7 Songs For Ben & Zooey’s Break-Up, Written By Ben Gibbard


Oh boy. This is a bad year for indie-rock romance. First Thurston and Kim split up (and basically break-up Sonic Youth in the process) and now Ben and Zooey have called it quits.

Before I get into anything else here, let me just say that this list was written with the utmost respect given to Mr. Gibbard and Ms. Deschanel. Simply put, Ben Gibbard’s songs, for years, have helped other get through broken hearts and breaking hearts, and this is a post merely to point out that he has written some great songs on the subject. We here at List Off with both of them the happiest of endings.

That being said, Ben Gibbard has a natural talent for the broken heart song. He said, in Paste Magazine a few years back, “I would rather make great records than make great relationships..” Whether the tune is about having a broken heart, breaking a heart, or the aftermath of either, few songwriters in recent memory have written on the subject with more grace and clarity than he. So here now, are seven songs for Ben and Zooey’s break-up, written by Ben Gibbard.

The Postal Service – Nothing Better

Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism

Death Cab for Cutie – I Was A Kaleidoscope

Death Cab for Cutie – Someday You Will Be Loved

Death Cab for Cutie – The Ice Is Getting Thinner

Death Cab for Cutie – A Lack Of Color

Death Cab for Cutie – You Can Do Better Than Me

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2 Comments on “7 Songs For Ben & Zooey’s Break-Up, Written By Ben Gibbard”

  1. 11.5.11 at 10:02 AM #

    I really do hope, when it’s all said and done with Death Cab, people not only remember Ben as the king of the falling out of love song, but that he also wrote one of the most underrated indie love songs in “Passenger Seat.”

  2. 11.6.11 at 1:33 AM #

    Love Death Cab!

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