Best Death Cab for Cutie Songs


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1I Will Follow You Into the Dark

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.

"I cried my first time. Utterly Amazing. Enough Said"

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. - adityareddeviliyer

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.

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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.

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!

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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.

This song is so melodic and that's why it should be their best song. Period.

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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.

5I 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 - Danteem

6Title 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

One of their best. Wish they would play it on the radio.

Absolutely brilliant. Has that eerie feel to it.

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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

So who's gonna watch you die? Enough Said.

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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.

10Title Track

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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.

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.

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12Tiny Vessels

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

13Your 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

14Summer 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?

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
19Someday 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

20St. Peter's Cathedral

So bleak, yet so beautiful. These lyrics make me cry every time.

Great song - deserves to be higher

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60 listings
4 years, 192 days old

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1. Title Track
2. For What Reason
3. A Movie Script Ending
1. I Will Possess Your Heart
2. Soul Meets Body
3. You Are a Tourist
1. Grapevine Fires
2. What Sarah Said
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