VH1 released a list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. However, we would like to take that list and provide our favorite wedding songs by those artists.
Some artists listed do not perform music considered standard wedding music.
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100 Greatest Wedding Artists & Bands 1-20
From VH1’s list of greatest artists, we revamped the list to each artist’s wedding songs. If the artist does not have any popular wedding songs, they were left off of the list!
#1 The Beatles – Being former wedding DJs, the 2 most popular Beatles songs that were most commonly requested were “When I’m Sixty-Four” and “In My Life”. If you want a Beatles’ party song, play “Twist & Shout”.
#3 Led Zeppelin – This is a coin flip for our favorite Led Zeppelin wedding song between “Thank You” and “All Of My Love”.
#4 The Rolling Stones – If you want an entrance song, football games commonly began with “Start Me Up”. To get people on the dance floor, we suggest “Brown Sugar”.
#6 Jimi Hendrix – A great song all about ladies for the bouquet toss and all about the ladies present at a wedding reception is “Foxey Lady”.
#7 Prince – What a great way to have the bride and groom kiss is every time Prince sings “Kiss”, the bride and groom must kiss. This is better than tinging on glasses and ringing bells.
#8 Elvis Presley – One of the most romantic songs of all time sung in acapella is “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.
#9 James Brown – Let’s get everyone to the dance floor and feel good with “I Got You (I Feel Good)”.
#10 Stevie Wonder – Our favorite wedding song by Stevie Wonder is “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”. However, a great song just about the bride is “Isn’t She Lovely”.
#11 Bob Marley – The reggae master hits all the right wedding notes in his song “Three Little Birds”.
#13 The Who – This was actually a difficult pick. We select a great grand entrance song (being from Las Vegas) from the hit show CSI – “Who Are You”.
#14 Nirvana – The most mainstream song by Nirvana was “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. However, for the Nirvana fan, we would select “Heart-Shaped Box”.
#15 The Beach Boys – If you are a slower tempo song, we select “Kokomo”. For a more upbeat song, we select “Good Vibrations”.
#16 Madonna – We could easily select “Vogue” as an iconic dance party song. However, our pick is the love song “Crazy For You”. This song also played in two scenes in the movie Vision Quest.
#17 Queen – “You’re My Best Friend” can be played in so many scenarios during a wedding reception. Play it for parent dances, for friends, or even a first dance.
#18 Pink Floyd – We could choose “Money” for the dollar dance but many brides feel the dollar dance as asking for money. Therefore, we’ll select “Mother” for the Mother-Son dance.
#19 U2 – One of the best rock bands of all time. A great way to start the wedding festivities is “Beautiful Day”.
#20 Marvin Gaye – Marvin Gaye was one of the best male R&B artists of all time. Too bad his life ended too early. There are many songs Marvin created that are suitable for a wedding. However, our favorite is “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” sung by Gaye with Tammi Terrell.
100 Greatest Wedding Artists & Bands 21-40
#21 Bruce Springsteen – Also in the movie Jerry McGuire, “Secret Garden” would make a great first dance song.
#23 AC/DC – One of the best songs to fill the dance floor is “You Shook Me All Night Long”. However, “Thunderstruck” makes for a great entrance song.
#25 Chuck Berry – One of the pioneers of rock music will always be remembered in “Johnny B Goode”.
#26 Neil Young – The most popular choice for a wedding song would be “Harvest Moon”. However, “Old Man” is a great father-son dedication song!
#27 Aretha Franklin – Aretha Franklin is one of the greatest female R&B artists of all time. From all of her great songs, “Respect” will fill the dance floor.
#28 Elton John – We can feel the love for Elton John and for a great first dance song and wedding song – “Your Song”.
#30 Aerosmith – “Sweet Emotion” makes for a great cake-cutting song but “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” is Aerosmith’s best love song.
#33 Guns ‘N’ Roses – We could easily select “November Rain” as our GNR song for weddings. However, we really like “Welcome To The Jungle” as an entrance song.
#35 Johnny Cash – We’ll pass on the popular selections “I Walk The Line” and “Ring Of Fire”. It’s a coin toss between “Darlin’ Companion” sung with Emmylou Harris and the song “In My Life” originally done by the Beatles.
#37 Fleetwood Mac – A great song for the bride and groom to dance with their parents is “Landslide”.
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#41 Van Halen – A great song to get people on the dance floor is “Jump”. Who could forget the video with David Lee Roth?
#42 Metallica – A friend of ours married and their first dance song was “Nothing Else Matters”.
#43 Ray Charles – If you want a closing song, “Hit The Road Jack” would fit the bill. However, we like “If I Could” as a great father-daughter dance.
#44 Joni Mitchell – One of the best Folk artists of all time. Our song selection for a wedding would be “A Case Of You”.
#45 Al Green – One of the best R&B songs is “Let’s Stay Together”.
#46 Ramones – A great love song perfect for weddings is “Baby I Love You”. It can also be used as a first dance song for punk rock song fans.
#50 Sade – The smooth soulful sounds of Sade are captured on many hits. However, our favorite is “By Your Side”, which can also be a great first dance song.
#51 Billy Joel – Billy Joel is one of the best singer/songwriters of all time. We select the love song “She’s Got A Way” which also makes a great first dance song.
#56 KISS – Beth I hear you calling and telling me that “Rock and Roll All Nite” is a great part song to fill dance floors.
#59 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – We really like the song “Free Fallin'” but for a wedding, our pick is “Built To Last”.
#60 Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston is one of the greatest Pop R&B artists of all time. She has many hits but if we had to choose 1 song for a wedding we would select “Saving All My Love For You”.
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#66 Justin Timberlake – Another great party song to fill the dance floor is “Sexyback”.
#67 Coldplay – A great alternative first song is “Green Eyes”.
#70 Def Leppard – One of the most popular songs still played to fill dance floors is “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and also as a cake cutting song.
#72 Janis Joplin – One of the best songs of the 1970s is “Me And Bobby McGee” and makes a great sing-along song.
#73 Van Morrison – We love Van Morrison and it is a coin flip between “Brown Eyed Girl” to fill the dance floor and the love ditty “Have I Told You Lately”.
#75 Rush – This is a tough pick for us. However, in the end, we would select “Tom Sawyer” as a great wedding entrance song.
#77 Lynyrd Skynyrd – Hands down one of the best songs to get people to the dance floor during a wedding reception is “Sweet Home Alabama”. However, “Simple Man” makes for a great Mother-Son dance song.
#78 Judas Priest – Our favorite Judas Priest song is “Turbo Lover” but “Breaking The Law” might be more familiar after James and Judas Priest performed it on American Idol to get people to the dance floor with the right crowd.
#79 Eminem – Eminem is no doubt the most influential artist in the past decade. Eminem’s music style is mostly rap which may not be suitable for most weddings. However, one of our favorite Eminem songs is “When I’m Gone”, which could be a dedication from a parent to their child.
#80 Mary J. Blige – Mary is one of the best current R&B artists. We select “Family Affair” as her best wedding song to celebrate all the family members coming together at a wedding as a wedding party dance.
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#88 Bee Gees – Still at the top of many best of party song lists is “Stayin’ Alive”. Try out those old John Travolta moves.
#92 LL Cool J – Overruling “Mama Said Knock You Out” as a Mother-Son dance song is “I Need Love”.
#93 Pearl Jam – Maybe a little unconventional but we select the “Last Kiss” as one of the best last dance songs at a wedding reception.
#94 Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey was the queen of pop in the 2000’s so there are many songs to choose from. The song to be played at weddings for years to come is the heartfelt song “Hero”.
#96 Journey – Journey is our personal favorite from this list to make this pick more difficult. “Faithfully” is a great first dance song. However, “Don’t Stop Believin'” fills the dance floor for our choice.
#100 Alicia Keys – Alicia Keys is one of the best current R&B artists. Our favorite wedding song by Alicia Keys is “No One”. This will remain on many first dance song lists and much other wedding song lists for years to come.
This is the conclusion of our favorite wedding songs by the greatest artists of all time as ranked by VH1 with our favorite wedding songs by the artists.
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