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Indie and Alternative Wedding Songs

An Indie Wedding: An Alternative Approach to Reception Music

If your music collection is stuffed with indie rock staples, you don't have to put them aside while planning your wedding playlist. Mainstream dance tunes just aren't every couple's style, and there are plenty of indie songs with a good beat that will get the crowd grooving.

Don't be afraid to wander off the proverbial beaten path when compiling your reception playlist. If this is the kind of music you and your fiancé enjoy most, it will have more meaning. Just because Sinatra didn't croon it (or Timbaland didn't produce it) doesn't mean it's not wedding-appropriate or fun.

I put together a playlist of good reception songs from smaller artists — including some tunes that are pretty and others that are straight-up fun to dance to. Whether you're looking to go all indie or just want to sprinkle in something a little different between your oldies and your retro tunes, these songs are a good start. Are there any indie bands or songs you'd love to hear at a wedding? To check out my playlist,

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Slow:

"You & I" by Wilco
"Marry Song" by Band of Horses
"Publish My Love" by Rogue Wave
"The Luckiest" by Ben Folds
"I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab For Cutie
"Sea of Love" by Cat Power
"Simplest Love" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
"Flightless Bird, American Mouth" by Iron & Wine
"Sleepwalkin'" by Modest Mouse
"Waste" by Phish
"Hold You in My Arms" by Ray LaMontagne
"First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes
"Question" by Old 97's
"When the Stars Go Blue" by Ryan Adams
"Ambulance" by TV on the Radio
"Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" by Spiritualized
"Blower's Daughter" by Damien Rice
"You Can Have It All" by Yo La Tengo
"Eyes" by Rogue Wave
"Let's Dance" by M. Ward
"Book of Love" by the Magnetic Fields
"Melt With You" by Nouvelle Vague

Upbeat:

"When I'm With You" by Best Coast
"Mushaboom" by Feist
"The Sweetest Thing" by Camera Obscura
"Home" by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
"I Was Made For You" by She & Him
"Heart" by Stars
"Do You Realize" by The Flaming Lips
"Sweet Disposition" by Temper Trap
"I'll Be Your Man" by The Black Keys
"Cameras" by Matt & Kim

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Julie14728605 Julie14728605 3 years
Upbeat songs Camera Obscura: French Navy, Lloyd, I'm ready to be heart broken, Do it again, Troublemaker, Let's get out of this country She & Him: Sweet Darling The Cure: Just like Heaven A fine frenzy: What I wouldnt do Wild Nothing: Summer holiday Slow songs Camera Obscura: This love Neil Young: Harvest Moon Clem Snide: find love
Janine2830663 Janine2830663 4 years
Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel
Janine2830663 Janine2830663 4 years
Old Crow Medicne- Wagon Wheel. Must have.
CGCR CGCR 4 years
Awesome list!  Tons of good music there for the reception.  Along similar lines for the ceremony, you can check out classical guitar arrangements of tracks by artists like Neutral Milk Hotel, Iron & Wine, The Cure, The Pixies, & others at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/indie-wedding-classical-guitar/id515340642?ign-mpt=uo=4
ScottyG126 ScottyG126 4 years
Great list and great comment suggestions! I got married on 10/15/11 and I made a two disc CD for each of our guests that we played at our rehearsal dinner. I spent hours looking online for music to put on there, so I thought it would be prudent to share that list of songs. Enjoy!Beard of Bees - Clem SnideNorthern Lights - BowerbirdsTwo of Us -Aimee Mann & Michael PennCalling All Cars -Sean HayesYou Really Got a Hold On Me - The BeatlesAtlas - FanfarloWhile You Were Sleeping - Elvis PerkinsFamily Tree - Ben KwellerYou Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagneStrange Condition - Pete YornBlessed - Brett DennenTry a Little Tenderness - Otis ReddingYou and I - WilcoThis Will Be Our Year - The ZombiesFlowering Spade - Sean HayesI Am Aglow - Sarah HarmerMy Hands Are Shaking - Sondre LercheGot My Mind Set On You - George HarrisonThe Littlest Birds - The Be Good TanyasHell No - Sondre Lerche & Regina SpektorIn The Colors - Ben Harper & The Innocent CriminalsSecret - Joe PurdyThink I'm In Love - BeckThe New Love Song -Joshua JamesSkinny Love - Bon IverHuman Hands - Sondre LercheI Will - The BeatlesYour Love Gets Sweeter - Finley QuayeMagnolia Mountain - Ryan Adams & The CardinalsOnion - Sean HayesThe Whole World and You - Tally HallLost In My Mind - The Head and the HeartRagoo - Kings Of Leon40 Day Dream - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosHere, There and Everywhere - The BeatlesBright Smile - Josh RitterPowerful Stuff - Sean HayesI Love the Rain the Most - Joe PurdyWhen U Love Somebody - Fruit BatsTwo - Ryan AdamsDreamin' - Amos LeeOoh la la - Faces
ScottyG126 ScottyG126 4 years
Great list and great comment suggestions! I got married on 10/15/11 and I made a two disc CD for each of our guests that we played at our rehearsal dinner. I spent hours looking online for music to put on there, so I thought it would be prudent to share that list of songs. Enjoy! Beard of Bees - Clem Snide Northern Lights - Bowerbirds Two of Us -Aimee Mann & Michael Penn Calling All Cars -Sean Hayes You Really Got a Hold On Me - The Beatles Atlas - Fanfarlo While You Were Sleeping - Elvis Perkins Family Tree - Ben Kweller You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne Strange Condition - Pete Yorn Blessed - Brett Dennen Try a Little Tenderness - Otis Redding You and I - Wilco This Will Be Our Year - The Zombies Flowering Spade - Sean Hayes I Am Aglow - Sarah Harmer My Hands Are Shaking - Sondre Lerche Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison The Littlest Birds - The Be Good Tanyas Hell No - Sondre Lerche & Regina Spektor In The Colors - Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Secret - Joe Purdy Think I'm In Love - Beck The New Love Song - Joshua James Skinny Love - Bon Iver Human Hands - Sondre Lerche I Will - The Beatles Your Love Gets Sweeter - Finley Quaye Magnolia Mountain - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals Onion - Sean Hayes The Whole World and You - Tally Hall Lost In My Mind - The Head and the Heart Ragoo - Kings Of Leon 40 Day Dream - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Here, There and Everywhere - The Beatles Bright Smile - Josh Ritter Powerful Stuff - Sean Hayes I Love the Rain the Most - Joe Purdy When U Love Somebody - Fruit Bats Two - Ryan Adams Dreamin' - Amos Lee Ooh la la - Faces
lafx23 lafx23 5 years
"Honey & the Moon" - Joseph Arthur "January Wedding" - The Avett Brothers
lafx23 lafx23 5 years
"Honey & the Moon" - Joseph Arthur"January Wedding" - The Avett Brothers
jestergirl jestergirl 5 years
It's a decent list...I have to agree with Lil Maw, Float On by Modest Mouse should be there....
shaneynay shaneynay 6 years
i can't see the list, can someone link it please???
luvrains luvrains 6 years
Hey I really wanted to see the playlist but I guess it's gone or maybe I just can't access it. Can anyone let me know what was on it?
drea-nicole drea-nicole 8 years
Not so indie but still awesome: When My brother and sister in law walked in to their reception, Billy Idol's "white wedding" was played!
drea-nicole drea-nicole 8 years
Not so indie but still awesome: When My brother and sister in law walked in to their reception, Billy Idol's "white wedding" was played!
nomore3x5s nomore3x5s 8 years
me and mia is a song about eating disorders....
Lil-Maw Lil-Maw 8 years
We're going the I-Pod route as well. Do you really think that many people will be disappointed that there's no bunny hop or chicken dance? LOL!
Food Food 8 years
YumJimmy and I are going crazy trying to figure out the song to dance to. Apparently all of our favorite songs are downers (this is what happens when your fave bands are the dears and joy division). We're going to go the ipod dj route and have decided to only play songs we like and would actually listen to. We are definitely going to put a bunch of timeless classics like sinatra and ella fitzgerald, just so that our relatives don't feel awkward, but no brick houses or we are families at our wedding! Although having said that, i am keeping one cheeseball song in my backpocket for the daughter/father dance.
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