Best Death Cab for Cutie Songs


The Top Ten

1 Transatlanticism Transatlanticism

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.

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 love how the song progresses and lifts towards the end. Truly makes it worthy of number one.

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2 Soul Meets Body 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.

This one is indeed a really nice song of dcfc

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3 Marching Bands of Manhattan 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!

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.

4 I Will Possess Your Heart 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!

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5 Grapevine Fires 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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6 What Sarah Said What 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!

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

This song broke my heart so much that I can't bear to listen to it.

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7 Title and Registration 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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8 Crooked Teeth Crooked Teeth

Catchiest song I have ever heard! I don't understand why everybody doesn't know this song it's amazing

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

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9 You Are a Tourist You Are a Tourist

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

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10 Summer Skin 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?

The Newcomers

? I Will Follow You Into the Dark 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


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The Contenders

11 Title Track Title Track
12 Tiny Vessels Tiny Vessels

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!

13 Someday You Will Be Loved 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

14 Your Heart Is An Empty Room 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

15 A Lack of Color A Lack of Color V 2 Comments
16 The Sound of Settling 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!

17 Brothers On a Hotel Bed Brothers On a Hotel Bed

I love everything about this song

18 Company Calls Company Calls
19 For What Reason For What Reason
20 St. Peter's Cathedral St. 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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List StatsUpdated 20 Feb 2017

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1. Title Track
2. For What Reason
3. A Movie Script Ending
1. Transatlanticism
2. Soul Meets Body
3. I Will Follow You Into the Dark
1. I Will Possess Your Heart
2. Soul Meets Body
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