Best Rock Songs for Weddings

150 Best Rock Weddings Songs

 

 
When you think of fun songs with a good beat, you’re going to think of rock and roll. This is why rock songs are perfect for your wedding reception. A good beat is key to get people on the dance floor.

Rock and Roll was born from a faster-paced rhythm and blues style music in the late 1940s. The guitars produced by Les Paul in the late 1940s and into the early 1950s also helped progress the production of rock’n’roll music production. He also revolutionized recording but that’s another blog post.

Best Rock Songs for Weddings

 

Table of Contents:

Best Rock Songs Including Alternative Rock

Rock is a classic part of American culture and people of all ages love it — that backbeat gets everyone on the dance floor.

Rock wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell
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Last Updated: March 29, 2021

SongAmazon Link
3 Doors Down
Kryptonite
2000, The Better Life
A Day To Remember
Everything We Need
2021, You're Welcome
AC/DC
Shot In The Dark
2020, Shot In The Dark
AC/DC
Thunderstruck
1990, The Razors Edge
AC/DC
You Shook Me All Night Long
1980, Back in Black
Aerosmith
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
1998, Armageddon Soundtrack
Alabama Shakes
I Found You
2014, A Long Way Down Soundtrack
Alice Merton
No Roots
2017, No Roots
American Authors
Best Day Of My Life
2013, Oh, What a Life
Avenged Sevenfold
God Only Knows
2017, The Stage
B-52’s
Love Shack
1989, Cosmic Thing
BANNERS
If I Didn’t Have You
2021, If I Didn't Have You
Barenaked Ladies
One Week
1998, Stunt
Beatles
Twist & Shout
1964, Please Please Me
Beck
Can’t Help Falling in Love
2017, The Man in the High Castle TV Soundtrack
Better Than Ezra
In Your Eyes
2020, In Your Eyes
Billie Joe Armstrong
That Thing You Do!
2020, That Thing You Do!
Billy Idol
White Wedding
1982, Billy Idol
Billy Joel
She’s Got A Way
1982, Cold Spring Harbor
Black Keys
Go
2019, Let's Rock
Black Keys
You’re The One
2006, Magic Potion
blink-182
All The Small Things
1999, Enema Of The State
Blue October feat. Blue Reed
Fight for Love
2020, This is What I Live For
Bob Dylan
I've Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You
2020, Rough and Rowdy Ways
Bob Seger
Old Time Rock and Roll
1979, Stranger in Town
Bon Jovi
Always
1994, Cross Road
Bon Jovi
Livin’ On A Prayer
1986, Slippery When Wet
Bruce Springsteen
Letter To You
2020, Letter To You
Bryan Adams
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
1991, Waking Up the Neighbours
Bryan Adams
Summer Of ’69
1985, Reckless
Cake
Love You Madly
2002, Comfort Eagle
Capital Cities
Safe and Sound
2011, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery
Chicago
You’re The Inspiration
1984, Chicago 17
Coldplay
Viva La Vida
2008, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Darkness
I Believe In A Thing Called Love
2003, Permission to Land
Dave Matthews Band
Crash Into Me
1996, Crash
Dave Matthews Band
Me and You
2009, Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King
Deep Blue Something
Breakfast at Tiffany's
1995, Home
Def Leppard
Pour Some Sugar On Me
1987, Hysteria
Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Come On Eileen
1982, Too-Rye-Ay
Edwin McCain
I Could Not Ask For More
1999, Messenger
Elle King
Ex's & Oh's
2014, Ex's & Oh's
Elton John
Your Song
1970, Elton John
Eric Clapton
Wonderful Tonight
1977, Slowhand
Firehouse
Love Of A Lifetime
1991, FireHouse
Fitz & The Tantrums
HandClap
2016, Fitz and the Tantrums
Fleetwood Mac
Dreams
1977, Rumours
Foo Fighters
Everlong (Acoustic)
1997, The Colour and the Shape
Gavin DeGraw
More Than Anyone
2003, Chariot
George Thorogood
Bad To The Bone
1982, Bad to the Bone
Goo Goo Dolls
Come to Me
2013, Magnetic
Goo Goo Dolls
Iris
2002, City of Angels
Grand Funk Railroad
Some Kind Of Wonderful
1974, All the Girls in the World Beware!!!
Green Day
Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
1997, Nimrod
Green Day
Oh Yeah!
2020, Father of All...
Greta Van Fleet
Always There
2019, A Million Little Pieces Soundtrack
Greta Van Fleet
You’re The One
2018, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
Grouplove
Tongue Tied
2012, Never Trust a Happy Song
Guns N’ Roses
Sweet Child O’ Mine
1988, Appetite for Destruction
Hoobastank
The Reason
2003, The Reason
Ice Nine Kills
Can't Help Falling In Love
2021, Can't Help Falling In Love
Imagine Dragons
On Top Of The World
2013, Night Visions
Incubus
Our Love
2020, Our Love
James Bay
Us (Acoustic)
2018, Us
Jax Hollow
Drift Together
2021, Underdog Anthems
Jet
Are You Gonna Be My Girl
2003, Get Born
Jim Croce
I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song
1973, I Got a Name
Jimmy Buffett
Margaritaville
1977, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
Jimmy Eat World
The Middle
2001, Bleed American
Joan Jett
I Love Rock And Roll
1982, I Love Rock ‘n Roll
Joe Cocker
You Are So Beautiful
1974, I Can Stand a Little Rain
Journey
Don’t Stop Believin’
1981, Escape
Journey
Faithfully
1983, Frontiers
Kenny Loggins
Footloose
1984, Footloose Soundtrack
Kid Rock
All Summer Long
2008, Rock n Roll Jesus
Killers
Mr. Brightside
2003, Hot Fuss
King Harvest
Dancing in the Moonlight
1972, Dancing in the Moonlight
Kings Of Leon
100,000 People
2021, The Bandit / 100,000 People
Kongos
Come with Me Now
2013, Lunatic
LANY
nobody else
2020, Mama's Boy
Led Zeppelin
All Of My Love
1979, In Through the Out Door
Lifehouse
You And Me
2005, Lifehouse
Lit
My Own Worst Enemy
1999, A Place in the Sun
Love and Death
Let Me Love You
2021, Perfectly Preserved
lovelytheband
broken
2017, everything i could never say...
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Home Alabama
1974, Second Helping
Metallica
Nothing Else Matters
1991, Metallica
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Say Hey (I Love You)
2009, All Rebel Rockers
Mumford & Sons
Forever
2018, Delta
Muse
Uprising
2009, The Resistance
NEEDTOBREATHE
Who Am I
2020, Out of Body
Nickelback
Never Gonna Be Alone
2008, Dark Horse
O.A.R.
All Because of You
2019, The Mighty
Oasis
Wonderwall
1995, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Outfield
Your Love
1986, Play Deep
Panic! At The Disco
High Hopes
2018, Pray for the Wicked
Panic! At The Disco
I Write Sins Not Tragedies
2005, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Panic! At The Disco
Say Amen (Saturday Night)
2018, Pray For The Wicked
Paramore
The Only Exception
2009, Brand New Eyes
Paul Stanley's Soul Station
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
2021, Now And Then
Peter Gabriel
In Your Eyes
1986, So
Plain White T’s
1, 2, 3, 4
2008, Big Bad World
Plain White T’s
Rhythm Of Love
2010, Wonders of the Younger
Portugal. The Man
Feel It Still
2017, Woodstock
Pretenders
I’ll Stand By You
1994, Last of the Independents
Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
1975, A Night at the Opera
Rembrandts
I’ll Be There For You
1995, L.P.
Rick Springfield
Jessie’s Girl
1981, Working Class Dog
Rob Thomas
Little Wonders
2005, Meet the Robinsons Soundtrack
Robert Palmer
Addicted To Love
1986, Riptide
Santana feat. Rob Thomas
Smooth
1999, Supernatural
Secondhand Serenade
Fall for You
2008, A Twist In My Story
Semisonic
Closing Time
1998, Feeling Strangely Fine
Shinedown
I’ll Follow You
2013, Amaryllis
Shinedown
Simple Man [Acoustic]
2003, Leave A Whisper (Deluxe)
Skylar Grey
Stand By Me
2018, Stand By Me
Sleeping At Last
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
2014, I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Smash Mouth
All Star
2001, Astro Lounge
Snow Patrol
Chasing Cars
2006, Eyes Open
Spin Doctors
Two Princes
1991, Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Staind
Tangled Up In You
2008, The Illusion of Progress
Stone Sour
Song #3
2017, Hydrograd
Survivor
Eye Of The Tiger
1982, Rocky III
The 1975
Me & You Together Song
2020, Notes On A Conditional Form
The Cure
Friday I'm in Love
1992, Wish
The Cure
Lovesong
1989, Disintegration
The National
Never Tear Us Apart
2020, Never Tear Us Apart
The Neighbourhood
Sweater Weather
2013, I Love You.
The Offspring
Come Out and Play
1994, Smash
The Struts
Dancing In The Street
2019, Dancing In The Street
The Verve
Bittersweet Symphony
1997, Urban Hymns
The Verve
Lucky Man
1997, Urban Hymns
The White Stripes
Seven Nation Army
2003, Elephant
Third Eye Blind
Semi-Charmed Life
1997, Third Eye Blind
Three Dog Night
Joy To The World
1971, Naturally
Tom Petty
Wildflowers
1994, Wildflowers
Tom Walker
Just You and I
2017, Blessings – EP
Tommy K
It's Our Love
2017, Someday Someway
Tones and I
Dance Monkey
2019, Dance Monkey
Toto
Africa
1982, Toto IV
U2
All I Want Is You
1989, Rattle and Hum
Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl
1967, Blowin’ Your Mind!
Violent Femmes
Blister In The Sun
1983, Violent Femmes
Walk the Moon
Shut Up and Dance
2014, Talking Is Hard
Way Way Okay!
The Future
2020, The Future
Wilco
You and I
2009, Wilco
Wild Cherry
Play That Funky Music
1976, Wild Cherry
X Ambassadors
Renegades
2016, VHS
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Wedding Song (Acoustic)
2013, Mosquito
ZZ Top
Sharp Dressed Man
1983, Eliminator

New Rock Love Songs

In Your Eyes – Better Than Ezra
2020, In Your Eyes

In your eyes
Like the heat (in your eyes)
I am complete

nobody else – LANY
2020, Mama’s Boy

And if heaven doesn’t want us
Would you go with me to hell?
Hope you know I don’t want nobody else

All Because of You – O.A.R.
2019, The Mighty

I’ll be here forever
We’re so good when we’re together
Let me hold you ’til we’re older

You’re The One – Greta Van Fleet
2018, Anthem of the Peaceful Army

You’re the one I want
You’re the one I need

Nothing Compares 2 U – Chris Cornell
2018, Chris Cornell

But nothing
Nothing can take away these blues
‘Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you

Song #3 (Acoustic) – Stone Sour
2017, Hydrograd

If you reached out for me
I would run into the storm
Just to keep you here with me

God Only Knows – Avenged Sevenfold
2016, The Stage

The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me
God only knows what I’d be without you

I’ll Follow You – Shinedown
2013, Amaryllis

I don’t care if we fall from grace
I’ll follow you down to where forever lies
Without a doubt I’m on your side

Queen Of Hearts – We The Kings
2013, Somewhere Somehow

Through the thunder and the rain
Together we fall, together we fly away
Hold me closely, you are my one and only

Come To Me – The Goo Goo Dolls
2013, Magnetic

So get me to the church on time
Take my hand in this empty room
You’re my girl, and I’m your groom

Beautiful With You – Halestorm
2012, The Strange Case of…

Even in the darkest part of me
I am beautiful with you

Easy To Love You (Acoustic) – Theory Of A Deadman
2011, The Truth Is…

So easy to love you
You know it’s true
The best part of being with you, to know you’re with me

Tangled Up In You – Staind
2008, The Illusion of Progress

And in this world
Where nothing else is true
Here I am
Still tangled up in you

Fall For You – Secondhand Serenade
2008, A Twist In My Story

You always thought that I was stronger
I may have failed
But I have loved you from the start

Come On Get Higher – Matt Nathanson
2007, Some Mad Hope

Faith and desire and the swing of your hips
Just pull me down hard
And drown me in love

Your Guardian Angel – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
2006, Don’t You Fake It

I will never let you fall
I’ll stand up with you forever
I’ll be there for you through it all

Lips Of An Angel – Hinder
2005, Extreme Behavior

And I never wanna say goodbye
But, girl, you make it hard to be faithful
With the lips of an angel

Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
2003, Fever to Tell

Maps, wait
They don’t love me like I love you

Yellow – Coldplay
2000, Yellow

I swam across
I jumped across for you
What a thing to do
‘Cause you were all yellow

Top 10 Classic Rock Songs
(downloads on Amazon)

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  2. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  3. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  4. Back In Black – AC/DC
  5. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  6. Highway to Hell – AC/DC
  7. The Weight – The Band
  8. Wheel In The Sky – Journey
  9. Africa – Toto
  10. Dream On – Aerosmith

Rock and Roll – From the 40’s Onward

The first staged performance of rock and roll did not take place until 1953 featuring Bill Haley & His Comets with The Dominoes. “Rock Around the Clock” became the first rock and roll song to top the pop charts in 1955. Other early producers of rock’n’roll included Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Fats Domino.

Sixties rock and roll were most known for the British invasion with the likes of The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones. The 1960s were also filled with surf music, folk, Motown, and heavy metal. The seventies gave way to the popularity of disco. However, the 1970s had the beginning of punk rock, funk, and glitter rock.

The eighties saw new styles of rock and roll including the beginning of hair bands with glam rock, new wave, and hardcore rock and roll. In the nineties, we saw the beginning of a new type of rock and roll grunge with Nirvana at the forefront. Kids of the 1990’s also heard ska, alternative, and many types of synthesized dance music.

 

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What Era Is Classic Rock?

Some of the best songs to play at weddings are what’s considered classic rock — coming from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Some of the early 1980s brought new songs that slipped into that category but it’s rare. Think Rolling Stones instead of The Beatles and Heart over the Go-Gos. Classic rock songs are remembered by many from their youth and learned by every generation since.

What Are the Best Rock Songs For My Wedding?

Rock songs can be played during the wedding ceremony through the reception. Each song has its own theme so choose wisely and what means the most to you. 150 is a lot of songs. So, take your time browsing and click on the album to listen to the song.

Forgive us as we did our very best to remove all Pop songs from this list. Some are unavoidable. There are still a few alternative rock songs and soft rock songs as well. You will also enjoy many songs of yesteryear and through today.


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20 responses to “Rock Wedding Songs”

  1. Raven says:

    Justin Bieber ain’t rock

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      Hi Raven. Thanks for the feedback. We will be updating our list soon and will be removing Justin from the list.

  2. Jamie says:

    Love this list! I have been looking for some genuine songs to fill our wedding playlist. This list was perfect. Thank you so much.

  3. David says:

    Great stuff…from toe tapping to hip swiveling, limb flailing and body gyrating dancing music. These tunes cover it all. Thank you ?. Nirvana and the grunge movement signaled the end of rock and roll as we knew it. Ska, alternative and generally tasteless stuff filtered through the rock airwaves turning people off and leading to electronic (computer generated no soul ) dance music. In turn we are now inundated with formulated pop pap from every corner of the media (gag me with a spoon) Thanks again for a terrific list. Long Live Rock!

  4. DC says:

    Great list. As a mobile DJ, I love the variety of lists you put out and they have been a great resource. Thanks. -DC

  5. Sarah says:

    This list was great. Both me a my fiance are huge old rock fans and we had already picked our unconventional rock first dance song, we just needed others to complete our night. Thanks

  6. Harald says:

    Thanks! We are about to do our first job as a wedding band. This list has made our three sets complete! Lets get to work :D

  7. Samson says:

    Thanks. I was planning my wedding and thought about Rock songs that would be played. I chose your website and bang my plan is compete.

  8. Angel says:

    Thank you!! Looking for a song to walk down to my husband to and i found some good ideas!! Love it. We dont want normal we want us. Thank you again for the wonderful ideas.

  9. Kayla says:

    Most of these aren’t even rock songs; Jason Mraz and Maroon 5? No.

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      Hi Kayla. Thanks for your opinion. Yes, we did include some pop-rock songs. Do you have any favorite rock songs we could add to the list for replacements?

  10. Rene dugas says:

    Always surfing the internet to see what other playlists are put into weddings.

  11. Monica Spiggle says:

    Thanks for putting this website together! I was trying to figure out music for my ceremony and reception, and your suggestions made it SO easy. You’re amazing, thanks again!

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