Your Complete Guide to Wedding Music

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Complete Guide to Wedding Music



If your wedding is classic, you may choose traditional tunes such as Pachelbel’s Canon. Want a personal touch? There are so many choices for sentimental songs or upbeat recessionals - just be sure to make it your own and pick something you both love!

“Here Comes the Sun” - The Beatles

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” - Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

“Stand by Me” - Ben E. King

“Fly Me to the Moon” - Frank Sinatra

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” - Elvis Presley

“First Day of My Life” - Bright Eyes

“What a Wonderful World” - Louis Armstrong

“Thinking Out Loud” - Ed Sheeran

“Say You Won’t Let Go” - James Arthur

“Higher Love” - James Vincent McMorrow

“Better Together” - Jack Johnson

“A Thousand Years” - Christina Perri

“Make You Feel my Love” - Adele

“Home” - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

“Lucky” - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

“Green Eyes” - Coldplay

“All You Need Is Love” - The Beatles

“Canon in D” - J. Pachelbel

“Meditation” - J. Massenet


Your big entrance to the reception is so special! You’ll be introduced as a married couple for the first time. This moment also offers the chance to introduce your wedding party. Whether you’re imagining a fun dance off or take the opportunity for a sweet memory, you want your intro song to be FUN as it sets the tone for your reception.

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” - Marvin Gaye

“Feels” - Calvin Harris ft. Katy Perry & Pharrell

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” - The Proclaimers

“Bring Em’ Out” - Jay-Z & T.I.

“You’re My Best Friend” - Queen

“Forever” - Chris Brown

“This Will Be” - Natalie Cole

“Walking On Sunshine” - Katrina and The Waves

“Sexyback” - Justin Timberlake

“Dancing in The Moonlight” - King Harvest

“I Gotta Feeling” - Black Eyed Peas

“Sexy & I Know It” - LMFAO 

First Dance:

The first dance is the one tradition we don’t see fading anytime soon. It’s such a sweet moment between you and your other half. Whether you want a tearjerker (I’m not crying, you’re crying!) or a swing dancing classic, make sure this moment is all about you two.

“At Last” - Etta James

“Perfect” - Ed Sheeran

“Wonderful Tonight” - Eric Clapton

“All of Me” - John Legend

“Fly Me To The Moon” - Frank Sinatra

“Moondance” - Michael Buble

“You Are The Best Thing” - Ray La Montagne

“Tennessee Whiskey” - Chris Stapleton

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” - Elvis Presley

“Thinking Out Loud” - Ed Sheeran

“The Rest of Our Life” - Tim Mcgraw, Faith Hill

“Everything” - Michael Buble

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” - Lauryn Hill

“Just The Way You Are” - Billy Joel

“Die A Happy Man” - Thomas Rhett

“September” - Earth, Wind, & Fire

Parent Dances:

Your big day is so special for your parents. Their baby is getting married! You and your dad share a sense of humor? Your mom is Phil Collins’ #1 fan? Whatever it is, these songs are sure to make everyone smile.

“Stand By Me” - Ben E. King

“My Girl” - The Temptations

“Sweet Pea” - Amos Lee

“Simple Man” - Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Days Like This” - Van Morrison

“The Best Day” - Taylor Swift

“Never Alone” - Lady Antebellum

“Because You Loved Me” - Celine Dion

“Daughters” - John Mayer

“You Are The Sunshine of My Life” - Stevie Wonder

“Mother Like Mine” - The Band Perry

“You’ll Be In My Heart” - Phil Collins

“You Raise Me Up” - Josh Groban

“In My Life” - The Beatles

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” - Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

“The Way You Look Tonight” - Frank Sinatra

“Landslide” - Fleetwood Mac

“Brown Eyed Girl” - Van Morrison

“When You Need Me” - Bruce Springsteen

“I Got You Babe” - Cher

"Your Song" - Elton John

“You’ve Got A Friend In Me” - Randy Newman

 Cake Cutting:

This sweet (pun intended!) moment is all about dessert! Pairing the cake cutting with a fun song about sugar is the perfect way to put a smile on your guests faces.

“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” - Four Tops

“Sugar Sugar” - Archies

“LOVE” - Nat King Cole

“Better Together” - Jack Johnson

“How Sweet It Is” - James Taylor

“Build Me Up Buttercup” - Foundations

“Love Train” - O’Jays

“Sugar” - Maroon 5

“Kiss Me” - Sixpence None The Richer


Your reception is finally here and you’re ready to hit the dance floor! You definitely need a playlist full of crowd-pleasers. Mixing classics with Top 40 is a great way to get everyone, from your grandfather to your 6-year old niece, on the dance floor.

“24K Magic” - Bruno Mars

“Valerie” - Amy Winehouse

“Proud Mary” - Tina Turner

“There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” - Shawn Mendes

“Crazy In Love” - Beyonce

“The Middle” - Zedd, Maren Morris

“September” - Earth, Wind, & Fire

“Shape of You” - Ed Sheeran

“Kiss” - Prince

“Cheap Thrills” - Sia

“Shut Up & Dance” - Walk The Moon

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” - Whitney Houston

“PYT” - Michael Jackson

“Uptown Funk” - Bruno Mars

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” - Stevie Wonder

“This is How We Do it” - Montell Jordan

“Get Lucky” - Daft Punk

“Shake it Off” - Taylor Swift

“ABC” - The Jackson 5

“Something Just Like This” - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

“Happy” - Pharrell Williams

"Tiny Dancer" - Elton John

“The Best Is Yet To Come” - Frank Sinatra

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” - Justin Timberlake

“No Diggity” - Blackstreet

“Twist & Shout” - The Beatles

"Havana" - Camila Cabello

“Superstition” - Stevie Wonder

“Rather Be” - Clean Bandit + Jess Glynne

“Respect” - Aretha Franklin

“Despacito” - Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber

“Don’t Stop Believing” - Journey

“Wagon Wheel” - Old Crow Medicine Show

 For more wedding day music ideas, visit Top Requested Wedding Songs Across the USA.