20 Beyoncé Wedding Songs to Show You're Crazy in Love

Let Queen Bey's iconic catalog amplify your wedding day.
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Taylor Carson - The Knot Contributor.
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Taylor Carson
Taylor Carson - The Knot Contributor.
Taylor Carson
The Knot Contributor
  • Taylor writes wedding venue roundups for The Knot.
  • Taylor was formerly the Assistant Managing Editor at Philadelphia magazine, and she continues to freelance for Philadelphia’s lifestyle and wedding verticals.
  • She received her degree in journalism, with a minor in English, from Temple University.
Updated May 08, 2023

With a music career spanning decades—from the days of Destiny's Child to the Renaissance World tour—and 32 Grammys to show for it, Beyoncé is a living legend. And for those planning a wedding, Queen Bey's many iconic songs, like "XO," "Crazy In Love," "Halo," "Single Ladies" and more, make her nearly impossible to exclude from your big day playlist.

And why would you want to? When your band or DJ cues up one of the hitmaker's songs, whether for your first dance, walk down the aisle or to get the party started, your guests will not be disappointed. Beyoncé's legendary ballads, club-worthy hits, sultry love songs and pop singles will have everyone dancing the night away—and singing at the top of their lungs.

Looking for some of the best Beyoncé songs for your special day? Continue reading for 20 of our favorites, suitable for many memorable moments.

"Crazy In Love" (feat. Jay-Z), Dangerously In Love

Lyrics you'll love: "Such a funny thing for me to try to explain/How I'm feeling and my pride is the one to blame/(Yeah, yeah) 'cause I know I don't understand/just how your love can do what no one else can"

From Beyoncé's debut solo studio album, "Crazy In Love" was released in 2003 and has stood the test of time for two decades. The jam, featuring her husband, Jay-Z, is undoubtedly one of the most popular songs in recent history. At your wedding, it would make for a truly epic recessional, entrance or final song.

"Halo," I Am…Sasha Fierce

Lyrics you'll love: "You're everything I need and more/It's written all over your face

Baby, I can feel your halo/Pray it won't fade away"

"Halo" from Beyoncé's third solo album, I Am…Sasha Fierce, needs no introduction. The powerful ballad has over a billion plays on Spotify. While it's a song that many guests will know by heart, it's not overdone. In fact, it's the quintessential first dance song for any couple and one that will have everyone in their feels.

"Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," I Am…Sasha Fierce

Lyrics you'll love: "Cause if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it/If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it"

The smash hit "Single Ladies" is likely not your first thought when considering Beyoncé wedding songs, but the song's renown and lyrics makes it the perfect choice for a bouquet toss—or a fun reception song paying tribute to your single ladies in attendance.

"Drunk in Love" (feat. Jay-Z), Beyoncé

Lyrics you'll love: "We woke up in the kitchen/Saying, "How the hell did this shit happen?/Oh, baby/Drunk in love"

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's "Drunk in Love," which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned two Grammys, is a track that is beloved by fans and nonfans of the superstar couple alike. The sexy song is most appropriate for the reception, when the party is in full force and guests are on the dance floor. For couples who like to imbibe themselves, it could make for an extraordinary send-off song.

"Cuff It," Renaissance

Lyrics you'll love: "Bet you you'll see far/Bet you you'll see stars/Bet you you'll elevate/Bet you you'll meet God/'Cause I feel like fallin' in love"

From Queen Bey's most recent album, "Cuff It" is another award-winning single—and her longest-charting hit, according to Billboard. It's a must for your reception playlist, a party anthem with lyrics representative of the way you want to feel on your wedding night … "like fallin' in love."

"Baby Boy" (feat. Sean Paul), Dangerously In Love

Lyrics you'll love: "Baby boy, you stay on my mind/Fulfill my fantasies (come on, girl tell me how you feel)/I think about you all the time/I see you in my dreams"

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From Beyoncé's debut album, "Baby Boy" is a classic that describes the narrator's fantasies about the man to whom she's singing. The song could serve as a fun tribute to your partner as a dance number or a reception bop.

"XO," Beyoncé

Lyrics you'll love: "In the darkest night hour (in the darkest night hour)/I'll search through the crowd (I'll search through the crowd)/Your face is all that I see/I'll give you everything/Baby love me lights out"

"XO," from Beyoncé's namesake 2013 album, is one of the top wedding songs of the 2010s and its influence remains a decade after its release. The mid-tempo tune could work for so many big day moments, including your processional, recessional, wedding party entrance, first dance or final song, to name a few.

"Upgrade U" (feat. Jay-Z), B'Day

Lyrics you'll love: "I'll be the help, whenever you need me (you need me)/I see your hustle with my hustle, I can keep you/Focused on your focus, I can feed you"

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's "Upgrade U" cemented itself as a wedding song in 2016, when bride Melissa Molinaro's wedding performance for her new husband went viral. Dancers can find inspiration in Molinaro's choreography for their own special day, or you can simply incorporate the song—and its empowering message of your ability to improve your partner's life—into your reception playlist.

"Plastic Off The Sofa," Renaissance

Lyrics you'll love: "Say, say you won't change/I love the little things that make you, you/Ooh, the rest of the world is strange/Stay in our lane, just you and me and our family/I think you're so cool (even though I'm cooler than you)"

Renaissance's "Plastic Off The Sofa" is one of Beyoncé's latest love songs and it's both sweet and sensual. With lyrics that express an "us versus the world" attitude and the comfort that comes with true love, it's a great first dance option for fans of the artist looking for something more modern.

"Deja Vu" (feat. Jay-Z), B'Day

Lyrics you'll love: "Boy, I try to catch myself, but I'm out of control/Your sexiness is so appealing, I can't let it go/Know that I can't get over you/'Cause everything I see is you/And I don't want no substitute"

It's clear at this point that Beyoncé has many fast-paced, passionate and heightened hits that can help get the party started on your big day. "Deja Vu" is just another stellar selection. The song, released on the 2006 album B'Day, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Dance Club chart.

"Perfect Duet (Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé)," Perfect Duet (Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé)

Lyrics you'll love: "We are still kids, but we're so in love/Fighting against all odds/I know we'll be alright this time/Darling, just hold my hand/Be your girl, you'll be my man/And I see my future in your eyes"

When Ed Sheeran released "Perfect" on ÷ (Divide), his third studio album, the song spread like wildfire—quickly solidifying its spot as one of the most popular wedding songs of all time (it's topped our list for six years). When Sheeran re-released the song later that same year as a duet with Beyoncé, the already great song became that much more breathtaking. It remains a top-notch consideration for your first dance.

"All Night," Lemonade

Lyrics you'll love: "Boy, nothing real can be threatened/True love breathes salvation back into me"

Beyoncé fans may very likely remember when the star dropped her surprise album, Lemonade and an accompanying short film in 2016. The album produced many iconic hits, including "All Night," the penultimate song. Through the ballad, the songstress sings of forgiveness, rebuilt trust and the power of true love. For couples whose relationship has stood the test of time, the underrated track may resonate deeply for a first dance.

"End of Time," 4

Lyrics you'll love: "Come take my hand/I won't let you go/I'll be your friend/I will love you so, deeply/I will be the one to kiss you at night/I will love you until the end of time"

Beyoncé's 2011 album, 4, has so many amazing jams that would fit wonderfully into a wedding celebration. "End of Time" is an uptempo jazz song that guests will easily find themselves swaying to. It would be great for a recessional, a bridal party entrance or the final song of the evening.

"Love On Top," 4

Lyrics you'll love: "Baby, it's you/You're the one I love/You're the one I need/You're the only one I see"

Released in 2011, "Love On Top" is a perfect representation of the love you'll feel on your big day. With sweet lyrics and an uptempo melody, the song could blend seamlessly into many wedding day moments—your recessional, entrance, first dance, or simply a fun cocktail hour or reception tune.

"Dance for You," 4

Lyrics you'll love: "Loving you is really all that's on my mind/And I can't help but to think about it day and night"

"Dance for You" is a euphonious slow jam with seductive lyrics. It's also aptly named—for those who are looking to do a dance for their new spouse at their reception, this is a top choice.

"Rather Die Young," 4

Lyrics you'll love: "What I'm telling you/I'm giving you my life, it's in your hands/And what I'm gonna do/Is be a woman and you can be a man/And I wanna say/Nobody understands what we've been through/I'd rather give up everything/Than to live my, live my life without you"

"Rather Die Young" is one of 4's under-the-radar songs. The R&B ballad is another first dance possibility and one that true Beyoncé fans will sing right along with you.

"Countdown," 4

Lyrics you'll love: "There's ups and downs in this love/Got a lot to learn in this love/Through the good and the bad, still got love/Dedicated to the one I love"

The first note of "Countdown" will have your wedding guests fired up for a good time. In addition to the song's satisfying, exciting melody, the lyrics are also on point for newlyweds and especially meaningful in an otherwise fun song.

"1+1," 4

Lyrics you'll love: "If I ain't got nothing/I got you/If I ain't got something, I don't give a damn/'Cause I got it with you/I don't know much about algebra, but I know/One plus one equals two/And it's me and you/That's all we'll have when the world is through"

Beyoncé's "1+1" is an absolutely stunning ballad, one in which her vocal talent is on full display. Equally as beautiful as the singer's voice in the song are the words she sings, which express a deep, passionate and unending love. Among Beyoncé ballads, this is a favorite for first dances.

"Virgo's Groove," Renaissance

Lyrics you'll love: "You're the love of my life/Your love keeps me high/Your love gives me life"

A loved-up dance track, "Virgo's Groove" from Renaissance has a beat that's hard to resist and lyrics relatable to those in love—and lust. Add it to your reception playlist for a not-your-average Beyoncé song your guests will enjoy. You'll be ahead of the curve.

"Ave Maria," I Am…Sasha Fierce

Lyrics you'll love: "Sometimes love can come and pass you by/While you're busy making plans/Suddenly hits you and then you realize/It's out of your hands/Baby, you got to understand/You are my Heaven on earth/You are my last, my first"

A spin on Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria," Beyoncé's beautiful rendition came about after she walked down the aisle to the original at her own wedding. It's incredibly personal to the singer yet relatable to mass audiences and it could make for a moving processional or first dance.

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