250 Best Wedding Songs for Every Occasion You Need

We’ve got what you need! Read The Knot’s list of the top 10 wedding songs for every part of the wedding you need to plan.
by Kathleen McCann
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    Choosing your wedding music can be one of the most fun parts of the planning process, but it can also be time-consuming and overwhelming. There are many factors to consider, such as what tone you want to set, what songs you want to play during special events, and what music your guests will enjoy. You may also have songs that are special to you, your partner, and your family that you want to include during the ceremony and reception.

    In order to help you with this difficult task, we’ve selected the best wedding songs for every moment of your special day, as well as the best wedding songs from each genre. Plan the wedding you’ve always dreamed of with a little help from our list below.

    Best Wedding Songs by Event

    Your wedding day will include many events, from exchanging your vows to cutting the cake and enjoying your first dance. The song you choose to accompany each event is important, as it will set the mood for the moment. The list below includes the best wedding songs for each of these events so you are sure to make the most of your day.


    Best Wedding Songs by Genre

    When selecting the best wedding songs for your wedding, you’ll want to include your own personal favorites, as well as traditional songs that will please any crowd. It’s important to consider songs that are appropriate to be played during dinner, as well as high-energy tracks to pack the dance floor. Whether you’re having a rustic wedding or a black-tie affair, you’ll find the best wedding songs to compliment every part of your day.


    Getting Ready Wedding Songs

    Getting ready for your wedding is about more than fixing your hair and stepping into your dress or suit. It’s a time of excitement and anticipation, and should be enjoyed with friends, family, and a playlist of fun and endearing songs. Below is a playlist that will help you get ready in style.


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    1. "Glamorous” by Fergie ft. Ludacris
    2. “Angel” by Shaggy ft. Rayvon
    3. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyoncé
    4. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
    5. “Raise Your Glass” by Pink
    6. “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups
    7. “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor
    8. “Can’t Hurry Love” by Diana Ross & The Supremes
    9. “I Want You To Want Me” by Letters to Cleo
    10. “Your Love” by Nicki Minaj



    Wedding Processional Songs

    The processional is the moment that the wedding party walks down the aisle, and can include the groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer, and the parents or grandparents of the couple. Traditionally, the groom is already standing at the altar. The bride is the last to enter, usually accompanied by her father.

    The music that you choose for your processional may be a traditional hymn or one of your favorite pop tunes. The following songs are relaxed yet uplifting selections that will accompany any processional beautifully.

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    1. “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
    2. “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles
    3. “Air” from “The Water Music” by Handel
    4. “Neville’s Waltz” by Patrick Doyle (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
    5. “Married Life” by Michael Giacchino (from Up)
    6. “Hoppípolla” by Sigur Rós
    7. “Reign of Love” by Coldplay
    8. “Jurassic Park Theme” by Thomas Oliver (from Jurassic Park)
    9. “Clarity” by Evan Duffy
    10. “I’m Yours” by Vitamin String Quartet



    Songs to Walk Down the Aisle To

    Many brides choose to walk down the aisle to a different song than the processional, but it is entirely your decision. Another option is to play one song for the wedding party, and a different section of the same song for the bride. The following wedding songs are romantic yet mellow, and are sure to make your moment special.

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    1. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack
    2. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart
    3. “Part of Your World” by Jodi Benson (from The Little Mermaid)
    4. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
    5. “I’m Kissing You” by Des’ree
    6. “La Vie En Rose” by Ingrid Mapson
    7. “Halo” by Beyoncé
    8. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
    9. “Moon River” by Audrey Hepburn
    10. “Heartbeats” by José González



    Wedding Ceremony Songs

    Some couples choose to have music during the ceremony. This can be quiet background music for special parts of the ceremony, such as the unity candle, or a live performance by a friend or family member. Some couples even choose to sing songs to each other! Choose from the following list to make your ceremony even more memorable.

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    1. “Ave Maria” by Schubert
    2. “Amazing Grace” (Traditional)
    3. “I Will” by The Beatles
    4. “We’ve Only Just Begun” by The Carpenters
    5. “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison
    6. “If Not For You” by George Harrison
    7. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban
    8. “Ribbon in the Sky” by Stevie Wonder
    9. “When You Say Nothing At All” by Alison Krauss
    10. “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles



    Wedding Recessional Songs

    Once the ceremony is complete, the new couple 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. The suggestions below are great wedding exit songs to suit any type of ceremony.

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    1. “Home” by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
    2. "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Frankie Valli
    3. “Happy Together” by The Turtles
    4. “Life’s a Happy Song” by Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper (from The Muppets)
    5. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
    6. “I Got You (At The End of the Century)” by Wilco
    7. “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine
    8. “Wouldn’t it Be Nice” by The Beach Boys
    9. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
    10. “Everything is Awesome” by Tegan and Sara (from The Lego Movie)



    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. This song should be high energy, as it marks the beginning of the reception. Some bridal parties and groomsmen choose to walk in to funny songs, and others dance their way to their seat. However your wedding party enters the reception, the following songs will get everyone ready for the night.

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    1. "Marry You" by Bruno Mars
    2. “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
    3. “Dynamite” Taio Cruz
    4. “Shut up and Dance” by Walk The Moon
    5. “Levels” by Avicii
    6. “Good Life” by Kanye West ft. T-Pain
    7. “Club Can’t Handle Me” by Flo Rida ft. David Guetta
    8. “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness
    9. “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake
    10. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston



    Wedding Entrance Songs for Bride and Groom

    Some couples choose to enter the reception to the same song as the wedding party, and others decide to use a special song for just the two of them. This wedding song can be romantic and fun, or outrageous and goofy. You may want to consider walking in to a favorite song that is special in your relationship.

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    1. “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
    2. “Heroes (We Could Be)” by Alesso ft. Tove Lo
    3. “Beautiful Day” by U2
    4. “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z
    5. “Forever” by Chris Brown
    6. “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
    7. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
    8. “First Date” by Blink 182
    9. “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons
    10. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors



    Wedding Cake Cutting Songs

    There are several moments during the reception where the cake can be cut. Some couples cut the cake at the start of the reception so the photographer can get a great shot before leaving for the evening. Others choose to do it immediately after dinner. Whenever you choose to cut the cake, you’ll want to pick a fun song that suits the “sweet” occasion.

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    1. "Sweetest Thing" by U2
    2. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by Marvin Gaye
    3. “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies
    4. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard
    5. “Sugar” by Maroon 5
    6. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” by The Four Tops
    7. “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera
    8. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
    9. “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton
    10. “Sugar” by Flo Rida ft. Wynter



    First Dance Wedding Songs

    The first dance can occur at the start of the reception, immediately after the bride and groom are introduced, or after dinner to kick off the rest of the dancing. First dance wedding songs can be traditional slow songs or more upbeat. The wedding song you choose should be one that is special to you and fits the style of dancing you are going for, whether it is slow swaying or a choreographed number.

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    1. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
    2. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
    3. “At Last” by Etta James
    4. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
    5. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
    6. “All of Me” by John Legend
    7. “The Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel
    8. “Sea of Love” by Cat Power
    9. “The First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes
    10. “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris



    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. A traditional slow song may not feel comfortable, but a typical dance number may not be appropriate either. The wedding songs below are sweet and sentimental and are perfect for the bride’s moment with her dad.

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    1. “My Girl” by The Temptations
    2. “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
    3. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
    4. “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan
    5. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
    6. “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman
    7. “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison
    8. "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth
    9. “It’s For My Dad” by Nancy Sinatra
    10. “That’s My Daughter in the Water” by Loudon Wainwright



    Mother/Son Wedding Songs

    Just like the father/daughter dance, the mother/son dance is a sweet moment to witness. It may be the only time that the mother and son have danced together, and deciding on a special song may be a challenge. The list below includes the best wedding songs for any mother and son on his big day.

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    1. “What a Wonderful World” by Louie Armstrong
    2. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
    3. “In My Life” by The Beatles
    4. “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
    5. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
    6. “Your Song” by Elton John
    7. “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King
    8. “Days Like This” by Van Morrison
    9. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman
    10. “A Song For Mama” by Boyz 2 Men



    Country Wedding Songs

    Planning a country affair for you and your spouse to be? Take a look at our list of country wedding songs 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 are planning a full-on country wedding or are looking to compliment your day with a few country hits, look no further.

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    1. "From the Ground Up" by Dan + Shay
    2. "Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban
    3. “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw
    4. “Any Man of Mine” by Shania Twain
    5. “More Than Anyone” by Gavin DeGraw
    6. “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait
    7. “Amazed” by Lonestar
    8. “Cowboy Take Me Away” by The Dixie Chicks
    9. “Crazy” by Patsy Cline
    10. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash



    Christian Wedding Songs

    Whether you’re a fan of Christian music or simply looking to add special 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 itself to the first dance.

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    1. “God Gave Me You” by Dave Barnes
    2. “When I Say I Do” by Matthew West
    3. “Love Never Fails” by Brandon Heath
    4. “Wedding Day” by Casting Crowns
    5. “Oh Happy Day” by Aretha Franklin
    6. “When God Made You” by Newsong ft. Natalie Grant
    7. “Unfailing Love” by Jimmy Needham
    8. “I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman
    9. “The Prayer” by Charlotte Church & Josh Groban
    10. “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe



    R&B Wedding Songs

    Every wedding should have at least a few of these classic R&B tunes. These crowd favorites will inspire any guest to dance with their special someone, or tear it up with a more lively song. Add a little soul, funk, and blues to your day with these R&B wedding songs.

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    1. "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green
    2. "That's How Strong My Love Is" by Otis Redding
    3. "That's Where It's At" by Sam Cooke
    4. “Kiss” by Prince
    5. “So in Love” by Curtis Mayfield
    6. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
    7. “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys ft. Usher
    8. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
    9. “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
    10. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin



    Fun Wedding Songs

    While every wedding should include romantic love songs, your guests will want to let loose and have fun during the reception. The list of best wedding songs below are great for dancing and singing along, and will get any guest to join in on the action. Have fun at your wedding with these classic pop, rock, hip-hop, and country tunes.

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    1. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
    2. “Livin' on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
    3. “The Twist” by Chubby Checker
    4. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
    5. “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silentó
    6. “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
    7. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
    8. “Wobble” by V.I.C.
    9. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
    10. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks



    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.

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    1. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
    2. “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra
    3. “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
    4. “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison
    5. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
    6. “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5
    7. “Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees
    8. “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown
    9. “Like a Prayer” by Madonna
    10. “It Had To Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.



    Wedding Love Songs

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

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    1. “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker
    2. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
    3. “Endless Love” by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
    4. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
    5. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
    6. “When I Fall in Love” by Nat King Cole
    7. “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley
    8. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen
    9. “Baby I Need Your Loving” by The Four Tops
    10. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel



    Modern Wedding Songs

    As much as any wedding party loves to hear the classics, they’ll also want to hear some new hits. These modern wedding songs will add some variety to your reception, and are great for dancing and singing along. Choose any of the songs below to bring everyone together, young and old, to celebrate your special day.

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    1. “Stay” by Rihanna, Mikky Ekko
    2. “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson
    3. “1, 2, 3, 4” by Plain White Ts
    4. “I Do” by Colbie Caillat
    5. “Closer” by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
    6. “Want To Want Me” by Jason Derulo
    7. “Firework” by Katy Perry
    8. “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend
    9. “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding
    10. “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons



    Funny Wedding Songs

    Every wedding should have romantic and sentimental moments, but it’s also fun to laugh together as you celebrate. The funny wedding songs below span several decades, and are sure to get everyone dancing, singing, and laughing. Add a few of these wedding songs to your playlist to keep your reception fun and entertaining.

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    1. “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
    2. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
    3. “U Can’t Touch This” by M.C. Hammer
    4. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-lot
    5. “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
    6. "I Wanna Grow Old With You" Adam Sandler
    7. "Shake Your Booty" by KC & The Sunshine Band
    8. “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer
    9. “#Selfie” by The Chainsmokers
    10. “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO



    Indie Wedding Songs

    If your musical tastes are more off the beaten path, take a look at our indie wedding songs below. Even though your guests may not know some of these songs, they will fit the romantic and happy mood. Some are even great for dancing. Add a personal touch to your wedding with any of these lesser-known wedding favorites.

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    1. “Us” by Regina Spektor
    2. “1234” by Feist
    3. “Another Sunny Day” by Belle and Sebastian
    4. “Just Like Honey” by The Jesus and Mary Chain
    5. “I Found a Reason” by The Velvet Underground
    6. “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men
    7. “Closer” by Tegan and Sara
    8. “Imaginary Love” by Rufus Wainwright
    9. “I And Love And You" by The Avett Brothers
    10. “We End Up Together” by The New Pornographers



    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 addition to any Catholic wedding, and can be played or sung during the ceremony. Have the wedding that reflects your personal beliefs with any of the wedding songs below.

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    1. “The Wedding” by Michael Card
    2. “Song of Songs” by Rory Cooney
    3. “We Say Yes” by Marty Haugen
    4. “Today and Tomorrow” by Lori True
    5. “Wherever You Go” by David Haas
    6. “Blest Are They” by David Haas
    7. “When this Day is Done” by Liam Lawton
    8. “God, in the Planning” by John Bell
    9. “Taste and See” by James Moore, Jr.
    10. “Thanks Be to Thee” by Handel



    Gospel Wedding Songs

    If you’re looking for gospel wedding songs, the list below will not disappoint. These songs will infuse your wedding with heart, emotion, and soul, and 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.

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    1. “Close to You” by Bebe Winans
    2. “Order My Steps” by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
    3. “The Lady Her Lover & The Lord” by T.D. Jakes
    4. “I Never Lost My Praise” by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
    5. “Wait On The Lord” by Donnie McClurkin ft. Karen Clark Sheard
    6. “The Prayer” by Donnie McClurkin & Yolanda Adams
    7. “My Life My Love My All” by Kirk Franklin
    8. “My Everything” by Cheneta Jones
    9. “The One He Kept for Me” by Maurette Brown Clark
    10. “How Deeply I Need You” by Shekinah Glory



    Upbeat Wedding Songs

    If you want 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.

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    1. “E.I.” by Nelly
    2. “Timber” by Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
    3. “Live Your Life” by T.I. and Rihanna
    4. “Hey Ya” by Outkast
    5. “Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G.
    6. “Your Love” The Outfield
    7. “I Love It” by Icona Pop
    8. “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
    9. “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga
    10. “Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears



    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 of pop, rock, country, and dance will fit a variety of moments during your day, and may get your guests to ask, “What song is this?”

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    1. “There She Goes” by The La’s
    2. “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam
    3. “Earth Angel” by Death Cab for Cutie
    4. “California Stars” by Wilco and Billy Bragg
    5. “Call on Me” by Eric Prydz
    6. “I Never” by Rilo Kiley
    7. “5 Years Time” by Noah and the Whale
    8. “Little Romance” by Ingrid Michaelson
    9. “Years (Acoustic)” by Matthew Koma
    10. “Midnight City” by M83



    Alternative Wedding Songs

    Whether you’re a fan of the 80s or more recent alternative, the songs below are a mix of quiet and romantic and offbeat and fun. Add some variety to your wedding playlist and get even the most stubborn people out on the dance floor with some of these great alternative songs.

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    1. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
    2. “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths
    3. “Fresh Feeling” by Eels
    4. “Walking After You” by Foo Fighters
    5. “It's Oh So Quiet” by Björk
    6. “Do You Realize??” by The Flaming Lips
    7. “Here Comes Your Man” by The Pixies
    8. “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure
    9. “Let Me Go” by Cake
    10. “Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs



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