Looking for a great Indie playlist for your wedding? Look no further. We’ve carefully curated a mix of 30 indie and alternative tunes to keep your wedding celebration going into the night.
With a couple of classic wedding anthems thrown in for good measure, this playlist will ensure you have a memorable party with your friends and family.
If you’d like to listen to all of the songs in a clean curated list, we’ve added them in Spotify for you to enjoy and if you’d like to see why we choose each song, please read on further. We’ve also added YouTube videos for all of the indie wedding songs.
Without further ado, here are our top 30 picks for the Best Indie Songs for Wedding perfect for your first dance.
1. Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys
Nothing says romance like Alex Turner. We reckon this dreamy classic would be the perfect song to start your wedding celebrations.
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Romantic lyrics include the soft, lilting chorus, ‘Baby I’m yours/And I’ll be yours until the stars fall from the sky.’
2. I Wanna Be Yours – Cover by Arctic Monkeys
Another great one from the Arctic Monkeys, this moving poem by John Cooper Clarke is beautifully elevated by Alex Turner’s distinctive voice.
Memorable lyrics include ‘Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean/That’s how deep is my devotion.’
3. The Lovecats – The Cure
English rock band ‘The Cure’ sure know how to do romance, and this song should not be missed from your wedding playlist. If you’re looking for something that will get everyone dancing, this is the one to go for!
An ode to love and youth, the lyrics are striking; ‘We’re so wonderfully pretty!/Oh you know that I’d do anything for you.’
4. You and I – Wilco
Recorded with the Candadian indie folk singer Feist, this soft indie number would be a great addition to your wedding playlist.
It doesn’t get much more romantic than this tune, which would be a great song to play while you share a special dance with your partner and give your guests a perfect opportunity to snap some pictures.
5. Wedding Bell – Beach House
American dream pop duo ‘Beach House’ first came into being back in 2004, and have gone on to receive much critical acclaim.
The soft, shoegaze inspired ‘Wedding Bell’ track features on the album ‘Devotion’, and would be a very apt choice for your big day. Lyrics of love include; ‘I chose ya/You’re ringing the only wedding bell.’
6. Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
Inspired by Emily Brontë’s gothic novel, Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ is a true classic that would be a welcome addition to any wedding playlist.
This is the sort of track that will have everyone singing along in no time. After all, who could forget Bush’s vocal power as she belts out ‘Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy/I’ve come home now’?
7. Toothpaste Kisses – The Maccabees
The break up of the Maccabees in 2017 left many indie fans heartbroken and it’s easy to see why they were one of Britain’s best-loved guitar bands.
Keep the love alive at your wedding with this delightfully melancholic tune about those little moments; ‘Cradle me, I’ll cradle you/I’ll win your heart with a woop-a-woo.’
8. Hand in Glove – The Smiths
A truly skilled lyricist, Morrissey knew how to write about love in all its forms, be it good or bad.
If you’re after something a bit different, ‘Hand in Glove’ could be a great choice. Packed with lyrics that speak of love and devotion, this would make an ideal choice for your wedding playlist.
9. You’re Gorgeous – Babybird
A wonderfully sweet indie classic, Babybird’s ‘You’re Gorgeous’ is sure to have you feeling the love.
Lyrics of love include the charming chorus, ‘Because you’re gorgeous, I’d do anything for you.’ This slow and dreamy track would be the perfect tune to mark your first dance.
10. Love You So Bad – Ezra Furman
What better song to keep the mood high at your wedding than Furnman’s ‘Love You So Bad’; a catchy indie pop song that would make a great tune for the dancefloor.
It is upbeat enough to get even the most reluctant of dancers up onto the floor and will be sure to have everyone feeling the love. If you and your partner were also childhood sweethearts, this song could be the perfect choice for you.
The lyrics perfectly capture the intensity of young love, ‘You first kissed me in your parent’s blue basement/I wanted you so bad/I loved you baby so bad’.
11. You Don’t Walk Away from Love – Peace
This much-loved indie rock quartet definitely deserve a place on your wedding playlist.
The athemic vocals in ‘You Don’t Walk Away from love’ will help kick your celebrations off perfectly. Set the scene for your wedding as Harry Koisser sings ‘I just wanna love you everyday/Because I found what everybody else is looking for.’
12. Archie, Marry Me – Alvvays
The increasingly popular Canadian indie pop band ‘Alvvays’ have gone from strength to strength since their formation back in in 2011.
The hit song ‘Archie, Marry Me’ is definitely one for the wedding playlist, reminding couples not to get lost in wedding preparations and lose sight of the real meaning of it all; ‘honey take me by the hand and we can sign some papers/Forget the invitations, floral arrangements and bread makers.’
13. She Moves in Her Own Way – The Kooks
Don’t miss this classic tune from British indie pop band The Kooks.
Many of your guests will know the words to this one, and everyone will enjoy pitching in to the catchy chorus as you dance the night away.
14. Is There Anybody Out There – Swim Deep
Guitar-based indie rock band Swim Deep are known for their melodic, feel-good music and shouldn’t be missed from your playlist.
Featured on their second studio album ‘Mothers’, the song ‘Is There Anybody Out There’ conveys the sense of longing that accompanies feelings of love beautifully.
Your guests are sure to be won over by its charm as lead singer Austin Williams sings about the first time he saw his love; ‘First time I saw her, I fell off the earth’
15. Don’t Delete the Kisses – Wolf Alice
Lead singer of the indie rock band Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell sings ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’ in a delicate yet powerful way, capturing the agonies of youthful love as she declares herself an ‘electric, romantic cliche’.
Lyrics of love include; ‘I’m like a teenage girl/I might as well write all over my notebook.’
16. French Navy – Camera Obscura
Scottish indie pop group Camera Obscura became one of the most celebrated acts on the UK’s twee pop scene since their formation in 1996.
The song ‘French Navy’ arguably captures the group at their most ebullient with its charming, poetic lyrics; ‘I was waiting to be struck by lighting/Waiting for somebody exciting/Like you.’
17. Wonderwall – Oasis
The classic hit ‘Wonderwall’ is a must for all wedding playlists. Everyone will love this hugely popular song, which peaked at number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart for ten weeks on its release.
It would also make the perfect song to mark your last slow dance with your new spouse. Who could forget those powerful lyrics; ‘I don’t believe that anybody/Feels the way I do about you now.’
18. I Could Die For You – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Believed to have been written about Anthony Kiedis’ former girlfriend, ‘I Could Die For You’ is the sort of love song that you’d put on while you look out of the window at the rain, reminiscing about your first love.
If you’re looking to include a few tearjerkers in your playlist, don’t miss this one out; just make sure your guests have access to a generous supply of tissues!
19. On Melancholy Hill – Gorillaz
Despite what its title may suggest, ‘On Melancholy Hill’ is actually a deeply romantic song that should definitely have a place on your playlist.
Lyrics of love include; ‘Let’s set out to sea/Cause you are my medicine/When you’re close to me.’
20. Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell
Tom Odell’s masterful ‘Grow Old With Me’ is the perfect song for your wedding playlist.
Released on Odell’s debut album, ‘Long Way Down’, this song is an ode to lifelong love and commitment that will remind everyone of the true meaning of your celebrations.
21. All My Love – George Ezra
George Ezra’s spirited folk-pop sing-along style is sure to be a winner at your wedding.
Ezra’s optimistic, playful style is perhaps at its best in the album ‘Staying at Tamara’s.’ The song ‘All My Love’ is a clear choice for the wedding playlist, lyrics include the cheerful refrain; ‘All my love is yours/All my time is ours.’
22. Sucker – The Big Moon
This popular London four-piece band have supported many other indie favorites on tour.
The critically acclaimed album ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’, features the punchy single ‘Sucker’ which is a quirky track dedicated to love.
Lyrics of love include ‘I never thought that you would become my greatest friend/I’m a sucker for you.’
23. You’ve Got The Love – Florence and the Machine
Florence Welch is always a popular choice for wedding playlists and it’s easy to see why. With countless love songs to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Florence Welch.
If you’re looking for one that everyone will know go for the famous tune ‘You’ve Got The Love.’ Indie fans won’t be able to resist joining in with this one.
24. Electric Love – Borns
Featured on the hugely successful ‘Candy’ EP, ‘Electric Love’ by Borns will be sure to go down a treat at your wedding.
This indie pop anthem is one of his most viewed songs to date. Dreamy and danceable, lyrics of love include ‘Baby, you’re like lightning in a bottle/I can’t let you go now that I got it/All I need is to be struck/By your electric love.’
25. I Love You Honeybear – Father John Misty
Indie favorite Father John Misty’s ‘I Love You Honeybear’ will be a great tune to blast out at your wedding.
Inspired by Tillman’s relationship with his wife, lyrics of love include; ‘Everything is doomed/And nothing will be spared/But I love you, Honeybear.’
26. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding’s emotive song ‘How Long Will I Love You’, would make a great addition to your wedding playlist.
Bring a tear to your guests’ eyes as you and your partner dance to the lyrics of eternal love; ‘How long will I love you/As long as stars are above you.’
27. Sea of Love – Cat Power
American indie rock singer Cat Power’s ‘Sea of Love’ is another great song to feature on your playlist.
Cat Power have often been noted for their blues-influenced instrumentation and heartfelt lyrics, and ‘Sea of Love’ is no exception. Lyrics of love include; ‘Come with me/My love/To the sea/The sea of love’ (You can’t get much more romantic than that, surely?)
28. Still Together – Mac Demarco
Mac Demarco. No indie playlist is quite complete without something from Canadian singer Mac Demarco. ‘Still Together’ is all about the idea that sometimes two people just ‘fit’ together, so would make a perfect tune to celebrate your special day.
Apparently dedicated to Demarco’s girlfriend, lyrics of love include; ‘In time she’ll see that her and me/Were meant to be, together/We’ll always go together/It’s easy love, fits like a glove from up above, together.’
29. Please Be Mine – Molly Burch
Austin-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch’s music often reflects themes of love and heartbreak.
‘Please Be Mine’ is perhaps a little more melancholy than the others on our wedding playlist, but this track does capture the complexities of love beautifully, and Burch is a much-loved indie pop favorite.
At just over five minutes long, this song would be a good choice for slow dancing. Lyrics of love include; ‘I told you once, I’ll tell you again/You really are my very best friend.’
30. I Will Never Love You More – Soko
Our final offering comes from popular French singer-songwriter Soko, who is well known in the indie pop scene.
Soko’s deeply emotive, confessional vocals mean that there are too many love songs to choose from, but we’ve gone for the dreamy ‘I Will Never Love You More’, which is full of tender affection and would be a welcome addition to your playlist.
This would be a great track to mark the end of your celebrations or play while you and your partner enjoy your last dance.
And here’s the full list again, with all carefully curated a mix of 30 indie and alternative tunes to keep your wedding celebration going into the night.