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30 Of The Top Bob Dylan Wedding Songs For A poetic Celebration!

Feb
Feb
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Introduction

Ask any music aficionado, and they’ll tell you that Bob Dylan is best known for his inventive guitar work, prolific songwriting, and lyrics that often tell a story.

But can those lyrics somehow tell the story of your love story and upcoming wedding? Of course it does! And that’s because one of Bob Dylan’s many talents is to be an absolute romantic with his pen. In fact, to prove just that, we rounded up 30 of our favorite Bob Dylan wedding songs, ranging from romantic ballads and slow and sentimental melodies to upbeat bops that are fit for any wedding party. 

So, if you’re ready to discover your new favorite Dylan tune, then let’s get right to it!

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Romantic Bob Dylan Wedding Songs

We’re curating your wedding playlist, so let’s start with Bob’s selection of romantic tunes! Now, a mysterious musician who barely accepts interviews might not seem like the most romantic sort, but we’re here to prove you wrong! (or at least, convince you to give these gems a listen) 

For starters, we have Dylan’s “Wedding Song,” which is a sweet and simple love song that’s all about his devotion to his partner, while “To Make You Feel My Love” is his own sincere rendition of a Billy Joel original. Of course, there are also wedding staples like “Make You Feel Like My Love” and “I Want You,” just to name a couple. Either way, you should be able to easily find something here for your bridal walk or first dance

  1. “Make You Feel My Love” (1997)
  2. “Lay Lady Lay” (1969)
  3. “To Make You Feel My Love” (1997)
  4. “I Want You” (1966)
  5. “Forever Young” (1974)
  6. “Shelter from the Storm” (1975)
  7. “If Not for You” (1970)
  8. “Girl from the North Country” (1963)
  9. “Wedding Song” (1974)
  10. “You’re a Big Girl Now” (1975)
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Slow and Sentimental Bob Dylan Wedding Songs

Need a breather after your partner just took your breath away? (or maybe it’s the other way around) Either way, you need some slower songs to help fill in your wedding’s quieter and transitory moments, so make sure you have these songs ready to go for your wedding DJ! 

For example, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” is a hopeful song that’s perfect for the parent dance, while “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” is a lighthearted song that’s perfect for the cocktail hour. But don’t let us stop you from discovering all of these songs for yourself! 

  1. “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (1963)
  2. “Boots of Spanish Leather” (1964)
  3. “One More Cup of Coffee” (1976)
  4. “I Threw It All Away” (1969)
  5. “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” (1966)
  6. “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” (1965)
  7. “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” (1967)
  8. “If You See Her, Say Hello” (1975)
  9. “Sara” (1976)
  10. “Most of the Time” (1989)
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Loud and Upbeat Bob Dylan Wedding Songs

No wedding is complete without a reception party to end the festivities and luckily, our ol’ pal Bob has the perfect set of tunes to send us off! 

For starters, we suggest opening the party with “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” which has a stomping beat and horns that will surely get everybody excited for what’s to come! Then, sprinkle a selection of faster hits like “I Shall Be Released,” “Absolutely Sweet Marie,” and “Gotta Serve Somebody,” all of which will make even the non-Dylan fans in your guest list start smiling and vibing. Either way, give them a go!

  1. “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” (1966)
  2. “Maggie’s Farm” (1965)
  3. “Gotta Serve Somebody” (1979)
  4. “I Shall Be Released” (1967)
  5. “Absolutely Sweet Marie” (1966)
  6. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” (1966)
  7. “Mozambique” (1976)
  8. “Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum” (2001)
  9. “Summer Days” (2001)
  10. “Jokerman” (1983)
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Bob Dylan Wedding Songs: FAQ Section

Why choose Bob Dylan for a wedding playlist?

With a catalog that spans decades, Bob Dylan’s offers plenty for couples who want songs that’s all about love, relationships, and life experiences in general. Furthermore, his trademark poetic lyrics and genre-hopping also lend itself well to different parts of any wedding, and that’s whether you’re a big Bob Dylan fan or not! 

Are Bob Dylan’s songs suitable for traditional weddings?

Absolutely! If anything, they are tailor-made for traditional weddings, all thanks to his trademark poetry and acoustic guitar work. That said, his music also transcends genres, meaning that they’re also fit for non-traditional weddings, whether you decide to have your ceremony in your own backyard, a rustic barn, or even by the beach

How can I incorporate Bob Dylan’s songs into different parts of my wedding?

It’s easy! Use romantic ballads for the ceremony, slow and sentimental tunes for the first dance, and upbeat tracks for the reception. Customize the playlist to match the ambiance you want for each part of your special day.

Are there instrumental versions of Bob Dylan’s songs available for wedding ceremonies?

While instrumental versions of some songs may exist, consider exploring acoustic covers or asking your wedding DJ for a custom instrumental remix in order to further suit your preferences! 

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Bob Dylan's Impact in the Industry and Weddings

With a career that started decades ago and continues up until today, it’s no surprise that Bob Dylan has also become a permanent fixture in countless wedding playlists curated by couples. And it’s just as well too, as his trademark poetic lyrics and distinct voice is the perfect way to supplement any wedding. 

Of course, his overall influence in the music industry is just as immeasurable. Starting with his early folk days to his electric evolution and beyond, Dylan has continually pushed the boundaries of songwriting and storytelling. 

To date, some of his best-selling hits include “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Rainy Day Women #12 and 35,” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” all of which peaked at the Billboard Hot 100 at some point. 

There’s also his trademark storytelling, which has earned him a Nobel Prize in Literature and other countless awards throughout his colorful and progressive career. And while his chart-topping hits might not all be wedding-themed, his diverse discography ensures a plethora of choices for couples seeking songs that speak to their love story.

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Tips for Picking Bob Dylan Wedding Songs

  • Consider Your Theme – is your wedding following a theme? If so, then start your playlist by picking songs that best fit it. Luckily, Bob Dylan’s catalog is large enough that you should find something that would work, regardless whether you’re having a rustic, vintage, or modern wedding.

     

  • Include Variety – Unless you’re a die-hard Bob Dylan fan and you want your wedding playlist to be exclusively filled with his songs, then we suggest adding some other artists on the roster! For example, we’re sure any Bob Dylan fan would also love some Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, as well as more modern contemporaries like John Mayer and even Taylor Swift. Either way, adding these artists should ensure that there’s something for everyone on your guest list!
     
  • Explore Covers – Not the biggest fan of Dylan’s voice? Well then, how about opting for some covers instead? Some artists have crafted beautiful covers of Dylan’s songs, and these renditions should give you a fresh take on these classic tunes.
     
  • Create a Narrative – If there’s something that Bob Dylan really excels at, it’s telling a story through his songs. So, why not use these songs to your advantage by arranging the songs in a way that tells a story, mirroring the progression of your relationship from when you met to your wedding day!
     
  • Consult with Your Wedding DJ – We also encourage you to work closely with your wedding DJ to ensure the songs are seamlessly integrated into the flow of your ceremony and reception. Take note of any transitions you want too, as well as any suggestions to further fine-tune the playlist. They are the experts after all!
     
  • Don’t Forget the Dance Floor – Include upbeat tracks to encourage your guests to hit the dance floor and celebrate the joyous occasion. It’s the reception party after all, so make sure to turn up! *air horns* 
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Conclusion

And that concludes our list of the 30 best Bob Dylan wedding songs! With this list, we hope we’re able to convince you that ol’ Bob also has plenty to bring to the table when it comes to wedding playlists! 

But just in case you don’t have a wedding DJ yet to further bring your big day to life, then why not work with us here at DJing.ca? *wink wink*

As the largest DJ company in Canada, we here at DJing.ca have worked at more than 1,000+ successful events, and we can’t wait to add our own brand of DJ magic to your big day! Of course, we only work with the top 1% of DJs to ensure that happens, all while offering our services at affordable rates.

So, what are you waiting for? Hit us up for a quote so we can get to work immediately! Happy wedding planning! 

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