Top Songs for Your Ultimate Wedding Playlist

Chances are you and your fiancé already have a song or two chosen for your wedding. But do you realize that your wedding will actually need at least five good songs plus at least 3 hours’ worth of music? Well, don’t despair, here’s just about everything you need to fill your wedding with beautiful melodies.

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Processional

(also good for the First March In)

There’s nothing like a dramatic entrance to put everyone in good spirits and anticipating the rest of the day.

– “Everyday” by Buddy Holly
– “Hoppípolla” by Sigur Rós
– “I Was Married” by Tegan and Sara
– “Somewhere Only We Know” by Lily Allen
– “Love” by Matt White
– “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Ingrid Michaelson
– “Real Love” by Beach House
– “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez
– “Wedding Song” by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
– “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler
– “Wild Horses” by The Sundays
– “Magic” by Colbie Caillat
– “Yellow” by The Vitamin String Quartet
– “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran
– “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley
– “Kissing You” by Des’ree
– “Do You Realize? ” by The Flaming Lips
– “Boom Clap” by Lennon & Maisy
– “All I Want Is You” by U2
– “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap

Recessional

(also good for the Second March In)

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These songs are celebrations of love, and any would make a great accompaniment as you walk hand-in-hand with your spouse.

– “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
– “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
– “You Make My Dreams” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
– “You’re All I Need to Get” by Marvin Gaye
– “Beautiful Day” by U2
– “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
– “Little Martha” by Allman Brothers Band
– “I Do” by The Marvelows
– “All I Want is You” by Barry Louis Polisar
– “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
– “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine
– “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé and Jay Z
– “Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful
– “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
– “Linus & Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi
– “Love is All You Need” by The Beatles
– “Anthem” by Suzanne Ciani
– “Gimme Some Lovin’“ by The Spencer Davis Group
– “Happy Together” by The Turtles
– “Love Never Felt so Good” by Michael Jackson

First Dance

Your First Dance is the biggest highlight of your wedding. Make sure everyone has a good memory of it—you, most of all—by choosing an excellent song to dance to.

– “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley
– “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
– “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
– “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
– “At Last” by Etta James
– “Your Song” by Elton John
– “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
– “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney
– “By Your Side” by Sade
– “Then” by Brad Paisley
– “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
– “Everything” by Michael Bublé
– “La Vie en Rose” by Louis Armstrong
– “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker
– “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
– “Amazed” by Lonestar
– “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones
– “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
– “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King
– “Marry Me” by Train

Father & Daughter Dance

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You may be another man’s lady now, but you’ll still always be Daddy’s little girl. Commemorate your love with these tender songs:

– “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
– “My Girl” by The Temptations
– “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
– “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
– “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel
– “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
– “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty
– “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
– “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
– “To Sir With Love” by Lulu
– “Daddy” by Beyoncé
– “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
– “My Darling” by Wilco
– “When You Need Me” by Bruce Springsteen
– “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
– “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
– “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
– “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley
– “She’s a Rainbow” by The Rolling Stones
– “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

Mother & Son Dance

Songs that tell about the beautiful relationship between the man of your life and the first woman who ever loved him.

– “Child of Mine” by Carole King
– “Loves Me Like a Rock” by Paul Simon
– “In My Life” by The Beatles
– “Thank You Mom” by Good Charlotte
– “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
– “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
– “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan
– “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
– “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Sheryl Crow
– “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
– “A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men
– “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Leona Lewis
– “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” by The Dixie Chicks
– “Do I Make You Proud” by Taylor Hicks
– “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
– “Mother” by Pink Floyd
– “You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins
– “Blessed” by Elton John
– “Ordinary Miracle” by Sarah McLachlan
– “A Song for my Son” by Mikki Viereck

Classical Music

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Playing these classical pieces is an excellent way to add a level of sophistication into you affair.

– “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
– “Bridal Chorus” by Richard Wagner
– “Tuba Tune in D” by Craig Sellar Lang
– “Ode to Joy” by Ludwig Van Beethoven
– “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke
– “The Prince of Denmark’s March” by Jeremiah Clarke
– “Toccata” from Symphonie 5 by Charles-Marie Widor
– Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major by Franz Schubert
– “Rondeau” from Symphonies de Fanfares by Roland Mouret
– “Flower Duet” by Mado Robin
– “Minuets in G Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach
– “Air On the G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach
– “Concerto in E Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach
– “Andante” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
– “Trumpet Tune and Bell Symphony” by Henry Purcell
– “Wedding March” by Andrew Grossman
– “The Blue Danube” by the Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra
– “Largo” from Xerxes by George Handel
– “Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah by George Handel
– “Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn

Filler Music

Slow jazz, acoustics, bossa nova or instrumentals: PW’s choice of 20 artists whose music would make a fine background to any other part of your wedding:

– Tony Bennett
– Michael Bublé
– Jamie Cullum
– Norah Jones
– Diana Krall
– Jane Monheit
– Vitamin String Quartet
– ThePianoGuys
– 2Cellos
– Jack Johnson
– Donavon Frankenreiter
– Joshua Radin
– Daniela Andrade
– Kina Grannis
– Jayme Dee
– Carla Bruni
– Joyce Jonathan
– Bebel Gilberto
– Celso Fonseca
– Nicola Conte

Bonus: Songs to Avoid

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Inappropriate lyrics, overplayed, or just plain tacky—these are the songs that often appear on wedding playlists but really shouldn’t.

– “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
– “White Wedding” by Billy Idol
– “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
– “Gold Digger” by Kanye West
– “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
– “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
– “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
– “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang
– “YMCA” by The Village People
– “Macarena” by Los Del Rio
– “Gangnam Style” by PSY
– “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi
– “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley
– “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
– “My Best Friend’s Girl” by The Cars
– “Like a Virgin” by Madonna
– “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
– “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
– “Hot in Herre” by Nelly
– “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon

Your wedding playlist is serious business—but if you’re a music aficionado (actually, even if you aren’t) organizing it can be loads of fun. Hope this list has given you loads of great ideas and now you’re set for the musical needs of your wedding.

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