Songs cement memories of your wedding day for you — as the wedding couple — and your guests. Here are the greatest wedding songs of all time. How do you choose the best one? We have some tips for you.
What Are The Most Popular Wedding Songs Now?
We have scoured the Earth reviewing DJ wedding playlists, music charts, and popular streaming songs to bring you our list of the greatest wedding songs of all-time. This list incorporates all aspects of a wedding including the processional, recessional, grand entrance, first dance, parent dances, and party songs. There’s a lot of opportunities to use music at a wedding.
What Makes a Song a Great Wedding Song?
A great wedding song captures the joy of love, excitement of the wedding day, and faith in the relationship. The greatest wedding song may be a love song or a song that fills the dance floor with guests partying and dancing the night away.
Quite a debate can be had while deciding the best wedding songs. Many songs are played over and over and over. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily the greatest wedding song.
Today’s wedding couples want a different experience than every other bride. What gives? If you want to be different, do not select a song below as these are the most popular songs ever to be played at weddings. If, however, you’d like to work for the crowd, choose from our list of the greatest wedding songs of all time. These songs will be known by every guest and will give you and them goosebumps.
We reviewed wedding songs through the years that are both in current circulation and stand the test of time. We also looked at songs that were recently released. We predict that will be played for years to come. Our list of the greatest wedding songs of all time represents an array of music genres and eras.
What Is Best Wedding Song Ever?
Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is the greatest wedding song ever -or- is it Etta James’ “At Last”? Even though it was released in 2014, many couples relate to the emotion of “Thinking Out Loud” and will have everyone dancing to this great love ballad. The song stayed on the Billboard charts for 118 weeks (more than 2 years!). That’s tough to beat. “At Last” is a timeless classic of finding your forever love.
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Here are our top 10 wedding songs of all-time
1. At Last – Etta James 1960, At Last!
The soulful Etta James captures the emotion of finding your forever love in song. “At Last” has stood the test of time. It’s amazing to think that this song came from her very first album.
2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran 2015, X
Although this song is the newest song on the list, we believe it will be played for years to come. Sheeran is a global superstar and this song has the perfect video and love story.
3. Marry Me – Train 2010, Save Me, San Francisco
Train has the perfect message for the processional walk. Did you choose your groom’s processional song yet?
4. Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts 1995, All in Good Time
Although the song was originally produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rascal Flats turned it into a mega-wedding-hit. This song captures the gratitude for past relationships as the path for meeting one another through God.
5. All Of Me – John Legend 2013, Love in the Future
John Legend will go down as one of the greatest R&B artists of his time. “All of Me” highlights his talent with words. Love isn’t about perfection; it’s about the acceptance for one another’s defaults.
6. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley 1961, Blue Hawaii
Elvis, the king of Rock and Roll, slowed the tempo way down for this sensual love ballad. In 2017, Haley Reinhart’s cover of the song became extremely popular for the wedding circuit.
7. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith 1998, Armageddon
Brought from the big screen to the hearts of wedding couples and wedding guests for a love that will last forever.
8. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong 1967, What a Wonderful World
This song, sung by Louis Armstrong, gives a great vibe of happiness and causes us all to smile — unless you say “Good Morning, Vietnam” then all you think of is war. Be aware of this connection if your parents served in the Vietnam Conflict.
9. Marry You – Bruno Mars 2011, Doo-Wops & Hooligans
This is a mid-tempo song describing how a man wants to marry his special lady. The song has made its way into weddings as a processional and introduction of the wedding couple. Bruno could have other songs on this list too like Uptown Funk that fills dance floors every time it is played.
10. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra 1964
The song resurfaced as a wedding song in 1991. It then was featured in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” in 1997. Since then, the song can be played for the father-daughter dance, money dance, or any song shining the spotlight on the bride.
What type of song makes for the best wedding song ever?
It must be the epitome of love. The song must express love for another as that is what a wedding is all about. Getting married was a popular theme recently with Marry Me by Train, Marry You by Bruno Mars, and also not on the list Marry Me by Jason Derulo.
Movies also played a big role in the list of best wedding songs ever. Movies feature mega-hits like Armageddon with I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing and Swing Time with The Way You Look Tonight.
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Top Wedding Songs Of All-Time: The List
What are the greatest wedding songs of all time? We have your list. Our disclaimer is that the list is not bound by any specific genre or era either like Rock, R&B, Country, and Jazz. The greatest wedding songs of all time surpass genre and style.
Before you comment about your favorite song not being on our list of top all-time wedding songs, please know that we chose only 101 songs. Yes, there are fantastic wedding songs not on our list. You may be thinking of Anne Murray’s “Could I Have This Dance.” Before you mention Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” read the lyrics. It’s not the best song for a wedding.
Now that you know a list of the greatest wedding songs, which songs would be at the top of the list? To qualify as one of the greatest wedding songs of all time, it must be widely played now. So, if you suggest a song below, we’d like to know which song you would remove in its place.
Best Wedding Songs of All-time list is curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: November 3, 2020
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