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Question #92924 posted on 02/18/2020 9:33 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can you re-answer this question with songs from the last decade-plus a few years? Also open to other wedding song recommendations if you have them.

-Dowager Countess Grantham


Dear Countess, 

First of all, WHAT EVEN counts as Indie anymore? Who really knows. I cross-checked lots of lists. I also spent many many hours listening to various indie love song playlists and looking things up. I hope it's worth it to you. Songs that are more "wedding-appropriate" have some stars by them. 

Please note, many of my favorites are Kina Grannis/Imaginary Future covers of other love songs. I just adore her voice, and the songs they make together are divine. 

  • "Toothpaste Kisses" - The Maccabees *** 
  • "I Will Spend My Whole Life Loving You" - Kina Grannis & Imaginary Future ***
  • "Cold Cold Man" - Saint Motel 
  • "The Luckiest" - Kina Grannis & Imaginary Future (original by Ben Folds) *** 
  • "Sparks" - Coldplay (I mean, I had to put at least ONE in here) ***
  • "For Emma" - Bon Iver 
  • "The Way I Am" - Ingrid Michaelson ***
  • "Married in Las Vegas" - My Sun & Stars
  • "Simplest Love" - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • "Dream a Little Dream of Me" - Kina Grannis (I mean, this one is ancient but if you were wondering the original vocals are by Ozzie Nelson) ***
  • "Make You Mine"- PUBLIC
  • "Incredible" - James TW ***
  • "Next to Me" - Imagine Dragons (arguably not indie, but this song is important to me so I included it. Fight me)
  • "I Found You" - Kina Grannis & Imaginary Future *** 
  • "All About Your Heart" - Mindy Gledhill
  • "Landslide" - Oh Wonder 
  • "Nothing But You" - Oh Wonder
  • "Q&A" - Kina Grannis (Originally by Kishi Bashi) ***
  • "I Love You" - Under the Influence of Giants
  • "Gravity" - Coldplay (if I split them up maybe you won't notice!) 
  • "Valentina" - The Hunts 
  • "I Will Be There" - Odessa
  • "Ends of the Earth" - Lord Huron 
  • "Sleepwalking" - Modest Mouse 
  • "Miles Apart" - Nick Wilson 
  • "Together" - Us the Duo *** (Also I think they're coming out with a specifically wedding version soon) 
  • "Alone With You" - Canyon City *** 
  • "Love is All Around" - Sleeping At Last 
  • "Hypnotized [EP mix]" - Coldplay (oops! 3) ***
  • "Til Kingdom Come" - Coldplay (5!!!)
  • "Us Against the World" - Coldplay (oh boy i'm gonna get carried away! 6!) ***
  • "Be Scared With Me" - Canyon City 
  • "Cry Cry Cry" - Coldplay (I'm shameless.) 
  • "You're Still the One" - Ben Rector (live cover, original by Shania Twain)
  • "Sway" -keepitinside & Lanie
  • "Forever Like That" - Ben Rector
  • "Love Like This" - Ben Rector
Other Kina Grannis & Imaginary Future songs that make me cry because they're sappy and sweet and perfect: 
"You Are" 
"I Still Belong To You"
"We'll Be Okay"
"Beyond the Sea" (cover)
"As Long As I Have You I'm Home"
"Lean On Me" (cover)
"I'm Doing Everything I Can"
"Love is Beginning"
Jason Mraz love songs... is he indie? Who knows! Who cares?
"A World With You"
"The Woman I Love" 
"A Beautiful Mess"
"Prettiest Friend"
"Could I Love You Anymore" (by Renee Dominique)
"Better With You"
"Sleeping To Dream" 
"The World As I See It" 
I hope this is good for now... I can come up with more if you email me at Because I'm a huge sap that listens to this stuff on the regular. 




Dear Countess,

Guesthouse has made an amazing list of songs, so I just wanted to add a few songs:

  • I'm With You--Vance Joy
  • You Are Gold--The National Parks
  • In Your Arms Again--Josh Ritter
  • Incredible Love--Ingrid Michaelson
  • One and Only--Joshua Radin
  • My My Love--Joshua Radin
  • I'd Rather Be With You--Joshua Radin
  • The Night We Met--Lord Huron
  • She Lit a Fire--Lord Huron
  • Fool for Love--Lord Huron
  • Only Love--Ben Howard
  • Like Real People Do--Hozier
  • Bring My Love Home--Brendan James
  • The Lucky Ones--Brendan James
  • Nothin' But Love--Brendan James
  • Stupid for Your Love--Brendan James
  • Someone to You--BANNERS
  • Come Down--Oskar & Julia

Also, I know this is dated (it came out in 2006), but Such Great Heights by Iron & Wine will always be one of my favorite Indie love songs of all time.


posted on 02/18/2020 10:34 a.m.
"Happy"by Bruce Springsteen is a great wedding song that isn't cliche.
posted on 02/19/2020 1:11 p.m.
I randomly checked the Board today and was surprised to see someone ask for a follow up to an answer I wrote almost 12 years ago. I happen to have a pretty large "Love Song" playlist and I'd be honored to share a selection from it that I think would be appropriate.

Timeless classics:

The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
Lou Reed - Perfect Day
The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
The Cure - Lovesong
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Big Star - My Life Is Right
David Bowie - Be My Wife
The Goo Goo Dolls - Slide

Beloved indie love songs:

Guster - Satellite
Bright Eyes - First Day Of My Life
Regina Spektor - Us
Belle & Sebastian - My Wandering Days Are Over
Iron & Wine - Bird Stealing Bread
Iron & Wine - Such Great Heights
The Decemberists - Red Right Ankle
Drive-by Truckers - Marry Me
The Magnetic Fields - The Book of Love
The Magnetic Fields - It's Only Time
Sufjan Stevens - The Dress Looks Nice On You
Eels - P.S. You Rock My World

Newer/obscure love songs:

Carly Rae Jepsen - I Really Like You (Not that obscure but it's a bop so deal with it)
Jason Isbell - If We Were Vampires
The Naked And Famous - Hearts Like Ours
The Oh Hellos - Hello My Old Heart
Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me
Greg Laswell - Sweet Dream
Fickle Friends - Glue
Phoebe Bridgers - Smoke Signals
The New Pornographers - Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile

-Cognoscente, still a romantic and music obsessive