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15 Top Wedding Songs

Whether it’s to soundtrack the ceremony, the reception, or the first dance of the evening, let’s raise a glass to newlyweds the world over with the best wedding songs.

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Whether bride or groom, your wedding day’s the most special day of your life, so choosing the perfect music for your exchange of vows is up there with sending out the invitations and remembering the rings. Whether it’s to soundtrack the ceremony, the reception, or the first dance of the evening, we raise a glass to newlyweds the world over with the 15 Top Wedding Songs.

While you’re reading, listen to our Wedding Classics playlist here.

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Train – Marry Me

A Top 40 Billboard hit for the US roots-rockers in 2009, “Marry Me” has since been covered by country artist Martina McBride and remains a go-to dance song for your big day.

Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best Thing

This emotive song from Ray LaMontagne’s 2008 LP Gossip In The Grain has gained traction as a matrimonial favorite since it featured in the 2009 rom-com I Love You, Man about a friendless man seeking a best man for his forthcoming wedding.

Etta James – At Last

Blues great Etta’s classic recording dates from 1960, but “At Last” has been a wedding day smash since Beyonce performed it at one of US President Barack Obama’s inaugural balls in January 2009. And speaking of Beyonce, she walked down the aisle on her wedding day to Jay-Z to “Ave Maria,” which is why she covered it on 2008’s I Am Sasha Fierce. Covers are a classic for processionals – you should also check out “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Celine Dion and Michael Bublé’s Nat King Cole cover “That’s All.”

Adele – Make You Feel My Love

Adele covered this Bob Dylan classic on her album 19, but it also featured significantly in the popular 2010 US rom-com When In Rome. It’s a dramatic tearjerker on par with the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” which funnily enough is a cover itself.

Norah Jones – Come Away With Me

The titular song from Norah Jones’s multi-platinum debut album from 2002 has since gone on to shine at weddings the world over. If you love singer-songwriters like Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat, or Christina Perri, Norah needs to be on your love songs list.

Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

Whether this slice of consummate Billboard chart-topping southern soul from the Rev Al Green actually has the power to keep a couple together forever is debatable, but it can sure bring couples together on the dancefloor. We’ve put it on our wedding wish list alongside the likes of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,” and The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.”

Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight

Originally featuring in the movie Swing Time, the exquisite “The Way You Look Tonight” won the Academy Award For Best Original Song in 1936. It’s been synonymous with weddings since 1942’s Once Upon A Honeymoon, wherein Cary Grant says to Ginger Rogers he always wants to “remember you just the way you look tonight – er, today,” a reference to Rogers’ appearance in Swing Time. It’s one of the best wedding songs, and will be a wedding party staple for a thousand years.

Shania Twain – From This Moment On

First recorded for Shania’s 1997 album Come On Over, this glorious country-pop ballad is still a staple of her live set – and it regularly soundtracks weddings around the globe. Nothing will have you saying, “I’m Yours” like this classic love song.

Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely

From 1976’s Songs In The Key Of Life (and later a UK smash for David Parton) “Isn’t She Lovely” was originally conceived to celebrate the birth of Stevie’s daughter, Aisha. It also frequently heralds the arrival of the bride at a wedding reception.

U2 – All I Want Is You

The emotional denouement to 1988’s Rattle & Hum and a song whose lyric (“all the promises we make, from the cradle to the grave”) seems especially resonant on any wedding day. It’s a beautiful, poignant pairing with John Legend’s “All of Me,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” or Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” for your first dance songs.

Bon Jovi – Thank You For Loving Me

From Bon Jovi’s Grammy-nominated album Crush. Later covered by Bryan Adams, the song was reputedly inspired by Brad Pitt’s character in the romantic fantasy film Meet Joe Black.

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie – Endless Love

“Endless Love” – the single – dwarfed the commercial performance of the film of the same name it originally soundtracked. A mandatory wedding day hit, the 1981 single topped the Billboard chart and remains Ross’ biggest selling 45.

Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

Elton John’s Grammy Award-winning “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” originally appeared on the soundtrack to Disney’s 1994 box office smash The Lion King and continues to melt hearts worldwide. It’s perfect for any processional, getting you ready to say, “I do.”

Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

A sure-fire dancefloor-filler at any self-respecting wedding reception, Queen’s neat rockabilly-influenced smash “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” gave them their first US No 1 in 1980. Squeeze it between some Justin Timberlake and Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” for a wedding playlist to remember.

Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love

A wedding soundtrack without The King? Unthinkable! Elvis’ labyrinthine catalogue contains numerous contenders, but really this legendary song from 1961’s Blue Hawaii has to be the one.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Deborah Whittington

    September 10, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Open Arms Journey All time Wedding Song 37yrs ago still going strong!

  2. Deborah Whittington

    September 10, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    JOURNEY OPEN ARMS MAY 9,1982 37YEARS GOING STRONG!

  3. Avery White

    October 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    I swear is the perfect wedding song. Just listen to the lyrics

  4. Miss Thing

    December 21, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    One in a Million!! by Larry Graham!!

  5. Saher

    March 19, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    I am in love with Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love With you. Perfect collection
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  6. Alice Carroll

    July 15, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Thanks for the tip that some modern musicians like Train can be effectively used as sentimental music for a wedding. I’ve been thinking planning out the playlist with my boyfriend for our wedding and I think having more modern tracks will make it easier to find a wedding DJ who would be able to utilize them properly to set up the mood of the reception. We will just have to be careful not to put too many obscure songs in the playlist since the music taste of our guests would definitely vary a lot.

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  7. John Macdonald

    July 27, 2020 at 4:05 am

    We’ve Only Just Begun
    The Carpenters
    Singer Karen Carpenter

    • James Payne

      November 24, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      What a disgrace in how the music Industry continually fails to properly recognize the greatness that were The Carpenters.. The Carpenters were one of if not the biggest selling musical acts worldwide of the 1970’s and their music is still selling very well to this day even tho Karen Carpenter has been gone from this World for almost 38 years now.. The Rock&Roll Hall of Shame refuses to induct them. And everyone who came of age during the 1970’s and 1980’s knows that “We’ve Only Just Begun is by far the most played wedding song in history..

  8. Cindy Cook

    October 1, 2020 at 5:00 am

    The only one – Lionel Richie. Beautiful song

  9. Dennis Payne

    November 24, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    The Carpenter’s “we’ve Only Just Begun” has to be one of if not the most played wedding songs in history..

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