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Wedding songs are typically very romantic and beautiful. Music is so powerful and song lyrics can potentially bring forth so many emotions, depending on the particular song that you are listening to. Here, I have compiled a list of recommended wedding songs to play for the dance party at your wedding reception. As you plan your wedding, thinking about songs will be one of your many wedding ideas. I am a newlywed of seven months and this is my first hub regarding weddings. I should have written sooner. I know my pen name, Journey *, is somewhat ambiguous, but yes I was the bride. And you ladies know, we do much of the planning. I enjoyed every moment of it and I am likely to post future hubs regarding various aspects of wedding planning in the future. Please look out for those. This particular article that I am offering concerns the music for your wedding. Whether you are having a small gathering or a very large party, the music selections will have a lot to do with whether people choose to dance or sit things out. I think we all have a far better time at weddings when we dance.
I chose to be my own wedding planner and I took care of this aspect meticulously. Why? Because I LOVE music and I know when a good song can really make people get up and dance. I worked with a professional dj to make sure the music was everything I wanted it to be, consulting with my now husband about the songs he likes as well. It is important to trust your dj. When you have made a definitive decision about who your dj will be, show that you respect his/her abilities and that is why you hired him/her. You should, however, not hesitate to offer a list of 'must play songs'. It's your special day and you should hear what you want to hear and allow the dj autonomy on the rest. If you provide no preferences at all, It would be futile to complain if you thought the music at the reception was bad after the fact.
Everyone has different music tastes. If you are like me, you do not want to hear the YMCA, Electric Slide and chicken dance all night. Don't however underestimate the power of such songs. They can get even those who swear never to dance on their feet. Isn't it odd? I think something about the dancing as a group, in community with prescribed steps gets a lot of people, who would not otherwise care to dance, out of their shells. That is why these songs were played at proms and weddings 15 years ago and are still played today. (But some songs are just timeless and keep on playing for 25 years or more as you will see from the suggested list below.) A lot of people I know love different forms of line dancing and are very shy about dancing to fast songs otherwise. Personally, I enjoy dancing to most types of music.
Ideas for Wedding Song List
- I hope that engaged couples find this list of suggested wedding songs helpful as you plan your big day. As much as I love music, listening to the radio and cds, I found myself listening to the radio even more than usual during the planning of our wedding. I already knew my all time favorite songs but I kept listening for a rare gem that I might have overlooked and added it to my list.
- Some songs are just super popular for weddings and you can't blame them for being so. They are so romantic. So, yes, you will see some of the cliche songs on the list but maybe some new ones that you never thought of as well. Hey, maybe I'll keep updating this hub periodically!
- I hope that a big music fan like me can help you with some of the legwork as you decide upon songs for your wedding. I actually enjoy listening to the radio and making these type of lists. If it is not something you will enjoy, you'll probably find it to be the opposite- tedious and annoying. So, I hope I'm sparing you some trouble. If you love this type of stuff too, please feel free to add your own faves to my comments section.
- As you look at this list, keep in mind that in addition to the general dance music for party guests, you'll want special songs for:
father of the bride dance
bridal party dance
toast and cake cutting ceremony
tossing the bouquet
- Add or omit any moments that you would like to ceremoniously highlight with special music. Now, In no particular order, here is the list. Some were played at my own wedding. Some were not:
1. She Will be Loved - Maroon Five
2. Truly, Madly, Deeply - Savage Garden
3. Love Like This - Natasha Bedingfield
4. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
5. Lady in Red - Chris DeBurgh
6. At Last - Etta James
7. Power of Love - Luther Vandross
8. I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden
9. Life is a Highway - Rascal Flatts
10. Whenever, Wherever - Shakira
11. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira/ Wyclef Jean
12. Back at One - Brian McKnight
13. She's Like the Wind - Patrick Swayze
14. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
15. Take My Breath Away - Berlin
16. Breathe Again - Toni Braxton
17. Cruisin - Smokey Robinson (or Gwenyth Paltrow)
18. As Long as You Love Me - Backstreet Boys
19. Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
20. Ever the Same - Rob Thomas
21. Only Time - Enya
22. Umbrella - Rihanna
23. I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
24. Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
25. When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge (or Michael Bolton)
26. I want to Love You Forever - Jessica Simpson
27. My Love is Your Love - Whitney Houston
28. Sweetheart - Mariah Carey featuring JD
29. Fantasy - Mariah Carey featuring ODB
30. Stay with You - John Legend
31. You're All I Need, edited - Mary J. Blige and Method Man
32. Over and Over Again - Nelly and Time McGraw
33. Let Me Love You - Mario
34. No One - Alicia Keys
35. Kiss - Prince
36. Kiss, Kiss - Chris Brown
37. With You - Chris Brown
38. Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
39. Somewhere Only We Know - Kean
40. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
41. Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
Nyesha Pagnou MPH (author) from USA on January 27, 2009:
Hi Mezo, thanks for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Yes, lady in red, I'll always love you and because you loved me are timeless choices.- Journey*
Motaz from Egypt on January 27, 2009:
the lady in red, i'll always love you, because you loved me...these are my choices
Nyesha Pagnou MPH (author) from USA on January 26, 2009:
Hi Trsmd, Thanks for stopping by and commenting and thanks for your added suggestion! -Journey*
Trsmd from India on January 25, 2009:
I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman. Old, but the words are perfect. that'll be the best song to sung in Wedding ceremony..