60+ Great Indie Wedding Songs for Your Playlist

When it comes to the wedding playlist, you can curate a unique selection by choosing Indie songs by your favorite artists.

bride and groom dancing while indie songs for wedding are playing

Whether you’re a fan of 70’s classics, 90’s retro music, or contemporary styles – you have the option to choose from the songs by many of the amazing independent artists. So, to make your wedding day special, I have put together a list of indie ideas!

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20 Best Indie Wedding Songs List

Every event at your wedding ceremony can become special with good music! If you’re not really into mainstream tunes, take a look at my favorite indie wedding songs.

bride and groom dancing to the tune of indie songs for wedding

  1. “Sleepwalking,” – Modest Mouse
  2. “Walking on a Dream,” – Empire of the Sun
  3. “Everything Has Changed,”–  Ed Sheeran ft. Taylor Swift 
  4. California Daze,”–  Peace
  5. “You and Me Song” -Wannadies
  6. “Friday I’m In Love”– The Cure
  7. “There Will Be Time,”–  Mumford & Sons ft. Baaba Maal
  8. “Only You,” –  Joshua Radin
  9. “Sweeter,” –  Awake or Sleeping
  10. “This Year’s Love,” – David Gray
  11. “Forever”- Dropkick Murphys
  12. “Skinny Love,” – Bon Iver
  13. “Angel/Better Together,” – Jack Johnson
  14. “Colors,” – Amos Lee
  15. “Home,” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  16. “The General Specific,”– Band of Horses
  17. “First Day of My Life,” – Bright Eyes
  18. “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” – Jet
  19. “You and I,” – Ingrid Michaelson
  20. “Rhythm of Love,” – Plain White T’s

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11 Best First Dance Indie Wedding Songs

When a newlywed couple hits the dance floor, it is one of the most beautiful moments of the wedding day.

bride and groom dancing their first dance

What’s going to make it even more memorable is a good dance song playlist. There are many amazing indie artists whose songs can add the magic of love to your first dance. If you want to dance to some melodious indie tracks, make sure to check out the recommended indie first dance songs given below!

  1. ‘‘Heroes’’David Bowie
  2. ‘‘Bonnie & Clyde’’Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot
  3. “Stuck On A Puzzle’’Alex Turner
  4. ‘‘Still Together’’Mac DeMarco
  5. ‘‘Superstar’’ Sonic Youth
  6. ‘‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” The Smiths
  7. ‘‘Wild Horses’’The Rolling Stones
  8. ‘‘Dog Days Are Over’’ –  Florence & The Machine
  9. ‘‘Just Like Heaven’’The Cure
  10. “Better Together” – Us the Duo
  11. Yellow” – Coldplay

15 Indie Wedding Processional Songs

When you sit down to handle the challenging task of curating your wedding day playlist, you can’t just concentrate on the first dance!

bride walking down the aisle with a lady and flower girl

You also need to think about other segments of the ceremony – including the time when the wedding procession walks down the aisle at the beginning of the wedding ceremony. You can add some thoughtful indie wedding songs – and I have listed a few of them below!

  1. “All Love Everything” Aloe Blacc
  2. “The Bones”Maren Morris
  3. Lovefool“- The Cardigans
  4. “How Would You Feel” Ed Sheeran
  5. “Sending My Love”Chloe x Halle
  6. “Poetry” Wrabel
  7.  Don’t Delete The Kisses“- Wolf Alice
  8. Something Changed“- Pulp
  9. “Blessed”Thomas Rhett
  10. “River” –  Leon Bridges
  11. “pov”Ariana Grande
  12. “The Only Exception”Paramore
  13. “Hold Back the River,” – James Bay
  14. “On My Mind,” – Ellie Goulding
  15. “Saw You in a Dream,” – The Japanese House

20 Best Indie Songs to Walk Down the Aisle To

The walk down the aisle is when you will be flooded by many emotions – love, excitement, nervousness, and more!

These indie songs below definitely capture that feeling!

bride walking down the asisle

  1. “Collide”Tiana Major
  2. “Beginning Middle End”Leah Nobel
  3. “Easy” Camila Cabello
  4. “Butterflies”Kasey Musgraves
  5. “All My Days”Alexi Murdoch
  6. “Black & White”Niall Horan
  7. “Still Falling for You,” – Ellie Goulding
  8. “Somewhere Only We Know,” – Keane
  9. “A Thousand Years,” – Christina Perri
  10. “Wedding Bell,” – Beach House
  11. “Grow Old With Me,” – Tom Odell
  12. “The Luckiest,” – Ben Folds
  13. “You Make My Dreams,” – Hall & Oates
  14. “Marry Song,” – Band of Horses
  15. “Magic,” – Coldplay
  16. “True Love Waits,” – Radiohead
  17. “When We First Met,” – Hellogoodbye
  18. “Oh, It Is Love,” – Hellogoodbye
  19. “Eyes,” – Rogue Wave
  20. “Marry You,” – Bruno Mars

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11 Indie Songs to Avoid for Your Wedding Songs Playlist

  1. Breezeblocks – Alt-J. It is a love song, yes. But it is a song about loving somebody you desire so much that you want to hurt yourself or them. Yikes!
  2. Brick – Ben Folds Five. It may or may not be a song about abortion. But the piano parts are really awesome. Try Ben Folds’ “The Luckiest” instead (check out our 20 Best Indie Songs to Walk Down the Aisle To section in this post).
  3. Cherry Wine – Hozier. It’s a song about domestic abuse. If you have to pick a Hozier song, go for their “Take Me to Church.” You’re welcome.
  4. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths. Sure, The Smiths’ singer Morrissey seems like a guy who’s always miserable, but even his singing in “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (it is included in our 11 Best First Dance Indie Wedding Songs list earlier) is so lovely and sweet. But be sure to stay away from the Morrissey tune “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (goodness, just look at its title).
  5. Ho Hey – The Lumineers. Three cheers for The Lumineers! But beware of this song’s line: “I don’t think you’re right for him, look at what might have been.” Skip the Lumineers and choose Mumford & Sons instead. You can’t go wrong with their “There Will Be Time.”
  6. I Love You – Billie Eilish. The title is super romantic, but it is actually a song about a couple with a complicated relationship.
  7. Let It Go – James Bay. James Bay’s Hold Back the River is a good choice for a wedding processional song (we included it in our 15 Indie Wedding Processional Songs list), but please stay away from the singer’s “Let It Go” which is actually a break-up song.
  8. Marry Me – Thomas Rhett. Don’t be fooled by its title! The song features a couple who question their love and commitment for each other. Instead, go for the singer’s “Blessed” (see our 15 Indie Wedding Processional Songs list).
  9. Meant to Be – Ber featuring Charlie Oriain. Never mind the title. Just look at its lyrics – “I think you’re the one for someone else, and that stuff’s hard to say.” Ouch.
  10. Most Beautiful Girl In The Room – Flight of the Conchords. The title is sweet and all. But beware of the lyrics: “You could be a part-time model, I can see you at an auto show dancing on a car.”
  11. The Scientist – Coldplay. “It’s such a shame for us to part.” Yeah, it is a break-up song. But it won’t be a shame for you to part with this song on your wedding day. Instead, go for “Yellow” or “Magic.”


Now you are equipped with some unforgettable indie wedding songs for your wedding day. You can pick anything – be it the classics of the yesteryears or contemporary wedding songs. Either way, indie songs will give your wedding a magical touch.

Still have questions? Check out my FAQs below!

What does indie stand for in music?

In the world of music, you may often come across the word “indie”. This word stands for “independent” – and independent music means music that is released independently, without the involvement of financial dependence on any major music label. It isn’t a genre of songs.

What is a good indie wedding song?

If you are a fan of indie songs, there are many options for you. You can try some beautiful romantic tracks such as Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun, True Love Waits by Radiohead, Falling for You by Ellie Goulding, Saw You in a Dream by The Japanese House, and many more.black bride and groom floating in the air

What indie song is played most at weddings?

Indie songs are particularly known for their uniqueness and creativity, and wedding bands and DJs are often asked to play them. Some indie songs that are commonly played at weddings are Sea of Love by Cat Power, Do You Realize by The Flaming Lips, Yellow by Coldplay, and more.

What are some popular indie rock wedding songs?

Rock songs might seem odd at wedding ceremonies – but many couples love the genre, especially when the songs are independently released. Your wedding playlist can have songs like Toothless Kisses by The Maccabees, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, Grow Old with Me by  Tom Odell etc.bride and groom playing electric guitars

What are some popular indie father-daughter dance songs?

When the bride and her father share the dance floor, it is a moment when no pair of eyes can remain dry. For this moment, you can choose indie songs like My Darling by Wilco, Sea of Love by Cat Power, We’re All In The Dance by Feist, There Will Be Time by Mumford & Sons, and many moredancing father and bride to the tune of best father daughter dance songs

Final Words

These indie songs will surely add creativity and uniqueness to the ceremony. So talk to your wedding DJ or band, and make sure that they incorporate these beautiful tracks!

groom dancing with his bride

What are your favorite indie songs for weddings? Let us know in the comments below!

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