Matt talks about the best wedding songs to play to walk down the aisle to. Hear some song lyrics that go with the processional songs too!
Hi everybody. I am Matt Campbell and welcome to the 68th episode of the Wedding Songs Podcast. Today, I’m going to be talking about songs to play while you’re walking down the aisle. Now, this is typically called processional songs. So as the bride walks down the aisle to the altar, as the groomsmen walk down the aisle, as the bridesmaids walk down the aisle, they could even walk down together. How ever you want to have your ceremony wedding party walk down the aisle is up to you, but I’m gonna give you 100 songs to play. I’m gonna break these down by genre, and then I’m gonna be starting off with the most current down to the oldest. Now, if you prefer to read the list, or listen to the list, you can do so on our website, MyWeddingSongs.com. There is a link right from the homepage to the processional songs. And if you wanna get a newsletter of all of the new wedding songs being released from the prior month, make sure you subscribe to our newsletter. We call it the music letter, and there’s a link on every page, right at the top in the main menu to subscribe.
So let’s go ahead and get started with the first song on the list. It is, “You Are The Reason” by The Piano Guys & Dallas String Quartet released in 2021. This is a cover of Callum Scotts’ song “You Are The Reason” Just for Disney fans, released in 2019, it’s called “Disney Medley” by 40 Fingers. It is a great medley of instrumental versions of a bunch of very popular Disney songs. Just for cello and piano fans, released in 2019, “Canon in D” by Brooklyn Duo. Hauser released “River Flows In You” in 2019.
In 2018, for violin fans, Daniel Jang released “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. Yes, it is a cover of Elvis Presley’s song, and a very popular song to play for the professional. In 2017 the Piano Guys released “A Thousand Years”. This is a cover of a Christina Perry song. Along the same lines, “All I Want Is You” by Vitamin String Quartet. This is for the Rock fans because this is a cover of the U2 song. In 1998 the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards released “Highland Cathedral”. If you want more of a church sound to your professional, this is one that I would recommend. Next up, released in 1993, is the “Jurassic Park Theme” by John Williams. There have been some great covers to this, but if you’re having a live harpist at the ceremony, then I would highly recommend this song. In 1987 “Storybook Love” by Mark Knopfler. You may remember him from the group Dire Straits. With lyrics…He said, don’t, you know, I love you. Oh, so much. And lay my heart at the foot of your dress. She said, don’t, you know, that storybook loves Always have a happy ending? In 1986, Ennio released “Gabriel’s Oboe” for more of a classical field for your processional.
And to close out our list I’m going to have many of the great classical artists of all time. Starting off, in 1891, Tchaikovsky’s song “Coronation March”. In 1824 “Ode To Joy” by Beethoven, in 1741 “Air” by George F Handel, in 1716 Bach released “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring”, which is a very popular song. And if you like the trumpet sound for your processional, then Purcell, originally released by Clark, had his version of “Trumpet Voluntary”. Clark released, in the 1700s, “The Prince Of Denmark’s March”. Finally, “Air On The G String” by Bach was released in the early 1700s. So that’s the Classical songs that I would recommend for the processional song, and also that have been very popular for couples to choose as the wedding party walks down the aisle.
Next up, I have Country processional songs. Starting off in 2022, “Growing Old With You” by Restless Road with lyrics…we’ll build this home together, weather, any storm. And as the years, keep rolling on. You’ll be right where I’ll belong. “Made” by Spencer Crandle was released in 2021 with lyrics…work at it. Even when we get tired, make ups and downs doing all that it takes, cuz soulmates aren’t found they’re made. One of my favorite Country processional songs is “Walk In A Room (Reimagined)” by a Muscadine Bloodline, released in 2021 with the lyrics…My heart starts to beat out of my chest. Harder and harder the closer you get. Baby, I fall every time you walk in a room. I think this would be a great sign to play for when the brides walk down the aisle.
Also released in 2021 is Avery Anna’s song “I Love You More” with lyrics…No it won’t be perfect, but on the worst of our days, that’s what I mean when I say I love you more Jonny Houlihan released “So In Love With You” in 2020, with lyrics…I wanna breathe life into everything that we do. Cuz baby, I’m so in love with you. I want to grow old with you. Matt Stdll’s very popular Wedding song “Prayed For You” was released in 2020. An acapella version of the song “I Prayed For You” by 4th + Main, released in 2019. Next up is a piano remix of “10,000 Hours” by Dan & Shay and Justin Bieber released in 2019 with those popular lyrics…If it’s 10,000 hours of the rest or my life, I’m gonna love you.
In 2019 is a personal favorite of mine, by Lexanna it is “Parachute”, but it’s the acoustic version. Lyrics…thought I was safe to fly up that high when I fell for you. And it goes on to say that she needed a parachute. In 2019 is the number one Country song, “Made For You” by Jake Owen with the lyrics…Oh, like a ship without a sea or a song without a melody. I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d do. Cuz I was made for you. Also released in 2019 is Dave Fenley’s song “Stuck On You”. This was first released by the American Idol judge Lionel Richie, with the lyrics…I’m stuck on you. I’ve got this feeling down deep in my soul that I just can’t lose. Guess I’m on my way. In 2018, “Speechless” by Dan and Shay, which everybody I’m sure is familiar with. And in 2017, “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young. Also in 2017, “Yours, (The Wedding Edition)” by Russell Dickerson has been a very popular wedding song. Lyrics include…I came to life when I first kissed you. The best me has his arms around you. You made me better than I was before. Thank God I’m yours.
In 2016, is theme appropriate, “From The Ground Up” by Dan & Shay with the lyrics…and will build this love from the ground up for better or for worse. And I will be all you need beside you I’ll stand through the good and the bad. In 2004 is “Blessed The Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. Everybody knows the lyrics…This much I know is true that God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you. In 1999, Kenny Chesney released “You Had Me From Hello”, which became popular in the movie Jerry McGuire. From one of the greatest country women of all times, Shania Twain; but this song also features Brian White, “From This Moment On”, in 1997. And that closes out the country songs.
Next up are the R & B songs. Released in 2022 is one of my favorite new songs, “Angel”. It’s the acoustic version by Ric Hassani with lyrics…I might lose sleep tonight cuz finally my dream has come true. I was created for you. You are my angel. Next up is another new song by Allen Stone released in 2021 called “Is This Love”. It’s kind of a remake of Bob Marley’s song, with his take including the lyrics…So I throw my cards on your table. See, I wanna love you. I wanna love and treat you, love and treat you right. Next up, in 2018 Tamia released “Today I Do” with lyrics…I don’t have to think before I answer, cuz your love erased all the questions for me. So here I stand baby, this isn’t pretend. Oh, today I do.
In 2017, Kiana Ledé released “I Choose You”. It’s the acoustic version with…I’m good on my own, but with you, I’m something else. You’re telling me to choose up, but I already chose you. In 2016 MAJOR released “Why I Love You”, and in 2013 the wildly popular John Legend with “All Of Me”. Jaheim released “Forever” in 2001 with the lyrics…forever the love I have for you will last forever. Loving you always. Forever my love for you won’t change. Girl, loving you is the best thing I can do. That closes out the R & B songs.
Next up is the Pop processional songs. Starting off with the brand new song “Marry Me (The Ballad)” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Maluma with…church bells, let ’em ring ring ring. This queen need a king king king. For life for life for life. Released in 2021, “Love Is Just A Word” by Jasmine Thompson and Calum Scott with the quick lyrics…You’re everything to me, the better part of me. Next up, released in 2021, is Ben Platt’s song “Imagine”, but this is the acoustic version. This is actually a personal favorite of an original of his, with the lyrics…If something happened, don’t know what I do. I can’t imagine. I can’t imagine, my life without you. In 2021, Caleb and Kelsey released a cover “Unconditionally”. That was by Katy Perry, with the lyrics…There is no fear now. Let go and just be free. I will love you unconditionally. “Loving You” by Mahogany Lox released in 2021. This is not a very popular song for weddings, but you could really incorporate it and call it your own. With the lyrics…You’re my sunshine and my Moonlight light up my world. You make it so bright and every day that I’m around you, it makes me happy that I found you.
This next song was a dedication from MAX to his wife on his first anniversary. It also features Ali Gatie. The song is “Butterflies” from 2021, with the lyrics…you won’t stop running through my mind for the rest of both of our lives. You give me butterflies. And the last song from 2021 is Music Travel Love with their cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. Yes, the original from Elvis. So if you want an acoustic version of this song, then check out this song. The brothers do a great job singing it. Just for Broadway fans is a cover of “You’re The One That I Want” by Dylan Rockoff with Caroline Kole. This was first featured in Greece by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Next up is another song by Music Travel Love called “The Only One” with the lyrics…Don’t you know that I’ll always be there? Baby, I swear till my days on this earth are done, You’re the only one.
You may know this next group from the home makeover shows. The Scott Brothers, with their song “You Chose Me” with the lyrics…You’re so beautiful. Got a heart of gold. And I can’t believe out of all the guys in the whole wide world, you chose me. The acapella group, Anthem Lights released “Wedding Medley” which features the songs Marry Me, Bless The Broken Road, All Of Me, and A Thousand Years, if you like acapella songs to walk down the aisle to. Another version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Kina Grannis, was featured in Crazy Rich Asians, a very popular wedding song. “Someone To Love” by Lukas Graham, released in 2018 with the lyrics…you love the way I make you feel. Everything becomes so real. Don’t be scared. No, don’t be scared, cuz you’re all I need.
Released in 2017 is “You Are The Reason” by Calum Scott…I’d climb every mountain, and swim every ocean, just to be with you. In 2017, Ed Sheeran teamed up with Andrea Bocelli with their song “Perfect Symphony”. Also in 2017, Ed Sheeran’s song “How Would YOu Feel (Paean)”, with the lyrics…How would you feel if I told you I love you. It’s just something that I want to do. I’ll be taking my time, spending my life, falling deeper in love with you. In 2014, Sara Bareilles released “I Choose You” with…tell the world that we finally got it all right. I choose you. I will become yours and you’ll become mine. I choose you. In 2014, John Mayer released “XO” with the lyrics…in the darkest night. I’ll search through the crowd. Your face is all that I see. I’ll give you everything.
Jason Mraz’s song “Love Someone”, also in 2014, with…shining stars all seem to congregate around your face. When you love someone, it comes back to you. Also released in 2014 is Ella Henderson’s song “Yours” with…and I know every day you say it, but I just want you to be sure that I’m yours. A reader suggested this next song, “After All” by Michael Buble and Brian Adams released in 2013. “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Golding released in 2013, and Ben Harper’s “Forever in 2012 with lyrics…And now I hope I can find my forever home. So give me your forever, please. You’re forever. Not a day. Less will do from you. In 2011, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, the more popular song by Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours” in 2008. “Glitter In The Air” by P!nk in 2008 with lyrics…Have you ever held your breath and asked yourself, will it ever get better than tonight? “Songbird” by Eva Cassidy in 1998, with the lyrics…to you, I would give the world. To you, I’d never be cold. Cause I feel that when I’m with you, it’s all right. And that closes out our list of pop songs.
Next up we have Indie processional songs and for the first song on our list, you have to check out the video on YouTube. If you haven’t seen the video yet, the song is “Made To Love You” by Drew Angus. Released in 2021 with the lyrics…and oh, it’s such a simple thing. I know that what I was made to do, I was made to love you. “My Wildest Dreams (lullaby version)” by Ron Pope, released in 2021 with the lyrics…cause I have been waiting all my life for some reason that I never could describe. You’re not what I pictured you would be. You’re better than my wildest dreams.
Another song for Disney fans is “Kiss The Girl” by Brent Morgan in 2021, with the lyrics…you better do it soon. No time will be better. She don’t say a word, and she won’t say a word until you kiss the girl. Released in 2021 is “Anything” by JJ Heller, with the lyrics…I give up anything for you, but I would not give you up for anything. Lydia Luce released “Love You True (The strings version)” in 2020. And “You Love Me” by BJ & Leigh in 2020 with the lyrics…you love me. And that just blows my mind. You’ve loved me all this time and I can’t believe your mine. “Love Changes Everything” by Ruellein 2020 with…love changes everything. Brings you glory, brings you shame. And nothing in this world will ever be the same.
“I Found You” by Samantha Durnan in 2019, with…let me be the one who takes your hand. And this is no mistake. Sailr released “All My Life” in 2019 (one of my favorites), with the lyrics…Whenever you start to feel like running and you forget just who you are, keep all these words close to your heart. I’m gonna love you all my life. “For A Lifetime” by Ryann Darling and Cory Ard, released in 2018, with the lyrics…I know we’ve waited and we’ve prayed. And here we are for a lifetime. JP Cooper released a cover to Omi’s song, “Cheerleader” with the lyrics…talking to your father, asking for his blessing. I want to tell the whole world, sing it from the rooftops. This is your love song. “I Will Spend My Whole Life Loving You” by Imaginary Future & Kina Grannis in 2017 with…oh, believe me. I’ve been counting my stars cause I will spend my whole life loving you.
The next song is on our list of the greatest wedding songs of all time. It’s Ruelle song “I Get To Love You” from 2016, with the lyrics…whatever may come your heart will I choose forever? I’m yours forever. I do. I get to love you. The next song is a very popular wedding ceremony song. “Take My Hand (The Wedding Song)” with Emily Hackett featuring Will Anderson. Released in 2014 with the lyrics…So gimme your word and I’ll give you all I’ve got. No, we don’t have much, but it sure feels like a lot. “Bright” by Echosmith released in 2013 with the lyrics…and I see colors in a different way and make what doesn’t matter fade to gray. Life is good and that’s the way it should be.
All right. That’s the last of the Indie songs that I have. Next up is the Folk processional songs starting off with “Marry Me” by the Wicks in 2021. And also, “All I Wanted” by Voyager of the same year. Lyrics include…you are all I ever wanted, don’t give up. In 2021, Julia Westlin’s song “Someone Like Me” is a song that I love, with the lyrics…I’m lost hopelessly. I surrender all I got. Just like a fairy tale about someone like you and someone like me. Also, in 2021, is “Steal My Heart Away” by The Paper Kites and Ainslie Wills, with the lyrics…’Cause you steal my heart away every time, right down the line. Us The Duo in 2020 released, “No Matter Where You Are (The Wedding Version) with the lyrics…I’ll take care of you and love you just because you and I are better than forever. Nothing can stop us. Caleb Edens, in 2019 released, “I Chose You” with the lyrics…So when the world around us falls, I’ll pick you up like overalls, romanticized life in 60 years, singing we’ll grow young together, die in love together. In 2013 the popular wedding song “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin, with the lyrics…Oh, because right now is the only thing that all that we really have to do is have ourselves a heavenly day.
“Ho Hey” by the Lumineers was released in 2012. Everybody knows the song of the singalong…I belong with you. You belong with me. You’re my sweetheart. “I Do” by Colbie Caillat, released in 2011, with the lyrics…maybe yes and maybe no, I can’t live without it. I can’t let it go. Ooh I did. I get myself into. You make me wanna say I do. And the last Folk song, released in 2005, is Bright Eyes with “First Day Of My Life”. Lyrics include…And you said, this is the first day of my life. I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you. But now I don’t care. I could go anywhere with you.
Now let’s go ahead and cover some great Rock processional songs. The first one, in 2015, is “The One” by Kodaline with the lyrics…Cause our two hearts will make it easy. Joining up the pieces together, making one. Yeah Yeah Yeahs released “Wedding Song (The acoustic version)” in 2013, and SafetySuit’s song “Never Stopped (the Wedding version)” in 2012, with the lyrics…and with this love song to you, it’s not a momentary phase. You are my life. I don’t deserve you, but you love me just the same. “Without You” by Eddie Vedder. Yes, the one lead singer of Pearl Jam in 2011. Of course this song has to be on the list, “Marry Me” by Train released in 2012. “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne in 2008 with the lyrics…It’s like you see right through me and make it easier. You please me. You don’t even have to try. Oh because you are the best thing. In 2005, Jack Johnson released “Better Together”. In 1997, The Verve released “Bittersweet Symphony” with the lyrics…I’ll take you down. The only road I’ve ever been down, you know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet.
And finally, I just have a list of three songs. The first one is David Arkenstone’s “Hand In Hand” released in 2018, this is a Celtic song. So another one that really fits into that Irish theme is “Come Away” by Bridget Willard, in 2004, for a Christian song, with the lyrics…arise, my fair one and come away, come away, come away with me. Arise my true love and come away. And finally, “Over The Rainbow” by IS was released in 1990 or 1993 depending on what version you want. Lyrics… somewhere over the rainbow, Bluebird fly. And the dreams that you dream of, dreams really do come true.
So there you have my list of 100 processional songs to walk down the aisle to. If you prefer to read the list or listen to the list you can do so on our website, MyWeddingSongs.com. There’s a link to the processional songs right on the homepage. If you’re looking for great news song ideas, make sure you subscribe to our newsletter. The link is on our main menu on every page of our website. That concludes the two episodes of March of our podcast. We’re gonna start off with April of 2022 being the wedding recessional songs. These are the songs that you play as you exit the wedding ceremony. Thanks for listening and have a great day.
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