TOP 10 INDIE LOVE SONGS
We Are: The Guard is in SERIOUS need of some lovin'. Consequently, we asked everybody over at Facebook to help us with compiling the best indie love songs sure to charm the socks off any hipster crush! We received some AWESOME responses, and have given a few of you a shout-out below! Oh, and we've also thrown in a handful of personal favorites for good measure. So, whether you're a Nathan and a Bethany, a Win and a Régine, a Matt and a Kim, or a big, fat and sexually frustrated loner like us, we hope that you enjoy We Are: The Guard's Top 10 Indie Love Songs!
Friends “I'm His Girl” (Selected by Rox Hildel)
Don't mess with Friends frontwoman Samantha Urbani! She's not “just another chick” – she's “his girl!” She doesn't want to “own” or “control” her bf, but we think if he was to so much as LOOK at another Brooklyn babe, he'd soon regret it!
Love lyric: “I don't wanna own him, or control him/I just want our souls to be aligned/So, when you see me walking around with him/I'm not just another chick/I'm/His/Girl.”
The Flaming Lips “Do You Realize?”
Yes, we do realize that we have the most beautiful face. And yes, we do realize that everyone we know someday will die. Still, way to put a downer on our day, Wayne! Go and smoke a joint with Miley or something!
Love lyric: “Do you realize/That you have the most beautiful face?/Do you realize/We're floating in space?/Do you realize/That happiness makes you cry?/Do you realize/That everyone you know someday will die?”
The Lighthouse and the Whaler “Venice” (Selected by David Hopkins)
Oh noes! Another toes emosh love song about kicking the bucket – this time from Cleveland quartet The Lighthouse and the Whaler! We thought that this was supposed to be a happy blog post, already!
Love lyric: “In your eyes, I have seen/All the feeling and the rains/And death is cold, death is sure/Why don't we all fall in love?”
Chromatics “Kill for Love” (Selected by Tea Ross)
Okay, so, apparently indie love songs are SERIOUSLY depressing! Oh, look everybody, here's one about suicide courtesy of Portland outfit Chromatics!
Love lyric: “I can't remember if I like what I said/I can't remember it went straight to my head/I kept a bottle by the foot of the bed/I put a pillow right on top of my head/But I killed for love.”
The Rubens “Lay It Down” (Selected by Beca Arredondo)
What a brilliant recommendation, Beca! But is this really a love song? Or are The Rubens instead preoccupied with getting revenge on an ex? Dear whoever broke Sam Margin's heart: A sh*t storm approaches!
Love lyric: “So I said I'd speak the truth/But I didn't think it'd be to you/I guess I'm sorry I had to lay it down/But no one gets to push me around.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps”
Who was the dude INSANE enough to split up with Karen O and subsequently inspire the Yeah Yeah Yeahs classic “Maps,” we hear you cry? Angus Andrew, frontman of “bargain basement Radiohead” Liars. B*stard...
Love lyric: “Made off/Don't stray/My kind's your kind/I'll stay the same/Pack up/Don't stray/I'll say, say, say/I'll say, say, say/Wait, they don't love you like I love you/Wait, they don't love you like I love you/Maps.”
Last Dinosaurs “Honolulu” (Selected by Eric Sanchez)
Finally! An indie love song on our list that does not allude to death, suicide or heartbreak! Thanks for the recommendation, Eric!
Love lyric: “We met in a place where love is war/We've fallen together and now we're one/The future, the future, yeah it stays true/The future, the future, yeah it stays true.”
Interpol “The New” (Selected by Tea Ross)
Interpol frontman Paul Banks sings about the fear of committing to a chick in “The New.” To which we say: if you like Helena Christensen, then you should put a ring on Helena Christensen!
Love lyric: “I wish I could live free/I hope it's not beyond me/Settling down it takes time/One day we'll live together/And life will be better/I have it here yeah in my mind/Baby, you know someday you'll slow.”
Magnetic Fields “The Book of Love” (Selected by Thomas Cruz)
The finest indie love song, “The Book of Love,” from the finest indie love album, 69 Love Songs, by the Stephin Merritt-fronted Magnetic Fields. Let's pretend that Peter Gabriel cover never happened, okay? Okay.
Love lyric: “The book of love has music in it/In fact that's where music comes from/Some of it is just transcendental/Some of it is just really dumb/But I, I love it when you sing to me/And you, you can sing me anything.”
The Smiths “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
Finishing up with the first and foremost indie love song from Manchester's finest misanthropists – The Smiths! So it was Morrissey who stole Johnny Marr's bike! Portlandia in-joke. Get involved.
Love lyric: “And if a double-decker bus crashes into us/To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die/And if a ten-tonne truck kills the both of us/To die by your side, well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine.”
What are your favorite indie love songs? Let us know over at Facebook or comment below! Kisses! xoxo
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Jess Grant is a frustrated writer hailing from London, England. When she isn't tasked with disentangling her thoughts from her brain and putting them on paper, Jess can generally be found listening to The Beatles, or cooking vegetarian food.