350 of the Best Wedding Songs For Every Part Of Your Day

From modern to religious to booty shakin'

Back when I got married, in the dusty distant past of 2009, if you were picking the best wedding songs for your reception, you were probably also wrangling an iPod, and wondering if you were going to be able to make a bumpin’ reception happen without a high-priced DJ. Thank goodness, in the intervening handful of years, we’ve ditched iPods, moved to iPhones, and some pretty awesome DJ apps have been launched, making “putting together your wedding playlist” the maybe the most fun item on your wedding to-do list.

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But whether or not you’re having a professional DJ, or a self-selected shuffle, we’ve compiled a massive (and I do mean massive) list of wedding songs to help you pick music for every key moment of your wedding, without digging through a million posts and a zillion comments to find the best stuff. We’ve covered ceremony music from secular to modern, reception entrance songs, slow and sweet and bump and grind first dance songs, music for dancing with your Dad (or Mama), and power ballads to close out the night. Oh, and duh, we covered music to get ready to, with a side of feminism.

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We hope this list of best wedding songs helps you pick music without breaking a sweat. Because that should be saved for the dance floor. (#rimshot)

getting ready wedding songs

  1. Beyoncé: “Formation
  2. Destiny’s Child: “Independent Women (Pt 1)”
  3. Katy Perry: “Roar”
  4. Beyoncé: “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”
  5. Alicia Keys: “Girl on Fire”
  6. Spice Girls: “Wannabe”
  7. Missy Elliott: “Work It”
  8. En Vogue: “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”
  9. Blondie: “Call Me”
  10. Martina McBride: “This One’s for the Girls”
  11. Janelle Monáe: “Electric Lady”
  12. Nicki Minaj: “Starships”
  13. Destiny’s Child: “Jumpin’ Jumpin'”
  14. No Doubt: “Just a Girl”
  15. Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, and Pink ft. Missy Elliott: “Lady Marmalade”
  16. Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z: “Drunk in Love”
  17. Rihanna: “We Found Love”
  18. Katy Perry: “Teenage Dream”
  19. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX: “Fancy”
  20. Beyoncé: “Run the World (Girls)”
  21. Aaliyah: “Are You That Somebody”
  22. M.I.A.: “Boyz”
  23. Jennifer Lopez: “Get Right”
  24. Kelis: “Milkshake”
  25. Ani DiFranco: “Face Up and Sing”
  26. Dixie Chicks: “Not Ready to Make Nice”
  27. Salt-N-Pepa: “None of Your Business”
  28. Jessie J: “Do It Like a Dude”
  29. Lesley Gore: “You Don’t Own Me”
  30. Joan Jett: “Bad Reputation”
  31. The Doubleclicks: “Nothing to Prove”

photo of a wedding ceremony

secular processional songs

  1. Velvet Underground: “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
  2. Johnny Cash: “I Walk the Line”
  3. Yo La Tengo: “Our Way to Fall”
  4. The Corrs: “Haste to the Wedding”
  5. Ennio Morricone: “Once Upon a Time in the West”
  6. The Beach Boys: “God Only Knows”
  7. Siobhan McDonnell: “Twa Bonnie Maidens”
  8. Cake: “Love You Madly”
  9. The Muppets: “Life’s a Happy Song”
  10. Keb’ Mo’: “Every Morning”
  11. Death Cab For Cutie: “Stay Young, Go Dancing”
  12. José Gonazalez: “Heartbeats”
  13. The Ramones: “Baby, I Love You”
  14. Josh Ritter: “Baby, That’s Not All”
  15. City of Prague Philharmonic: “The West Wing Theme”

secular Wedding ceremony songs 

  1. Sufjan Stevens: “For the Widows in Paradise”
  2. Bob Dylan: “Forever Young”
  3. Magnetic Fields: “The Book of Love”
  4. The Weepies: “Somebody Loved”
  5. Judy Collins: “How Can I Keep from Singing”

secular recessional wedding songs

  1. Florence + The Machine: “Dog Days Are Over”
  2. Mumford and Sons: “Sigh No More”
  3. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes: “That’s What’s Up”
  4. Stevie Wonder: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”
  5. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
  6. Queen: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
  7. Wilco: “I Got You (at the End of the Century)”
  8. Dashboard Confessional: “Stolen”
  9. Postal Service: “Brand New Colony”
  10. Sara Bareilles: “I Choose You”

two brides smiling at one another

traditional wedding hymns 

  1. “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
  2. “Abide with Me”
  3. “All Beautiful the March of Days”
  4. “All Creatures of Our God and King”
  5. “Amazing Grace”
  6. “Ave Maria”
  7. “Be Thou My Vision”
  8. “Blessed Be the Tie That Binds”
  9. “Canticle of the Sun”
  10. “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
  11. “Earth and All Stars”
  12. “Eternal Father Strong to Save”
  13. “Faith of Our Fathers”
  14. “Gather Us In”
  15. “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
  16. “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”
  17. “Love Divine All Loves Excelling”
  18. “Oh God Our Help in Ages Past”
  19. “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (1982 Hymnal #390)”
  20. “Praise My Soul the Kingdom of Heaven”

modern wedding hymns

  1. “All Are Welcome”
  2. “Celtic Alleluia” 
  3. “Covenant Hymn”
  4. “Endless Is Your Love”
  5. “For the Beauty of the Earth”
  6. “How Great Thou Art”
  7. “I Have Loved You with an Everlasting Love”
  8. “Morning Has Broken”
  9. “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”
  10. “O God, Beyond All Praising”
  11. “Prayer for Peace”
  12. “Psalm 95”
  13. “Set Me as a Seal”
  14. “Spirit of Life”
  15. “The Servant Song”

Bridesmaids hugging

religious ceremony wedding Music

  1. Ella Fitzgerald: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
  2. Soweto Gospel Choir: “Amazing Grace”
  3. Oranim Zabar Troupe: “Dodi Li”
  4. Etta James: “Down by the Riverside”
  5. Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples: “Oh Happy Day”
  6. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
  7. Cambridge Choir of Kings College: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
  8. “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”
  9. “Bless the Lord, O My Soul”
  10. Naomi Shemer: “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav”
  11. Westminster Abbey Choir: “Ave verum corpus”
  12. “Magnificat”
  13. Cambridge Choir of St. John’s College: “Ubi caritas et amor”
  14. Ribi David Kadoch: “Sheva Brachot”
  15. “Thou Art the Vineyard”

classical ceremony music

  1. Jeremiah Clarke: “Trumpet Voluntary”
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: “Sinfonia from Cantata, BWV 29”
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: “Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major: Prelude, BWV 1007”
  4. Marc-Antoine Charpentier: “Prelude from Te Deum”
  5. Jacques Ibert: “Trois pièces brèves”
  6. Henry Purcell: “Abdelazer Suite: II. Rondeau”
  7. Händel: “Water Music, Suite no 2, in D major”
  8. Jean-Joseph Mouret: “Rondeau from Sinfonies de fanfares
  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: “Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068”
  10. Johann Sebastian Bach: “Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major”

bride and groom smiling at wedding

reception entrance wedding Music

  1. Walk The Moon: “Shut Up and Dance”
  2. Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z: “Suit and Tie”
  3. The Beatles: “Good Day Sunshine”
  4. Natalie Cole: “This Will Be (an Everlasting Love)”
  5. Kanye West ft. T-Pain: “Good Life”
  6. Elmer Bernstein: “National Geographic Theme”
  7. Talking Heads: “Burning Down the House”
  8. Calvin Harris: “Feel So Close”
  9. John Williams: “Cantina Theme” from Star Wars
  10. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars: “Uptown Funk”
  11. Curtis Mayfield: “Superfly”
  12. Steve Wonder: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”
  13. Neon Trees: “Animal”
  14. DJ Snake and Lil Jon: “Turn Down for What”
  15. Dean Martin: “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head”
  16. Nicki Minaj: “Starships”
  17. David Bowie: “Young Americans”
  18. Bob Marley: “Could You Be Loved”
  19. Florence + The Machine: “Dog Days Are Over”
  20. Pharrell Williams: “Happy”
  21. Chaka Khan ft. Rufus: “Tell Me Something Good”
  22. Noah and the Whale: “5 Years Time”
  23. Survivor: “Eye of the Tiger”
  24. Michael Franti and Spearhead: “Say Hey (I Love You)”
  25. Robert Plant: “Rainbow”

Two brides dancing their first dance

first dance wedding songs

  1. Ryan Adams: “Wonderwall”
  2. Elliot Smith: “Say Yes”
  3. Peter Gabriel: “In Your Eyes”
  4. Celine Dion: “Because You Loved Me”
  5. Norah Jones: “Turn Me On”
  6. James Ingram: “So This Is Love”
  7. Righteous Brothers: “Unchained Melody”
  8. Eric Clapton: “Wonderful Tonight”
  9. Sara Bareilles: “Love Song”
  10. Noel Gallagher: “This Guy’s in Love with You” (Herb Alpert cover)
  11. Elvis Presley: “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
  12. Noel Gallagher: “Idler’s Dream”
  13. Beyoncé: “XO”
  14. John Legend: “All of Me”
  15. Mary Lambert: “She Keeps Me Warm”
  16. Lorde: “400 Lux”
  17. Bruno Mars: “Marry You”
  18. The Vamps ft. Demi Lovato: “Somebody to You”
  19. Alabama: “Forever’s as Far as I’ll Go”
  20. Leonard Cohen: “Crazy to Love You”
  21. Lil Wayne ft. Chance the Rapper: “You Song”
  22. Kacey Musgraves: “My House”
  23. The Alabama Shakes: “I Found You”
  24. Ed Sheeran: “Thinking Out Loud”
  25. Train: “Marry Me”
  26. Tegan and Sara: “Closer”
  27. Adele: “One and Only”
  28. Cake: “Love You Madly”
  29. The Avett Brothers: “I and Love and You”
  30. Journey: “Faithfully”
  31. Jump, Little Children: “By the Way They Dance”
  32. Ella Fitzgerald: “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)”
  33. Chris Robinson: “Safe in the Arms of Love”
  34. Chris Robinson: “Sunday Sound”
  35. Sam Cooke: “You Send Me”
  36. Ben Howard: “Only Love”
  37. Van Morrison: “Crazy Love”
  38. Death Cab for Cutie: “I’ll Follow You Into the Dark”
  39. Chantal Kreviazuk: “Feels Like Home”
  40. Anne Murray: “Could I Have This Dance”
  41. Ben Harper: “Forever”
  42. Lonestar: “Amazed”
  43. The Beatles: “Blackbird”
  44. Journey: “Open Arms”
  45. Michael Bublé: “Hold On”
  46. Louis Armstrong: “La Vie En Rose”
  47. Nat King Cole: “That’s All”
  48. Ella Fitzgerald: “I’m Glad There Is You”
  49. Allison Krauss: “When You Say Nothing at All”
  50. Vince Gill: “When Love Finds You”
  51. The Beatles: “When I’m Sixty-Four”
  52. Stevie Wonder: “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”
  53. Old Crow Medicine Show: “Wagon Wheel”
  54. The Morning Benders: “Excuses”
  55. Ray Charles: “Hallelujah (I Just Love Her So)”
  56. James Brown: “I Got You (I Feel Good)”
  57. Beck: “Think I’m in Love”
  58. Lauryn Hill: “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”
  59. Marvin Gaye: “Let’s Get It On”
  60. Al Green: “Let’s Stay Together”
  61. Nina Simone: “Feeling Good”
  62. Nat King Cole: “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”
  63. Slade: “How Does It Feel”
  64. Sam Cooke: “Nothing Can Change This Love”

bride dancing to a wedding songs with her dad

father-daughter wedding songs

  1. The Beatles: “In My Life”
  2. Billy Joel: “Vienna”
  3. The Beatles: “Here Comes the Sun”
  4. Mary Chapin Carpenter: “Why Walk When You Can Fly”
  5. Joni Mitchell: “Both Sides, Now”
  6. The Byrds: “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
  7. Paul Simon: “Take Me to the Mardi Gras”
  8. Nanci Griffith: “Turn Around”
  9. Simon & Garfunkel: “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”
  10. Nat King Cole: “Let There Be Love”
  11. Judy Garland: “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love”
  12. The Dixie Chicks: “Wide Open Spaces”
  13. Aretha Franklin: “Let It Be”
  14. Eric Clapton: “May You Never”
  15. Paul Simon: “Father and Daughter”
  16. Ben Folds: “Still Fighting It”
  17. Randy Newman: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”
  18. Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram: “Somewhere out There”
  19. Paul McCartney: “Little Willow”
  20. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: “Teach Your Children”
  21. The Muppets: “Rainbow Connection”
  22. Carole King: “You’ve Got a Friend”
  23. Rascal Flatts: “My Wish”

mother-son wedding songs

  1. Scissor Sisters: “Take Your Mama”
  2. Kanye West: “Hey Mama”
  3. Iron & Wine: “Upward Over the Mountain”
  4. Christina Aguilera: “Oh Mother”
  5. 2Pac: “Dear Mama”
  6. Otis Redding: “The Glory of Love”
  7. James Taylor: “You’ve Got a Friend”
  8. Bruce Springsteen: “If I Should Fall Behind”
  9. Tom Petty: “Wildflowers”
  10. Crosby & Nash: “Carry Me”
  11. Carole King: “Child of Mine”
  12. Bette Midler: “Wind Beneath My Wings”
  13. Natalie Merchant: “Kind and Generous”
  14. Paul Simon: “Love Me Like a Rock”
  15. John Prine: “Unwed Fathers”
  16. Barbara Streisand: “Not While I’m Around
  17. Lauren Alaina: “Like My Mother Does”

woman dancing at a wedding

party wedding songs

  1. Jackson 5: “ABC”
  2. The Temptations: “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
  3. Aretha Franklin: “Chain of Fools”
  4. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas: “Dancing in the Streets”
  5. Jerry Lee Lewis: “Great Balls of Fire”
  6. Elvis Presley: “Burning Love”
  7. Four Tops: “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)”
  8. Ritchie Valens: “La Bamba”
  9. Wilson Picket: “Mustang Sally”
  10. Aretha Franklin: “Respect”
  11. The Four Seasons: “Sherry”
  12. Isley Brothers: “Shout (Parts 1 & 2)”
  13. The Supremes: “Stop! In the Name of Love”
  14. Buddy Holly: “That’ll Be the Day”
  15. Righteous Brothers: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”
  16. The Flaming Lips: “She Don’t Use Jelly”
  17. Michael Jackson: “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough”
  18. Jackson 5: “I Want You Back”
  19. The Temptations: “My Girl”
  20. Jackie Wilson: “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”
  21. Sam Cooke: “Wonderful World”
  22. Four Tops: “(Reach Out) I’ll Be There”
  23. The Romantics: “What I Like About You”
  24. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons: “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)”
  25. Kool and the Gang: “Get Down on It”
  26. Earth, Wind & Fire: “September”
  27. The Cars: “Just What I Needed”
  28. The Cure: “Close to Me”
  29. Queen: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
  30. The B-52s: “Love Shack”
  31. Kool and the Gang: “Celebration”
  32. New Order: “Love Vigilantes”
  33. New Order: “Age of Consent”
  34. Bruce Springsteen: “Dancing in the Dark”
  35. Dexys Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”
  36. David Bowie: “Modern Love”
  37. Talking Heads: “Psycho Killer”
  38. The Smiths: “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
  39. The Clash: “Rock the Casbah”
  40. Stevie Wonder: “Superstition”
  41. Simple Minds: “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
  42. Big Country: “In a Big Country”
  43. Toto: “Africa”
  44. The Proclaimers: “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
  45. Blondie: “Heart of Glass”
  46. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: “American Girl”
  47. The Clash: “Train in Vain”
  48. The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star”
  49. Traveling Wilburys: “End of the Line”
  50. Whitney Houston: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
  51. Daft Punk ft. Pharrell: “Get Lucky”
  52. Fat Joe ft. Ashanti: “What’s Luv?”
  53. Daft Punk: “Harder, Better, Faster”
  54. Daft Punk: “One More Time”
  55. Ghost Town DJs: “My Boo”
  56. Hall & Oates: “You Make My Dreams”
  57. The Outfield: “I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love Tonight”
  58. Queen and David Bowie: “Under Pressure”
  59. Beyoncé: “Countdown”
  60. Taylor Swift: “Shake It Off”
  61. Weezer: “El Scorcho”
  62. Miley Cyrus: “Party in the USA”
  63. Styx: “The Best of Times”
  64. Arcade Fire: “Wake Up”
  65. The Be Good Tanyas: “The Littlest Birds”
  66. MC Hammer: “U Can’t Touch This”
  67. Boys II Men: “Motown Philly”
  68. Mariah Carey: “Always Be My Baby”
  69. Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe”
  70. Icona Pop: “I Love It”
  71. Jimmy Soul: “If You Want to Be Happy”
  72. M.I.A.: “Paper Planes”
  73. MGMT: “Time to Pretend”
  74. RUN-DMC: “It’s Tricky”
  75. Salt-N-Pepa: “Shoop”

groom wearing flower garland and dancing

last song of the night

  1. David Bowie: “Magic Dance”
  2. Bon Jovi: “Livin’ on a Prayer”
  3. The Eagles: “Already Gone”
  4. Little Eva: “The Locomotion”
  5. Lady Gaga: “Bad Romance”
  6. Michael Jackson: “Thriller”
  7. Outkast: “Hey Ya!”
  8. The Black Eyed Peas: “I Got a Feeling”
  9. The Beatles: “Twist and Shout”
  10. Al Green: “Let’s Stay Together”
  11. The Contours: “Do You Love Me”
  12. Ellie Goulding: “Anything Could Happen”
  13. Donna Summer: “Last Dance”
  14. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”
  15. Garth Brooks: “Friends in Low Places”
  16. Queen: “You’re My Best Friend”
  17. Neil Diamond: “Sweet Caroline”
  18. Ray Charles: “(Night Time Is) The Right Time”
  19. Etta James: “At Last”
  20. Frank Sinatra: “The Nearness of You”
  21. Patty Griffin: “Heavenly Day”
  22. Louis Armstrong: “What a Wonderful World”
  23. Otis Redding: “That’s How Strong My Love Is”
  24. Queen: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  25. The Drifters: “Save the Last Dance”

What’s your favorite wedding song you played (or are planning to play) at your reception?

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  • Kara

    Oh man….AC/DC “You shook me all night long”. The face on my mother was priceless! :)

    Also, after the ceremony my husband and I walked into “I believe in a thing called love” by the Darkness. It was awesome!

  • Danielle


    For our ceremony we walked down the aisle to Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” (it’s one of my hubby’s favorite songs) and “The Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5HXT0bn7QY

    Our first dance was to “Halo” by Beyonce and my parent dance was Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”. I love them all and feel good just thinking about it <3

  • Laura C

    My processional song: Dixie Chicks “Easy Silence.” My husband’s processional song: the Sherlock theme. Also we sent his grandparents in to the West Wing theme.

    We had a DJ but did our own pre-ceremony and cocktail hour mixes — probably too many songs to list but I am totally putting them on. They weren’t all very weddingy, though. We also used those lists to get in favorite songs that said something about us that we wanted out there. He chose Jackson Browne’s “The Pretender,” which is a song that was much in his head as he was moving from a temp to a guy with a career and from a serial monogamist to realizing he was in a serious relationship with me, and the Talking Heads “Nothing But Flowers,” which is one of his brother’s favorites. I chose the Dropkick Murphys “Worker’s Song” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Death to My Hometown” and Tracy Chapman’s “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” because I wanted to foreground politics. These days if we’re listening to music together, overwhelming chance it’s those two playlists.

    • Kat

      I would never have considered the west wing theme for any aspect of a wedding but OHMYGOSH that’s genius. Love love love.

  • Austyntatious

    I would just like to say that having my bridal party walk down to “Yuh Love” by Vybz Kartel was awesome because a) it was kinda vengeance for my ex pretty much ruining an entire genre of music for me and b) it quickly let people know the fun, comfortable, personal ceremony/day they were in store for. gonna go dance in my seat at work now. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wQLSsLVlt4

  • Vanessa

    Dad dance: Dan Fogelberg, Leader of the Band

    ETA: a little on the nose but makes me tear up just thinking about it

  • Kayjayoh

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I really *really* don’t think “Abide With Me” is a wedding hymn. Funeral hymn? Sure. But while marriage is about “till death do we part” and while I truly love that hymn, I would be very taken aback to hear it at a wedding.

  • Amanda

    Ah! Just this morning we confirmed our wedding ceremony music with our pianist! What perfect timing

    Processional: Bach’s Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major (so, very close to what you suggested!)
    Recessional: Bill Evans Waltz for Debbie (just the melody line)

    First Dance: Nat King Cole’s Too Old to Dream. (A very personal song to us). But our wedding band is a french pop string sextet, so it will be in French…

  • Jess

    I’d just like to say that I appreciate having a list w/ links rather than the imbedded vevo videos like a lot of the last playlist articles. This was infinitely easier to read and enjoy.

    Aside from that, this list is SO GOOD.

    • Eenie

      I don’t think I’ve ever successfully gotten the embedded videos to load!

    • LadyWoman

      I got married a couple years back and I’m keeping this page for later just to build out my every day playlist!

      • Jess

        Oh, for sure. I definitely went in today and expanded my ever growing, “I’m a BossBitch” Playlist.

  • Rebekah

    For a while APW was creating playable playlists we could listen to directly from the post or from whatever app’s website it was. Any chance APW has a spotify account or something like it where all the great new playlists could be found?

    • Glad you enjoyed them! We’re switching over to making youtube playlists so maybe we’ll make one of those for this… but obviously we’ll need a minute!

  • Ashlah

    We had a couple friends play Daniel Johnston’s True Love Will Find You In The End on violin for our processional. Oof, just listening to it now makes me tear up.

    Unbeknownst to us, my dad requested Come As You Are by Nirvana as the last song of the night (we hadn’t planned a final song). I don’t think it’s one I ever would have considered, but it worked really well for our crowd!

  • Kelsey

    Unexpected sneaker hit of the amazing dance party that was our reception: Gangam Style. I would have never requested it, and if it had been suggested, I might have actually scoffed at wasting one of my precious reception songs on that bad boy but every. single. person. there danced to that song. Vigorously. I was like crushed into a sweaty, bouncing moshpit for the whole time, and it’s one of my favorite wedding memories if for nothing else than being so entirely unexpected.

  • Sara

    My group of friends LOVE ‘Gettin’ Jiggy with it’. It will always make us go on the dance floor. Also anything Britney or some sort of boy band.

  • LadyWoman

    I walked in to “So Are You To Me” by Eastmountainsouth. I knew for YEARS (way before meeting my husband) I wanted that in my wedding. Honest confession: first time I heard it was on the ABC Family Channel movie “Lucky 7” where it was played…at a wedding. I am unashamed. It’s a friggin’ gorgeous song.

    My favorite reception song was at a friend’s wedding. She loves Disney and “Kiss the Girl” came on. Her husband was in another room at the moment and a couple of us college buds ran out, dragged him back in, and made them stand in the middle while we danced and sang around them like we were the animals in the scene from the movie. It was delightful.

  • Mel

    In my pre-engaged state, I kind of daydream about dancing with my dad/ parents to “Don’t you worry about a thing” — which is a song I grew up to him humming.


  • Caitlin

    I’ve started putting these songs in a playlist on spotify in case anyone wants to listen that way! https://player.spotify.com/user/c.annatoyn/playlist/3oQfVY06jgOwk9Sd0YDmjq

    • Brooksie Evans-Pena

      This is great! Do you have more than one playlist you made from this?

  • Kelsey

    My wife and I danced to Like My Mother Does with our moms. Then I danced to Vienna with my dad(He LOVES Billy Joel) and she danced to Wind Beneath my Wings with her older brother.

  • Kyle Hutchinson

    Can anyone explain to me why the Pretenders song “Message of Love” is not played at EVERY WEDDING? It’s so perfect! Could be a recessional for a casual/secular wedding, an entering-the-reception song, or a “everybody get on the dance floor” song. That and “One Day Like This” by Elbow (which I think is probably kind of cliche in the UK but less well-known in the US) are the two that are definitely on my list.

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  • Phinfanlv

    I don’t understand why people use the same songs others use then call it “their song”. It’s not “your song”. Everything else in the wedding is customized to fit you but the one thing that truly lasts you just settle for whatever?

    Have a song written and recorded that is custom and tells YOUR story. Sheesh.

  • Joey Kent

    Any Song From The Bee Gees

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  • W Lee

    How about songs/artist that haven’t been played to death at every other wedding because they were hit songs. Try something unique for you.






    How it brings two people joy for years to come. Congratulations…

  • DJ Kara

    Amazing list!! I have Djed over 100 weddings and so many of these choices are perfect!!

  • Anne


    youtube it!

  • Charles Bishop

    WOW! Butterfly Kisses and Sunrise Sunset not even mentoned!

    • Jessica Ritter

      Butterfly Kisses was the father-daughter dance at my wedding. Sunrise Sunset was one of pre-scheduled songs.

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  • John D

    Last dance song: Green Day’s Time of Your Life.

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  • Jessica Ritter

    Our first dance was She’s More which my husband picked because he said it described me. Our father-daughter dance was Butterfly Kisses. Not a dry eye in the place and I was crying before the song even started.

  • Mike Stote

    I don’t think “How Can I Keep from Singing” is entirely seculiar. It’s in my Catholic church’s hymn book.

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  • Joel Diamond

    Please add to your Wedding Song list “DREAMS COME TRUE”..it now has over 58 Million Views from all over the globe and is certainly one of the most popular and most requested wedding song in the world…I am the writer and producer of DREAMS COME TRUE and would be proud to have my song listed on your site…thank you…

    Dreams Come True – Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major
    Ballad Version by Rebecca Holden & Jon Secada

    “Dreams Come True” – Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major
    Also, Up-Tempo Version by Rebecca Holden & Jon Secada

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  • vibe

    Gold digger for first dance song. Nice.

  • Cecile

    STand by you the Pretenders

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