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Wedding Songs List: Perfect Tunes for Every Special Moment

Choosing the perfect songs for your wedding day can set the mood and create unforgettable memories.

Whether you need tunes for your ceremony or reception, a well-curated wedding playlist can make your celebration truly special.

Here are 25 must-have songs for your wedding playlist:

  • At Last – Etta James
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  • All of Me – John Legend
  • Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  • You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  • Marry Me – Train
  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  • I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
  • Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  • Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  • Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  • Something – The Beatles
  • Your Song – Elton John
  • Beauty and the Beast – Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson
  • Best Part – Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R.
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder
  • I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
  • Shut Up and Dance – WALK THE MOON
  • Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • We Found Love – Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • Dancing Queen – ABBA

Ceremony Songs

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Selecting the perfect songs for your wedding ceremony creates a memorable atmosphere for you and your guests.

From the moment you walk down the aisle to the joyful exit, the right music will make each moment special.

Processional/Entrance Songs

The processional sets the mood as your wedding party makes its entrance. You’ll want these to be songs that are meaningful and reflective of your love story.

Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel is a timeless choice.

Modern options include Marry You by Bruno Mars for a fun vibe, or A Thousand Years by Christina Perri for something more emotional.

You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates adds a joyful, upbeat touch that’s sure to make everyone smile.

Songs for the Bride’s Entrance

The bride’s entrance is one of the most anticipated moments of any wedding ceremony.

For a classic touch, Bridal Chorus by Richard Wagner is iconic.

If you prefer pop ballads, consider All of Me by John Legend.

Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You brings both power and emotion.

For those looking for something a bit different yet romantic, At Last by Etta James captures the essence of long-awaited love beautifully.

Recessional/Exit Songs

Your wedding exit should be filled with joy and celebration as you depart as newlyweds.

Upbeat songs like Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) by Stevie Wonder make for a lively exit.

Happy by Pharrell Williams is another great choice to end on a high note.

For those wanting something timeless, Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles brings a classic yet cheerful finish to your ceremony.

List of 25 Ceremony Songs:

  • Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
  • Marry You – Bruno Mars
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  • You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
  • Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner
  • All of Me – John Legend
  • I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
  • At Last – Etta James
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  • Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  • Marry Me – Train
  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
  • How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  • Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
  • First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
  • You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
  • Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  • Love on Top – Beyoncé

Cocktail Hour/Reception Entrance

Cocktail hour and the grand entrance set the tone for the wedding reception. It’s a chance to balance upbeat energy with moments of romance and celebration.

Upbeat Cocktail Hour Songs

During cocktail hour, you’ll want songs that keep the energy light and happy. You might include a mix of classic hits and modern tunes.

Songs like “Got to Give It Up (Part 1)” by Marvin Gaye and “ABC” by the Jackson 5 are perfect choices.

Here are more great options to consider:

  • “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder
  • “Do You Love Me” by The Contours
  • “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” by The Temptations
  • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor
  • “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Marry Me” by Train
  • “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  • “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

These songs will set a joyful and welcoming mood as guests mingle.

Grand Entrance Songs

The grand entrance is a key moment where you and your partner are introduced as newlyweds.

You might opt for something fun and lively like “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, or choose a high-energy track like “Hey Ya!” by OutKast.

Here are some ideal tracks:

  • “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
  • “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake
  • “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
  • “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
  • “Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON
  • “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder
  • “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé ft. Jay Z
  • “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire

First Dance Songs

Finding the perfect first dance song is a cherished task for many couples.

Whether you’re drawn to timeless classics or modern hits, the right song can set the tone for your wedding reception.

Classic Romantic First Dances

Classic first dance songs have endured through the years because of their timeless appeal and deeply romantic lyrics.

These songs often feature soulful melodies and heartfelt themes about love and commitment.

  • At Last – Etta James
  • The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  • Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  • Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

These songs bring a sense of nostalgia and elegance to your wedding, making them perfect for couples who want their first dance to feel special and memorable.

Modern First Dance Picks

Modern first dance songs offer a fresh and contemporary vibe for your wedding.

These tracks often feature current artists and trending genres, providing a modern twist on the traditional first dance.

  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  • All of Me – John Legend
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  • Best Part – Daniel Caesar feat. H.E.R.

Tips for Choosing a Meaningful Song

Choosing the right song for your first dance can take some thought and effort. Here are a few tips to help you find a song that truly represents your love story:

  1. Personal Connection: Pick a song that holds special meaning for you both. This could be from a memorable moment or a shared experience.
  2. Lyrics Matter: Make sure the lyrics align with your feelings and the message you want to convey.
  3. Danceability: Consider the tempo and rhythm of the song. Choose a song that you both feel comfortable dancing to.
  4. Consult Each Other: Ensure that both partners are happy with the choice. Mutual agreement can make the moment even more special.

List of 25 First Dance Songs:

  • At Last – Etta James
  • The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  • Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  • Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  • All of Me – John Legend
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  • Best Part – Daniel Caesar feat. H.E.R.
  • Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  • You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  • Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  • Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  • Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  • Marry Me – Train
  • L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
  • I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  • Everything – Michael Bublé
  • First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
  • Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
  • Halo – Beyoncé

Parent Dances

Choosing the right songs for parent dances can create unforgettable memories at your wedding reception. Here are some top picks for both father-daughter and mother-son dances.

Father-Daughter Dance Songs

The father-daughter dance is a moment of tenderness and love. Picking a song that reflects your special bond is essential.

  • Then They Do – Trace Adkins
  • Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
  • Daddy’s Little Girl – Michael Bublé
  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  • I Loved Her First – Heartland
  • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor
  • Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  • Gracie – Ben Folds
  • Father and Daughter – Paul Simon
  • Tiny Dancer – Elton John
  • You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
  • There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns & Roses

Mother-Son Dance Songs

The mother-son dance is a time to show appreciation and love for your mom. Select a song that captures this meaningful relationship.

  • Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • Hero – Mariah Carey
  • A Song for Mama – Boyz II Men
  • Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  • I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  • Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw
  • The First Lady In My Life – Paul Todd

Dinner Music

When planning your wedding dinner music, it’s important to create an elegant and relaxing ambiance. Combining jazz and classical instrumentals can set the perfect mood for your special evening.

Jazz and Classical Instrumentals

Jazz and classical instrumentals are ideal for your wedding dinner because they offer a sophisticated and timeless vibe. These genres are both calming and enjoyable, without being overpowering.

Jazz Selections:

  • “A Night To Remember” by beabadoobee, Laufey
  • “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  • “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles
  • “Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  • “At Last” by Etta James

Classical Instrumentals:

  • “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
  • “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy
  • “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert
  • “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi
  • “Air on the G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach

Well-selected jazz and classical pieces can add a touch of elegance and make your dinner feel special. These well-loved tracks are sure to be a hit with your guests, setting a delightful backdrop as they enjoy their meal.

Creating an Elegant Ambiance

An elegant ambiance can be achieved by thoughtfully curating your playlist. Aim for a mix of modern and classic songs that are soft and melodic.

Modern Selections:

  • “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
  • “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
  • “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  • “All of Me” by John Legend
  • “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

Classic Songs:

  • “Your Song” by Elton John
  • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor
  • “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel
  • “Higher & Higher” by Jackie Wilson
  • “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder

Including a variety of songs helps maintain a pleasant atmosphere throughout dinner. Hits from both past and present can bond people across different generations.

Here’s a sample list to consider for your wedding dinner playlist:

  • “A Night To Remember” by beabadoobee, Laufey
  • “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
  • “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
  • “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
  • “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy
  • “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles
  • “Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  • “Your Song” by Elton John
  • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor
  • “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
  • “Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  • “At Last” by Etta James
  • “All of Me” by John Legend
  • “Summer Wind” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert
  • “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi
  • “Air on the G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel
  • “Higher & Higher” by Jackie Wilson
  • “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
  • “A Million Dreams” by The Piano Guys
  • “Lovely” by Brooklyn Duo
  • “Wonderful Tonight” by Vitamin String Quartet
  • “Just The Way You Are” by The Piano Guys
  • “If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago

Dance Party Playlist

A colorful dance floor with a glowing disco ball above, surrounded by excited guests and vibrant decorations

Creating the perfect dance party playlist for your wedding is essential to ensure that everyone has a great time. This involves picking songs that kick off the party, mixing in hits from different eras, and choosing crowd-pleasing dance hits. Below are suggestions to get your dance floor buzzing.

Getting the Party Started

The beginning of your dance party is crucial. You need songs that will get everyone excited and ready to dance. Select upbeat tracks that are universally loved and immediately recognizable. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars and Shake It Off by Taylor Swift are excellent choices. These songs have infectious beats and energetic vibes that will encourage your guests to hit the dance floor.

A few more songs that can start the party include:

  • Happy by Pharrell Williams
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling! by Justin Timberlake
  • Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO

Mixing in Different Dance Eras

To keep the momentum going, incorporate dance hits from various decades. This mixture will cater to different generations and keep everyone engaged.

Include classics like Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees and Superstition by Stevie Wonder to bring a bit of nostalgia. Then, mix it up with September by Earth, Wind & Fire and Billie Jean by Michael Jackson for a timeless groove.

For more variety, consider:

  • Dancing Queen by ABBA
  • Macarena by Los Del Rio
  • Daft Punk Is Playing at My House by LCD Soundsystem

Crowd-Pleasing Dance Hits

For the grand finale, pick songs that are guaranteed to get everyone on their feet. These should include tracks that have easy-to-follow rhythms and maybe even some popular dance moves like Cha Cha Slide by DJ Casper.

Modern hits like I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas and 24K Magic by Bruno Mars are perfect for keeping the excitement high.

Other crowd favorites to consider:

  • Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
  • Hey Ya! by OutKast
  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston

Here’s a list of 25 songs that can get your dance party started:

  • Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  • Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
  • Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  • Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  • September – Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Dancing Queen – ABBA
  • Macarena – Los Del Rio
  • Daft Punk Is Playing at My House – LCD Soundsystem
  • Cha Cha Slide – DJ Casper
  • I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  • 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  • Hey Ya! – OutKast
  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
  • Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyoncé
  • Dynamite – Taio Cruz
  • Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
  • Danza Kuduro – Don Omar ft. Lucenzo
  • Treasure – Bruno Mars
  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Last Dance/Exit Songs

A couple's last dance at their wedding, surrounded by glowing lights and fading into the night, as the DJ plays their chosen exit songs

Choosing the perfect last dance or exit song for your wedding is pivotal. It sets the tone for the end of the celebration and leaves a lasting impression.

Sentimental Last Dance Options

Sentimental songs are perfect for a heartfelt final moment on the dance floor. These tracks are filled with emotion and memories, making them ideal for wrapping up your special day.

When you want a classic, “At Last” by Etta James is a timeless choice. Its lyrics beautifully express the joy of finding love.

John Legend’s “All of Me” is another favorite. It showcases deep love and commitment, which resonates strongly with newlyweds.

For something more nostalgic, “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys speaks volumes about everlasting love.

Fun Exit Songs for the Couple

For a lively and upbeat end to the night, consider fun exit songs. These tracks bring energy and fun as you make your ceremonial exit.

“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey is a crowd-pleaser that gets everyone singing along. Its hopeful message is a hit at any celebration.

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes gives a joyful and memorable send-off, perfect for the final dance.

“Closing Time” by Semisonic is a modern classic that signals the end of the event with a nostalgic touch.

Here’s a list of top last dance and exit songs to consider for your wedding playlist:

  • “At Last” – Etta James
  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey
  • “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
  • “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” – Green Day
  • “Closing Time” – Semisonic
  • “Hit the Road Jack” – Ray Charles
  • “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
  • “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
  • “My Girl” – The Temptations
  • “Cheek to Cheek” – Ella Fitzgerald
  • “It Had to Be You” – Tony Bennett
  • “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” – Whitney Houston
  • “Last Dance” – Donna Summer
  • “All of Me” – John Legend
  • “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles
  • “Dancing in the Moonlight” – King Harvest
  • “Take Me Home, Country Roads” – John Denver
  • “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
  • “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers
  • “Your Song” – Elton John
  • “Shut Up and Dance” – WALK THE MOON
  • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” – James Taylor
  • “Marry You” – Bruno Mars
  • “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne

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