100 Best Indie Wedding Songs

Complete the ultimate indie playlist

Updated 09/04/17

Photo by Chaz Cruz

If you're looking for the best indie wedding songs to round out your wedding day playlist, you're in luck. We've curated a mix of 100 indie and alternative tunes sure to get your get your guests pumped up for a night of dancing and celebrating. With sweet Ingrid Michaelson tunes and swoon-worthy Bon Iver wedding songs, this indie playlist reads more like backyard bash than a formal ceremony, but will still have your friends and family on the dance floor all night.

Daniela Andrade's acoustic version of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" and Jack Johnson's live version of "Angel/Better Together" make the sweetest indie first dance songs. David Gray's "This Year's Love" gives all the feels as you share a sweet moment with your father on the dance floor. (Seriously, we dare you not to cry).

After the traditional dances it's time to open the floor for you and your besties. And we think the best way to signal a dance off is with Haim's "The Wire," because no one can resist that guitar opener, right? Follow up with electric hits like Grouplove's "Tongue Tied," Florence + The Machine's "You've Got The Love" and Marina and the Diamond's crazy addicting "Primadonna." Don't forget to include the young ones on the dance floor with the help of the classic, folksy melody of "Home" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Next, get couples paired up to the utterly romantic "Sweeter" by Awake or Sleeping and "You and I" by Ingrid Michaelson. Finally, whether your send off is through a sea of waving sparklers or riding off in a getaway car, make a grand exit to an epic closer like "The General Specific" by Band of Horses or "My Body" by Young the Giant.

From processional songs to cocktail hour tunes, first dances to last call, we've rounded up the 100 very best indie wedding songs.

100 Best Indie Wedding Songs

  1. "Sleepwalking," by Modest Mouse
  2. "Walking on a Dream," by Empire of Sun
  3. "Everything has Changed," cover by Jasmine Thompson and Gerald Ko
  4. "Thinking Out Loud," by Ed Sheeran
  5. "California Daze," by Peace
  6. "You Really Got a Hold on Me," cover by She & Him
  7. "Jackson," cover by Florence & The Machine featuring Josh Homme
  8. "There Will Be Time," by Mumford & Sons featuring Baaba Maal

"500 Miles" cover by Sleeping at Last

"Only You," by Joshua Radin

"Sweeter," by Awake or Sleeping

"This Year's Love," by David Gray

"Can't Help Falling In Love," cover by Ingrid Michaelson

"Turning Page," by Sleeping At Last

"Skinny Love," by Bon Iver

"Say You Won't Let Go," cover by Boyce Avenue

"Angel/Better Together," by Jack Johnson

"Colors," by Amos Lee

"Home," by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

"The General Specific," by Band of Horses

"Stuck On You," by Meiko

"Electric Feel," by MGMT

"Silver Lining," by Rilo Kiley

"Primadonna," by Marina and the Diamonds

"You've Got The Love," by Florence + The Machine

"Maps," by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"First Day of My Life," by Bright Eyes

"Closer," by Tegan and Sara

"Towers," by Bon Iver

"Are You Gonna be My Girl," by Jet

"Rhythm of Love," by Plain White T's

"I Will Follow You Into the Dark," by Death Cab for Cutie

"You and I," by Ingrid Michaelson

"The Way I Am," by Ingrid Michaelson

"Everybody," by Ingrid Michaelson

"January Wedding," The Avett Brothers

"Toothpaste Kisses," by The Maccabees

"Do You Realize?," by The Flaming Lips

"Still Together," by Mac De Marco

"Video Games," by Lana Del Rey

"Sea of Love," by Cat Power

"Stubborn Love," by The Lumineers

"Ho Hey," by The Lumineers

"Ophelia," by The Lumineers

"You and Beautiful," by Lana Del Rey

"Falling Slowly," by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

"Dying Day," by Brandi Carlile

"Dog Days Over," by Florence & The Machine

"All This and Heaven Too," by Florence & The Machine

"I'll Follow You," by Jon McLaughlin

"The Wire," by HAIM

"Crazy in Love," by Daniela Andrade

"Boom Clap," by Lennon & Maisy

"Tongue Tied," by Grouplove

"Houdini," by Foster The People

"My Body," by Young the Giant

"Marry You," by Bruno Mars

"Little Talks," by Of Monsters and Men

"Poison & Wine," by The Civil Wars

"Eyes," by Rogue Wave

"The Power of Love," by Huey Lewis & The News

"Oh, It Is Love," by Hellogoodbye

"When We First Met," by Hellogoodbye

"Belated Promise Ring," by Iron & Wine

"Tightrope," by Walk The Moon

"True Love Waits," by Radiohead

"We Both Go Down Together," by The Decemberists

"We Found Each Other in the Dark," by City and Colour

"Yellow," by Coldplay

"Magic," by Coldplay

"You and I," by Wilco & Feist

"We Could Happen," by AJ Rafael

"The Luckiest," by Ben Folds

"You Make My Dreams," by Hall & Oates

"Grow Old with Me," by Tom Odell

"Turning Page," by Sleeping at Last

"Marry Song," by Band of Horses

"Heartbeats," by José González

"Wedding Bell," by Beach House

"Sweet Disposition," by The Temper Trap

"A Thousand Years," cover by Jasmine Thompson

"Chasing Cars," by Snow Patrol

"Take Me to Church," by Hozier

"Somewhere Only We Know," by Keane

"Work Song," cover by Jasmine Thompson

"Issues," by Julia Michaels

"Only Love," by Ben Howard

"Wish I Could," by The Wandering Hearts

"Still Falling for You," by Ellie Goulding

"How Long Will I Love You," by Ellie Goulding

"Your Song," cover by Ellie Goulding

"Flightless Bird, American Mouth," by Iron & Wine

"Closer," cover by Boyce Avenue featuring Sarah Hyland

"Fast Car," cover by Boyce Avenuce featuring Kina Grannis

"On My Mind," cover by Boyce Avenue featuring Jacob Whitesides

"If You Ever Wanna Be In Love," by James Bay

"Hold Back the River," by James Bay

"Saw You in a Dream," by The Japanese House

"Safe," by Bay Ledges

"Evaporate," by The Fontaines

Spotify Indie Wedding Playlist

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