The 19 Best Norah Jones Songs for Your Wedding
There are so many wonderful and talented musicians whose music and lyrics create some of the very best wedding songs. Norah Jones is one of those artists. She came on the music scene in the early 2000s with a fusion of jazz, blues, pop and even a little folk, touching people with her enchantingly delicate vocals and swooningly romantic lyrics.
It's no surprise that many couples choose Norah Jones's music as their first dance song or at least as some of the slow dance songs that they feature at their wedding. Her discography is so impressive and she has sold more than 50 million albums with her songs having been streamed six billion times worldwide.
Here, we're sharing some of our very favorite Norah Jones wedding songs to share with your band or DJ, and add to your playlist.
"Come Away with Me," Come Away with Me
Lyrics you'll love: "Come away with me and we'll kiss/On a mountaintop/Come away with me/And I'll never stop loving you"
This is without-a-doubt Jones' most popular song and it's clear to see why. Not only is the tune and the melody soft and pleasing to the ear, but her lyrics are gentle and loving—perfect for a wedding-day dedication to the love of your life. This also makes a truly unique wedding processional song.
"Sunrise," Feels Like Home
Lyrics you'll love: "Sunrise, sunrise/Looks like mornin' in your eyes/ But the clock's held 9:15 for hours"
With a soft and peaceful beat, Jones walks listeners through what it feels like to be so in love with someone that time almost stops. It evokes feelings of a burning and endless love, which is exactly what most people desire from wedding music.
"Don't Know Why," Come Away with Me
Lyrics you'll love: "I waited till I saw the sun/I don't know why I didn't come/I left you by the house of fun/I don't know why I didn't come"
This song isn't the most romantic; in fact, the lyrics tell a story of feelings of confusion, but it's music that is distinctively warm and familiar. It's intimate in both elements, making it a song that is sure to be an appreciated play at your wedding.
Lyrics you'll love: "Woah, my love, my darling/I've hungered, hungered for your touch/A long, lonely time/And time goes by so slowly/And time can do so much"
While this might not be an original Norah Jones song, she does a gorgeous cover of the 1965 hit by The Righteous Brothers. It's a classic love song with lyrics that are so romantic and share the deep feelings of being so far in love with someone that you can't go on without their touch.
"Carry On," Day Breaks
Lyrics you'll love: "Into the quiet I am bound/What you have lost, I've never found"
Simple and effortless, yet profound, is how to describe this gorgeously sung song by Norah Jones. She sings about leaving behind past memories and moving on towards a new future, which is certainly indicative of a momentous occasion such as a wedding day. In true Jones' style, it's slow, soft and peaceful.
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"It's Not Christmas 'Til You Come Home," Your Holidays Soundtrack
Lyrics you'll love: "I'll stay up all night waiting/For you on Christmas Eve/The sleigh bells won't ring, Bing Crosby won't sing/It's not Christmas 'til you come home"
If your wedding date is around the holiday season, this can be a nice song to add to your wedding playlist. The lyrics are classic in that it talks of someone waiting up for their love on Christmas Eve and is undeniably romantic.
"Turn Me On," Come Away with Me
Lyrics you'll love: "Like the desert waiting for the rain/Like a schoolkid waiting for the spring/I'm just sitting here waiting for you/To come on home and turn me on"
This song fits in so well with the rest of the songs Norah Jones has released—it's so soft, so romantic and the lyrics are so intimate. However, it's not an original Norah Jones song—it was originally released by Mark Dinning in 1961, so it is sure to get the older folks at your wedding reception up and slow dancing.
"Those Sweet Words," Feels Like Home
Lyrics you'll love: "I just have to hear those sweet words/Spoken like a melody/I just wanna hear those sweet words"
Sweet and eloquent, this song features the signature Norah Jones sounds of the soft guitar and the easy-to-understand lyrics that tell the tale of love. It was co-written by Jones alongside her then-producer, Lee Alexander.
"Love Me Tender," The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Soundtrack
Lyrics you'll love: "I would beg and steal/(she would beg and steal)/Just to feel/(just just to feel)/Your heart/(I want your heart)/Beatin' so close to mine"
Many people don't know that Norah Jones has dipped her toes in the water of joining many different bands over the years, one of which was the country group The Little Willies, which released this Elvis cover back in 2006. Its soulful and features Jones's soft voice, which so many can appreciate singing over the intimate lyrics.
"It's a Wonderful Time for Love," Day Breaks
Lyrics you'll love: "It's a wonderful time for love/And you think you have all you dreamed of/But all the great blue skies just ain't enough"
Much more blues-y than Jones' other songs, this song is a great choice for a period of time where your guests might not be on the dance floor, like during cocktail hour or dinner. The music is soft and the lyrics tell a beautiful story about there being no better time than now for love.
"Man of the Hour," The Fall
Lyrics you'll love: "So I chose you/Because you're sweet/And you give me lots of lovin'"
This is the perfect song for a bride to play for her groom. It talks about a man who is loyal, loving, kind and fully committed to the woman in the relationship, which truly transcends time and space and is a very fitting song to play at your wedding.
"Be My Somebody," Not Too Late
Lyrics you'll love: "So be my somebody tonight/Be the one who will hold me tight"
This is such a cool song that talks about wiping the slate clean and looking forward to the future, which is so indicative of a wedding day. It has a faster pace than most Norah Jones songs, which is a nice switch up if you plan on playing several of her tunes on your big day.
"Be Here to Love Me," Feels Like Home
Lyrics you'll love: "Just hold me and tell me/You'll be here to love me today"
This song sounds so familiar to Jones's other songs, so it fits right into the mix if this is the vibe you're looking for on your wedding day. It's so poetic in its lyrics and romantic in its sound, making it a great slow song choice.
"The Nearness of You," Come Away with Me
Lyrics you'll love: "It isn't your sweet conversation/That brings this sensation/Oh no/It's just the nearness of you"
Originally written back in 1938 by Hoagy Carmichael and lyrics by Ned Washington, this song has stood the test of time, having since been covered by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and most recently Norah Jones. There aren't too many lyrics, but the ones that are written are so romantic and, coupled with Jones's soft voice, it's an unforgettable play at your wedding.
"What Am I to You," Feels Like Home
Lyrics you'll love: "What am I to you?/Tell me darlin' true/To me you are the sea/Vast as you can be/And deep the shade of blue"
This song was the second single from Jones's album Feels Like Home, which was released in 2004. Although it tells the tale of a lover who's not quite sure that her partner's love for her is the same as her love for them, it's a soft and sweet ballad that is certain to make a memorable slow dance at your wedding.
"Thinking About You," Not Too Late
Lyrics you'll love: "Yesterday I saw the sun shinin'/And the leaves were fallin' down softly/And my cold hands needed a warm, warm touch/And I was thinkin' about you"
There aren't many lyrics that make up this beautiful Norah Jones song, but the words that are there are so soft and intimate, just like the sound of her music. This was from one of her later albums, Not Too Late, which came out in 2007 and actually became the first to reach the Billboard Charts since "Don't Know Why."
"It Was You," Begin Again
Lyrics you'll love: "And I knew, and I knew/And I knew, and I knew it was you"
From her 2019 album, Begin Again, comes this piano-heavy song that is simple in its lyrics, but intricate in its sound. It might not be Jones's most popular song or even one that many of your wedding guests have heard, but it has her signature voice that is sure to get people off their feet.
"Oh So Many Years," Foreverly
Lyrics you'll love: "All these many years I've loved you/No-one has ever known/No-one has ever known but you alone"
Few people know this, but Jones did an album with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong that has a country flair and covers some classic songs like this one originally released in 1949 by the Bailes Bros. and later sung by the Everly Brothers.
"Not Too Late," Not Too Late
Lyrics you'll love: "It's not too late for love"
This song is the last off of her album Not Too Late and it bears the name in its title. It's a great song for couples who are getting married either a second time or have waited several years or even decades to find their special person and say "I do".