Is There An Indie Rock Conspiracy? (Featuring Joywave)

Many people write us with musical maladies and conspiracies. A recent one caught our attention. Daniel Armbruster, lead vocalist of indie band Joywave, has been hearing the same melody in tracks across the Alternative Songs charts. He believes that this hook could be the secret to securing a spot on the Billboard 100. Nate and Charlie investigate this issue, traveling from the contemporary charts all the way back to a fundamental musical scale. The stakes are high: is it possible to hack your way into a hit alt-rock song?

Songs Discussed

  • Young The Giant – Superposition
  • Cold War Kids – First
  • Sir Sly – &Run
  • Joywave, KOPPS – Tongues
  • Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
  • Lady Gaga – Bad Romance 
  • AJR – Burn the House Down
  • Twenty One Pilots – Chlorine
  • The Black Keys – Lo/Hi
  • Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen – Longshot
  • Cage The Elephant – Ready To Let Go
  • Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
  • SHAED – Trampoline
  • Oliver Tree – Hurt
  • The Lumineers – Ho Hey