Indie-rock Songs to Spice up Your First Dance

Published: 15th November 2009
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Every part of a wedding takes careful planning. From the ceremony, to the women's rings to the men's ring to the flowers to the appetizers you serve before dinner, everything has to be thought out to the smallest detail months before the ceremony begins. But what about the first dance? Isn't that important to? While many couples might go for the standard slow R&B or soft rock 80's song, some might want to "hip it up" a bit and dance to something a bit more contemporary. There are a lot of great songs are there in the indie rock universe, why limit yourself? Here are a few interesting songs to consider when trying to pick that perfect song.

"I Will Follow You into the Dark"- Death Cab For Cutie
Sure, it's a song about death. On the surface that doesn't sound like an ideal first dance song. But if you listen to the lyrics it's also one of the deepest songs about love and commitment to come around in quiet a long time. It's a song about loving someone so much that you want to spend eternity with them. What is more romantic then that? P.S. It's also an easy song to dance to.

"P.S. You Rock My World" (Live Country Version)- The Eels
Like most of The Eels songs, "P.S. You Rock My World" is a song rooted in tragedy. Then again, it's also a song about hope following a bad time in one's life. Regardless, it's an absolutely beautiful song would fit well into a first dance. If you can get your hands on it, there is a live version of this song that features a country-ish vibe complete with slide guitar. It might work a little better in a dance then the acoustic tinged album version.

"Crown of Love" -The Arcade Fire
Great song- probably the most "danceable" song in the Arcade Fire repertoire. The problem is, it's kinda of a downer lyrically. There are cover bands that have done instrumental versions of "Crown of Love", so if you can track it down it might be worth it.

"Gymnast High Above the Ground" - The Decemberists
The Decemberists are one of the most theatrically-sounding bands in the indie-rock universe. Yet "Gymnast High Above The Ground" is done with an acoustic guitar. It's also beautiful and dance worthy- if you don't mind your first song being a dance to a tale about a gymnast.

The Swell Season- "Falling Slowly"
A great piano and guitar love song. It's an Oscar-winning song about falling in love. Perfect "first dance" bait if you ask me. May be a little hard to dance to, but with some practice it will be perfect.

Author Kimberly Green: Picking the song is as fun as picking the womens and mens rings
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Author Kimberly Green: Picking the song is as fun as picking the womens and mens rings


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