peaked in popularity in January and February of this year or are still climbing the charts.

  1. Cage the Elephant – Mess Around
  2. Strumbellas – Spirits
  3. Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime
  4. Weezer – Thank God For Girls
  5. Foals – Mountain at My Gates
  6. Nothing But Thieves – Trip Switch
  7. Vance Joy – Fire & the Flood
  8. Jr Jr – Gone
  9. Foo Fighters – Saint Cecelia
  10. Wombats – Give Me a Try
  11. Mumford & Sons – Ditmus
  12. Shinedown – State of My Head
  13. Lucius – Born Again Teen
  14. Lumineers – Ophelia
  15. Cold War Kids – First
  16. Imagine Dragons – Roots
  17. Twenty One Pilots – Ride
  18. Elle King – Under the Influence
  19. Andrew MacMahon & the Wilderness – High Dive
  20. El Vi – Return to the Moon
  21. Florence & the Machine – Delilah
  22. New Beat Fund – Sikka Taken the Hard Way
  23. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
  24. Lukas Graham – Seven Years
  25. The Struts – Kiss This


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