Best Death Cab for Cutie Songs

The Top Ten

1 I Will Follow You Into the Dark I Will Follow You Into the Dark Cover Art

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.

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.

2 Transatlanticism Transatlanticism Cover Art

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.

Unique song, that is risky in the way it has so much repetition and no drop. It is peak Death Cab in every way, and Gibbard manages to make epic lyrics, as well as create this crazy concept of Transatlanticism. When I first heard the song, I was in a long distance relationship, so it hit me hard.

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.

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.

3 Soul Meets Body Soul Meets Body Cover Art

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.

4 I Will Possess Your Heart I Will Possess Your Heart Cover Art

The bass in this makes the intro perfect - the lyrics are dark and powerful

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!

5 Marching Bands of Manhattan Marching Bands of Manhattan Cover Art

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!

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.

Never cried so hard while listening to a song. The last stanza really makes me thing.

6 What Sarah Said What Sarah Said Cover Art

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

When you have a girlfriend named Sarah... , Oh dear god the water works! Such a deep sad song... But I love it

7 Grapevine Fires Grapevine Fires Cover Art

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.

8 Crooked Teeth Crooked Teeth Cover Art

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

9 You are a Tourist You are a Tourist Cover Art

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

Its an amzing song so catchy!

10 Title and Registration Title and Registration Cover Art

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.

The Contenders

11 Summer Skin Summer Skin Cover Art

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?

12 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

13 A Lack of Color A Lack of Color Cover Art

This song is so underrated. Is so beautiful and deep

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

14 Your Heart is an Empty Room Your Heart is an Empty Room Cover Art

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

15 The Ghosts of Beverly Drive The Ghosts of Beverly Drive Cover Art

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.

16 Tiny Vessels Tiny Vessels Cover Art

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

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.

17 Brothers on a Hotel Bed Brothers on a Hotel Bed Cover Art

I love everything about this song

18 The Sound of Settling The Sound of Settling Cover Art

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 Codes and Keys

This song makes me cry every time I hear that!

20 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

Best all time song about settling.

One of my favourite songs ever. deserves to be so much higher.

21 Black Sun Black Sun Cover Art

So simple. So brilliant.

22 St. Peter's Cathedral

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

Great song - deserves to be higher

23 Title Track Title Track Cover Art

The verses flow so well, it just sounds dark and smooth

24 Long Division
25 Your New Twin Sized Bed Your New Twin Sized Bed Cover Art

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!

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