Classic Wedding Songs You Need To Have On Your Wedding Playlist

By  Tommy Peske
Updated on 02/20/24
Classic Wedding Songs You Need To Have On Your Wedding Playlist

Classic Wedding Songs You Need To Have On Your Wedding Playlist

By  Tommy Peske
Updated on 02/20/24

Part of the Wedding

Classic Wedding Songs You Need To Have On Your Wedding Playlist

By  Tommy Peske
Updated on 02/20/24

Of course, John Legend and Lady Gaga will be on your wedding playlist, but when you finally sit down to create your dream day playlist, coming up with songs might be much more challenging than anticipated. Bad wedding reception songs can prevent your guests from ending up on the dance floor, so make sure your playlist is thoughtfully crafted. To ensure your wedding playlist isn’t a flop, you’ll need to do some research. Lucky for you, we have an entire list of classic wedding songs you need to play at your wedding and when you should play them. 

Wedding Ceremony Songs

You’ll need your wedding processional song for your wedding party as they walk down the aisle, a song for when the bride walks down the aisle, and one for the groom/bride and wedding party as they leave the ceremony. Luckily, this means you can pick more than one song, so here are some of our favorites:

James Arthur – Falling Like The Stars

Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love

The Beatles – Here, There And Everywhere (2009 Remastered)

John Legend – All Of Me

Train – Marry Me

Dan + Shay – Speechless

Jason Cassidy – You (Wedding Song)
First dance at a wedding

Songs For The First Dance

Picking first dance wedding songs can be daunting and stressful since there are so many options, but remember it should embody your and your spouse’s relationship. An excellent place to start is to play this list of songs with your partner, see which one feels the most special to you both, and slowly narrow it down until you’ve found the one. Here are some options to pick from:

Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You

Scotty McCreery – This Is It 

Taylor Swift – Love Story 

Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing 

Etta James – At Last 

Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight 

Ed Sheeran – Perfect 

Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are 

Stephen Sanchez – Until I Found You 

Dan + Shay – 10,000 Hours 
Wedding Reception Dance

Songs To Dance To At The Reception

Play more upbeat wedding songs to keep wedding guests moving and having fun. Occasionally throw in a slow song for slow dances, a father-daughter dance, or a mother-son dance, but for the most part, you’ll want to keep things fast and happy to keep everyone in the celebratory mood.

Some wedding music you’ll defiantly want to shake something to:

Jason Derulo – Marry Me 

Jonas Brothers – Sucker 

Elvis Presley – Burning Love 

John Travolta and Olivia Newton – You’re The One That I Want 

ABBA – I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do 

Dan + Shay – Glad you Exist 

Dolly Parton – Islands In The Stream 

Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight 

Pat Benatar – We Belong 

Luke Combs – Forever After All 

One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful 

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours 

Bruno Mars – Leave The Door Open 

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun 

Shawn Mendes – Fallin’ All In You 

Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk 

Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer 

Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man
Top 4 classic wedding songs

The Top 4 Classic Wedding Songs You Have To Play

If you choose to skim past most of this article, you’d want to pause a moment to at least read this list because we’ve written out our best wedding songs you’ll want to play at some point at your wedding.

  • Bruno Mars – Marry You 
  • John Legend – All Of Me 
  • Train – Marry Me 
  • Taylor Swift – Love Story 

Wedding Song FAQ:

What is the most played song at weddings?

According to Spotify, Love On Top by Beyoncé, Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) by Stevie Wonder, I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston, All Of Me by John Legend, and Everything by Michael Bublé are among the top played songs at weddings. 

What is the famous wedding song called?

Here Comes the Bride is that traditional walking-down-the-isle song you hear at weddings. It’s often remixed and/or done by a live band, so it might sound different depending on the wedding, but it’s all the same song. 

What moments at a wedding do you need a song?

You’ll need to think about having songs for are:

  • the processional 
  • the bridal processional (when the bride walks down the aisle), the recessional (when the groom/bride and wedding party walk back down the aisle to leave) 
  • the reception entrance (when the bride and groom are introduced) 
  • the first dance 
  • the father-daughter dance 
  • the mother-son dance 
  • the song to get the party or dancing started 

Do you list songs in the wedding program?

It’s common but optional to include the song title, composer, and the name of the person performing it if it’s a live performance. 

How many songs do I need for a four-hour wedding?

An excellent place to start is a minimum of 15 songs per hour, which is 60 songs for four hours that should cover the reception and dinner. 

The biggest takeaway is that there are many songs to pick for your special day, and no one song (no matter how popular) is better. What makes a song perfect and memorable is how it connects you and your significant other by adding a sentimental touch and making your big day more memorable. So, don’t stress and get more advice and tips on our site, The Groom Club, to ensure your wedding day is how you imagined, from the destination to the perfect song.

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