The 17 Best New Wedding Songs of 2018

These hits should be on every wedding playlist this year.
by The Knot
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Want to take the modern route for your wedding music? Stack your wedding playlists with some of the hottest songs of 2018, including a new feel-good country anthem from Kenny Chesney, a chart-topper from Drake’s latest album Scorpion and a sultry hit from power duo Beyoncé and Jay-Z (aka The Carters). We promise, whether you need first dance or last dance song inspo, you’re in exactly the right place. Here are the best 2018 songs you can expect to be on every wedding playlist.

1. “Morning Light,” Justin Timberlake featuring Alicia Keys

Lyrics you’ll love: Because I'm in love with you/Laying here, in the morning light/And all I want to do is hold you tight, just one more night
Perfect for: a mellow, heartfelt contemporary first dance song

2. “Butterflies,” Kacey Musgraves

Lyrics you’ll love: Kiss full of color makes me wonder where you've always been/I was hiding in doubt till you brought me out of my chrysalis/And I came out new

Perfect for: an honest and catchy country-pop first dance song

3. “You Are the Reason,” Calum Scott featuring Leona Lewis

Lyrics you’ll love: I'd climb every mountain/And swim every ocean/Just to be with you/…. Oh, 'cause I need you to see/That you are the reason

Perfect for: an emotional ballad first dance song

4. “A Good Night,” John Legend featuring Bloodpop

Lyrics you’ll love: But everything's gonna be alright/I think I just met my wife (yeah, I said it)/I know it's gonna be a good night/I think I just met my wife

Perfect for: a groovy reception jam to coax everyone onto the dance floor

5. “No Tears Left to Cry,” Ariana Grande

Lyrics you’ll love: Oh, I just want you to come with me/We're on another mentality/Ain't got no tears left to cry/So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up/I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up

Perfect for: for your bachelorette party, getting-ready moments or mid-reception playlist

6. “Deeper,” Tamia

Lyrics you’ll love: Now I can love deeper/I wanna love harder/So love like you've never been hurt/'Cause love can change the world/Now let's go higher/Together we stronger

Perfect for: a slow, meaningful and soulful first dance

7. “Get Along,” Kenny Chesney

Lyrics you’ll love: Get along while we can/Always give love the upper hand/….Drink a beer, sing a song/Make a friend, can't we all get along

Perfect for: an end of the night, bar’s about to close country hit

8. “I Like It,” Cardi B

Lyrics you’ll love: Now I like dollars, I like diamonds/I like stunting, I like shining/I like million dollar deals

Perfect for: your reception playlist or jamming out with your wedding party (whenever, wherever)

9. “Best Part,” Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R.

Lyrics you’ll love: You're the coffee that I need in the morning/You're my sunshine in the rain when it's pouring/Won't you give yourself to me

Perfect for: a low-key and romantic acoustic first dance song

10. “Fallin’ All in You,” Shawn Mendes

Lyrics you’ll love: You are bringing out a different kind of me/There's no safety net that's underneath, I'm free/Falling all in

Perfect for: a sweet-as-honey first dance song

11. “Nice for What,” Drake

Lyrics you’ll love: With your phone out, gotta hit them angles/With your phone out, snappin' like you Fabo/And you showin' off, but it's alright/And you showin' off, but it's alright (alright!)/It's a short life, yeah

Perfect for: bachelor/ette party, reception and after-party playlists

12. “Summer,” The Carters

Lyrics you’ll love: We never been this far from the shore/We might not ever go back anymore/Got you all in your emotions, hit you with the force then/Tell me your desires, I won't ever tire

Perfect for: a sultry first dance song to make you feel like you’re the only ones in the room

13. “Simple,” Florida Georgia Line

Lyrics you’ll love: It's like one, two, three/Just as easy as can be/Just the way you look at me/You make me smile

Perfect for: a fresh, country-fied twist on the Jackson 5’s “ABC”—a lighthearted first dance or late-night anthem

14. “I Like Me Better,” Lauv

Lyrics you’ll love: Damn, I like me better when I'm with you/I like me better when I'm with you

I knew from the first time, I'd stay for a long time 'cause/I like me better when I'm with you

Perfect for: a modern, uptempo first dance or reception song

15. “Leave Right Now,” Thomas Rhett

Lyrics you’ll love: Just you and me alone on some old moonlit road/But the two of us could disappear/Just say the word and get out of here/Baby, you and me could leave right now

Perfect for: a slow first dance that turns into a contagious dance track (so all your guests can storm the dance floor too)

16. "Speechless," Dan + Shay

Lyrics you'll love: You take the breath out of my lungs/Can't even fight it/And all of the words out of my mouth without even trying

Perfect for: an irresistably romantic first dance song you'll want to sway to everytime it comes on

17. "Dancing Away With My Heart," Dillon Carmichael

Lyrics you'll love: Heaven ain't ever seen an angel like you/With a soul so bright you light up the room/Nobody's ever gonna love you the way I do, 'til death do us part/And there you are, just dancin' away with my heart

Perfect for: a pure country power-ballad first dance song that'll melt your heart


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