The 20 Best Proposal Songs of All Time

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Lauren Dana Ellman - The Knot Contributor.
by Lauren Dana
Lauren Dana Ellman - The Knot Contributor.
Lauren Dana
The Knot Contributor
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Updated Dec 01, 2021

When it comes to popping the question, there's a lot of planning to do, from ring shopping to choosing a location, to picking the right soundtrack to the big moment. If you haven't already considered incorporating music into your big day, we definitely recommend it.

The best proposal songs are romantic, heartfelt and passionate, adding an extra-intimate touch to this incredibly special relationship milestone.

Fortunately, when it comes to choosing the perfect proposal song, there are lots of options out there. In fact, with hundreds of love songs across multiple genres, there's a tune out there for every couple.

To help you select the ideal choice, we've rounded up 20 of the best proposal songs of all time. Happy listening.

"Just The Way You Are," Bruno Mars

Lyrics you'll love: "When I see your face/There's not a thing that I would change/'Cause you're amazing/Just the way you are"

You and your future spouse are sure to swoon over this Bruno Mars bop thanks to its gushy lyrics and beautiful melody. What's more, "Just The Way You Are" encapsulates everything you love about your partner. It's a popular song for proposals, wedding processionals and first dances, as well.

"All Of Me," John Legend

Lyrics you'll love: "Give your all to me/I'll give my all to you/You're my end and my beginning/Even when I lose I'm winning"

If you love intimate ballads, then you'll definitely want to incorporate "All Of Me" into your proposal. In this 2013 track, John Legend sweetly serenades his wife, Chrissy Teigen. The poetic lyrics, which celebrate true love, make it the perfect song for proclaiming your love and proposing.

"Marry Me," Jason Derulo

Lyrics you'll love: "Will forever be enough, so there ain't no need to rush/But one day, I won't be able to ask you loud enough/I'll say, "Will you marry me?"/I swear that I will mean it"

"Marry Me" is an upbeat pop hit performed by Jason Derulo. The romantic song was practically written for proposals.

"Make You Feel My Love," Adele

Lyrics you'll love: "I could make you happy, make your dreams come true/Nothing that I wouldn't do/Go to the ends of the Earth for you/To make you feel my love"

Be prepare to shed happy tears when you listen to Adele's 2008 rendition of "Make You Feel My Love." The power ballad was first performed by Bob Dylan, but Adele felt inspired to record her own version after listening to it.

"Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran

Lyrics you'll love: "So honey now/Take me into your loving arms/Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars/Place your head on my beating heart"

Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" is often used as a first dance song; however, it also makes a great marriage proposal song. Throughout the tune, the singer croons about his undying love for his partner, which only grows stronger with time. Is someone chopping onions in here?

"I Do," Colbie Caillat

Lyrics you'll love: "I promise I won't turn around and I won't let you down/You can trust I've never felt it like I feel it now/Baby, there's nothing, there's nothing we can't get through/So can we say/I do, I do, I do, do-do-do-do-do-do-do"

Get ready for your partner to say "I do" by featuring Colbie Caillat's "I Do" in your proposal. (See what we did there?). The chart-topping love song was released in 2011, and its cheery rhythm, combined with its lovely lyrics, is sure to put a smile on your—and your future spouse's—face.

"A Thousand Years," Christina Perri

Lyrics you'll love: "I have loved you for a thousand years/I'll love you for a thousand more"

Twilight fans will recognize this Christina Perri song, which was written specifically for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1. The emotional ballad, which will tug at your heartstrings, depicts a rom-com worthy love story.

"I Swear," All-4-One

Lyrics you'll love: "You can be sure I know my part/'Cause I'll stand beside you through the years/And you'll only cry those happy tears"

The 1993 love song, "I Swear" was made famous by R&B group All-4-One, who released their cover a year later in 1994. Play the sweet ballad before you propose to set the mood and profess your love.

"Better Together," Jack Johnson

Lyrics you'll love: "Love is the answer, at least for most of the questions in my heart"

"Better Together" by Jack Johnson is a classic—and for good reason. The nostalgia-inducing tune has a sentimental meaning: The singer-songwriter wrote it for his spouse. If you're planning a casual proposal at home, this proposal song makes the perfect backdrop.

"Just Say Yes," Snow Patrol

Lyrics you'll love: "Just say yes, just say there's nothing holding you back/It's not a test, nor a trick of the mind/Only love"

Snow Patrol's "Just Say Yes" combines elements of classic rock and pop. The end result? A catchy, melodic love song—complete with beautiful harmonizing and groovy guitar instrumentals—you just can't help but sing along to.

"On Bended Knee," Boyz II Men

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

Boyz II Men's "On Bended Knee" will take you back in time to the good ol' days of the '90s boy band era. This romantic proposal song will make your heart skip a beat (or two) thanks to its absolutely adorable—albeit somewhat cheesy—song lyrics.

"I Choose You," Sara Bareilles

Lyrics you'll love: "I will become yours and you will become mine/I choose you"

Sara Bareilles' killer pipes are on full display in "I Choose You." Throughout the cheerful pop ballad, Bareilles croons about finding her true love, symbolizing what she describes through song as "a beautiful start to a lifelong love letter." Also of note: The music video, which chronicles a series of surprise proposals, is definitely worth watching.

"I'm Yours," Jason Mraz

Lyrics you'll love: "There's no need to complicate/Our time is short/This is our fate, I'm yours"

More than a decade after its release, this track remains a popular proposal song. The simple-yet-sweet lyrics provide a lighthearted backdrop to a romantic marriage proposal.

"Let's Stay Together," Al Green

Lyrics you'll love: "I'm, I'm so in love with you/Whatever you want to do/Is all right with me/'Cause you make me feel so brand new/And I want to spend my life with you"

If you prefer classic to contemporary, consider Al Green's timeless hit, "Let's Stay Together" for your romantic proposal song. The 1970s-era soul song features heartfelt and authentic lyrics about sticking with your partner and supporting them through life: "Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad."

"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 love you more with every breath truly, madly, deeply do"

"Truly Madly Deeply," which was released in 1997 by Australian pop duo Savage Garden features paragraphs full of passionate lyrics. The sultry ballad has since captured the hearts of millions of couples with its catchy lines about unconditional love.

"Love Story," Taylor Swift

Lyrics you'll love: "This love is difficult, but it's real/Don't be afraid, we'll make it out of this mess/It's a love story, baby, just say, "Yes"

If you or your soon-to-be spouse is a Taylor Swift fan, then consider playing "Love Story" right before proposing—the lyrics "baby, just say 'yes'" couldn't be more appropriate. The soft and sweet instrumentals only add to the romance factor.

"Love Is A Verb," John Mayer

Lyrics you'll love: "When you show me love/I don't need your words/Yeah love ain't a thing/Love is a verb"

Calling all John Mayer fans: This one's for you. The singer-songwriter's 2012 track, "Love Is A Verb," was practically made for proposing. What's more, Mayer's signature soothing vocals—combined with soft instrumentals and strikingly beautiful lyrics—make the love song a fantastic proposal pick.

"Crazy In Love," Beyonce and Jay-Z

Lyrics you'll love: "Got me looking so crazy right now, your love's/Got me looking so crazy right now"

If you prefer to pop the question to something more upbeat, consider the 2003 hit, "Crazy In Love." The uber-popular dance hit is a beloved classic for many reasons, such as Beyonce's incredible vocals and the fast-paced rhythm, making it ideal for singing and dancing.

"Marry You," Bruno Mars

Lyrics you'll love: "It's a beautiful night, we're looking for something dumb to do/Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you"

Planning a flash mob proposal? We'll never tire of this trend, particularly when "Marry You" serves as the backdrop. What could be more fun than a group of your love's family members and friends dancing to this sweet proposal song?

"Love Me Like You Do," Ellie Goulding

Lyrics you'll love: "You're the light, you're the night/You're the color of my blood/You're the cure, you're the pain/You're the only thing I wanna touch/Never knew that it could mean so much, so much"

Feeling sultry? If the answer's yes, you'll want to play this steamy ballad from Ellie Goulding following up to your proposal. Although the song is originally from the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack, the track took on a life of its own following the film premiere, subsequently skyrocketing in popularity. Today, it remains one of the most popular songs for wedding proposals and celebrations.

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