Independent Music Chart


Independent Chart - Allergic to the mainstream? Check out our top 20 indie tracks. Created by combining how many times the song has been played with your ratings, DJBooth's charts help turn today's brand new music into tomorrow's hit tracks.


January 21, 2013 Chart Recap*Last week’s front-runners, Mac Miller‘s “All the Time” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” fall to third and fourth this week, clearing the way for Joey BadA$$ “Unorthodox” …...Read More


Joey BadA$$

#1 - Joey BadA$$ - Unorthodox

Showcasing an agile, brainy lyrical style over beats that sound like they hopped a time machine from the 1990s, Joey BadA$$ is unique among hip-hop's current freshman class. That Unorthodox style, of course, is exactly why...Read More

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Rittz

#2 - Rittz ft. Tech N9ne - Bloody Murdah (Remix)

If I can be allowed to drop some insider info, Rittz originally hoped to include Tech N9ne on the original version of Bloody Murdah, but the Strange Music head honcho was too busy, you know, touring more than anyone ever to...Read More

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Mac Miller

#3 - Mac Miller ft. Ab-Soul - All the Time

Released under the Pittsburgh indie phenom's “Larry Fisherman” alias, Mac Miller's last feature, Doodling in the Key of C Sharp, earned him props for his willingness to think outside the box, but was a little too...Read More

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Macklemore x Ryan Lewis

#4 - Macklemore x Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz - Thrift Shop

Sometimes I wonder just how the Seattle bred Irishman Macklemore does what he does. Coming off his most recent release, Same Love, which eloquently addressed the underlying issues associated with homosexuality and same-sex...Read More

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The Palmer Squares

#5 - The Palmer Squares - Rahdahdah

You may recall The Palmer Squares first Booth feature, Spooky Language, which graced our homepage this past May. The only thing spooky about the dynamic duo, however, is the disappearing act they pulled after introducing...Read More

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Boy Wonder

#6 - Boy Wonder ft. 2 Chainz & Ree$e - 2 of Everything

When Noah was stocking his ark, the Man Upstairs instructed him to include a pair of every living creature. Why? It's obvious: if having one of something is dope, then having two must logically be twice as dope. (OK, it might...Read More

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Talib Kweli

#7 - Talib Kweli ft. Black Thought & Rah Digga - Art Imitates Life

Remember those old Gatorade commercials where female soccer star Mia Hamm would compete against Michael Jordan, while the song "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)" played in the background? Consider Art Imitates Life, a...Read More

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Thurz

#8 - Thurz - Acura Legend

When Thurz is rolling down the block, he prefers to do it in an Acura Legend. Not because of the vehicle's high performance and luxurious options—although those are certainly dope—but because its model name lets onlookers...Read More

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G-Eazy

#9 - G-Eazy x DJ Carnage - Loaded

On single Loaded, DJ Carnage grabbed the mic to inform the public on the bulging status of his bankroll. Nearly six months later, the Los Angeles representer is still rich--thus, he's decided to reiterate the point (with a...Read More

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Nino Bless

#10 - Nino Bless ft. Cambatta, Styles P & Crooked I - The Watchmen

In his Satires, the Roman poet Juvenal posed the question, “Who watches The Watchmen?” (You may remember the quote from Alan Moore's graphic novel, or its '09 cinematic adaptation.) Nearly two milennia later, we have our...Read More

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Wax

#11 - Wax - We Can't All Be Heroes

As a kid, you might have been told that if you work hard, you can be anything you want to be. While this is all well and good, it is not the most realistic motto. Perhaps some brutal honesty and a dose of reality courtesy of...Read More

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Savant (aka Stanstro)

#12 - Savant aka Stanstro ft. Dray Brown - The Illest

Savant (aka Stanstro) might want to get his flu shot ASAP. Why? Because on his new single, and DJBooth debut, the Chicago emcee claims he is The Illest. Please don’t take my bad joke as any indication of the quality of the...Read More

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12th Letter

#13 - 12th Letter ft. Frank Ryan - Higher

Hold on to your fitteds, Booth readers, because this one's a shocker: despite bearing the title “Higher” and being the work of an artist whose stage name is a thinly-veiled reference to spliffs, The 12th Letter's first...Read More

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Wax

#14 - Wax - I Shoulda Tried Harder

With thousands of loyal fans and several dope projects under his belt, I think it's safe to say that Wax is doing well for himself. Even so, the Booth fave can't help but wonder how things might have gone if he'd actually had...Read More

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Classified

#15 - Classified ft. David Myles - Inner Ninja

No matter where you stand on the Ninjas vs. Pirates debate, everyone can agree that it would be pretty damn sweet to be a Ninja. The closest most of us get to being real ninja is dressing like one on Halloween or playing...Read More

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Macklemore x Ryan Lewis

#16 - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert - Same Love

UPDATE: Click "Watch Video" for the brand new visuals to Same Love While still a long, long way from becoming part of the mainstream, hip-hop's acceptance of gay rights is undoubtedly on the rise; or at the very least,...Read More

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Ab-Soul

#17 - Ab-Soul ft. Kendrick Lamar - ILLuminate

When you're shining as brightly as Ab-Soul, there's no sense in hiding your light under a bushel. On a newly-released cut off his next studio album, the Top Dawg Entertainment buzzmaker sets out to ILLuminate the whole damn...Read More

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Input

#18 - Input ft. Nikkiya - Spirits Fly

Though Input is a native of Denver, Colorado, he attended high school in neighboring Columbine, at the institution of the same name. On April 20, 1999, he lived through the deadliest mass killing ever to occur at an American...Read More

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Yonas

#19 - YONAS - Temptation

For a talented young artist from a humble background, the music industry offers no shortage of Temptations, but if there's anyone with the strength of will to make it to the top without compromising his principles, it's...Read More

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Nameluss

#20 - Nameluss ft. Yonas & Shade Sheist - Let Me Know

If your New Years resolution was to join a gym, but after just a few short weeks you're feeling lackluster about pumping iron, then take a listen to Nameluss’ new cut, Let Me Know. On the emcee's third Booth appearance, his...Read More

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MaG

#21 - MaG - beat goes on...

After listening to MaG’s latest Booth feature, beat goes on…, I think it's more than fair to put him in the same category as Picasso and Van Gogh. I know that neither were a recording artist, but hear read me out. On beat...Read More

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Koncept

#22 - Koncept ft. REKS - Give It Up

It's been a hot minute since last we featured some fresh solo material from Koncept--more than a year, in fact. But I'm happy to say the dry spell is over; with a new EP on the way, the Brown Bag All-Stars rapper and producer...Read More

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r.O.b

#23 - r.O.b ft. Tezo - Guns n Butter

Whether it's Beyoncé and Jay-Z or a little bit of gold and a pager, hip-hop is no stranger to 1-2 punch pairings. NY-born, Philly-raised emcce r.O.b looks to add to the list of combinations with his new cut Guns n Butter....Read More

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