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Wedding Songs: The Top 10 and Alternatives

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02 Oct Wedding Songs: The Top 10 and Alternatives

Wedding Songs: The Top 10, and Alternatives

Whether you’re having some trouble deciding on which wedding songs to play, or trying to fill an empty slot on your playlist, these songs will always be a good choice. Along with our good friend and professional musician, Amanda Tee, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 wedding songs being played today. From timeless classics to romantic pop hits, this list can be used as your main playlist, or a reliable backup.

 

1 – All of Me

Artist: John Legend

Album: Love in the Future

Released: 2013

Genre: R&B/Soul

I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright”

With lyrics that speak of love even through hard times, this is a perfect song for couples ready to face the unknown future together.

 

2 – Count On Me

Artist: Bruno Mars

Album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Released: 2010

Genre: Pop

“If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see, I’ll be the light to guide you”

An honest song, it perfectly complements any wedding. In sickness and in health, for better or for worse, I’ll be there. You can count on me.

 

3 – I’m Yours

Artist: Jason Mraz

Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.

Released: 2008

Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop

“Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find love, love, love, love”

About a casual and comfortable relationship, it’s also fun. It’s a reminder that familiarity does not have to mean boring.

 

4 – A Thousand Years

Artist: Christina Perri

Album: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Released: 2011

Genre: Pop

Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more”

Slow-paced, and with a simple, catchy melody, this song of eternal love is modern, with the feel of a classic.

5 – Beautiful in White

Artist: Westlife

Album: solo release

Released: 2010

Genre: Pop

“So as long as I live I love you, Will have and hold you
You look so beautiful in white”

Literally about a wedding, this boy band ballad carries all the emotion that comes with marrying someone. A perfect wedding song.

 

6 – Thinking Out Loud

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Album: x

Released: 2014

Genre: Pop

Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars”

This song ticks all the boxes for a dream marriage. Passionate romance? Check. The mysteries of the human heart? Check. Love enduring into old age? Check. Remembering the taste of his love? …check.

 

7 – At Last

Artist: Etta James

Album: At Last!

Released: 1960

Genre: R&B/Soul

“I found a dream, that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own”

A love song of dreams come true, this is the perfect song to slow-dance to.

 

8 – Can’t Help Falling In Love

Artist: Elvis Presley

Movie: Blue Hawaii

Released: 1961

Genre: Pop

Like a river flows
Surely to the sea
Darling, so it goes
Some things are meant to be”

A song about love that was meant to be, it’s a good one for those hopeless romantics.

 

9 – Yellow

Artist: Coldplay

Album: Parachutes

Released: 2000

Genre: Britpop/Alternative

Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And everything you do”

Detailing a love that feels like warm, yellow sunlight, this catchy, pulsing song serves as a great dance track, or march-in song.

 

10 – Wonderful Tonight

Artist: Eric Clapton

Album: Slowhand

Released: 1977

Genre: Classic Rock

So I give her the car keys and she helps me to bed
And then I tell her, as I turn out the light
I say, “My darling, you were wonderful tonight”

A quiet, caring song, this is a great one to send your guests off to, after a long night.

 

 

alternatives

Looking for something different? Maybe you want the music to better reflect you and your fiancé’s personalities, or you’re just tired of hearing the same songs at every single wedding. Well, here are ten great alternative wedding songs to consider.

 

1 – The Way I Am

Artist: Ingrid Michaelson

Album: Girls and Boys

Released: 2006

Genre: Indie/Alternative

Cause I love the way you say good morning
And you take me the way I am”

‘The Way I Am’ is a song about acceptance. It’s a promise to keep on loving your partner, even if their hair all falls out.

 

2 – Heroes

Artist: David Bowie

Album: Heroes

Released: 1977

Genre: Rock

Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
Then we could be Heroes, just for one day”

Hopeful and triumphant, it’s the perfect song for the one day you get to be king and queen.

 

3 – (It’s Only A) Paper Moon

Artist: Ella Fitzgerald

Album: solo release

Released: 1945

Genre: Jazz

“You say it’s only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn’t be make believe if you believed in me”

To Ella Fitzgerald, love is the only real thing, piercing through the falseness of the world. More relevant than ever, it’s a great one for newlyweds to dance to.

 

4 – Fade Into You

Artist: Mazzy Star

Album: So Tonight That I Might See

Released: 1993

Genre: Indie/Alternative

“You put your hands into your head
And then smiles cover your heart”

Hopeful and nostalgic, this is one for those lovers standing together despite all circumstances.

 

5 – Happy

Artist: Pharrell Williams

Album: Happy

Released: 2013

Genre: Pop

“Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth”

Pure, distilled, cheerfulness. Pop it on to get everyone clapping along.

 

6 – Better Together

Artist: Jack Johnson

Album: In Between Dreams

Released: 2005

Genre: Singer-songwriter

“Love is the answer
At least for most of the questions in my heart.”

A light, casual love song. I’m Yours with better grammar and more harmonica.

 

7 – All You Need Is Love

Artist: The Beatles

Movie: Magical Mystery Tour

Released: 1967

Genre: Rock, Pop

“All you need is love, love
Love is all you need”

You can’t go wrong with the most popular band in the world. And according to them you can’t go wrong, period, as long as you have love.

 

8 – Come Away With Me

Artist: Norah Jones

Album: Come Away With Me

Released: 2002

Genre: Pop

And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I’m safe there in your arms”

A gentle piano ballad, this cozy song works great as a slow-dance track as well as a send-off.

 

9 – Just Like Heaven

Artist: The Cure

Album: Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

Released: 1987

Genre: New Wave

“You, soft and lonely
You, lost and lonely
You, just like heaven”

Exhilarating and longing, you’ll want to listen to this leaning on the arm of your fiancé.

 

10 – How Long Will I Love You

Artist: Ellie Goulding

Album: Halcyon

Released: 2012

Genre: Pop

How long will I love you
As long as stars are above you
And longer if I may”

A simple love song with a simple promise: I will love you forever.

 

BACK BUTTON MEDIA X AMANDA TEE

As mentioned above, this article would not have been possible without our friend and collaborator, Amanda Tee. A professional musician with over a decade’s worth of experience, she’s played venues ranging from bars and weddings to the SG50 Countdown, and the F1 Grand Prix. If you’re looking to see her perform, you can find her on these days, at these venues, during these times:

 

Mondays – Timbre @ The Substation, 8pm

Tuesdays – Timbre+, 7.45pm

Fridays – Hood Bar & Cafe, 9.30pm (Bilingual)

Saturdays – CM-PB at Dempsey, 8.30pm

 

And if you’re looking for a videography company to document your splendid march in, look no further! (We’ll also film the rest of your wedding.) Finally, if you liked this article, you might want to check out our other ones, chock full of information and advice.

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