As a James Taylor fan, you have many love song choices for your wedding playlist. He has entranced lovers of all ages since he released his first album in the Seventies.
As a versatile artist, Taylor has also released a few heartbreak songs and tunes celebrating being single, which are listed below as ones to avoid.
Know what James Taylor love songs to play or not at your wedding.
James Taylor Love Songs To Play
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Got your river running in my blood, got your fire burning in my heart.
You got me falling like a shooting star, just like some tragic work of art.
This James Taylor love song mixes romantic Spanish phrases with English words of longing and passion. It is a perfect tune for all lovers to dance to and admit their hearts do not belong to them, anymore.
Baby It’s Cold Outside
2006, James Taylor at Christmas
You’ve really been grand
Your eyes are like starlight now
But don’t you see
How can you do this thing to me
This classic romantic song literally begs to be played at your wedding. How can you listen to Mr. Taylor imploring his lady friend to stay, and not want to snuggle up warmly with your partner?
Believe It Or Not
2000, Dad Loves His Work
Believe it or not, I’ve been waiting for you to come through, love of my life.
And though the hour grew later and later, I would hold on for one more heartbeat.
Add this to your reception playlist to remind your guests of the loves of their lives. He talks of waiting for the love of his life to come through, just as yours has done for you.
Brighten Your Night With My Day
1968, James Taylor
When you can come home to me,
Yes, I’m happy to hear
What you’ve got to say to me, baby, all the way.
Another song where Taylor begs the woman he loves to “Come Home” to him, it offers a glimpse of how true love only wants what is best for another. Lyrics including, “you can count on me, watch those shadows fade away” showcases only wanting the best for your lover.
1985, That’s Why I’m Here
And you are my only one, you are my only one
Don’t be leaving me now, now you’re my only one
Describing how much he appreciates his woman, James Taylor sings this song apologizing for taking her for granted. Everyone needs to hear how important they are to their loved one, and this song helps to enforce that.
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
1972, One Man Dog
But don’t let me be lonely tonight
Say good-bye and say hello
Sure enough good to see you
Though this song may be classified in the “unrequited love” genre, it still has the romantic quality of Taylor imploring a woman to stay with him. He talks of not caring if she lies, as long as she gives him the night with her.
1985, That’s Why I’m Here
Yes a love like yours would surely
Come my way, everyday
Even the non-dancers on your guest list will have a hard time not tapping their toes along to this choice. It offers a perfect balance of hopeful romantic lyrics and a rollicking tune to liven up your wedding reception.
Woman’s Gotta Have It
1976, In The Pocket
When you kiss her
You got to make her feel it everyday, boy
She’s got to know that she’s not walking on shaky ground
Another dance number, these lyrics enforce the old saying “Happy Wife, Happy Life” in a way that all couples can appreciate. Mix it in with the slower James Taylor wedding love songs to keep your party going all night long.
Everyday it grows a little more than it was the day before.
My love for you just grows and grows.
How can you not include a song proclaiming how your love grows more and more every day you’re together? Even when you have to be apart from one another, this tune will comfort you knowing it only makes the heart grow stronger.
If I Keep My Heart Out Of Sight
If I play my role just right, tonight could be my lucky night and you could be mine.
If I present it to you with a flower in the moonlight, shiny and new,
Well, you couldn’t say no tonight, if I keep my heart out of sight.
Another tale of unrequited love, it makes the cut for romantic songs to play at your wedding because of its sweet longing for his true love to notice him. “If I present it to you with a flower in the moonlight” is jut one of the lyrics that will make everyone sigh with twinkles in their eyes.
Something in the Way She Moves
1968, James Taylor
And I feel fine anytime she’s around me now
She’s around me now
Almost all the time
This is a perfect song for the bride and groom to dance to at your reception. It’ll give you two a chance to have a few moments of fun together, in between making your rounds to all of the guests.
There We Are
Here we are
Sparks in the darkness
Speaking of our love
Burning down forever and forever
If the groom is the silent type, this song is a must to be played on your wedding night. It talks about how much Taylor loves his lady, even when he doesn’t say it often enough.
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
I close my eyes at night
Wondering where would I be without you in my life
This has to be one of the most recognized additions to the perfect James Taylor wedding love songs playlist. It showcases how true love can be your shelter in bad times and be the subject of your best memories.
James Taylor Highest-Ranking Songs
- #1 You’ve Got a Friend, 1971
- #1 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), 1975
- #1 Shower the People, 1976
- #1 Handy Man, 1977
- #1 (What a) Wonderful World (with Paul Simon), 1978
- #1 Back in the High Life Again (with Steve Winwood), 1986
- #2 Devoted to You (with Carly Simon), 1978
- #3 Fire and Rain, 1970
- #3 Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, 1972
- #3 Everyday, 1985
- #3 Never Die Young, 1988
- #3 Little More Time with You, 1997
- #4 Long Ago and Far Away, 1971
- #5 Mexico, 1975
- #5 Her Town Too (with J.D. Souther), 1981
James Taylor Love Songs To Avoid
No matter how much of a fan you are, these songs do not belong anywhere on your reception playlist.
(I’m a) Road Runner
I’m a road runner baby
You look for me and I’ll be gone
A classic “player” song, long before the term “player” was even coined. This song should never be found on a wedding playlist. Road Runner needs to be axed from the soundtrack for the day, with lyrics including “You look for me and I’ll be gone” and “Don’t want no woman to tie me down. Gotta be a free baby to roam around.”
(I’ve Got To) Stop Thinkin’ ‘Bout That
1991, (I’ve Got To) Stop Thinkin’ ‘Bout That
Oh now Lucy, God have mercy
I’ve got to stop thinkin’ ’bout you
This heart-wrenching tale of a past love has no place in your music lineup. Of course, if it has meaning to you as a couple, such as a groom singing it to the bride in the past to get her back after a breakup, then there is always an exception to every rule. (Especially, if you’re a Lucy about to get married.)
Nothing Like A Hundred Miles
1976, In The Pocket
To save my heart from being broken in two by you
Baby I’m moving through
Another one of James Taylor’s heartbreak songs. This laments how he cannot forget the love he left back home. She found someone new, and he needs to move on. None of these words have a place on your soundtrack to celebrate your nuptials.
I Was Only Telling a Lie
Now baby when I told you that
I love you
I was only telling a lie
This song is nothing but an admission of being a dog, with lyrics explaining he was lying about telling her he loved her, and “I’ll be long gone come the crack of dawn.” This is one choice that should be shot down if suggested for any wedding song.
I Was A Fool To Care
And had I listened to the grapevine
I might have had my doubts
But I did my level best
Just to block them out
This song is nothing but sadness, talking about how she did him so wrong and he was blinded by love. True love does not hurt, and this tale of pain has no place on your reception playlist.
Any James Taylor love songs you choose to celebrate your special day will add another layer of romance. Choose tunes that mean something to you and your life partner. All the guests will feel the romance between the two of you.
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