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58 Nostalgic '90s Love Songs to Play on Your Wedding Day

Prepare to party like it's 1999.
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by Sarah Hanlon
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Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Apr 20, 2021

The '90s are back and better than ever. Need proof? The vintage aesthetic has been reborn into some of the biggest wedding colorhair and fashion trends for 2021 and 2022 (think: throwback brights, shags and cowl-neck slip dresses). Plus, millennials are the largest age group saying "I do" now, so it's only fitting that they're bringing childhood influences to their weddings. If you're a '90s kid looking for a few nostalgic wedding ideas, there's no shortage of inspiration—especially when it comes to your wedding soundtrack. Music is one of the most underrated ways to tie your wedding together, especially because it sets the tone for every moment, from the processional to the after-party. To give your guests a blast from the past, consider adding a few '90s love songs to your wedding playlist. 

We know a thing or two about the best first dance songs and reception hits, and we have plenty of musical ideas for each part of your big day. So if you're specifically looking for the best '90s wedding songs, you've come to the right place. We're breaking down our favorite hits from the decade, from swoon-worthy love ballads to soulful R&B hits that'll get everyone on their feet. Get the 411 on our favorite ideas below, and give your band or DJ a list of must-play songs to have everyone partying like it's 1999. 

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The Best '90s Love Songs for Your First Dance 

Every wedding needs a few love songs to set the tone. Whether you use one of these '90s wedding songs for your first dance, the recessional or the cake-cutting moment, guests will love taking a metaphorical trip down memory lane. We've rounded up the most iconic ballads below, along with our favorite lyrics that'll give you all the feels. 

"As Long As You Love Me," Backstreet Boys

Lyrics you'll love: "Every little thing that you have said and done/Feels like it's deep within me/Doesn't really matter if you're on the run/It seems like we're meant to be"

"All My Life," K-Ci & JoJo

Lyrics you'll love: "All my life/I prayed for someone like you/And I thank God/That I/That I finally found you"

"Always Be My Baby," Mariah Carey

Lyrics you'll love: "You'll always be a part of me/I'm part of you indefinitely/Boy don't you know you can't escape me/Oh darlin' 'cause you'll always be my baby"

"Angel of Mine," Monica

Lyrics you'll love: "When I first saw you, I already knew/There was something inside of you/Something I thought that I would never find/Angel of mine"

"Back At One," Brian McKnight

Lyrics you'll love: "One, you're like a dream come true/Two, just wanna be with you/Three, girl, It's plain to see/That you're the only one for me, and/Four, repeat steps one through three"

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight," Elton John

Lyrics you'll love: "And can you feel the love tonight?/It is where we are/It's enough for this wide-eyed wanderer/That we got this far"

"(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," Bryan Adams

Lyrics you'll love: "There's no love/Like your love/And no other/Could give more love"

"Friday I'm In Love," The Cure

Lyrics you'll love: "I don't care if Monday's blue/Tuesday's gray and Wednesday too/Thursday, I don't care about you/It's Friday, I'm in love"

"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" Rod Stewart

Lyrics you'll love: "Have I told you lately that I love you/Have I told you there's no one else above you/You fill my heart with gladness/Take away all my sadness/Ease my troubles, that's what you do"

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," Aerosmith

Lyrics you'll love: "And I don't want to miss one smile/I don't want to miss one kiss/Well, I just want to be with you/Right here with you/Just like this"

"I Need Love," NSYNC

Lyrics you'll love: "I just wanna tell you how I feel/I just wanna have a love that's real/How can I stop this burning desire?/I can see that you are the one for me/You're the only one I really need"

"I Swear," All-4-One

Lyrics you'll love: "For better or worse till death do us part/I'll love you with every beat of my heart"

"I'll Be," Edwin McCain

Lyrics you'll love: "And rain falls angry on the tin roof/As we lie awake in my bed/And you're my survival, you're my livin' proof/My love is alive and not dead"

"I'll Stand By You," The Pretenders

Lyrics you'll love: "And when/When the night falls on you, baby/You're feeling all alone/You won't be on your own/I'll stand by you"

"I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston

Lyrics you'll love: "And I will always love you/I will always love you/You/My darling, you"

"Iris," Goo Goo Dolls

Lyrics you'll love: "And I'd give up forever to touch you/'Cause I know that you feel me somehow/You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be/And I don't want to go home right now"

"Kiss From a Rose," Seal

Lyrics you'll love: "Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray/Ooh, the more I get of you, the stranger it feels, yeah/And now that your rose is in bloom/A light hits the gloom on the gray"

"Kiss Me," Sixpence None the Richer

Lyrics you'll love: "Kiss me, beneath the milky twilight/Lead me out on the moonlit floor/Lift your open hand/Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance/Silver moon's sparkling/So kiss me"

"More Than Words," Extreme

Lyrics you'll love: "More than words/Is all I ever needed you to show/Then you wouldn't have to say/That you love me/'Cause I'd already know"

"Save The Best for Last," Vanessa Williams

Lyrics you'll love: "But now we're standing face to face/Isn't this world a crazy place/Just when I thought our chance had passed/You go and save the best for last"

"To Love You More," Celine Dion

Lyrics you'll love: "I'll be waiting for you/Here inside my heart/I'm the one who wants to love you more/You will see I can give you/Everything you need/Let me be the one to love you more"

"Truly Madly Deeply," Savage Garden

Lyrics you'll love: "I'll be your dream, I'll be your wish, I'll be your fantasy/I'll be your hope, I'll be your love, be everything that you need/I'll love you more with every breath truly, madly, deeply do"

"Only Wanna Be With You," Hootie & the Blowfish

Lyrics you'll love: "Well there's nothing I can do/I only wanna be with you/You can call me your fool/I only wanna be with you"

"Wonderwall," Oasis

Lyrics you'll love: "I said maybe/You're gonna be the one that saves me/And after all/You're my wonderwall"

"You Do Something to Me," Sinead O'Connor

Lyrics you'll love: "You do something to me/Something that simply mystifies me/Tell me, why should it be/You have the power to hypnotize me?"

The Best '90s R&B Wedding Songs 

It's no secret that R&B music thrived in the 1990s. If you want to have guests dancing all night long, include some of these chart-toppers on your reception playlist. 

"Are You That Somebody?" Aaliyah

Lyrics you'll love: "Say yes or say no/'Cause I really need somebody/Tell me are you that somebody?"

"Crush," Dave Matthews Band

Lyrics you'll love: "It's times like these/When my faith I feel/And I know how I love you"

"Don't Let Go" En Vogue

Lyrics you'll love: "I often fantasize the stars above are watching you/They know my heart and speak to yours like only lovers do"

"Fantasy," Mariah Carey

Lyrics you'll love: "Oh, when you walk by every night/Talkin' sweet and lookin' fine/I get kinda hectic inside"

"Feels Good," Tony! Toni! Toné!

Lyrics you'll love: "Moments that we share/Special times alone/Just don't ever change/'Cause I'm so into you/And you know it feels good"

"Heaven Knows," Luther Vandross

Lyrics you'll love: "This is love that you can't ignore/I never knew a girl like you before/And Heaven knows I couldn't love you more"

"Hey Mr. DJ," Zhané

Lyrics you'll love: "It's Friday night and the weekend's here/I need to unwind, where's the party, Mr. D.J./I am ready to call my friends/So we could all get down"

"I Wanna Be Down," Brandy

Lyrics you'll love: "If all you need is my time/That I got plenty of/I'll dedicate all my loving to you only, baby/I want to stay by your side"

"I'm Still in Love," New Edition

Lyrics you'll love: "Time passes so fast, babe/I wish it would last babe/'Cause I know in my heart/that my life ends and starts with you, babe"

"Lady," D'Angelo

Lyrics you'll love: "But I know I love you and you love me/There's no other lover for you or me/You're my lady"

"My Boo," Ghost Town DJ's'

Lyrics you'll love: "At night, I think of you/I want, to be your lady, maybe/If your game is on, give me a call boo/If your lovin's strong, gonna give my all to you"

"No Diggity," Blackstreet

Lyrics you'll love: "I like the way you work it/No diggity"

"On Bended Knee," Boyz II Men

Lyrics you'll love: "I'm down on bended knee/I'll never walk again until you come back to me/I'm down on bended knee"

"One in a Million," Aaliyah

Lyrics you'll love: "Your love is one in a million/It goes on and on and on/You give me a really good feeling, all day long"

"Real Love," Mary J. Blige

Lyrics you'll love: "Real love, I'm searching for a real love/Someone to set my heart free"

"That's the Way Love Goes," Janet Jackson

Lyrics you'll love: "I'll give you the time of your life/I'm gonna take you places/You've never been before/And you'll be so happy that you came/Oh I'm gonna take you there, ooh/That's the way love goes"

"You Make Me Wanna," Usher

Lyrics you'll love: "I think about a ring and all the things that come along with you"

"You Mean the World to Me," Toni Braxton

Lyrics you'll love: "'Cause you mean the world to me/You are my everything/I swear the only thing that matters/Matters to me"

The Best '90s Country Wedding Songs 

The '90s may be largely known as the grunge era, but that doesn't mean there aren't country music options for your big day. In fact, some of the best country wedding songs came from this decade. Here are our favorite '90s country wedding songs to play during your nuptials, from hitmakers like Lonestar and Faith Hill.

"Amazed," Lonestar

Lyrics you'll love: "I wanna spend the rest of my life/With you by my side/Forever and ever/Every little thing that you do/Baby, I'm amazed by you"

"Carrying Your Love With Me," George Strait

Lyrics you'll love: "Carryin' your love with me/It's my strength for holdin' on/Every minute that I have to be gone/I'll have everything I'll ever need/I'm carryin' your love with me"

"Friends in Low Places," Garth Brooks

Lyrics you'll love: "'Cause I've got friends in low places/Where the whiskey drowns/And the beer chases my blues away/And I'll be okay"

"How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes

Lyrics you'll love: "How do I live without you/I want to know"

"How Forever Feels," Kenny Chesney

Lyrics you'll love: "Well, I've been around the block a time or two/Done almost everything a boy can do/I've done some livin', yeah I've had fun/But there is one thing that I haven't done/I wanna know how forever feels"

"I Cross My Heart," George Strait

Lyrics you'll love: "I cross my heart/And promise to/Give all I've got to give/To make all your dreams come true"

"I Do (Cherish You)," Mark Wills

Lyrics you'll love: "I do, cherish you/For the rest of my life/You don't have to think twice/I will, love you still, from the depths of my soul"

"I Like It, I Love It," Tim McGraw

Lyrics you'll love: "And I like it, I love it, I want some more of it/I try so hard, I can't rise above it/I don't know what it is 'bout that little gal's lovin'/But I like it, I love it, I want some more of it"

"I Wanna Fall in Love," Lila McCann

Lyrics you'll love: "I want to fall in love/I want to feel that rush/Runnin' into my heart, shakin' up my soul/Feelin' like I've never felt before"

"Man! I Feel Like a Woman," Shania Twain

Lyrics you'll love: "Oh-oh-oh, I wanna be free/Yeah, to feel the way I feel (To feel the way I feel)/Man! I feel like a woman!"

"She's In Love with the Boy," Trisha Yearwood

Lyrics you'll love: "She's in love with the boy/What's meant to be will always find a way/She's gonna marry that boy someday"

"Strawberry Wine," Deana Carter

Lyrics you'll love: "I was caught somewhere between a woman and a child/When one restless summer we found love growing wild/On the banks of the river on a well beaten path/It's funny how those memories they last/Like strawberry wine and seventeen"

"This Kiss," Faith Hill

Lyrics you'll love: "It's the way you love me/It's a feeling like this/It's centrifugal motion/It's perpetual bliss"

"You're Still the One," Shania Twain

Lyrics you'll love: "You're still the one I run to/The one that I belong to/You're still the one I want for life"

"When I Said I Do," Clint and Lisa Hartman Black

Lyrics you'll love: "When I said I do, I meant that I will 'til the end of all time/Be faithful and true, devoted to you/That's what I had in mind when I said I do"

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