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 song by those artists. Some artists listed do not perform music considered standard wedding music. If we are speechless on a suggestion, please offer your own as a comment. We will consider making changes to our list.
100 Greatest Artists
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.
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.
94 Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey was the queen of pop for the 00’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”.
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.
92 LL Cool J – Overruling “Mama Said Knock You Out” as a Mother-Son dance song is “I Need Love”.
88 Bee Gees – Still at the top of many best of party song lists is “Stayin’ Alive”. Try out those old John Travolta moves.
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.
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’s songs is “When I’m Gone”, which could be a dedication from a parent to their child.
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.
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.
75 Rush – This is a tough pick for us. However, in the end, we would select “Tom Sawyer” as a great wedding entrance 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”.
72 Janis Joplin – One of the best songs of the 1970s is “Me And Bobby McGee” and makes a great sing-along song.
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.
67 Coldplay – A great alternative first song is “Green Eyes”.
66 Justin Timberlake – A another great party song to fill the dance floor is “Sexyback”.
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”.
59 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – We really like the song “Free Fallin'” but for a wedding, our pick is “Built To Last”.
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.
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.
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.
45 Al Green – One of the best R&B songs is “Let’s Stay Together”.
44 Joni Mitchell – One of the best Folk artists of all-time. Our song selection for a wedding would be “A Case Of You”.
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.
42 Metallica – A friend of ours married and their first dance song was “Nothing Else Matters”.
41 Van Halen – A great song to get people on the dance floor is “Jump”. Who could forget the video with David Lee Roth?
37 Fleetwood Mac – A great song for the bride and groom to dance with their parents is “Landslide”.
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.
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.
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.
28 Elton John – We can feel the love for Elton John and for a great first dance song and wedding song – “Your 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.
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!
25 Chuck Berry – One of the pioneers of rock music will always be remembered in “Johnny B Goode”.
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.
21 Bruce Springsteen – Also in the movie Jerry McGuire, “Secret Garden” would make a great first dance song.
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 with Tammi Terrell.
19 U2 – One of the best rock bands of all-time. A great way to start the wedding festivities is “Beautiful Day”.
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.
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.
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.
15 The Beach Boys – If you are slower tempo song, we select “Kokomo”. For a more upbeat song, we select “Good Vibrations”.
14 Nirvana – The most mainstream song by Nirvana was “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. However, for the Nirvana fan, we would select “Heart-Shaped Box”.
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”.
11 Bob Marley – The reggae master hits all the right wedding notes in his song “Three Little Birds”.
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”.
09 James Brown – Let’s get everyone to the dance floor and feel good with “I Got You (I Feel Good)”.
08 Elvis Presley – One of the most romantic songs of all time sung in acapella is “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.
07 Prince – What a great way to have the bride and groom kiss is every time Prince sing “Kiss”, the bride and groom must kiss. This is better than tinging on glasses and ringing bells.
06 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”.
04 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”.
03 Led Zeppelin – This is a coin flip for our favorite Led Zeppelin wedding song between “Thank You” and “All Of My Love”.
01 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”.
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.