Playlist: Generational Guilty Pleasures

The running joke on the APW staff is that despite only a few years between us, there is a bit of a…generational gap that exists within the members of the team (let’s just say that when Meg and I are in a car together, we mostly just talk). So it doesn’t surprise me at all that the request for generational songs in the comments of Meg’s Hip Hop Meets Classics playlist yielded an awesome hodgepodge of throwback tunes mixed with current guilty pleasures that has me convinced most of APW met their partners while making out under the bleachers at a middle school dance in 1994.

Today’s playlist is the kind of music you bust out when all of your aunts and uncles have departed for the evening. But before we get into it, next week we’ll be switching things up and tackling the playlist I get asked for the most by couples: ceremony music. So if you’re using music in your ceremony (religious, secular, or otherwise), leave it in the comments. Processionals, recessionals, and mid-ceremony music are all welcome, just be sure to tell us what you used it for!

And now, the playlist that answers the question, “What’s the song on your wedding list that gives away your history in one stroke?” I’ll give a hundred monopoly dollars to the first person who guesses mine.

Generational Guilty Pleasures from practicalmaddie on 8tracks Radio.

  1. “El Scorcho” by Weezer
  2. “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus
  3. “The Best of Times” by Styx
  4. “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire
  5. “The Littlest Birds” by The Be Good Tanyas
  6. “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
  7. “Motownphilly” by Boyz II Men
  8. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  9. “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey
  10. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  11. “I Love It” by Icona Pop
  12. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  13. “Jump Around” by House of Pain
  14. “Ignition Remix” by R. Kelly
  15. “Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
  16. “Everybody Dance Now” by C+C Music Factory
  17. “I Want It That Way” by The Backstreet Boys
  18. “This is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
  19. “Nice and Slow” by Usher
  20. “Accidentally in Love” by the Counting Crows
  21. “Pony” by Ginuwine
  22. “The Sign” by Ace of Base

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  • Now that’s a trip back in time!

  • Laura C

    I refuse to feel guilty about guilty pleasures. Although my fiance should totally feel guilty about loving Call Me Maybe so much…

    • Mine loves Call Me Maybe, so we’ve got that on the playlist.

      Ace of Base is my “giveaway.” The Sign was the first album I ever owned.

  • moe

    “most of APW met their partners while making out under the bleachers at a middle school dance in 1994”

    In 1994 I was already of legal drinking age. I feel like the 90’s were just 10 years ago. I’m so old!!!

    • I’m a good sight younger than that anecdotal average, and I feel like the 90’s were just ten years ago, too.

      • Kestrel

        Yeah, I was born in 1990 and still feel like this.

    • Me too! My history giveaway would have to be by Duran Duran or Depeche Mode.

    • Maddie

      Sigh. My age is showing here. :) I even skewed a few years up so I wouldn’t give myself away. Fail.

    • meg

      If it makes you feel better, I was not in middle school in 1994. And Maddie was in elementary school, so she’s lying ;)

      How is it not the 90s still, exactly? I’m confused by that regularly.

      • moe

        A few weeks ago a co-worker (in her 20’s) sincerely questioned me with “Who’s Pat Benatar?”

        I nearly died.

        • I was in a restaurant when 90s music started playing. The waitress got starry-eyed and said, “I love this music. I was born in the wrong era.”

        • Maddie

          WUT. I am forever thankful that I was raised by teenagers in the 80’s. I at least got a good dose of Queen, Pat Benatar, 80’s Michael Jackson and ACDC out of my childhood.

        • Kayla

          On Monday I overheard a nanny/babysitter ask the kids he was with if they knew what a CD was.

          Kid: “A DVD?”
          Nanny: “No, a CD. For music.”
          Kid: “Like the songs in a movie?”
          Nanny: “Like an album. A record. Do you know what a record is?”
          Kid: “Yeah. It’s when you beat the high score.”

          Every adult in the room either sighed or laughed.

    • meg

      PS I did meet David in 1995, however. Not that we were making out anywhere, but still. Maddie is realllllyyyy close on that one.

  • deva

    Oh does this take me back.

  • Rachel Anni

    I’m in the process of figuring out ceremony music, but what I do know is that I’m walking down the aisle to Stay Young, Go Dancing by Death Cab for Cutie. It’s a love song written by Ben Gibbard about Zooey Deschanel. What more could you want? (okay, so they’re divorced, but STILL)

    • Cara

      That’s going to be our first dance! It’s so beautiful, it would be great to walk down the aisle to!

    • Emily

      If you didn’t play music that was inspired by relationships that ended in divorce, you’d have to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or something. haha

  • Seshat

    (I recently noticed another LMN posting in the comments, so I figured I’d switch up my posting name for clarity)

    The only music we have set for our ceremony is the recessional. Our wedding is May 4 so we’re having someone arrange the music from the Throne Room scene of A New Hope for a string quartet. Subtle, but I think the nerds in attendance will love it (myself included). I’m completely at a loss for the rest of the ceremony though, especially my entrance (everything seems either way too traditional or way too out there), so I’m looking forward to the next post in this series.

    • Awesome idea! We dress up every year for May the Fourth.

  • Ericka

    Woooooo ceremony music! Our ceremony is, um, let’s call it “hippie Christian.” The whole God-is-real-but-more-as-a-force-than-a-being-and-the-most-important-bit-is-treating-each-other-well. We are God’s hands and feet in the world, etc. Soooo we wanted religious/traditional music choices that nonetheless avoided lyrics that went against our oddball theology, even if most of the music is instrumental (guitar and violin). We ended up with:

    -Life’s a Happy Song (The Muppets) for the family and friends processional
    -Simple Gifts (trad) for the bride’s processional. My deceased farmer father’s favorite song.
    -How Can I Keep from Singing (Lowry), for the hymn. The others are instrumental, but this one people are singing, so lyrics become important. We’re using the semi-traditional substitution of “Love” for “God.” (Since Love is Lord of heaven and earth…) It’s not original per se but it’s the version I grew up hearing, along with “shame” for “sin” (when friends by shame are undefiled), and I looooove the worldview that emerges from the probably-tweaked-in-the-60s lyrics. Plus my Air Force fiancee sung it frequently in Basic, so it has a deep connection for him too — hope in the good times and the hard times.
    -May the Road Rise to Meet You (trad, “Irish Blessing”), the musical setting my childhood pastor used to end service.

    Sorry for any potentially-controversial theology tangents but we had a really distinct vision that our ceremony should, above all else, be entirely *true* for us — we shouldn’t say anything, or have the music “say” anything, we didn’t believe — while not veering off into total hippie territory the people in attendance might be uncomfortable with. So our beliefs were the primary influence on our song choices. :)

    • Brittany

      Life’s a Happy Song was our first dance song, so that makes me grin!

    • Ericka

      And for other ceremony music, I don’t remember what my Catholic best friend’s processional and recessional were, but I know they used “They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love” for the hymn and “Ave Maria” for the adoration of Mary.

      • Ericka

        Oh, and my nondenom/Lutheran friends did a “Caro mio ben”/”Ave maria”/”Canon in D” instrumental mashup for ceremony music, with a guitar-piano-xylophone trio, and then I sang the Audra Mae version of Dylan’s “Forever Young” for special music.

    • MDBethann

      I wanted our 1st dance song to be “Life’s a Happy Song,” but after several months of ballroom dance lessons, we didn’t know any steps that would work with it, so we used it as our cake cutting music instead. I think that is my favorite song from “The Muppets” and now I am going to ask Pandora to play it for me and make the rest of my work day happy :-)

    • I was enthusiastically nodding to your faith description, and then you used the Muppets in your wedding, and so I knew you were my people :-)

  • WHY do I know all the words to “I Want It That Way”?!

    • Because is is the single greatest boy band song ever. With a close second being New Kids’ “You Got (The Right Stuff)”

      • carrie

        Oh oh oh ohh ohhhh. Oh oh oh oh. Oh oh oh ohh ohhh.


    • Ashleyn

      Let’s sing it together….I’ll take the harmony, because you know I have that memorized too.

    • Emily

      Because you’re AWESOME.

    • carrie

      FACT: those of us who knew and even grudgingly loved this song in the 90s will IMMEDIATELY start singing all the words. This happened in a karaoke bar during my bachelorette. It is AMAZING.

      • We definitely sang this at our wedding karaoke. I’m pretty sure everyone but my husband and mom knew all the words. The same was true of Brittany Spears’ “Lucky.”

      • KC

        This is true. Random gas station. Road trip. Song comes on. All in car start singing, then look across at batch of complete strangers also doing gas-station karaoke (with dramatic rendering, no less). Much laughter ensued.

  • Corrie

    I LOOOOOOVE this playlist (except Call Me Maybe, which might be my most hated song of all time.) Such a great compilation. Ice Ice Baby has become an unofficial requirement at our extended family’s weddings because our relatives enjoy watching my 36 yr old cousin, 21 year old little brother and I demonstrate our white kid rap skills (we know all the words).

  • I’m going to be guiltily listening to this playlist ALL DAY.

    I (badly) sang “I Saw The Sign” in a talent show when I was a kid. I had a huge side ponytail (with scrunchie, obvs), checkered jeans, and a matching checkered jean vest. Clearly one of my better looks.

    • This playlist has made my afternoon much better on a day that was rather crappy to start with.

      Your look sounds AWESOME. Reminds me of when I went with my mom to the hair salon (around age 7 or 8) and due to the downtime of the other hairdressers, I emerged with some very teased bangs and some crazy french braid.

  • Addie

    Ennio Morricone’s theme from “Once Upon a Time in the West.” Used it for the processional of mom’s and bridesmaids.

    I walked in to a harp and violin instrumental of “Unforgiven” by Metallica (it sounds awesome if you just ignore the words)

    My plan for the next one is to have the whole processional be done to SFSO version of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” What can I say? I’m a fan of 80’s metal.

    • Totes McGotes

      Nothing Else Matters (original) was our first dance – awesome!!

  • mimi

    This playlist is amazing and also features several songs that we used on our dance party playlist in between the band’s sets.

    We just got married on 8/3! Here are the ceremony songs we used:
    Wedding party processional – One Love, Bob Marley
    Bridal processional – Sweet Thing, Van Morrison
    Recessional – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Marvin & Tammy

  • Um, I LOVE nearly everything on this playlist (I do despise “This Is How We Do It”…sorry fans). I think I fall into the “you kids these days” generation of Team APW but a ton of these songs are on my must-play wedding list. Which basically proves they know no age boundaries and are truly timeless classics.

    • I was specifically going to comment about how much I LOVE “This Is How We Do It.” :)

    • Ha ha ha! When my husband makes fun of my younger days, we always preface it by singing ‘This Is How We Do It.’ Then we imagine something stupid that young Sara did. That wasn’t even *my jam* but it serves the joke well for the era.

  • Kat91314

    OOOOhhhhh, LOVE this playlist! So what if it completely reminds me of how old I am…….I think I may have to put this entire list on my iPod for when I’m at the gym :-)

  • kelly

    Ceremony music! We’re getting married in a Presbyterian church, so the rules are a bit strict — nothing secular allowed if it has lyrics.

    Processionals: Haste to the Wedding directly followed by Brian Boru’s March (bridesmaids’ processional followed by bride’s), played on flute. I’m Irish, so this was a cute way to honor that — plus organ music makes me anxious.

    Ceremony music: Andrea Bocelli’s The Prayer (probably in English) + an original song by my sister

    Hymn (required by the church): The Grace of Life is Theirs

  • I really love Jeremiah Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary in D Major as a processional — it’s traditional, but glorious.

    We had “Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee” (which is a hymn based on Beethoven’s Ode To Joy) as the mid-ceremony hymn, though it got a little exciting when it became obvious how different the words in the Unitarian hymnal are from the Presbyterian version much of my extended family was used to.
    Ode to Joy itself could be a lovely processional or recessional.

    • MDBethann

      Your wedding ceremony music list looks a lot like mine, except we used “Joyful, Joyful” as our final hymn and then went into the Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music for the recessional.

  • Alyssa

    Our ceremony music!
    Wedding Party Processional: One and Only by Adele
    Brides’ Processional: Baby That’s Not All by Josh Ritter
    Recessional: Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

    We also had a playlist going when guests were waiting for the ceremony to start and one that played while everyone left the ceremony.

  • LM

    Groom/wedding party processional: “I’ll be your mirror”, Velvet Underground
    Bride processional: West Wing theme
    Recessional: “That’s What’s Up”, Edward Sharpe

    • Katy

      West Wing theme? Awesome! What a great idea :)

    • OMG. West Wing theme? That is AMAZING!

      • Colleen

        Yes! We did the West Wing theme as the processional too!

        And Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen as the recessional.

        • LM

          West Wing solidarity! It is such a great song — so uplifting but also majestic. One of my easiest wedding decisions.

  • Jacky

    Oh I love it!

    Ceremony music, eh? Here’s the plan for our secular ceremony:

    Wedding party’s processional: Beach Boys, “God Only Knows”
    Bride’s processional: The Beatles, “In My Life”
    Recessional: Prince, “Kiss”

  • Caroline

    This playlist is amazing, in that I can start singing almost every one of these songs in my head just seeing the title. A LOT of these are clearly going on the wedding playlist.

  • Seriously, you start a f*cking riot (in the best way possible) if you play El Scorcho around me and my family! And I think I can actually sing when I sing along to Livin’ on a Prayer. Crazy how that happens. The ONLY song I would add is Blackstreet’s No Diggity. Oh, and some Spice Girls and Madonna. But that would be ’cause I went crazy from hearing El Scorcho!

    • Itsy Bitsy

      YES. I F*CKING LOVE El Scorcho. One of my fondest memories from high school is belting that shit out with an old friend in her kitchen (or in the car, or at rehearsal, or wherever we happened to be). Honestly it’s one of the things I miss most about our friendship (growing up & growing apart sucks). No one that I know now shares affinity for that song. It makes me feel a little better that you clearly get it. Internet fist-bump!

      • I may or may not have been obsessed with Matt Sharp from Weezer. And I may or may not at age 15 somehow found myself on his tour bus when he came through Denver with the Rentals. And that same night my father may or may not have (definitely did) make my boyfriend at the time rinse his manic panic hair dye out using the garden hose. In December.
        Good times.

        • carrie

          I love this story.

  • Katy

    Oh man, Ignition Remix by R. Kelly!! Reminds me soo strongly of middle school! Apparently I’m in the younger crowd…

    Getting married THIS FRIDAY ahh!! :) Very excited! After much agonizing, will be walking down the aisle to a piano+strings version of Philip Philips’ “Home” by The Piano Guys. I had wanted a pop song, but the fact that it had words is apparently really weird/borderline offensive to some people. So this was my compromise! Then for walking back up the aisle married, we’re gonna do “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. That’s the part I’m really excited for!

    • Margret

      Remix to Ignition takes me right back to 7th grade, I’m totally with you representing the younger crowd!

      Our wedding party processional was “Love You Madly” by Cake. The two of us walked down the asile together to “Baby, I love you” by the Ramones, and the recessional was “What A Wonderful World” by Joey Ramone. These song titles showed up on our guitar pic favors :)

    • I’m right there with you in the younger crowd! I wasn’t making out behind the bleachers with anyone in 1994, I was starting kindergarten. But most of these songs take me back anyway, thanks to babysitters who were older and kept playing the music they liked (even if it wasn’t so appropriate for me to hear).

    • Laura

      Welllllp, this came out the year I graduated from high school, so. Reminds me a little of high school, but mostly freshman year of college. Very formative. Very nostalgic.

      Incidentally, I will *not* be attending my 10th year HS reunion this Thanksgiving. FYI.

  • Jes

    Thought I’d share our ceremony music since we just finalized all of that… Fiancé and I met at a small college known for music and I have a degree in music so this was very important to me. We wanted some traditional, some things that had specific meaning to us, and some things that fit the location (a meadow in a little valley by a creek in Tennessee). So here it is:
    Prelude all played on acoustic guitar with no singing: Morning Has Broken, Come Thou Fount, and Be Thou My Vision
    Mothers are seated to Amazing Grace
    Our guitarist is arranging a section of RHCP’s Hard to Concentrate for the groom and groomsmen to walk in to
    Bridesmaids, flower girl and ring bearer are entering to Pachelbel’s Canon in D
    I’m walking in to an instrumental version of Moon River :)
    When we light the unity candle my best childhood friend/our officiant’s daughter is singing Patty Griffin’s Heavenly Day
    Finally the recessional is She Said Yes by Mumford and Sons
    We’re very excited about our mix of music, it’s fun and personal and somewhat traditional.

    • alyssa

      We had Come Thou Fount as well! And Be Thou My Vision is one of my favorites, hands down. Beautiful!

  • Laura C

    I’m kind of thinking of having this as my processional, though dependent on my friend being in the country to play it: But maybe it’s simultaneously too dirgey and the lyrics too subject to other interpretations than intended. Or this?

    Want to have a labor song somewhere mid-ceremony — Solidarity Forever or Bread and Roses, probably.

  • alyssa

    Ceremony Music!
    We had a church wedding on New Years Eve – So I wanted everything to be tradiitonal with a twist. That’s how our whole day ended up and I was so happy!
    Mothers seated to Canon in D by Pachabel (Husband loves this song and always imagined it in his wedding – but I had other plans for walking down the aisle so we compromised)
    Bridesmaids and groomsmen processed to Rondeau by Purcell (because I love the movies Emma and Pride and Prejudice)
    I entered to Symphony No. 3 by Saint – Saens (inspired after we watched the movie Babe, but surprisingly/luckily, no one recognized the song from the movie!)
    Then during communion, my cousin played and sang three songs
    Come Thou Fount of Ev’ry Blessing
    For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Yspilanti (Sufjan Stevens – and such a communion song. The lyrics! Beautiful!)
    To Be Alone with You (Sufjan again)
    And then our recessional was Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More. But we skipped to the happy part! “Love, it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, it will set you free!” Such happy memories.

  • “It Takes Two” by Rob Base is my generational giveaway song.

  • Teresa

    Ceremony music:

    My husband’s parents walked in to their wedding song, You’re My Home by Billy Joel
    Our bridal party walked in to First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
    My mom and grandma walked me down the aisle to I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
    Newly married, our recessional was Happy Together by The Turtles

    This guilty pleasures playlist is GREAT and I encourage all of you who love Montell Jordan to listen to this ridiculous mashup with LMFAO:

  • My best friend did her processional to Ashokan Farewell. It was amazing!

  • Processional: “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez
    Recessional: “Summertime Clothes” by Animal Collective

    Used whatever songs my sisters wanted to sing during the mass since they were the cantors.

  • I scanned this for some New Kids on the Block and didn’t see any, and therefore cannot take this post seriously at all. It’s not a party until you hear Jordan’s falsetto and Donnie’s attempt at rapping. Come on, APW, get it together! ;)

  • morningglory

    We had a beautiful, simple, short and sweet outdoor ceremony and wanted the music to match.

    Our “finding your seats” music (before the ceremony started) was Copland’s Appalachian Spring, including Simple Gifts.

    My husband and I met at Pub Quiz and the music at the end of the final round is always The Final Countdown (yes, by Europe). Our Quiz-Master does an amazing job of finding different versions of this song, and we decided that this version would be perfect for the groom to walk down the aisle to the first 48 seconds of: It was personal to us, made him smile, got some chuckles from the audience and generally fit the bill.

    My dad and I (there was no bridal party) walked in to a piano version of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.

    And right as we kissed, the super upbeat part of Ode to Joy played (go to 2:37 in this recording: and we walked out to that. It worked out perfectly.

    We toyed with the idea of having a live musician (a very talented friend offered to play piano/keyboard), but logistically it really wasn’t going to work out. I was a little bit bummed at first, but was happy with how it all turned out in the end. Our DJ was amazing and made it all work on cue.

  • Aly

    Can we also get a playlist on entrance songs? Like, I have 0 idea what to do for parents/bridal party etc. in terms of going into the reception (because the DJ asked). That would be incredibly helpful.

    Thank you guys for all you do!

    • MDBethann

      Here’s what we used at my reception last year:

      Reception entrance songs:
      It Had to be You (either Henry Connick Jr. or Sinatra)
      Beautiful Day (U2)

      1st Dance: Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel)

      Father/Daughter Dance: You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)

      Dinner: Penny Lane (Beatles), L-O-V-E (Nat King Cole), various Big Band/swing standards, I’m Yours (Jason Mraz), Rhythm of Love (Plain White T’s), Home (Michael Buble), All You Need is Love (Beatles), Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (Kamakawiwo’ole)

      Cake cutting: Life’s a Happy Song (Muppets)

      Dancing songs included: Celebration (also a good entrance song), Hot Hot Hot, Shout, Dancing Queen, We Didn’t Start the Fire, Footloose, Build Me Up Buttercup, Brown Eyed Girl, American Pie, Sweet Caroline, Twist, YMCA, Twist & Shout, Hey Soul Sister

      Slow songs: Lucky (Mraz), When A Man Loves a Woman, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Can’t Take My Eyes off of You (4 Seasons), As Time Goes By, Rainbow Connection, Save The Last Dance for Me (Buble), Oh What a Night (4 Seasons)

      My DJ had a huge list of song suggestions. Pandora was a huge help too. When I heard a song I liked, I wrote down the song and the artist, because some versions are better than others. Just make sure you specify the version to your DJ!

      • Aly

        Ahhh thanks so much! You’re the best!

        • MDBethann

          You’re welcome. Good thing I kept the list I sent to my DJ :-)

    • carrie

      Storybook Love, Princess Bride. Instrumental. That is my generational giveaway. It still makes me tear up.

    • mimi

      We just did a bride/groom entrance b/c we were all outside anyway, but we entered to The Victors (Univ of Michigan fight song). We are both alums and many of our guests cheered along with us.

  • Liz

    Bridal party and groom (he walked in with parents) processional: Twa Bonny Maidens (I sent a youtube video of the best version I could find online to the church’s pianist and he played it)
    Bride: Pachelbel’s Canon
    Recessional: Barry Louis Polisar – All I Want Is You

    Entrance into reception – Accidentally In Love, although I think the DJ misunderstood (because he suggested something else and I tried to be nice and say “oh, yeah, I know that song” and he thought I was agreeing with him. So he did Accidentally in Love for the bridal party then switched to some other song when we came in. Whatever. I don’t remember what it was, and it didn’t matter.

  • Meghan

    Dudes. Motownphilly. Cannot go wrong there.

    For ceremony music, here’s what we used:
    Processional (for everyone)- Heavenly Day, Patty Griffin
    Mid-ceremony – The Book of Love, The Magnetic Fields (but three friends performed it in the Nataly-Dawn-on-YouTube vein)
    Recessional – I Got You (At the End of the Century) Wilco

  • Cass

    Ceremony music:

    Into the Mystic by Van Morrison on an acoustic guitar for my processional
    Somebody Loved by the Weepies sung by a friend with my cousin backing her up on the guitar
    Air On The G String for the recessional (again on guitar)

    Now whenever I hear the first few chords of Into the Mystic, I think of standing outside the door with my parents, waiting to walk down the aisle.

    • Kat91314

      <3 Into The Mystic

  • I really struggled with ceremony music, and then was very happy in the end with what we picked. My husband and I picked really personal songs for our processionals (him: “Love Has Found Me Somehow” by Centro-matic, me: “Chariots Rise” by Lizzie West), and then our recessional was Florence + the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over.”

    Also, our reception featured pretty much all of the older songs (I know which age group I’m in!) on this playlist.

  • Carissa

    We’re pretty hardcore progressive/liberal Christians, and wanted some current Christian music in our ceremony. Luckily the band I sang with (at my church) was happy to come play for us! Here’s what we used:

    Seating moms/grandmothers: “Unfailing Love” by Chris Tomlin

    Procession of bridesmaids & bride: “Love Is Not a Fight” by Warren Barfield
    Special Music (sung by me & my sister & my friend): a special arrangement of “The Gift of Love”, based on the harmonies of this sick recording of “The Water is Wide” sung by Indigo Girls, Jewel, & Sarah McLaughlan (ah-mazing)

    Congregational singing (after family blessing, unity candle, and community response – agreeing to support us – everyone sang this): “New Doxology” by Gateway Worship

    Communion music: a combination of “By Your Side” and “Love is Here,” both by Tenth Avenue North

    Recessional/postlude (as we all left!): “God Gave Me You” by Dave Barnes + the band jamming on that song :)

    We loved it all!

    • Love that you used Tenth Avenue North…I went to college with them!

  • Lily

    I lived and breathed violin from age 7-18 and played in many a wedding. I swore to myself in high school that I would never use Pachabel’s Canon in D at my own. My fiance, of course, loves it. It’s a beautiful song, but not very interesting for the musician who has played in a bajillion times. I’m walking down to Butterfly Lover’s Concerto, and still working on recessional music maybe Brandenburg No.2 or Capriccio Italian. Butterfly Lover’s is great if you would like to give a nod to your Asian roots — but it’s still super accessible.

  • Beth

    I LOVE this playlist! I would have added, oh, all of these to our list if I’d seen this before our wedding (minus Call Me Maybe because, wow I think I need another 10 years before I’ll be ready for that again).

    Our ceremony songs:
    Groom/wedding party processional: “Our Way To Fall” by Yo La Tengo
    Bride processional: “Sea of Love” covered by Cat Powers
    Recessional: “No One Does It Like You” by Department of Eagles

  • Rachel

    I loved picking our ceremony music!

    Wedding party processional: Is This Love- Bob Marley
    Bridal processional: She’s Got A Way- Billy Joel
    Recessional- You Have Stolen My Heart- Dashboard Confessional

  • We used Every Morning by KebMo as our processional and When I’m 64 by The Beatles as our recessional. Good, good stuff in my opinion.

    And this playlist is fantastic.

  • sallie.beth

    At the best wedding I’ve ever been to, the recessional was “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash. It was performed by some close friends, and the guests started to sing along (there had been a cocktail hour before the ceremony). It was a perfect transition to the kick ass reception.

  • It was so hard for us to find (and agree on) processional music! We ended up using Midwest Gospel Radio by Yonder Mountain String Band, which ticked all of our boxes as far as being a good length (2 minutes and half minutes), instrumental, and upbeat without being loud. We had put a friend in charge of the ipod for the ceremony music, so it was nice to have something that faded in and out all on its own to make it easy on her.

    We used Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti as our recessional, which is super fun to dance down the aisle to if you’re into that kind of thing.

  • Totes McGotes

    Speaking of music that points to your generation, I had my bridesmaids process in to “Glycerine,” then I walked in to Counting Crows’ “Colorblind.” Our recessional was Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” but if I’d thought of it I probably would have picked “Life’s a Happy Song.”

  • A disturbing percentage of this list (or maybe an … awesome percentage?) will be played at our reception. We will also be jamming out to Milli Vanilli’s “Girl, You Know It’s True” (because who else used to shriek with joy when that came on at the roller rink?) and Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” (because hooooooooooo!).

    Ceremony music was TOUGH for us. We’re not having a bridal party, and we’re both walking in, so needed a short processional that would work for both of us. I had originally seen myself walking down the aisle to Bon Iver’s “Towers”, but that was crossed off the list since we wanted a song that we both had a connection to. In the end, we’ve decided on this version of Nobuo Uematsu’s “To Zanarkand,” the theme to Final Fantasy X (because nerrrrrrrrrds), and our recessional will be “Brand New Colony” by The Postal Service, because it’s the sound of the early days of our relationship and the sentiment we have for each other.

    • Beth

      Fist bump for Milli Vanilli. My husband and I surprised each other with fake vows at our rehearsal and he ended up reading the lyrics to that song. :P

  • Ceremony music:

    (we had a rock n’ roll themed wedding)

    Guys walked out to “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top
    Girls walked to “I Dreamed It” by Mumbo Gumbo (seriously. Love that song. LOVE IT)

    Recessional? Best part of all.
    “Ain’t Livin’ in Sin No More” by Paul Thorn…who happens to be a family “friend” but couldn’t make the wedding ;)

  • dawn

    I love Bach and simplicity (not many musical changes) so…
    Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring — first processional for mothers (my mother loves this piece), groomsmen, bridesmaids
    Prelude in C — me ( — the first couple of minutes).

    Both on piano. I might have made different choices for organ.

  • Debra

    If you know someone who is handy with musical arrangements, many songs can be turned into instrumental processional/recessional marches.

    My partner has created arrangements for two friends’ recessionals at Catholic weddings. The first was a riff on Linus and Lucy from the Peanuts (he played it on the piano at their wedding, first as a march and then once they got down the aisle, started playing the actual song. It was so cool to see people’s faces as they realized what the song was). The second was a take on the victory theme from Mario Kart. Oh, yes.

  • Megan

    I would *unflinchingly* play any of these, and half of these songs are seriously in my party rotation. Especially Party in the USA. But *especially* Ignition Remix.

  • Frances

    I really loved our ceremony music and I still regularly listen to it all.

    Processional – Ar Lan Y Mor (beside the sea) by Fron Male Voice Choir
    During ceremony – In my life by the Beatles and There is no greater love by Amy Winehouse
    Recessional – Moving on up by Primal Scream