Mainstream music can produce some pretty amazing tunes, but when it comes to love songs, the best ones are undoubtedly indie. Indie love songs will creep into your soul and win you over with their upbeat and cute rhythms, with their happy or sad lyrics or with their quirky, hipster singers. Today we’re going to give you our list of the greatest indie love songs ever that you can still jam to in 2014. We’ve got a little bit of everything for everyone: rock, pop, folk, alternative and acoustic. Our list makes a great wedding playlist, so take your time to listen to all of them and feel free to share with your friends.
15. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
It’s not hard to find cute indie love songs, but this particular song is just the cutest. With that name, the California-based band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros just ensured their place in the hipster/indie Bible.
14. This Year’s Love – David Gray
David Gray has been around what seems like forever. He released his first studio album in 1993 and is still releasing great indie love songs.
13. We Found Each Other in the Dark – City and Colour
Indie rock love songs will always put you in a good mood, won’t they? City and Colour is the recording alias for Canadian artist Dallas Green.
12. Certain Circles – Barton Carroll
Why is Certain Circles one of the greatest indie folk love songs ever produced? Because of this wonderful line: I’ve learned wisdom way too slow and I’ve lived way too fast…my closet overflows with voices from the past. Add violins and you’re welcome!
11. I Wanted You To Feel The Same – The Radio Dept.
When it comes to sad indie love longs, this one takes the cake. If you need convincing, here are some lyrics: It breaks my heart to say that when I was in pain, I wanted you to feel the same. But nothing gets you really, it’s a shame. I can’t believe you didn’t feel a thing. The perfect break-up song, isn’t it?
10. The Luckiest – Ben Folds
Ben’s voice is absolutely lovely and this song is one of the best indie songs to come out of the States. It’s sad and powerful and it will make you weep and smile. It will make you feel the things one needs to feel when listening to indie love songs.
9. Sea of Love – Cat Power
Cat Power has been through a lot and she’s still here. We absolutely adore her and this is one of her best songs. Put your headphones on, turn it up and start feeling your emotions.
8. Eyes – Rogue Wave
This indie rock band from Oakland, California is really good at what they do. They’ve been around since 2002 and in 2013 they have released their fifth album, Nightingale Floors.
7. I’ll Follow You – Jon McLaughlin
Jon just gave us some of the most romantic lyrics in history: People tell me there will come a time, When your heart and mine will grow cold, No more staring at the evening sky, Low replaces high when you’re old, As long as you’re around I’ll follow you, You won’t ever be alone, As long as you’re around I’ll follow you, And I will be wherever you go
6. Five Years Time – Noah And The Whale
Looking for some indie love songs for him? This song is just perfect. Oh well in five years time we could be walking round a zoo, With the sun shining down over me and you, And there’ll be love in the bodies of the elephants too, And I’ll put my hands over your eyes, but you’ll peep through.
5. Walking on a Dream – Empire of The Sun
If indie electronic music is your thing, then you will love Empire of the Sun and this song in particular. The duo hails from Sydney and they first came onto the music market in 2007.
4. January Wedding – The Avett Brothers
These four guys, two of whom are brothers, make some of the best indie love songs in the U.S. If you are new to them, we suggest you start with January Wedding.
3. You and I – Wilco
Wilco was formed in the United States of America in 1994. They’re still putting out amazing music and this particular song is lovely.
2. No Future/No Past – Cloud Nothings
This is one of the top indie love songs of 2012. It comes from the album Attack on Memory, which is deeply influenced by the early ‘90s.
1. Young Love – Sun Kil Moon
This one is one of the best indie love songs in the world, in our opinion. Life becomes more complicated as we get old and this song is captures this perfectly. The slow, sweet voice of despair in this song about young love will haunt you for a long time.
What are your favorite indie love songs?