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20 Indie First Dance Songs for Your Wedding

20 Indie First Dance Songs for Your Wedding

Great for fans of indie music or those looking for something different

By DJ Ben Boylan

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Jacquelyne Pierson Weddings

Want a unique song for your first dance? An indie first dance song is perfect. With a wide age-range at weddings, most of your guests will be surprised by your choice. And if you are already a fan of indie music, even better.

Listen to an indie playlist on Spotify. Most of the songs are slow and moody. This makes them perfect for a slow dance. All of these songs are love songs. Some are a bit edgy. All of them will have your guests asking you "what song was that?" Check out these indie first dance songs!

Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You


A great slow song with a steady beat. Later covered by Cee Lo Green. The end part is really nice.

Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You Into the Dark


Kind of a creepy message (?) but it sounds pretty. Loved by many indie rock fans. Death Cab's number one song.


An artist that many will recognize. A folk song with a very appropriate message. There's a more popular version by Daniel Johnston.

Regina Spektor - Real Love


Beautiful vocals over piano. A cover of an unreleased John Lennon song.

Cat Power - Sea of Love


Originally recorded in 1959 by Phil Phillips. It's been covered at least a dozen times. Cat Power's beautiful version was featured in the 2007 film Juno.

Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life


Minor hit in the UK and featured in many TV shows. I put it in my contemporary wedding songs playlist as well.

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Wilco - You and I


More upbeat than the other songs on this playlist. Wilco has a large cult following and this is off of one of their most popular albums. Recorded with Feist.

Feist - 1234


Midtempo track that was a pretty big hit in 2007. You might have to actually dance a little bit to this one.

Iron and Wine - Such Great Heights


Great vocal over guitar. Featured in the movie Garden State. Originally recorded by The Postal Service.

Lana Del Rey - Love


Many of my couples love Lana Del Rey. This song perfectly nails the romantic moody vibe. Co-produced by Benny Blanco.

The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You


A very popular song with my couples. Possibly because it says "Brooklyn" a dozen times and that's where most of them live. Produced by Rick Rubin.


Nice chill love song.

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Yes, this is an acoustic folk version of the song from Grease. Older guests will get a kick out of it.

Bon Iver - Holocene


My couples love Bon Iver. These lyrics aren't very loving exactly, but will your guests understand them? A more appropriate choice than Skinny Love.

Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats


Beautiful vocal over acoustic classical guitar. Those who know the Knife's original synth pop version will enjoy it even more.


Strange lyrics. I had a couple from China. They, (and all their guests), came to NYC just for the wedding. They had me choose all their songs. Before the wedding I played them a few songs for their first dance song. This was the only indie song I played. The bride loved it. The groom however didn't like the title. So they danced to Such Great Heights instead.

John Mayer - XO


Admittedly, I never was the biggest fan of John Mayer but this is amazing. Just as good as Beyonce's original version.

Sufjan Stevens - To Be Alone with You


Sweet sounding vocal over acoustic guitar. The lyrics are either about Jesus or being gay. Probably both. I will give you a discount if you choose this song.

The Weepies - Gotta Have You


Nice indie folk song with a happy vibe. It also references different drinks in the chorus which is pretty appropriate for most weddings.

Maggie Rogers - Love You for a Long Time


In the last year or two Maggie Rogers has been a favorite artist of my couples. This song is midtempo - not a slow song. You will have to dance. But it's cute and fun.

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