Though Amy Ray and Emily Saliers first met in elementary school in Georgia, they didn’t become friends until high school, but it wasn’t until they attended Emory University that the two began seriously performing together.
They self-produced their first album, "Strange Fire" in 1987, which Epic Records re-released in 1989. To date, they have produced 13 studio albums, four live albums and several compilations.
Indigo Girls are political and environmental activists, amazing live entertainers, and their music eclipses time.
Be warned: They are deep. But, if you're looking for some inspiration for self reflection, there is no better music to listen to than Indigo Girls.
If you haven’t had time to give Indigo Girls a listen, here are 14 amazing songs you’re missing.
From the Swamp Ophelia album, Least Complicated is classic Indigo Girls. From the start of the song, the listener is put at ease with the casual rhythm, but the song soon picks up and swells into a full on toe-tapper. With thoughtful and catchy lyrics you can’t help but sing along as you're cruising on the highway to unknown and exciting destinations.
Released in 1992, Galileo is from the Rites of Passage album and is the first Indigo Girls' song to break the top ten of any chart. The song is about reincarnation partially through the lense of Galileo, the 17th century physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher. If you've ever felt off, out of place, or downright awkward about life, you need to give Galileo a listen. You're guaranteed to feel a whole lot better, even inspired, by the end of this catchy and inspirational tune.
If you have ever felt insecure in your life give Thin Line from the 1200 Curfews album a listen. The harmony is amazing, the lyrics are inspirational, and the musical break is symbolic of just how good Indigo Girls are when they jam.
From their second album, Indigo Girls, Closer to Fine is one of Vinyl's favorite Indigo Girls' songs, and it's tops when it comes to choosing a tune that makes us feel inspired. The song is basically about living life to the fullest and is one of their most popular songs.
Fill It Up Again is from the All That We Let In album and is another Indigo Girls' toe-tapper. About leaving a bad relationship (we think), this song is catchy and has amazing harmony, as usual, which makes it a choice song to sing along to while driving or cleaning your house.
From the Nomads Indians Saints album, You and Me of the 10,000 Wars is a great example of just how poetic Indigo Girls' songs are. Just give it a listen, and you'll agree that these girls really know how to tell a story.
This live version of Land of Canaan from the 1200 Curfews album is a rockin' interpretation of a great song. Amy Ray sings this tune, as well as any other, with passion and energy, and the song is a great metaphor for a broken relationship.
If you like to get goose bumps while listening to a song then give Ghost from the Rites of Passage album a listen. The lyrics are beautiful, and Emily Saliers sings this song like an angel. The live version on 1200 Curfews is also an excellent version of the song.
Another great song from the Swamp Ophelia album, Language or the Kiss is pure poetry. Relaxing, reflective, and beautiful this is a great song to listen to on a rainy Saturday or any other day when you feel like hearing a song with a deeper lyrics broken up by inspirational instrumental breaks.