Best Death Cab for Cutie Songs


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The Top Ten

I Will Follow You Into the Dark
"I cried my first time. Utterly Amazing. Enough Said"
One of the first songs I shared with who was my best friend, sadly circumstances forced us apart but I will always thank her for the music and she will always hold a place in my heart.
This is such a beautifully worded song. The lyrics, the music and, especially, the feeling, they come together perfectly. I can't be happier that this is the first song of theirs that I heard.


[Newest]This song is utter perfection. I listened to this while reading one of my favorite books and I cried because of the feels that the two of them combined brought to me. I just can't praise this song enough.

This song is pure despair and longing. Gibbard conveys his emotions very well in all his songs. But none more so than this one. He makes me feel exactly how he does when he wrote this. They repeat the line "i need you so much closer" a good portion of the song, and it works wonderfully. Sometimes less lyrics are better. It helps capture his emotion perfectly. All he can think about is that's she's thousands of miles away and not there with him. Beautiful song.
No one can forget the first time you hear this song.. Its an amazing feeling and it takes my breath away every time I hear it. I think everyone at sometime can relate to it.. The lyrics, the piano, and the gradual build up make this song for me Number 1.
I am generally surprised by the fact that this isn't number one. The inclusion of this song on the encore of every set they play since its release should prove that even they believe it is there best. Which it by far is.
[Newest]I first heard this song from a movie and now I was moved by the lyrics. Because there was a time of my life that I loved someone that it hurts a lot. It feels like I can really connect myself from this song through facing my challenges in life. It was my most played in my playlist. I Love It!

3Soul Meets Body
Right. So. I kind of like this girl. And, well, lets say she's not really from around my place. And, I kind of wanted to tell her how I felt about her. Think this song was perfect, in that context. So, yeah. There you go. Thanks.
The first time I heard this song in the radio, ı tried to memorize the lyrics so I could find it later. Truly amazing and enchanting.
In a Sunday night at a summer bars in victoria I ask again why I don't know yet how is possible.
[Newest]So Brown Eyes I'll hold you near. Cause you're the only song I want to hear.

4Marching Bands of Manhattan
This song is absolutely beautiful! How is it not #1? When I first heard it, I fell in love with it and couldn't stop listening to it. It has well over 400 plays on my ipod right now and it's the most played song! Great and beautiful music, beautiful lyrics as well. The beginning is astounding!
I love the lyrics "I wish we could open our eyes to see in all directions at the same time." It reminds you to appreciate the things around you.
Never cried so hard while listening to a song. The last stanza really makes me thing.

5Title and Registration
This song seriously is perfectly arranged. The guitar is acoustic and mellow, the back beat is driving but not intense, and the vocals are ephemeral, all adding up to a soothing listening experience! Love it
There best song by miles so underrated here
Absolutely brilliant. Has that eerie feel to it.

6I Will Possess Your Heart
Amazing song! Creepy and perfectly worded in a stalkers eye view. The music is beautiful as well. As creepy as it is, it capures the stalker view so well and the song it's self is done to perfection how can can I not love this amazing and underrated song?!
This is one of their greatest songs, it makes me believe.
I sounds like crap


7What Sarah Said
Still hurts to listen to, no matter how many times I hear it. Losing someone is painful. It takes a lot of love to watch someone die so they are not alone.

Love is watching someone die.
So sad! This song is so deep and it makes me cry every time I hear it! Love this song!
When you have a girlfriend named Sarah... , Oh dear god the water works! Such a deep sad song... But I love it
[Newest]So who's gonna watch you die? Enough Said.

8Crooked Teeth
Catchiest song I have ever heard! I don't understand why everybody doesn't know this song it's amazing
Catchy song, beautiful lyrics

9You Are a Tourist
So inexplicably good. Melancholy and hopeful at the same time.
Its an amzing song so catchy!

10Title Track

The Contenders

11Grapevine Fires
The best song of ever. Of all time. The most subtle sad story there is. With a slow, not-quite-happy but not-quite-sad, rolling of drums as the background... It really is like a bicycle ride, like in the music video.
I agree with that guy. This might be one of the best songs in music history. Severely, grossly underrated and under-discussed.
WHAT!?! Seriously, no one has mentioned this?
One of my favorites, great lyrics and story. A bittersweet song.
[Newest]I can't believe this isn't one of the most popular ones - it is so beautiful! Great imagery, and a strong but subtle message.

12Summer Skin
Lyrically, this blows the top three out of the water, and for a band that plays less complex melodies, I'm confused as to why more of their lyrical juggernauts aren't on this list. Where is "Tiny Vessels" or "Brothers on a Hotel Bed" for instance?

13Tiny Vessels
How in the hell is this number 40? This is an absolute gem. Death Cab at its finest.

14Your Heart Is An Empty Room
It was my first song I heard from them. I love this song. I remember listening it early in the morning and I felt good.
Never hooked on the band, but one of my favorite songs ever
It's a simple song. Loved by all simple ones

15The Sound of Settling
Gets me running! Mood changer. You tend to feel good about yourself, when you listen to this one. The is the sound of settling!

16A Lack of Color
NUMBER 14?! HOW? THIS SHOULD BE AT LEAST IN THE TOP 5! If not no. 1 then 2. Because no.2 is okay okay.

17Company Calls

18For What Reason

19St. Peter's Cathedral
So bleak, yet so beautiful. These lyrics make me cry every time.
Great song - deserves to be higher

20Someday You Will Be Loved
I love this song for so many reasons it's an amazing song that makes my heart drop every single time I listen to it and it makes me really happy even though it's a sad/tragic song but full of hope at the same time
Song that anyone recovering from a breakup should give a listen. Trully touching. Gets me every time!
I wonder why this isn't in the list! I personally think this should be at least in the top 5

21A Movie Script Ending
This song captures some form of lost nostalgia... Maybe longing for something that isn't there? It's sad but really happy at the same time. Damn it

22Brothers On a Hotel Bed
I love everything about this song

23Company Calls Epilogue
If you don't know, figure it out.

24Expo '86
This song is awesome! It would definitely be in my top 10.

25We Laugh Indoors

26No Joy In Mudville

27Your Bruise

28Your New Twin Sized Bed
This song will always be my favorite, No matter how many times I listen to it, the same two thoughts race in my head. Oh my gosh I love this song, and When will this song end so I can listen to it again!

29Passenger Seat
Such a shame for this beautiful song to be so low on the list. Makes me teary every time


31Bixby Canyon Bridge
Brilliant song! It really conveys the raw emotions of confusion, anger, and sorrow as it plays out. One of my favorite lyrics of all time is "When everyone you meet, they all seem to be asleep." The power with which that line is sung combined with the constant guitar beat gets me every time! Totally deserves Top 10 at THE LEAST.
I cannot believe this song didn't make it even to the extended list! A beautiful song, with typical DCFC highs-and-lows, with the lyrics painting a picture open to each one's interpretation. Beautiful!

32Pictures In an Exhibition
Hardcore DCFC fans will love this tune

33Monday Morning
One of the catchiest song I've ever heard from them! It was playing all the time in my mind the first time I listened to it. The lyrics are cute too, love to think it's about growing old with zooey deschanel
I'm surprised no one has added this song much higher up in the list! It's amazing!

34Meet Me On the Equinox

35Black Sun

36The New Year

37All Is Full of Love

38The Ice Is Getting Thinner
The song is so sweet. Its so nice and soothing.
Heard it on gossip girl! Love this song

39Home Is a Fire
This song has wonderful lyrics, anyone can relate to it. And I find the whole idea that everything is constantly changing to be an incredible, unique, indescribable thought/feeling. It's strong. And this song does an excellent job of mixing a couple emotions to really perfectly express the feeling of being in constant change, never having a single home that'll last forever. Its upbeat temp/rhythm sets the tempo at which life hits you. The way song sounds kinda happy, and transitions into a more eerie chord progression. And the chorus goes through a series of feelings, the way any life would go. This song is powerful and it is one of the best I've ever heard.

40Scientist Studies

41Bend to Squares
Should be in the top ten lists... Just listen to it friends...

42Song for Kelly Huckaby

43Different Names for the Same Thing

44Little Fury Bugs

45Long Division

46Unobstructed Views

47Stay Young, Go Dancing
Something's so wrong that this song's not on the list. This is BEAUTIFUL! Even Taylor Swift would agree to this.
This needs to be top 10! Such a great song!

48Death of an Interior Decorator

49We Looked Like Giants

50You've Haunted Me All My Life

51The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
Really underrated song off of Kintsugi.

52The Employment Pages


54Little Bribes

55Talking Bird
Seriously? This is one of my favorite songs ever. It saddens me to see that its not even mentioned.

56Fake Frowns

57President of What?

58Codes and Keys

59Little Wanderer

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This list was created 4 years, 32 days ago and has been voted on over 700 times. This top ten list has been remixed 6 times.

Updated Monday, April 27, 2015

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