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.
Table of Contents:
- Top 10 Wedding Songs All-time
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- Top 100 Wedding Songs
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Top 10 Wedding Songs of All-time
1. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley
Released in 1961 – 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.
Other popular covers include Kina Grannis was featured in the movie Crazy Rich Asians and a personal favorite by Music Travel Love.
2. “At Last” by Etta James
Released in 1960 – 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.
3. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
Released in 2017 – 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 love story.
4. “Marry Me” by Train
Released in 2010 – Train has the perfect message for the processional walk. Did you choose your groom’s processional song yet?
5. “Bless The Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
Released in 1995 – 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 to meeting one another through God.
6. “All Of Me” by John Legend
Released in 2013 – 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.
7. “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith
Released in 1998 – 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” by Louis Armstrong
Released in 1967 – 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. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
Released in 2011 – A wedding song played during the wedding of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart) in the Twilight series.
A very popular song played during the wedding ceremony as a processional but also as a first dance song too. See other covers of this song too like The Piano Guys.
10. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
Released in 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 wedding couple.
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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.
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Darling, don’t be afraid
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
‘Cause baby, there ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you, baby
All Of Me – John Legend
Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
All Your’n – Tyler Childers
There ain’t two ways around it
There ain’t no trying ’bout it
I’m all your’n and you’re all mine
Amazed – Lonestar
I wanna spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
At Last – Etta James
My love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Beautiful Crazy – Luke Combs
Yeah, she’s crazy
But her crazy’s beautiful to me
Better Together – Jack Johnson
But I will still tell you one thing
We’re better together
Beyond – Leon Bridges
Will she have my kids? Will she be my wife?
She might just be my everything and beyond
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Billie Jean is not my lover
She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one
Tip: The most important songs chosen for your wedding ceremony are the songs played as you walk down the aisle.
Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
Bloom – The Paper Kites
When the evening pulls the sun down
And the day is almost through
Oh, the whole world it is sleeping
But my world is you
Boogie Shoes – KC and the Sunshine Band
Oh yeah, boogie down boogie down
I want to put on my my my my my
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Slipping and sliding
All along the waterfall with you
My brown-eyed girl
Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ’til it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
Like the ceiling can’t hold us
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
Take my hand
Take my whole life too
For I can”t help falling in love with you
Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
I can’t stop the feeling
So just dance, dance, dance
Cha Cha Slide – Mr C The Slide Man
Cha cha now y’all
Now it’s time to get funky
Crazy in Love – Beyoncé, Jay Z
Just how your love can do what no one else can
Got me looking so crazy right now, your love’s
Got me looking so crazy right now
Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
Down, down, do your dance, do your dance
(A let me see ya do the Cupid, shuffle the Cupid Cupid shuffle)
Tip: All eyes are on you during your wedding day. At the reception, the highlight is your first dance. Choose a first dance song that means something to you.
Dancing Queen – ABBA
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl
Watch that scene
Digging the dancing queen
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
Rock your body right
Backstreet’s back alright
Everything – Michael Bublé
It’s you, it’s you, you make me sing
You’re every line, you’re every word, you’re everything
Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
‘Cause I’ve got friends in low places
Where the whiskey drowns
And the beer chases my blues away
And I’ll be okay
From The Ground Up – Dan + Shay
Beside you I’ll stand through the good and the bad
We’ll give all that we have
And we’ll build this love from the ground up
From This Moment On – Shania Twain
I will love you, I promise you this
There is nothing, I wouldn’t give
From this moment on
Gasolina – Daddy Yankee
What I like is that you let yourself go
Every weekenes she goes out
Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Girls just wanna have fun
Good As Hell – Lizzo
I do my hair toss
Check my nails
Baby how you feelin’?
Feeling good as hell
Tip: It’s your parents’ Big Day too. A popular moment during the reception to incorporate your parents is to have a father-daughter dance and a mother-son dance. Choose a song with them. If your mom is your bestie, a mother-daughter dance is appropriate too.
Growing Old With You – Restless Road
We’ll build this home together, weather any storm
And as the years keep rolling on
You’ll be right where I belong
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Lend me some sugar, I am your neighbor
Ah! Here we go
Shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake, shake it
Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean
I’m on tonight
You know my hips don’t lie (no fighting)
And I am starting to feel you
Hot In Herre – Nelly
It’s gettin’ hot in herre
So take off all your clothes
I am gettin’ so hot, I wanna take my clothes off
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor
I just wanna stop and thank you baby, oh yes
How sweet it is to be loved by you
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
And I just want to stay with you
In this moment forever
Forever and ever
I Get To Love You – Ruelle
Whatever may come your heart I will choose
Forever I’m yours, forever I do
I get to love you
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
I gotta feeling
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
Dance, I hope you dance
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me
What song will be played for your grand entrance and introduction into the reception to set the tone from romance to epic?
Hypnotize – The Notorious B.I.G.
Sometimes your words just hypnotize me
And I just love your flashy ways
Guess that’s why they broke, and you’re so paid
I’m Good (Blue) – David Guetta & Bebe Rexha
‘Cause I’m good, yeah, I’m feelin’ alright
Baby, I’ma have the best night of my life
And wherever it takes me, I’m down for the ride
If You Love Her – Forest Blakk feat. Meghan Trainor
She’s the best thing that you’ll ever have
She’ll love you
If you love her
In Da Club – 50 Cent
It’s your birthday
We gon’ party like it’s your birthday
We gon’ sip Bacardi like it’s your birthday
Joy Of My Life – Chris Stapleton
Just take me by the hand
I am the luckiest man alive
Did I tell you, baby
You are the joy of my life?
Jump Around – House Of Pain
I came to get down, I came to get down
So get out your seat and jump around!
Let’s Get Married (ReMarqable Remix) – Jagged Edge feat. Run
We ain’t getting no younger, girl, so we might as well do it
Been feeling you all the while girl that I must confess
Girl, let’s just get married
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Let’s, let’s stay together (Together)
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
Levitating – Dua Lipa
I need you all night
Come on, dance with me
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Look At Me – Carrie Underwood
Darling look at me
I’ve fallen like a fool for you
Darling can’t you see
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Just one look at you
And I know it’s gonna be
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)
Low – Flo Rida feat. T-Pain
She hit the floor (she hit the floor)
Next thing you know
Shawty got low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
No, there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love
Marry Me – Train
Promise me you’ll always be
Happy by my side
I promise to sing to you
When all the music dies
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis
But it’s just the price I pay, destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes, ’cause I’m Mr. Brightside
My Girl – The Temptations
I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way
My girl, my girl, my girl
Talkin’ ’bout my girl
My Way – Frank Sinatra
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold
Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Tip: Have all guests leave the reception hall to prepare for your send-off. Then, have a private last dance to a special song in an empty room.
Never Stop (Wedding Version) – SafetySuit
And as the mirror says we’re older
I want to look the other way
You are my life, my love, my only
Nobody But You – Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani
I don’t wanna live without you
I don’t wanna even breathe
I don’t wanna dream about you
Wanna wake up with you next to me
Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
Party In The U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
I got my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
They know I’m gonna be okay
Yeah, it’s a party in the U.S.A.
Pepas – Farruko
Raise your hands and bottles
We always have the movie in play
Today we’re going to party until it’s daytime
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Darling, just hold my hand
Be my girl, I’ll be your man
I see my future in your eyes
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Do you remember, 21st night of September?
Love was changing the mind of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Can’t stop, won’t stop grooving
It’s like I got this music in my mind
Saying it’s gonna be alright
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
I’m in love with the shape of you
We push and pull like a magnet do
Although my heart is falling too
I’m in love with your body
Shout, Pts. 1 & 2 – The Isley Brothers
You know you make me wanna (Shout)
Kick my heels up and (Shout)
Throw my hands up and (Shout)
Tip: After the ceremony is over, pick your song to exit – also known as the recessional song.
Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
Ooh baby, here I am
Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours, I’m yours
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyonce
Cause if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it
Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
And the songbirds are singing
Like they know the score
And I love you, I love you, I love you
Like never before
Speechless – Dan + Shay
After all this time I’m just as nervous
Every time you walk into the room
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Good times never seemed so good
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
Thank God – Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown
You loved me when you didn’t have to
But you did and you do, and he knew
Thank God for giving me you
There She Goes – The La’s
There she goes again
Chasing down my lane
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains
Tip: When it’s time to party, play only the best party songs to get guests on the dance floor!
This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
This is how we do it, all hands are in the air
And wave them from here to there
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
You’ve given me the thrill of a lifetime
And made me believe you’ve got more thrills to spare, oh!
This will be an everlasting love
Thunderstruck – AC/DC
Beating in my heart
The thunder of guns
Tore me apart
Turn Down for What – DJ Snake, Lil Jon
Fire up that loud
Another round of shots
Turn down for what?
Turning Page – Sleeping At Last
Your love is my turning page
Where only the sweetest words remain
Every kiss is a cursive line
Every touch is a redefining phrase
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
You know you twist so fine
Come on and twist a little closer now
And let me know that you’re mine
Until I Found You – Stephen Sanchez
I said, “I would never fall unless it’s you I fall into”
I was lost within the darkness, but then I found her
I found you
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to you
Saturday night, and we in the spot
Don’t believe me, just watch, come on!
Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony
I am going to laugh, I am going to dance
Live my life lalalala
Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
So, rock me mama like a wagon wheel
Rock me mama any way you feel
Hey, mama rock me
Wannabe – Spice Girls
Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want
So tell me what you want, what you really, really want
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
We are family (hey, y’all)
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing (sing it to me)
We Found Love – Rihanna, Calvin Harris
It’s the way I’m feeling I just can’t deny
But I’ve gotta let it go
We found love in a hopeless place
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
The bright blessed days, the dark sacred nights
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Wobble – V.I.C.
Wobble baby, wobble baby, wobble baby, wobble (yeah)
Wobble baby, wobble baby, wobble baby, wobble (yeah)
Yeah! – Usher, Ludacris, Lil’ Jon
She’s all up in my head now, got me thinking
That it might be a good idea to take her with me
You Are The Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne
You please me, you don’t even have to try
You are the best thing
You Are The Reason – Calum Scott, Leona Lewis
Just to be with you
And fix what I’ve broken
Oh, ’cause I need you to see
That you are the reason
You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates
Oh yeah, well, well you (Ooh, ooh, ooh ooh ooh)
You make a-my dreams come true
Yours – Russell Dickerson
I came to life when I first kissed you
The best me has his arms around you
You make me better than I was before
Thank God I’m yours
Tip: If you are just getting started planning the music for your wedding, see our wedding song lists.
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 couple. 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.
This list is compiled from being veteran DJs, talking to wedding couples through social groups, and analyzing hundreds of wedding DJs’ playlists across the U.S. that provide wedding music.
Constant reviewing of wedding songs through the years that are both in current circulation and have stood the test of time.
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 are a lot of opportunities to use music at a wedding.
What is the best wedding song ever?
Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” is the greatest wedding song ever -or- is it Etta James’ “At Last”?
Even though it was released in 2017, many couples relate to the emotion of “Perfect” and will have everyone dancing to this great love ballad. “Perfect” also has been remade as “Perfect Duet” with Beyone and “Perfect Symphony” with Andrea Bocelli.
“At Last” is a timeless classic wedding song about finding your forever love.
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.
What is the most played song at weddings?
The most popular song to play during a wedding ceremony is the processional song – the song played as the wedding party, including the bride, walks down the aisle. The most popular wedding reception song is the first dance song.