Last Dance Songs (For Your Wedding)

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Sure. Everyone puts all kinds of thought into the first dance song for their wedding, but no one really talks about the last song… too often leaving the party ending on a, “Whoops, I guess we’re out of time, let’s shut this down,” kind of note. It’s the same thing people say about parenting—everyone looks for the firsts, and forgets to think about the lasts—and I can already tell you that it’s the lasts that have the real bittersweetness to them. It was our last dance at our wedding that has my heart. It’s the lasts that you long for, and remember. So today, thanks to lots of help from our last open thread, we’ve put together a collection of last dance songs for your wedding. They range from the classic anthems (“Livin’ on a Prayer”), to the more symbolic numbers (“In My Life”), to the romantic tunes (“At Last”), to the… drunken sing along songs? (“Piano Man”), to the literal (“Last Dance”). Since this is the start of the long weekend (though it’s only the beginning of APW UK!) we’ve packed the playlist full of play-at-your-desk-on-your-headphones-while-pretending-to-work jams… and some sweet ditties to get you to the happy place.

You might be wondering why you lucked out and got such an extra long APW playlist this week. Well. That would be because we’ve been lucky enough to partner up with Monogamy Wines, who are sponsoring our playlists all summer. Once a week, you’ll get a fun playlist from the APW staff courtesy of Monogamy, in what we’re calling the APW+ Monogamy Summer Concert Series. What does this mean for you? Nothing, other than longer and more regular playlists, and perhaps a desire for delicious wine. What does this mean for us? Well! Partnerships with awesome brands like Monogamy are what let us grow the site, instead of just keeping it running. They allow us to invest in site infrastructure (more on that to come…), create the How To tutorials you love (which are far from free), and they let me pay the APW staff something closer to what I think they are worth (which is a lot). Because of that, I have a ton of gratitude for Monogamy Wine, and I hope you’ll join me in a hat tip. And, lets be honest here, a nice white wine (mmm…)

And also, consider this your unofficially early Happy Hour, as we head in to a holiday/ long weekend. I’m going to pour myself of tasty Monogamy white (not joking, thanks to their generosity at Yay New York and the APW book launch, I have some extras in the basement), chat with you guys, and then pick up the little guy and maybe head to the pool. APW UK starts… well, late late late tonight here, and in the morning in the UK. I can’t wait for you guys to see the magic Kirsty has made.

Till then, this is both your playlist and your open thread. Hop on it!



Last Dance Songs from practicalmaddie on 8tracks Radio.

  1. “In My Life” by The Beatles
  2. “Do You Love Me” by The Contours
  3. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
  4. “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding
  5. “Last Dance” by Donna Summer
  6. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  7. “Makin’ Plans” by Miranda Lambert
  8. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
  9. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
  10. “Kiss” by Prince
  11. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  12. “The Night Time is the Right Time” by Ray Charles
  13. “At Last” by Etta James
  14. “The Nearness of You” by Frank Sinatra
  15. “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin
  16. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by Peter, Paul and Mary
  17. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  18. “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding
  19. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  20. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

Bonus Tracks (a.k.a. honorable mentions that didn’t make it into the playlist):

  1. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
  2. “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
  3. “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  4. “Hey Ya” by Outkast
  5. “One More Time” by Daft Punk
  6. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  7. “Refuge” by John Legend
  8. “Piano Man” by Billy Joel
  9. “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
  10. “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash
  11. “Catherdals” by Jump, Little Children
  12. “The Weight” by The Band
  13. “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King
  14. “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones
  15. “Heartbeats” by The Knife as covered by José González
  16. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  17. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  18. “Faithfully” by Journey
  19. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
  20. “For Those About To Rock” by AC/DC

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**This post was sponsored by Monogamy Wines. Thank you Monogamy for helping make the APW mission possible!**

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