Technology has come a long way from the classic mix tape, and many people are now creating not only mix CDs but also iPod playlists for their significant other. If you are your girlfriend are avid lovers of all things Indie, nothing says “I love you” quite like a custom playlist filled with Indie rock love songs. Here is a list of the top 10 Indie songs you should include on a playlist or CD for your girlfriend.
1. “Earth Angel” – Death Cab for Cutie
Originally recorded in 1954 by the Penguins, Death Cab for Cutie’s cover of this beautiful love song is a must-have on a playlist for your girlfriend. This timeless song has a cute, catchy ring to it and will express you love in a way that is not sappy or cheesy.
Lyrical highlight: “Earth angel, earth angel: please be mine?/ My darling dear, love you all the time./I’m just a fool, a fool in love with you.”
2. “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
This soft, acoustic song is filled with heartfelt lyrics and is one of the few happy, upbeat songs written by Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst. This is one of my personal favorite indie love songs, and is sure to please any girl receiving it on a custom playlist or mix CD.
Lyrical highlight: “This is the first day of my life, I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you/ But now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you/ And I’d probably be happy.”
3. “Anyone Else but You” -The Moldy Peaches
This song gained major popularity in the film “Juno,” and is an adorable and simple song to include on your girlfriend’s indie playlist. Acoustic guitars combined with Kimya Dawson and Adam Green’s voices make this strange yet addicting love song a sure bet towards winning your girlfriend’s heart through your playlist.
Lyrical highlight: “I kiss you on the brain in the shadow of a train/ I kiss you all starry eyed, my body’s swinging from side to side/ I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else but you.”
4. “Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games” – Of Montreal
For a happy, upbeat song to make your girlfriend want to get up and dance, look no further than this oddly titled track by Georgia based band, Of Montreal. With it’s poppy beat and a chorus you can sing along to, this song has an almost whimsical and childlike quality to it that is sure to win her heart.
Lyrical highlight: “Let’s pretend we don’t exist/ Let’s pretend we’re in Antarctica.”
5. “Sundress” – Ben Kweller
This piano ballad song by singer and songwriter Ben Kweller is a true profession of love and will convey your feelings perfectly for your girlfriend. From is it’s mellow, almost melancholy sounding first verse to it’s upbeat, extremely catchy chorus, this song captures every side of a relationship in its sound.
Lyrical Highlight: “From the inside out you’re so beautiful/ I want to hold you in my hands/ I’d do everything you want me to.”
6. “To be Alone With You” – Sufjan Stevens
From it’s folk inspired acoustics to the simple, straightforward lyrics, this soft, beautiful love songs lists the things singer Sufjan Stevens would do to be alone with the woman he loves. Your girlfriend will appreciate the calm tone and pretty lyrics of this indie love song.
Lyrical highlight: “I’d swim across Lake Michigan/ I’d sell my shoes/ I’d give my body to be back again/ In the rest of the room/ To be alone with you.”
7. “Big as the Sky” – A.M Sixty
This song has been featured on the hit show “Grey’s Anatomy” and is a true love song in the purest sense of the word. Listing off everything from things that remind the singer of the woman in his life to his hopes and dreams for their future together, this song is a must have on you indie love song playlist.
Lyrical highlight: “Would you hold my head up high?/ Would you make my life as big as the sky?/ Would you spend the rest of your life with me?/ What can I do what can I say/ To make you feel the same way that I do?”
8. “Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol
While this song reached popularity on a massive scale, it remains one of the best songs written by Scottish indie band Snow Patrol. With it’s descriptive lyrics and rich vocals, this song is sure to put a smile on your girlfriend’s face.
Lyrical highlight: “All that I am/ All that I ever was/ Is here in your perfect eyes, they’re all I can see.”
9. “Easy Girl” – Coconut Records
Actor, singer and former drummer of Phantom Planet Jason Schwartzman conveys the essence of infatuation and puppy love in this bouncy, upbeat indie love song. With a piano that sounds oddly like a Casio keyboard and his soft, sing-song voice, this is one of the happiest songs you could include on your indie love playlist.
Lyrical highlight: “You are an easy girl to love/ An easy girl to kiss/ An easy girl to miss when you’re gone.”
10. “Wonderwall” – Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams’ piano ballad cover of this Oasis superhit is overflowing with sensitivity and emotion. While slower and more melancholy sounding than the original, this song is guaranteed to express what’s on your mind to your girlfriend.
Lyrical highlight: “Maybe, you’re going to be the one that saves me/ And after all, you’re my wonderwall.”