Real Brides' Must-Play Wedding Song Lists

by The Knot

No two couples are alike, and neither are their favorite songs. But you can learn some lessons from your fellow to-be-weds: Choose a mix of tunes that showcases your style, keeps grandma bobbing her head and all your guests entertained. How does this work? Toss in a blend of wedding classics, tear-jerkers, and heel-kickers. Take a peek at some Knotties' playlists -- and click to download the songs from iTuness!


First dance: “Thank God I Found You" (Mariah Carey)

Father-daughter/mother-son dance: “My Wish" (Rascal Flatts)

Last dance: “Fantasy (Remix)" (Mariah Carey Featuring ODB)

“Must-play" list: “SexyBack" (Justin Timberlake)

“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (C&C Music Factory)


First dance: “We Are Man and Wife" (Michelle Featherstone)

Father-daughter dance: “My Girl"(The Temptations)

Mother-son dance: “Because You Loved Me" (Celine Dion)

Last dance: “Theme from New York, New York" (Frank Sinatra)

Must-play list: “The Way You Look Tonight" (Frank Sinatra)

“Ain't No Other Man" (Christina Aguilera)

“Inside Your Heaven" (Carrie Underwood)

“SexyBack" (Justin Timberlake)

“That's Amore" (Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin)

“Ain't That a Kick in the Head" (Dean Martin)

“Let's Get Loud" (Jennifer Lopez)

“Hotel" (Cassidy)

“Where the Party At" (Jagged Edge)

“Tell Me" (P. Diddy Featuring Christina Aguilera)

“Paradise by the Dashboard Light" (Meat Loaf)

“Sexy Love" (Ne-Yo)

“Pour Some Sugar on Me" (Def Leppard)


First dance:“Bless the Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts)

Father-daughter dance: “Butterfly Kisses" (Bob Carlisle)

Mother-son dance: “A Song For My Son" (Rita Heatherington) OR (Mikki Viereck)

Last dance:“Remember When" (Alan Jackson)

“Must-play" list:“Take Me Home, Country Roads" (John Denver)

“Cha Cha Slide" (Casper)


First dance:“Carried Away" (George Strait)

Father-daughter dance:“I Loved Her First" (Heartland)

Last dance:“These Are The Days" (Sugarland)

“Must-play" list:“At Last" (Etta James)


First dance:“I Cross My Heart" (George Strait) OR

“I Need You" (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill) OR

“It's Your Love" (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill)

Father-daughter dance:“My Girl" (The Temptations)


First dance:“Remember When" (Alan Jackson)

Father-daughter dance:“Last Date" (Floyd Cramer)

The bride's dad often played this on the piano while she was growing up; her sister plans to dance to the same song when she gets married.

Mother-son dance:“Angels" (Randy Travis)

Bridal party dance:“You've Got a Friend in Me" (Randy Newman; Toy Story)

On their first date, this couple went to see Toy Story 2.

“Must-play" list:“Fast Cars and Freedom" (Rascal Flatts)

“Dream a Little Dream of Me" (Louis Armstrong) OR (The Mamas & the Papas)

“Rocky Top" (Phish) OR (Dolly Parton)

“We Are Family" (Sister Sledge)


First dance:“Love Song" (311)

Stepfather-daughter dance:“Little Miss Magic" (Jimmy Buffett)

Last dance:“You Never Can Tell“ (Chuck Berry)


First dance:“Lost in This Moment" (Big & Rich)

Father-daughter dance:“I Loved Her First" (Heartland)

Stepfather-daughter dance:“He Didn't Have To Be" (Brad Paisley)

Mother-son dance: “Oh Mother" (Joe Wodarek)

Last dance:“Bless the Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts)


First dance:“At Last" (Etta James) OR “Three Times a Lady" (Commodores)

Father-daughter dance:“I Loved Her First" (Heartland)

Mother-son dance:“My Wish" (Rascal Flatts)

Last dance:“Wonderful Tonight" (Eric Clapton)


First dance:“Spend My Life With You" (Eric Benet)

Father-daughter dance:“I Loved Her First" (Heartland)

Mother-son dance:“A Song for Mama" (Boyz II Men)

Last dance:“Last Dance" (Donna Summer)

“Must-play" list:“Rock With You" (Michael Jackson)

“Big Pimpin'" (Jay-Z)

“Brick House" (The Commodores)

“Le Freak" (Chic)

“Super Freak" (Rick James)

“Funky Cold Medina" (Tone Loc)

“Get Down Tonight" (KC and the Sunshine Band)

“Rapper's Delight" (The SugarHill Gang)


First dance:“All I Ask of You" (Andrew Lloyd Webber; The Phantom of the Opera)

Father-daughter dance:“I Loved Her First" (Heartland)

Mother-son dance: “The Man You've Become" (Molly Pasutti)

Last dance:“Where Everybody Knows Your Name" (Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo; Cheers)

“Must-play" list:

“Come Fly with Me" (Frank Sinatra)

“Remember When" (Alan Jackson)

“Let Them Be Little" (Billy Dean)

“How Do You Fall In Love" (Alabama)


First dance:“Set Me as a Seal" (Matt Maher)

Father-daughter dance:“De Nina a Mujer" (Julio Iglesias) OR “Main Theme" (John Williams; Star Wars)

Last dance:“The Way You Look Tonight" (Frank Sinatra)

“Must-play" list:“Hollaback Girl" (Gwen Stefani)

“Dance, Dance" (Fall Out Boy)

“Accidentally in Love" (Counting Crows)

“Switch" (Will Smith)


First dance:“Chasing Cars" (Snow Patrol)

Father-daughter dance:“Sweet Caroline" (Neil Diamond)

“Must-play" list:“Love Song" (311)

“Here with Me" (Dido)

“Here It Goes Again" (OK Go)

“On Call" (Kings of Leon)

“One" (U2)

“If You Leave" (OMD)

“Just Like Heaven" (The Cure)

“Jackson"(Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash)

“Starlight" (Muse)

“Such Great Heights" (The Postal Service)

“True" (Will.I.Am and Fergie)

“Rock the Casbah" (The Clash)

“Better Together" (Jack Johnson)

“Crush" (Dave Matthews Band)


Must-play list:“Shake Rattle 'n' Roll" (Elvis Presley)

“Come Away with Me" (Norah Jones)

“Son of a Preacher Man" (Dusty Springfield)

“Hey Ya!" (OutKast)

“At Last" (Etta James)

“Brown Eyed Girl" (Van Morrison)

“LDN" (Lily Allen)

“The Lucky One" (Alison Krauss)


First dance:“Stay Forever" (Ween)

Father-daughter dance:“What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong)

“Must-play" list: “Dondaine Laridaine -- La Bottine Souriante" (French-Canadian folk tune)


First dance:“The Book of Love" (Peter Gabriel) OR “The Luckiest" (Ben Folds)

Father-daughter dance:“Kind & Generous" (Natalie Merchant)

Last dance:“From This Moment On" (Diana Krall)

If the couple honeymoons in Key West, they'll select “Margaritaville," by Jimmy Buffett, instead.

“Must-play" list:“Cha Cha Slide" (Casper)

“Maggie May" (Rod Stewart)


First dance:“Love of a Lifetime" (Firehouse)

Father-daughter dance:“There You'll Be" (Faith Hill)

Must-play list:“Takin' Care of Business" (Bachman Turner Overdrive)

“Angel" (Aerosmith)

“Faithfully" (Journey)

“When I See You Smile" (Bad English)

“You Shook Me All Night Long" (AC/DC)

“You're the First, the Last, My Everything" (Barry White)

“I Cross My Heart" (George Strait)

“I Can Love You Like That" (John Michael Montgomery)

“Great Balls of Fire" (Jerry Lee Lewis)

“Hungry Eyes" (Eric Carmen)

“All For Love" (Bryan Adams, Sting, and Rod Stewart)

“When You Say Nothing at All" (Alison Krauss)

“Bed of Roses" (Bon Jovi)

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