Many girls dream about their wedding day their whole lives! The music you play at your wedding reception should reflect both the bride and groom’s personalities. Finding music that sets the tone for your big day can be a daunting task! Here is a list of the top 21 wedding songs of 2016.
Wedding Songs of 2016
Heartbeat – Carrie Underwood
November 2015, Storyteller
While Carrie Underwood is one of the greatest country singers of our time, this song makes sense at anyone’s wedding! The lyrics are both sweet and wholesome, and the pace of the song would be perfect for a first two-step.
Nobody – Selena Gomez
October 2015, Revival Deluxe Edition
This song has a slow sultry feel to it. The lyrics evoke images of the perfect relationship. This song would make a perfect first dance for a couple that likes to keep things slow.
Sweetest Devotion – Adele
November 2015, 25
Adele is the queen of all things soulful. While this song isn’t the best for dancing, you could easily use it during a photo slideshow or during a transition period.
Love On the Brain – Rihanna
January 2016, Anti
In this Rihanna homage to Aretha Franklin, we find a tempo that would be perfect for a simple waltz or slow tango. The voice and tone are reminiscent of 1960’s lounge number. It’s both casual and sophisticated at the same time.
Footprints – Sia
January 2016, This Is Acting
Sia is one of the hottest artists on the charts for 2016. Her music is perfect for a modern and chic wedding. This would also be a perfect song for a father daughter dance.
Hopeless Romantic – Meghan Trainor
May 2016, Thank You
Meghan Trainor put out one of the best albums of the year in 2016. Her song Hopeless Romantic tells the story of a girl, who envisions a storybook picture of love, looking for her soul mate.
Starving – Hailee Steinfield & Grey
July 2016, Starving
This song is upbeat and fast-paced. It would be a great pick me up when your party starts to wind down. The song also features Zedd, who has created some of the best party beats of 2016.
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
March 2016, Dangerous Woman
Do you want to push the envelope on your big day? This risque number is perfect for the bad girl bride. This song is empowering, rhythmic, and excruciatingly sexy. Ariana Grande also has one of the best voices in the music industry.
Stars – Alessia Cara
November 2015, Know-It-All
Alessia Cara is a fairly new name; however, she has a phenomenal voice. This song has a great tempo, and the lyrics are sweet.
Some Type of Love – Charlie Puth
May 2015, Some Type of Love
Couples who have been together a longer period of time will appreciate this song’s lyrics and story. Charlie Puth’s style is upbeat and melodic. This one is guaranteed to put everyone at your reception in a great mood.
Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
May 2014, Ghost Stories
While this song was released in 2014, it didn’t top the charts until early 2016. It has since become a popular wedding selection. Are there any dancers in your wedding party? A choreographed dance routine to this song would make for a memorable big day.
Let Me Love You – DJ Snake (Feat. Justin Bieber)
August 2016, Encore
This fast-paced song is invigorating. Dancers among your guests will love this rhythm. The beat of the song is catchy, and the lyrics present a great message.
Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
June 2015, Beauty Behind the Madness
If hip hop is more your thing, then this song is for you. The Weekend’s breakout hit is one of the best hip hop songs to top the charts this year.
This Love – Taylor Swift
October 2014, 1989
This somewhat melancholy song contains lyrics that are deep and meaningful. The song talks about a love that was released and returned to the narrator. Couples with a history may connect with the song’s story.
Stand By You – Rachel Platten
September 2015, Wildfire
Rachel Platten has become the feel good songwriter of 2016. Stand by you was her first chart topping hit, and for good reason.
Luv – Tory Lanez
June 2016, I Told You
Tory Lanez isn’t a well-known hip hop artist, but his contemporary rap style will win over any fan of the genre. This song would be a great way to end the perfect night.
Death of a Bachelor – Panic! At the Disco
January 2016, Panic! at the Disco
This could offer some comedic relief for your new groom. The song contains surprisingly romantic lyrics, but still doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously.
Die a Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
September 2015, Tangled Up
There isn’t a country song right now that can compete with this song in the romance department. Thomas Rhett’s deep crooning vocals will make all of your female guests melt in their seats.
My Kind of Girl – Michael Bublé
October 2016, Nobody but Me
Michael Bublé’s modern take on the Frank Sinatra style is perfect for lovers of the oldies. Bublé makes it possible for you to enjoy classic style with a modern flair!
I Don’t Mind – Joseph
August 2016, I’m Alone, No You’re Not
Haunting is the best way to describe the harmonies of this sisterly trio. Their folksy style and slow melodies are perfect for anyone who enjoys the alternative genre.
Still Falling For You – Ellie Goulding
August 2016, Bridget Jones’s Baby: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Ellie Goulding has been turning out pop hits for years now. This dance tune is no exception.
Whether your style is more country or soulful, there are music options out there to make your big day special. From pop to hip hop to alternative rock, this list of songs is diverse enough to please any wedding guest. It’s important to remember that your wedding playlist should really reflect who you are as both individuals and as a couple. Let your personalities shine, and the most important day of your life will be amazing.
Matt loves listening to any music style he can understand the words. He lives in the wedding capital of the world, Las Vegas, with his wife Sharon. Matt's other likes include craft beer, baseball, and traveling.