8. Mac DeMarco
Mac DeMarco is responsible for both saving and ruining alternative-indie-rock throughout the 2010s. His unique and intoxicating brand of slacker rock, caused such a splash, that waves of indie guitarists turned up the reverb, and invested in chorus pedals.
But put aside the tedious number of cheap imitators he's inspired, there's no denying this guy has carved out one unique and enjoyable sound. His style can be attributed, at least in part, to the home studio DeMarco has built for himself over the years. Writing and recording everything alone - in a basement filled with half-working analogue equipment, vintage synthesisers and bust up guitars - has certainly paid off.
Although his sound has remained instantly identifiable, his approach to playing has mellowed out over time (if that were possible). From the jaunty jangle pop of II (2012) to the lo fi love ballads on This Old Dog (2017) and Here Comes The Cowboy (2019), DeMarco has staked his claim (and then some) as the master of dreamily listless, chord progressions and undeniably catchy noodle-riffs.