music artists with best wedding songs

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.

music artists with best wedding songs

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100 Greatest Artists wedding songs

100 Alicia KeysAlicia 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.

98 Depeche Mode – “Personal Jesus” is a blockbuster hit.  However, for weddings, we will select “Somebody”, as this could be a great first dance song.

97 Pretenders – “Forever Young” is a great song for parents dancing with their children.  However, our favorite Pretenders wedding song is “I’ll Stand By You”.

96 JourneyJourney 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.

95 OutKast – OutKast fills the dance floor with “The Way You Move”.  However, “Hey Ya!” will bring even more guests to the floor.

94 Mariah CareyMariah 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”.

91 Green Day – Another one of the best ways to close out an evening at a wedding is “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”.

90 Elvis Costello – There are many songs to choose from but our favorite wedding song is “She”.  It can make a great first dance song.

89 Beastie Boys – “Fight For Your Right” is still a classic party song that will fill the dance floor.

88 Bee Gees – Still at the top of many best of party song lists is “Stayin’ Alive”.  Try out those old John Travolta moves.

87 George Michael – George gave a gift of song to Prince William and Kate Middleton. A version of Stevie Wonder’s “You and I”.

86 N.W.A. We feel there is no appropriate N.W.A. song at a wedding.  However, our favorite N.W.A. song is “Straight Outta Compton”.

85 The Band – When selecting a song by The Band for a wedding. We will go with their most well-known song – “The Weight”.

84 Curtis Mayfield – One of the best soulful first dance songs – “So In Love”.

83 Earth, Wind, and Fire – Do you remember how to get your groove on the dance floor?  If not, you will with the song “September”.

82 Steely Dan – Probably the most recognized song from these jazzy rockers is “Reelin’ In The Years”.  This is a great song to create a group dance.

81 ABBA – Another song still on many best party songs to fill dance floors is “Dancing Queen”.

100 Greatest Artists best wedding songs

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.

76 Run-DMC – The joint collaboration of Run-D.M.C and Aerosmith created a classic party hit with “Walk This Way”.

75 Rush – This is a tough pick for us.  However, in the end, we would select “Tom Sawyer” as a great wedding entrance song.

74 The Cure – Sorry to disappoint.  We will not select “Love Song” or “Just Like Heaven”, which makes great first dance songs.  Rather we are hooked on “Friday I’m In Love”.

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.

71 R.E.M. – There are many great R.E.M. songs but we pick “At My Most Beautiful” that is a great love song and would make a great first dance 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.

69 Tupac Shakur – “California Love” with Dr Dre has a great beat to dance to.  However, we will take “Dear Mama” as a mother groom dance song.

68 Otis Redding – One of our favorite classic R&B songs is “These Arms Of Mine”.  This would also make a great first dance 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”.

65 The Doors – If you like the Doors, a great song to play at a wedding is “Light My Fire”.  Time to set the night on FIRE!

64 Talking Heads – If you are looking for a first dance song that is not played at every wedding and unique to you, we suggest “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”.

63 Notorious B.I.G. – Not really a wedding song but people love to dance to “Mo Money Mo Problems”.

62 Genesis – If you’re looking for a comical dance song, we suggest “I Can’t Dance”.  Otherwise, “Follow You, Follow Me” is a great wedding song.

61 Cream – Band members including Eric Clapton rock out on “Sunshine Of Your Love”.

60 Whitney HoustonWhitney 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”.

58 Cheap Trick – Hands down one of the best pop-rock love songs is “The Flame”.  However, a great song to dance to is “I Want You To Want Me”.

57 Iggy Pop & The Stooges – We don’t have a favorite Iggy Pop song for a wedding.  Any suggestions?  Iggy’s most well-known song is “Lust For Life”.

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.

55 Peter Gabriel – A great love song from the movie Say Anything is “In Your Eyes”.

54 Public Enemy – We cannot come up with a Public Enemy song for weddings.  However, their most prolific song is “Fight The Power”.

53 Little Richard – Little Richard was a great entertainer and got people moving and shaking including the song “Good Golly, Miss Molly”.

52 Beyoncé – This is an easy one on so many levels.  A great wedding song for all the ladies in attendance is “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” as the bouquet toss song.

51 Billy JoelBilly 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.

49 Parliament-Funkadelic – Our favorite song by George Clinton is “Atomic Dog”.  This song will make you want to put your grooves on the dance floor.

48 Rage Against The Machine – Not your stereotypical band to play at a wedding.  Do you have any suggestions?  “Bulls On Parade” would be our favorite song of theirs.

47 Jay-Z – I hope this song counts, as it is great.  Beyonce features Jay-Z in the song “Crazy In Love”.

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.

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?

100 Greatest Artists all-time

40 The Police – No, we will not select a stalking song “Every Breath You Take”.  Rather our selection is “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”.

39 The Kinks – The perfect song for weddings is “You Really Got Me” – literally.

38 Sly & The Family Stone – Everyone can “Dance To The Music” to this great dance song.

37 Fleetwood Mac – A great song for the bride and groom to dance with their parents is “Landslide”.

36 Paul McCartney – Paul McCartney was a member of the band Wings.  While with Wings, “Maybe I’m Amazed” was produced and makes a great first dance 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.

34 Tina Turner – You could play “Better Be Good To Me” as a funny take as the bride and groom start their new life together.  However, our favorite wedding song by Tina is “Simply The Best”.

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.

32 Black Sabbath – We really don’t have a wedding song by Black Sabbath.  However, their most recognized songs are “Paranoid” and “Iron Man”.

31 John Lennon – We just can’t imagine that it would be any other song than “Woman”.

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.

29 Radiohead – We will pass on “A Punchup At A Wedding” and go with “True Love Waits”.

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 FranklinAretha 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”.

24 The Velvet Underground – A great song from an American band to slow dance is “I Found A Reason”.

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.

22 The Clash – On your wedding day I hope you are not deciding if you should stay or go.  Rather get people on the dance floor with “Rock the Casbah”.

21 Bruce Springsteen – Also in the movie Jerry McGuire, “Secret Garden” would make a great first dance song.

100 Greatest Artists of all-time

20 Marvin GayeMarvin 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”.

12 David Bowie – Our wedding song pick is appropriately called “The Wedding Song”.

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”.

05 Bob Dylan – For all the folk fans I don’t think you would be disappointed with “I Want You”.

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”.

02 Michael Jackson – You could select “Thriller” as a fantastic group line dance.  For a love song, we select “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”.

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.


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