Best Death Cab for Cutie Songs


The Top Ten

1 I 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

Always tears in my eyes...even after 50+ listenings

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2 Transatlanticism

The way this song builds into nothing is amazing

Amazing song

Heard this for the first time at a Arby's with my wife last week. We had just gotten out of work together and decided to get something to eat. I was in one of my melancholy moods on this day and feeling very depressed when this song started playing over the loudspeakers. As I was listening to the song my wife noticed my change in demeanor which usually tells her I'm deep In thought and probably getting ready to cry about something from my past. I told her that I was okay and that I was just listening to this emo song over the radio and asked her to see who sang this song. Even though I'm in my mid forties I know about the emo genre. she told me and I immediately know who death cab for cutie were because of their song from the Wicker park soundtrack. I ended up crying anyway before the song finished. Such a beautiful and depressing song. I have since listened to this song everyday a couple of times since then.

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.

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3 Soul 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.

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.

So Brown Eyes I'll hold you near. Cause you're the only song I want to hear.

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4 Marching 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!

Wonderful song, great for all kinds of moods. Rivaled only by "what Sara said"

This song is possibly the most beautiful song ever written. Title and Registration is equally moving. Sorrow drips into your heart through a pinhole just like a faucet that leaks and there is comfort in the sound... Its all so poetic.

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.

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5 I 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.

So awesome and a bit underrated!

Gret song easily there best so far

6 Title 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

These lyrics are the best lyrics ever written for anything

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

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7 What Sarah Said

Amazing song. I wish everyone could feel what I felt when I heard this song for the first time. This song got me througo some very hard times - Kingjellyjam

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!

This song is beautifully sad and it still hurts me soul, I expected it to be a lot higher on this list

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8 Grapevine Fires

This song is like a melancholic march through an existential crisis. The cooing vocals and the ballad chord progressions put me in a trance like state like no other Death Cab song. The take away is that in the face of disaster there are always silver-linings. Beautiful song, the group's crowning atmospheric achievement.

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.

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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9 Crooked 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

It was the song that I came to know DCFC off of and is a really good song with great lyrics and instrumentals

10 You are a Tourist

So inexplicably good. Melancholy and hopeful at the same time.

Its an amzing song so catchy!

The Contenders

11 Tiny Vessels

The best-written dcfc song in my opinion, I have a feeling a lot of fans have skipped over this track due to how slow it starts out. my favorite track without a doubt.

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

This is easily one of their top 10 songs!

The best of the best - Sprite

12 Title Track
13 Summer 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?

14 A Lack of Color

This song is so underrated. Is so beautiful and deep - Kingjellyjam

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

Good song,i don't understand why this song is so underrated

15 Someday 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

16 Your 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

17 Brothers on a Hotel Bed

I love everything about this song

18 The 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!

19 Company Calls
20 For What Reason
21 St. Peter's Cathedral

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

Great song - deserves to be higher

22 A 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

23 Codes and Keys

This song makes me cry every time I hear that!

24 Company Calls Epilogue

If you haven't gone back and listened to this early death cab album, you have missed out so much. Definitely their best album, and this song is the absolute highlight of the album

If you don't know, figure it out.

25 The Ghosts of Beverly Drive

First Death Cab song I ever heard, so maybe I have a personal attachment to it. I think this song is very pretty and unique (though I do think most Death Cab songs are unique).

Really underrated song off of Kintsugi.

26 We Laugh Indoors
27 Black Sun

So simple. So brilliant.

28 Expo '86

This song is awesome! It would definitely be in my top 10.

29 No Joy In Mudville
30 Cath....

How is this song at no 30? I voted for this because this song deserves to be in at least top five. Listen to the song and you will know.

This song makes you feel things! You can listen to it on repeat for days and call it an emotional experience in itself

31 Your Bruise

This is an underrated song and it’s lyrics were so relateable when I first heard it, I couldn’t believe it - Kingjellyjam

32 Passenger Seat

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

33 Pictures In an Exhibition

Hardcore DCFC fans will love this tune

34 Your 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!

35 Long Division
36 Bixby 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!

37 Meet Me on the Equinox
38 The New Year

Discovered this song on New Year’s Eve 😎 but seriously it’s a beautiful song and I’ll never forget that day I first heard it - Kingjellyjam

39 All is Full of Love
40 Monday 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!

41 We Looked Like Giants
42 The Ice Is Getting Thinner

The song is so sweet. Its so nice and soothing.

Heard it on gossip girl! Love this song

43 Different Names for the Same Thing
44 Stay 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!

Oh I love this song... - Ananya

45 Song for Kelly Huckaby
46 Little Wanderer

So underrated, but beautiful lyrics. Almost reminds me of marching bands.

Best song ever

47 Home 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.

48 Scientist Studies
49 Bend to Squares

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

50 Blacking Out the Friction
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1. Title Track
2. For What Reason
3. A Movie Script Ending
1. Marching Bands of Manhattan
2. You are a Tourist
3. I Will Follow You Into the Dark
1. Transatlanticism
2. Soul Meets Body
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