The Best Wedding Songs for Each Moment of Your Big Day

Your go-to guide for crafting a perfect playlist.
chapelle johnson the knot associate editor
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Chapelle Johnson
chapelle johnson the knot associate editor
Chapelle Johnson
Associate Editor
  • Chapelle writes articles for The Knot Worldwide. She covers all things wedding-related and has a personal interest in covering celebrity engagements and fashion.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Chapelle was an editorial intern for Subvrt Magazine.
  • Chapelle has a degree in English writing from Loyola University New Orleans.
Updated May 29, 2024

From the moment you walk down the aisle to your departure as newlyweds, wedding songs set the tone for your celebration. But with so many classic hits and modern chart-toppers to choose from, picking the best tunes can feel daunting. Especially, because there are lots of inappropriate wedding songs to avoid—yes, we're talking about "Marry You," by Bruno Mars. Luckily, we've got plenty of musical inspiration for everything from getting ready to cutting the cake and exiting in your getaway car. To help you craft the perfect playlist, we've selected the best wedding songs for every moment of your special day, as well as the best wedding songs from each genre and decade. Your wedding DJ and/or band can also be helpful as you plan your song list, so be sure to tap into their expertise. Plan the wedding you've always dreamed of with help from our wedding song list below.

Best Wedding Songs by Event:

Getting Ready | Wedding Party Processional | Processional for To-Be-Weds | Ceremony | Recessional | Wedding Party Entrance | Newlywed Entrance | Cake Cutting | First Dance | Father-Daughter | Mother-Son | Mother-Daughter | Brother-Sister | Reception | Exit | After-Party

Best Wedding Songs by Genre:

Acoustic | Alternative | Broadway | Catholic | Christian | Classic | Country | Emo | Funny | Gospel | Harp | Indie | Instrumental | Jazz | R&B | Reggae | Rock | Salsa | Unique | Upbeat | Line Dance | Love

Best Wedding Songs by Decade:

'70s | '80s | '90s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s

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Best Wedding Songs By Event

Your wedding day will include many events, from exchanging vows to entering your reception and enjoying your first dance. Given the significance of each moment, thoughtfully choosing your wedding songs is a must. The list below includes the best wedding songs for each part of your big day.

Getting Ready Wedding Songs

Getting ready for your wedding is more than fixing your hair and stepping into your outfit. It's a time of excitement and anticipation and should be enjoyed with friends, family, and a playlist of fun songs. Below is a roundup of the best wedding songs that'll start your day on a good note.

  • "Glamorous," by Fergie & Ludacris
  • "Angel," by Shaggy & Rayvon
  • "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," by Beyoncé
  • "Shake It Off," by Taylor Swift
  • "Raise Your Glass," by Pink
  • "Truth Hurts," by Lizzo
  • "Chapel of Love," by The Dixie Cups
  • "Dear Future Husband," by Meghan Trainor
  • "Can't Hurry Love," by Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • "Watermelon Sugar," by Harry Styles
  • "I Want You To Want Me," by Letters to Cleo
  • "Your Love," by Nicki Minaj
  • "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)," by Fergie, GoonRock and Q-Tip
  • "High Horse," by Kacey Musgraves

      Wedding Party Processional Songs

      The traditional processional is when the groom, wedding party, and parents or grandparents enter the ceremony. The bride is traditionally the last to enter, often accompanied by her father or another family member. The wedding ceremony order, as well as the musical selections, are ultimately up to the couple. Your processional music can be a traditional hymn or one of your favorite pop tunes that everyone will know—work with your ceremony musicians to create the right vibe for the big moment. The following songs are relaxed and uplifting selections that will accompany any processional beautifully.

      • "Canon in D," by Johann Pachelbel
      • "All You Need is Love," by The Beatles
      • "Air from 'The Water Music'," by George Frideric Handel
      • "Neville's Waltz," by Patrick Doyle
      • "Married Life," by Michael Giacchino
      • "Hoppípolla," by Sigur Rós
      • "Reign of Love," by Coldplay
      • "Jurassic Park Theme," by Thomas Oliver
      • "Clarity," by Evan Duffy
      • "I'm Yours," by Vitamin String Quartet
      • "If I Could Fly," by One Direction

        Processional Songs for the To-Be-Weds

        Some couples may prefer to walk down the aisle to a different tune than the processional. The following wedding songs are romantic yet mellow and will make your moment special.

        • "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," by Roberta Flack
        • "Can't Help Falling in Love," by Haley Reinhart
        • "Part of Your World," by Jodi Benson
        • "Wildest Dreams," by Duomo
        • "A Thousand Years," by Christina Perri
        • "I'm Kissing You," by Des'ree
        • "La Vie En Rose," by Ingrid Mapson
        • "Halo," by Beyoncé
        • "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
        • "Moon River," by Audrey Hepburn
        • "Heartbeats," by José González
        • "Marry Me," by Train

          Wedding Ceremony Songs

          The music doesn't have to stop when you reach your partner at the altar. You might prefer having quiet background noise for special parts of the ceremony, like during a candle lighting or a reading. Choose from the following wedding song list to make your ceremony more memorable.

          • "Ave Maria," by Franz Schubert
          • "Amazing Grace" (Traditional)
          • "I Will," by The Beatles
          • "We've Only Just Begun," by Carpenters
          • "Have I Told You Lately," by Van Morrison
          • "If Not For You," by George Harrison
          • "You Raise Me Up," by Josh Groban
          • "Ribbon in the Sky," by Stevie Wonder
          • "When You Say Nothing At All," by Alison Krauss & Union Station
          • "I Choose You," by Sara Bareilles

            Wedding Recessional Songs

            Once the ceremony is complete, the newlyweds will exit the altar area, followed by the wedding party and guests. This is an excellent opportunity to play an upbeat song to celebrate the occasion and prepare guests for your reception.

              • "Home," by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
              • "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," by Frankie Valli
              • "Happy Together," by The Turtles
              • "Life's a Happy Song," by Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper
              • "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," by Stevie Wonder
              • "I Got You (At The End of the Century)," by Wilco
              • "Dog Days Are Over," by Florence + The Machine
              • "Wouldn't It Be Nice," by The Beach Boys
              • "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
              • "Everything Is Awesome," by Tegan and Sara
              • "You Are the Best Thing," by Ray LaMontagne

              Wedding Party Entrance Songs

              After the ceremony, guests will enter the reception area and wait for the couple and the wedding party to make their big entrance. The wedding party entrance song should be high energy since it marks the beginning of the reception. Some groups choose to walk in with funny songs, while others might show off a choreographed routine on the way to their seats. However your wedding party enters the reception, the following top wedding songs will get everyone ready for the night.

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              • "Fly As Me," by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic
              • "I Gotta Feeling," by The Black Eyed Peas
              • "Dynamite" Taio Cruz
              • "Shut Up and Dance," by Walk The Moon
              • "Levels," by Avicii
              • "Club Can't Handle Me," by Flo Rida & David Guetta
              • "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," by The Darkness
              • "Can't Stop The Feeling!," by Justin Timberlake
              • "Levitating," by Dua Lipa
              • "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," by Whitney Houston

                Wedding Entrance Songs for the Newlyweds

                You don't have to enter your reception to the same tune as your wedding party. Consider choosing your own reception entrance song for a memorable moment. This wedding song can be romantic and fun or outrageous and goofy—it can really set the tone for the rest of your wedding reception songs.

                • "Just the Way You Are," by Bruno Mars
                • "Heroes (We Could Be)," by Alesso & Tove Lo
                • "Beautiful Day," by U2
                • "Crazy in Love," by Beyoncé & Jay-Z
                • "Seeing Stars," by Borns
                • "We Found Love," by Rihanna & Calvin Harris
                • "Happy," by Pharrell Williams
                • "First Date," by Blink 182
                • "On Top of the World," by Imagine Dragons
                • "Best Day of My Life," by American Authors

                  Cake-Cutting Songs for Weddings

                  Some couples cut the cake at the start of the reception so the photographer can get a great shot before leaving for the evening, while others do it immediately after dinner. Whenever you choose to dig into your dessert, you'll want to pick a fun cake-cutting song that suits the "sweet" occasion.

                  • "Sweetest Thing," by U2
                  • "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," by Marvin Gaye
                  • "Cake by the Ocean," by DNCE
                  • "Sugar, Sugar," by The Archies
                  • "Pour Some Sugar On Me," by Def Leppard
                  • "Sugar," by Maroon 5
                  • "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," by The Four Tops
                  • "Candyman," by Christina Aguilera
                  • "Sweet Child O' Mine," by Guns N' Roses
                  • "Honey Bee," by Blake Shelton
                  • "Sugar," by Flo Rida & Wynter

                    First Dance Wedding Songs

                    The first dance can occur at the start of the reception, immediately after the newlyweds are introduced, or after dinner to kick off the rest of the dancing. It's important to choose a song that's personal and sentimental to you, but overall, there are no rules when it comes to first dance wedding songs.

                      • "The Power of Love," by Céline Dion
                      • "Thinking Out Loud," by Ed Sheeran
                      • "At Last," by Etta James
                      • "From the Ground Up," by Dan + Shay
                      • "The Luckiest," by Ben Folds
                      • "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
                      • "All of Me," by John Legend
                      • "The Book of Love," by Peter Gabriel
                      • "Sea of Love," by Cat Power
                      • "The First Day of My Life," by Bright Eyes
                      • "Feel So Close," by Calvin Harris
                      • "Timeless (Taylor's Version)," by Taylor Swift

                      Father-Daughter Wedding Songs

                      The father-daughter dance is one of the most touching moments in any reception, but choosing the right song can be tricky. Think about your relationship and what song best represents you and your dad. The father-daughter dance songs below are perfect for the sentimental moment.

                        • "My Girl," by The Temptations
                        • "God Only Knows," by The Beach Boys
                        • "Isn't She Lovely," by Stevie Wonder
                        • "Forever Young," by Bob Dylan
                        • "Here Comes the Sun," by The Beatles
                        • "Cinderella," by Steven Curtis Chapman
                        • "Tupelo Honey," by Van Morrison
                        • "One Call Away," by Charlie Puth
                        • "It's For My Dad," by Nancy Sinatra
                        • "That's My Daughter in the Water," by Loudon Wainwright III
                        • "93 Million Miles," by Jason Mraz

                        Mother-Son Wedding Songs

                        The mother-son dance is another emotional moment during the reception. These songs should be respectful and appropriate and show the bond you share. This best wedding songs list below includes the best wedding songs for any mother and son on the big day.

                          • "What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong
                          • "My Wish," by Rascal Flatts
                          • "In My Life," by The Beatles
                          • "You Are The Sunshine of My Life," by Stevie Wonder
                          • "I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack
                          • "Your Song," by Elton John
                          • "Stand by Me," by Ben E. King
                          • "Wind Beneath My Wings," by Bette Midler
                          • "You've Got a Friend in Me," by Randy Newman
                          • "A Song For Mama," by Boyz II Men
                          • "Mama, I'm Coming Home," by Ozzy Osbourne

                          Mother-Daughter Wedding Songs

                          We guarantee you'll see the tears flowing when you and your mother get on the dance floor for your mother-daughter dance. You'll love our roundup of upbeat and slow dance songs.

                            • "Mama," by Spice Girls
                            • "There You'll Be" Faith Hill
                            • "Mother," by Ashanti
                            • "Mama's Song," by Carrie Underwood
                            • "The Best Day," by Taylor Swift
                            • "You're My Best Friend," by Queen
                            • "Mom," by Meghan Trainor
                            • "Mother," by Sugarland
                            • "Mama, He's Crazy," by The Judds
                            • "I'll Always Love My Mama," by The Intruders

                            Brother-Sister Wedding Songs

                            If you have a special bond with your sibling, why not dedicate a song to them and dance together? These wedding songs will bring you and your sibling closer and put everyone in their feels.

                              • "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," by The Hollies
                              • "I'll Be There," by The Jackson 5
                              • "We Are Family," by Sister Sledge
                              • "Sister to a Brother," by Rob Finlay
                              • "Don't Have to Change," by John Legend
                              • "I'll Be There for You," by The Rembrandts
                              • "Unforgettable," by Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
                              • "We're Going to Be Friends," by The White Stripes
                              • "I Learned From You," by Miley Cyrus & Billy Ray Cyrus
                              • "Footprints," by Molly Kate Kestner

                              Wedding Reception Songs

                              Don't want your wedding guests to ever leave the dance floor? Then check out this wedding reception song list that'll make you and your guests put on your dancing shoes.

                              • "Dancing Queen," by ABBA
                              • "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," by Backstreet Boys
                              • "Butterflies," by Kacey Musgraves
                              • "Get the Party Started," by Pink
                              • "This Is How We Do," by Katy Perry
                              • "Dilemma," by Nelly & Kelly Rowland
                              • "We Are Young," by fun. & Janelle Monáe
                              • "Magic," by Coldplay
                              • "She Looks So Perfect," by 5 Seconds of Summer
                              • "Titanium," by Davia Guetta & Sia
                              • "Perfect," by Ed Sheeran
                              • "Texas Hold 'Em," by Beyoncé

                                Wedding Exit Songs

                                As you venture onto your new journey with your spouse, you'll need some good wedding exit songs to kick it off. Read below for this great list of fun and classic tunes for after the reception.

                                • "Bye, Bye, Bye," by *NSYNC
                                • "The Edge of Glory," by Lady Gaga
                                • "Glad You Came," by The Wanted
                                • "I Got You Babe," by Sonny & Cher
                                • "I Will Wait," by Mumford & Sons
                                • "Tongue Tied," by Grouplove
                                • "Only Love," by Mary J. Blige
                                • "I Melt With You," by Modern English
                                • "Wagon Wheel," by Darius Rucker
                                • "Best of My Love," by The Emotions

                                    Wedding After-Party Songs

                                    Your wedding after-party songs should be full of hits that everyone will love. We've gathered the top upbeat jams you'll want to add to your favorites playlist.

                                    • "7 Rings," by Ariana Grande
                                    • "Tik Tok," by Kesha
                                    • "Baby Got Back," by Sit Mix-a-Lot
                                    • "Electric Feel," by MGMT
                                    • "Holiday," by Madonna
                                    • "Havana," by Camila Cabello & Young Thug
                                    • "Mi Gente," by J Balvin, Willy William & Beyoncé
                                    • "Now That We Found Love," by Heavy D & The Boyz
                                    • "Lovefool," by The Cardigans
                                    • "Beer With My Friends," by Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion
                                    • "Flowers," by Miley Cyrus

                                      Best Wedding Songs By Genre

                                      When selecting the best wedding songs, don't feel confined to tradition when making your playlist—after all, music preferences are different for every couple. Whether you're having a casual rustic wedding or an elegant black-tie affair, you'll find the best wedding songs from all genres to complement every part of your day.

                                      Acoustic Wedding Songs

                                      Unplug for some of your wedding events and hire a live band or DJ to play sweet acoustic hits. These acoustic love songs are heartfelt and perfect for any part of your day.

                                      • "Harvest Moon," by Neil Young
                                      • "Better Together (Acoustic Version)," by Jack Johnson
                                      • "Kiss Me (Acoustic)," by Sixpence None The Richer
                                      • "No One (Acoustic Version)," by Alicia Keys
                                      • "Linger (Acoustic)," by The Cranberries
                                      • "She Will Be Loved (Acoustic)," by Maroon 5
                                      • "Emotions (Unplugged)," by Mariah Carey
                                      • "Kiss From a Rose (Acoustic)," by Seal
                                      • "Let My Love Open the Door," by Allison Miller
                                      • "Unconditional (Live)," by Freya Ridings

                                        Alternative Wedding Songs

                                        Looking for tunes you don't hear at every wedding? Consider adding a few alternative wedding songs to your lineup. We've got the best ideas here.

                                        • "Ho Hey," by The Lumineers
                                        • "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," by The Smiths
                                        • "Fresh Feeling," by Eels
                                        • "Walking After You," by Foo Fighters
                                        • "It's Oh So Quiet," by Björk
                                        • "Do You Realize??," by The Flaming Lips
                                        • "Here Comes Your Man," by Pixies
                                        • "Just Like Heaven," by The Cure
                                        • "Let Me Go," by Cake
                                        • "Maps," by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

                                          Broadway Wedding Songs

                                          If you love show tunes as much as we do, don't have a second thought about having Broadway love songs on your wedding playlist. Everything from RENT to Phantom of the Opera, we got you covered.

                                          • "I'll Cover You," from RENT
                                          • "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?," from The Lion King
                                          • "Think of Me," from The Phantom of the Opera
                                          • "Love You I Do," from Dreamgirls
                                          • "I Can Hear the Bells," from Hairspray
                                          • "Lay All Your Love on Me," from Mamma Mia
                                          • "It Takes Two," from Into the Woods
                                          • "We Go Together," from Grease
                                          • "Helpless" from Hamilton
                                          • "As Long as You're Mine," from Wicked

                                            Catholic Wedding Songs

                                            If you're planning a Catholic wedding, there are many songs to choose from to highlight your day. The songs below will be a beautiful and appropriate addition to any Catholic celebration.

                                            • "The Wedding," by Michael Card
                                            • "Here I Am Lord," by Dan Schutte
                                            • "We Say Yes," by Marty Haugen
                                            • "Today and Tomorrow," by Lori True
                                            • "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," by Robert Robinson
                                            • "Blest Are They," by David Haas
                                            • "When this Day Is Done," by Liam Lawton
                                            • "Symphony No. 9," by Ludwig van Beethoven
                                            • "Taste and See," by James Moore Jr.
                                            • "Thanks Be to Thee," by G.F. Handel

                                              Christian Wedding Songs

                                              Whether you're a fan of Christian music or simply looking to add religious meaning to your wedding day, the following songs are a great place to start. These wedding songs span a variety of styles, such as pop, rock, country, and soul, and will fit every moment of your wedding, from the ceremony to the first dance.

                                              • "God Gave Me You," by Dave Barnes
                                              • "When I Say I Do," by Matthew West
                                              • "Love Never Fails," by Brandon Heath
                                              • "Wedding Day," by Casting Crowns
                                              • "When God Made You," by Newsong & Natalie Grant
                                              • "Unfailing Love," by Jimmy Needham
                                              • "I Will Be Here," by Steven Curtis Chapman
                                              • "Soon," by Hillsong United
                                              • "The Prayer," by Josh Groban & Charlotte Church
                                              • "I Can Only Imagine," by MercyMe

                                                Classic Wedding Songs

                                                There are certain songs that people expect to hear when they attend a wedding reception. The songs below have stood the test of time, and will be a welcome addition to your wedding. If you ever need to get people out on the dance floor, play one of these songs and wait to see everyone join in.

                                                • "Billie Jean," by Michael Jackson
                                                • "Love and Marriage," by Frank Sinatra
                                                • "Twist and Shout," by The Beatles
                                                • "Oh, Pretty Woman," by Roy Orbison
                                                • 'Don't Stop Believin'," by Journey
                                                • "I Want You Back," by The Jackson 5
                                                • "Stayin' Alive'," by Bee Gees
                                                • "I Got You (I Feel Good)," by James Brown
                                                • "Like a Prayer," by Madonna
                                                • "It Had To Be You," by Harry Connick Jr.

                                                  Country Wedding Songs

                                                  Planning a country affair for you and your spouse-to-be? Then take a look at our playlist below. You'll find a mix of classic country and pop, from romantic numbers to upbeat songs that are sure to get any crowd dancing. Whether you're planning a full-on country wedding or are looking to compliment your day with a few down-home hits, look no further.

                                                  • "All Your'n," by Tyler Childers
                                                  • "Making Memories of Us," by Keith Urban
                                                  • "My Best Friend," by Tim McGraw
                                                  • "Any Man of Mine," by Shania Twain
                                                  • "Trying On Rings," by Levi Hummon
                                                  • "I Cross My Heart," by George Strait
                                                  • "Amazed," by Lonestar
                                                  • "Cowboy Take Me Away," by The Chicks
                                                  • "Crazy," by Patsy Cline
                                                  • "Ring of Fire," by Johnny Cash
                                                  • "10,000 Hours," by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber
                                                  • "II Most Wanted," by Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus

                                                    Emo Wedding Songs

                                                    No matter if you're emo or your partner was an emo kid when they were younger, playing some heartfelt emotional tunes at your wedding is a great idea. Get ready to feel nostalgic.

                                                    • "For Me This Is Heaven," by Jimmy Eat World
                                                    • "I Will Follow You Into the Dark," by Death Cab for Cutie
                                                    • "Still Into You," by Paramore
                                                    • "I Caught Fire," by The Used
                                                    • "Stolen," by Dashboard Confessional
                                                    • "I'll Catch You," by The Get Up Kids
                                                    • "First Day of My Life," by Bright Eyes
                                                    • "I Miss You," by Blink 182
                                                    • "Emily," by From First to Last
                                                    • "Ocean Avenue," by Yellowcard
                                                      Grooms laughing together after the wedding.
                                                      Photo: Briars Atlas

                                                      Funny Wedding Songs

                                                      Every wedding should have romantic and sentimental moments, but it's also fun to laugh together as you celebrate. The songs below span several decades, and are sure to get everyone dancing, singing, and laughing.

                                                      • "Ice Ice Baby," by Vanilla Ice
                                                      • "Wannabe," by Spice Girls
                                                      • "U Can't Touch This," by M.C. Hammer
                                                      • "Never Gonna Give You Up," by Rick Astley
                                                      • "All About That Bass," by Meghan Trainor
                                                      • "Grow Old With You," by Adam Sandler
                                                      • "Shake Your Booty," by KC & The Sunshine Band
                                                      • "Hot Stuff," by Donna Summer
                                                      • "#Selfie," by The Chainsmokers
                                                      • "Sexy And I Know It," by LMFAO

                                                        Gospel Wedding Songs

                                                        If you're looking for gospel songs, the list below will not disappoint. These songs will infuse your wedding with heart, emotion and soul, which are beautiful additions to any ceremony. Whether you need a song to walk down the aisle to or one to sing to your partner, these songs will get everyone in attendance to smile and wipe away a tear.

                                                        • "Oh Happy Day," by Aretha Franklin & Mavis Staples
                                                        • "Close to You," by Bebe & Cece Winans
                                                        • "The Prayer," by Donnie McClurkin & Yolanda Adams
                                                        • "Order My Steps," by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
                                                        • "The Lady Her Lover & The Lord," by T.D. Jakes
                                                        • "I Worship You," by Mary Mary
                                                        • "Wait On The Lord," by Donnie McClurkin & Karen Clark Sheard
                                                        • "My Life My Love My All," by Kirk Franklin
                                                        • "My Everything," by Cheneta Jones
                                                        • "The One He Kept for Me," by Maurette Brown Clark
                                                        • "How Deeply I Need You," by Shekinah Glory Ministry

                                                          Harp Wedding Songs

                                                          If you want to add an elegant and romantic touch to your wedding day, hire a harpist to play during some parts of your wedding. Below are 10 love songs that sound beautiful on the harp.

                                                          • "Bridal Chorus," by Richard Wagner
                                                          • "River Flows In You," by Yiruma
                                                          • "Part of Your World," by Jodi Benson
                                                          • "As It Was," by Harry Styles
                                                          • "Alaska," by Maggie Rogers
                                                          • "The Sound of Silence," by Simon & Garfunkel
                                                          • "Every Breath You Take," by The Police
                                                          • "Lover," by Taylor Swift
                                                          • "Love Me Like You Do," by Ellie Goulding
                                                          • "Mad World," by Gary Jules & Michael Andrews

                                                            Indie Wedding Songs

                                                            If your musical tastes are more off the beaten path, look at the love songs below. Even though your guests may not know some of these songs, they will fit the romantic and happy mood.

                                                            • "Us," by Regina Spektor
                                                            • "Love You for a Long Time," by Maggie Rogers
                                                            • "1234," by Feist
                                                            • "Another Sunny Day," by Belle & Sebastian
                                                            • "Just Like Honey," by The Jesus & Mary Chain
                                                            • "I Found a Reason," by The Velvet Underground
                                                            • "Little Talks," by Of Monsters & Men
                                                            • "Closer," by Tegan and Sara
                                                            • "Imaginary Love," by Rufus Wainwright
                                                            • "I And Love And You," by The Avett Brothers
                                                            • "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," by Sleeping At Last
                                                            • "You and I," by Ingrid Michaelson
                                                            • "Crystallized," by Young the Giant

                                                              Instrumental Wedding Songs

                                                              It might be easier to find which romantic songs you want to play on your big day based on song lyrics, but you should consider instrumental tunes too. They are filled with emotion, even without words setting the tone.

                                                              • "Say You Won't Let Go (Instrumental)," by Ariella Zeitlin
                                                              • "XO," by Midnite String Quartet
                                                              • "Marry Me (Instrumental Version)," by United Guitar Players
                                                              • "All the Stars," by Vitamin String Quartet
                                                              • "Sucker (Instrumental)," by Guitar Tribute Players
                                                              • "Landslide," by Kirsten Agresta Copely
                                                              • "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," by Bridesmaids Quartet
                                                              • "Better Together," by Romeo Loves Juliet
                                                              • "Counting Stars," by Simply Three
                                                              • "Feels Like Home," by Edwina Hayes
                                                              • "Snow On The Beach," by Atwood Quartet

                                                                Jazz Wedding Songs

                                                                Known for their intimate lyrics and foot-tapping melodies, jazz music makes perfect sense for this best wedding songs roundup. Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and John Coltrane are just some of our favorite artists on this list.

                                                                • "My One and Only Love," by John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
                                                                • "(There Is) No Greater Love," by Amy Winehouse
                                                                • "I Fall In Love Too Easily," by Chet Baker
                                                                • "Love Is Here to Stay," by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
                                                                • "The Look of Love," by Diana Krall
                                                                • "You Go to My Head," by Billie Holiday
                                                                • "My Baby Just Cares for Me," by Nina Simone
                                                                • "You're My Thrill," by Cécile McLorin Salvant
                                                                • "Happy Feelings," by Groove Frequencies
                                                                • "I've Got a Crush On You," by Sarah Vaughan

                                                                  R&B Wedding Songs

                                                                  Every wedding should have at least a few of these classic R&B tunes. These crowd favorites and newbies will inspire any guest to dance with their special someone or tear it up with a more lively song.

                                                                  • "Let's Stay Together," by Al Green
                                                                  • "That's How Strong My Love Is," by Otis Redding
                                                                  • "That's Where It's At," by Sam Cooke
                                                                  • "Kiss," by Prince
                                                                  • "So in Love," by Curtis Mayfield
                                                                  • "Nothing Even Matters," by Ms. Lauryn Hill & D'Angelo
                                                                  • "If I Ain't Got You," by Alicia Keys & Usher
                                                                  • "September," by Earth, Wind & Fire
                                                                  • "Sumthin' Sumthin'," by Maxwell
                                                                  • "Respect," by Aretha Franklin
                                                                  • "By Your Side," by Sade
                                                                  • "Thinkin Bout You," by Frank Ocean
                                                                  • "Closer," by Corinne Bailey Rae

                                                                    Reggae Wedding Songs

                                                                    Play reggae songs at your wedding to connect with your Caribbean roots or to highlight the environment of your destination wedding. These songs are guaranteed to get your guests on the dance floor (and keep them there).

                                                                    • "I Can See Clearly Now," by Johnny Nash
                                                                    • "I'm Still In Love With You," by Sean Paul & Sasha
                                                                    • "Angel Eyes," by Shaggy
                                                                    • "Satisfy My Soul," by Bob Marley & the Wailers
                                                                    • "Living For the Love of You," by John Holt
                                                                    • "Ice Cream Love," by Johnny Osbourne
                                                                    • "Cool Down the Pace," by Gregory Isaacs
                                                                    • "Everything Little Thing," by J Boog & Fiji
                                                                    • "Love Is," by Jah Cure
                                                                    • "She's Mine," by Barrington Levy

                                                                      Rock Wedding Songs

                                                                      Whether you want to add soft ballads or high-tempo hits to your list, we've gathered every rock love song you and your guests will want to hear. Don't forget to let your hair down, so you can rock out to these tunes.

                                                                      • "First Time," by Lifehouse
                                                                      • "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," by Aerosmith
                                                                      • "I Want to Know What Love Is," by Foreigner
                                                                      • "Love Will Keep Us Alive," by Eagles
                                                                      • "You're The Inspiration," by Chicago
                                                                      • "Wild Horses," by The Rolling Stones
                                                                      • "The Only Expection," by Paramore
                                                                      • "The Reason," by Hoobastank
                                                                      • "R U Mine," by Arctic Monkeys
                                                                      • "More Than a Feeling," by Boston

                                                                        Salsa Wedding Songs

                                                                        Put on your favorite dancing shoes and show off your best moves by playing one or all these top salsa wedding hits. And yes, Marc Anthony and Shakira are on the list.

                                                                        • "Bailando," by Enrique Iglesias
                                                                        • "Vivir Mi Vida," by Marc Anthony
                                                                        • "Corazón Sin Cara," by Prince Royce
                                                                        • "Chantaje," by Shakira (feat. Maluma)
                                                                        • "Refugio De Amor (You Are MY Home)," by Chayanne & Vanessa Williams
                                                                        • "Thinking Out Loud (Salsa Remix)," by Antony Nova
                                                                        • "Suavemente," by Elvis Crespo

                                                                        Unique Wedding Songs

                                                                        Sometimes the classic wedding songs can start to feel overplayed and tired. Keep the occasion fresh and surprise your guests by playing one of these unique songs. This mix will fit a variety of moments during your day and may get your guests to ask, "What song is this?"

                                                                        • "Cuz I Love You," by Lizzo
                                                                        • "There She Goes," by The La's
                                                                        • "Just Breathe," by Pearl Jam
                                                                        • "Earth Angel," by Death Cab for Cutie
                                                                        • "Melting," by Kali Uchis
                                                                        • "California Stars," by Wilco & Billy Bragg
                                                                        • "Today Was a Fairytale," by Taylor Swift
                                                                        • "Call on Me," by Eric Prydz
                                                                        • "I Never," by Rilo Kiley
                                                                        • "See You Again," by Tyler the Creator & Kali Uchis
                                                                        • "5 Years Time," by Noah and the Whale
                                                                        • "Little Romance," by Ingrid Michaelson
                                                                        • "Years (Acoustic)," by Matthew Koma
                                                                        • "Midnight City," by M83
                                                                        • "ily (i love you baby)," by Surf Mesa & Emilee

                                                                        Upbeat Wedding Songs

                                                                        To get people dancing, try one of these upbeat wedding songs. This mix of classic rock, pop and hip-hop spans several decades and will get anyone out of their chair and onto the dance floor. Celebrate with your friends and family by cranking up one of these wedding songs.

                                                                        • "Hot In Herre," by Nelly
                                                                        • "Timber," by Pitbull & Kesha
                                                                        • "Something Just Like This," by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
                                                                        • "Live Your Life," by T.I. & Rihanna
                                                                        • "Hey Ya!," by Outkast
                                                                        • "Latch," by Disclosure & Sam Smith
                                                                        • "Your Love" The Outfield
                                                                        • "I Love It," by Icona Pop
                                                                        • "Uptown Funk," by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
                                                                        • "Poker Face," by Lady Gaga
                                                                        • "Till the World Ends," by Britney Spears
                                                                        • "Sweet Nothing," by Calvin Harris & Florence and the Machine

                                                                          Wedding Line Dance Songs

                                                                          If you don't know what line dancing is, it's a choreographed dance done by a group of people in lines or rows moving to the same song. Line dance songs are ideal for people who want to have all of their guests connect during the reception or for wedding party entrances.

                                                                          • "Cha Cha Slide," by DJ Casper
                                                                          • "Achy Breaky Heart," by Billy Ray Cyrus
                                                                          • "Gangnam Style," by PSY
                                                                          • "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," by Soulja Boy
                                                                          • "Fancy Like," by Walker Haynes & Kesha
                                                                          • "Teach Me How to Dougie," by Cali Swag District
                                                                          • "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," by Luke Bryan
                                                                          • "Macarena," by Los Del Rio
                                                                          • "Cupid Shuffle," by Cupid
                                                                          • "Hoedown Throwdown," by Miley Cyrus

                                                                            Wedding Love Songs

                                                                            No matter what style of music you choose on your wedding day, the classic love songs below will resonate with you, your partner and your guests. If you're looking to turn up the sentimentality during your wedding, these songs will bring everyone together to remember what matters.

                                                                            • "You Are So Beautiful," by Joe Cocker
                                                                            • "Wonderful Tonight," by Eric Clapton
                                                                            • "Endless Love," by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
                                                                            • "The Way You Look Tonight," by Frank Sinatra
                                                                            • "Unchained Melody," by The Righteous Brothers
                                                                            • "When I Fall in Love," by Nat King Cole
                                                                            • "Love Me Tender," by Elvis Presley
                                                                            • "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," by Queen
                                                                            • "Baby I Need Your Loving," by The Four Tops
                                                                            • "In Your Eyes," by Peter Gabriel

                                                                              Best Wedding Songs By Decade

                                                                              If you're looking for hits specific to a certain decade, we have your back. Look at our best wedding song list, from the '70s to the early 2000s.

                                                                              '70s Wedding Songs

                                                                              The '70s were full of romantic songs that people still play on their radios or phones today. Prepare to get groovy with these '70s love hits––perfect for any wedding.

                                                                              • "Take a Chance On Me," by ABBA
                                                                              • "Love Will Keep Us Together," by Captain & Tennille
                                                                              • "I Will Always Love You," by Dolly Parton
                                                                              • "The Things We Do For Love," by 10cc
                                                                              • "I'll Never Love This Way Again," by Dionne Warwick
                                                                              • "How Deep Is Your Love," by Bee Gees
                                                                              • "Do It In the Name of Love," by Ben E. King
                                                                              • "I Honestly Love You," by Olivia Newton-John
                                                                              • "I Was Made For Lovin' You," by Kiss
                                                                              • "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher," by Rita Coolidge
                                                                              • "This Will Be," by Natalie Cole

                                                                                '80s Wedding Songs

                                                                                Next up are '80s classics that have stood the test of time because of their catchy lyrics and unforgettable melodies. Here's a list of the top '80s songs you need to play at your wedding.

                                                                                • "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," by Cyndi Lauper
                                                                                • "Don't You (Forget About Me)," by Simple Minds
                                                                                • "Push It!," by Salt-N-Pepa
                                                                                • "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," by Eurythmics
                                                                                • "What's Love Got to Do With It," by Tina Turner
                                                                                • "Walk Like an Egyptian," by The Bangles
                                                                                • "The Safety Dance," by Men Without Hats
                                                                                • "Footloose," by Kenny Loggins
                                                                                • "I Want Candy," by Bow Wow Wow
                                                                                • "Under Pressure," by David Bowie

                                                                                  '90s Wedding Songs

                                                                                  It doesn't matter if you're a '90s kid or not, we know everyone will be able to appreciate these nostalgic '90s love songs. Get ready to party like it's 1999.

                                                                                  • "All My Life," by K-Ci & JoJo
                                                                                  • "When a Man Loves a Woman," by Michael Bolton
                                                                                  • "Don't Let Go (Love)," by En Vogue
                                                                                  • "No Ordinary Love," by Sade
                                                                                  • "Real Love," by Mary J. Blige
                                                                                  • "Endless Love," by Mariah Carey
                                                                                  • "As Long As You Love Me," by Backstreet Boys
                                                                                  • "From This Moment On," by Shania Twain
                                                                                  • "Back at One," by Brain McKnight
                                                                                  • "She's In Love With the Boy," by Trisha Yearwood

                                                                                    2000s Wedding Songs

                                                                                    Want your wedding song list to be a little more contemporary while still being throwbacks? Then add these fun and tender 2000s tracks to the bunch.

                                                                                    • "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)," by Erykah Badu & Common
                                                                                    • "Love," by Keshia Cole
                                                                                    • "This Love," by Maroon 5
                                                                                    • "Bubbly," by Colbie Caillat
                                                                                    • "Come Away With Me," by Norah Jones
                                                                                    • "Hero," by Enrique Iglesias
                                                                                    • "A Moment Like This," by Kelly Clarkson
                                                                                    • "Such Great Heights," by The Postal Service
                                                                                    • "Chasing Cars," by Snow Patrol
                                                                                    • "Bleeding Love," by Leona Lewis

                                                                                    2010s Wedding Songs

                                                                                    Keep the dance floor packed with these golden not-so-oldies from artists who pretty much wrote the soundtrack to our lives from 2010 through 2019. We've selected our favorite first dance-worthy love songs and upbeat crowd-pleasers, from Beyoncé wedding music to love songs by Usher.

                                                                                    • "Love on Top," by Beyoncé
                                                                                    • "Shape of You," by Ed Sheeran
                                                                                    • "New Year's Day," by Taylor Swift
                                                                                    • "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love," by Usher
                                                                                    • "Real Love," by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne
                                                                                    • "Little Things," by One Direction
                                                                                    • "We Found Love," by Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris)
                                                                                    • "Mess Is Mine," by Vance Joy
                                                                                    • "A Sky Full of Stars," by Coldplay
                                                                                    • "How Long Will I Love You," by Ellie Goulding

                                                                                    2020s Wedding Songs

                                                                                    Keep your wedding playlist feeling fresh by sprinking a selection of current tunes in the mix, starting with these fun and romantic love songs released in the last few years.

                                                                                    • "this is how you fall in love," by Chelsea Cutler and Jeremy Zucker
                                                                                    • "Anyone," by Justin Bieber
                                                                                    • "Late Night Talking," by Harry Styles
                                                                                    • "Sweet Nothing," by Taylor Swift
                                                                                    • "Nonsense," by Sabrina Carpenter
                                                                                    • "Holy Roller," by Zach Bryan (feat. Sierra Ferrell)
                                                                                    • "Comfortable," by H.E.R.
                                                                                    • "Stuck With You," by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber
                                                                                    • "I Like You (A Happier Song)," by Post Malone (feat. Doja Cat)
                                                                                    • "Beginning Middle End," by The Greeting Committee
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