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50 Of The Best Bruce Springsteen Songs For A Wedding

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Introduction

About to get hitched? Congratulations! 

Now, if you’re reading this, then you’re probably as big a Bruce Springsteen fan as us. And we can’t blame you, the boss has had hit after hit in his decades-long career, and he’s still going! 

So, if you’re planning to infuse some of his songwriting magic in your wedding playlist, then we got your back! Here, we listed a whopping 50 of the best Bruce Springsteen songs for a wedding. We even categorized them for easy pickings, listing them as: romantic, slow and sentimental, cheerful, reflective, and groovy and danceable. 

Now then, we won’t keep you any longer, let’s start!

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Romantic Bruce Springsteen Songs For A Wedding

The boss may be known for relating best with the upper class for his “working man” music, but that doesn’t mean that he’s also not a romantic! From the start of his career to his later golden years, Springsteen has released plenty of tunes that tug at the heart, and here are our absolute favorites for walking down (or up!) at the aisle! 

  1. “I Wanna Marry You” (1980)
  2. “Tougher Than the Rest” (1987)
  3. “If I Should Fall Behind” (1992)
  4. “Secret Garden” (1995)
  5. “Valentine’s Day” (1987)
  6. “Jersey Girl” (1984)
  7. “Sandy (4th of July, Asbury Park)” (1973)
  8. “Incident on 57th Street” (1973)
  9. “You’re Missing” (2002)
  10. “Two Faces” (1987)

Slow And Sentimental Bruce Springsteen Songs For A wedding

Want something more subdued and solemn for the bridal walk? Or perhaps you just want to keep things light until the party starts later? In that case, here are our favorite slow and sentimental Bruce Springsteen songs. Whether you just want to ease in the guests or looking for a slow, first dance song, the ones on this list should more than fit the bill.

  1. “Drive All Night” (1980)
  2. “The River” (1980)
  3. “Brilliant Disguise” (1987)
  4. “One Step Up” (1987)
  5. “The Promise” (1978)
  6. “The Wish” (1998)
  7. “If I Should Fall Behind” (1992)
  8. “I’m on Fire” (1984)
  9. “Stolen Car” (1980)
  10. “When You’re Alone” (1992)
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Cheerful Bruce Springsteen Songs For A wedding

Not the slow and solemn type? In that case, you might be the opposite, in which case here are some cheerful Bruce Springsteen songs for you! Backed by the fantastic E-street band, Springsteen also has more than his fair share of songs that up the energy in any room, and we dug deep in his long career to find these 10 that can really hype up your wedding crowd. Like Bruce himself sang, “You can’t start a fire without a spark!” 

  1. “Dancing in the Dark” (1984)
  2. “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” (2002)
  3. “Out in the Street” (1980)
  4. “Glory Days” (1984)
  5. “Mary’s Place” (2002)
  6. “Working on the Highway” (1984)
  7. “Darlington County” (1984)
  8. “Ramrod” (1980)
  9. “Sherry Darling” (1980)
  10. “Crush on You” (1980)

Reflective Bruce Springsteen Songs For A wedding

Need a breather for your guests? Or maybe you’re looking for the perfect song to dance with your parents? Either way, these classics are the way to go if you want a reflective moment or two during your big day. Whether it’s the optimism of “Thunder Road” or the nostalgia of “My Hometown,” these songs should make you look back at your journey so far, and how you reached this point in your life. Awww. 

  1. “Thunder Road” (1975)
  2. “Backstreets” (1975)
  3. “The Rising” (2002)
  4. “My Hometown” (1984)
  5. “The Ghost of Tom Joad” (1995)
  6. “Highway 29” (1995)
  7. “Land of Hope and Dreams” (2012)
  8. “Long Time Comin'” (2005)
  9. “The River” (1980)
  10. “American Skin (41 Shots)” (2001)

Groovy And Danceable Bruce Springsteen Songs For A Wedding

Once the vows have been exchanged and you’ve left the altar, it’s time to party! Luckily, Bruce Springsteen has his own healthy dose of groovy and danceable songs that are perfect for heating up the dance floor! “Born to Run” for example, is sure to get everyone moving, while classics like “Rosalita” will get all the oldies in your reception tapping their toes. Good stuff right here. 

  1. “Born to Run” (1975)
  2. “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” (1973)
  3. “Hungry Heart” (1980)
  4. “Cover Me” (1984)
  5. “Radio Nowhere” (2007)
  6. “Cadillac Ranch” (1980)
  7. “I’m Goin’ Down” (1984)
  8. “Pink Cadillac” (1984)
  9. “Working on the Highway” (1984)
  10. “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” (1975)
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Wedding Songs By Bruce Springsteen

Are there any Springsteen songs to avoid for weddings?

Certain songs may have themes that aren’t ideal for weddings. For example, “I’m on Fire” might be a bit too intense for the bridal walk, while “Nebraska” is known for its darker undertones. Luckily, there are more Bruce Springsteen songs that are fit for weddings than there aren’t, so you should be good!

What if my spouse and I have different favorite Springsteen songs?

Consider including a mix of both your favorite songs in different parts of the wedding. Perhaps choose a song that is meaningful to each of you for your first dance and incorporate others throughout the ceremony or reception. Even in making a wedding playlist, compromise is key!

How can I incorporate Springsteen’s music into the ceremony?

For a more intimate setting, opt for slow and sentimental songs during the ceremony. Songs like “If I Should Fall Behind” or “Secret Garden” can create a beautiful backdrop for your vows, so take the time to really listen to each song!

Are instrumental versions available for Springsteen songs?

Yes, there are instrumental versions available for many Springsteen songs. These can be a great choice for background music during dinner or cocktail hours, as they’re entertaining enough to stop anybody from feeling bored. 

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Tips For Choosing The Best Bruce Springsteen Songs For Weddings

  • Consider Your Theme: If you have a specific theme for your wedding, choose songs that complement it. Springsteen’s diverse catalog offers options for various themes, from rustic and vintage to modern and chic.

  • Diversity in Tempo: Mix slow and fast songs to keep the energy flowing throughout the event. Slow songs work well for the ceremony and slow dances, while faster tunes can get the party started during the reception. Of course, this is still your call, so don’t be afraid to shake it up!

  • Engage Your Guests: Consider your guests’ preferences when selecting songs for different parts of the wedding. Include crowd-pleasers like “Dancing in the Dark” and all-time classics like “Thunder Road” to get everyone on the dance floor.

  • Work with Your DJ: This should go without saying, but never forget to work with your wedding DJ for your wedding playlist. They are the experts, after all, and you may end up getting new insight that you previously didn’t think of!

  • Practice Your First Dance: If you’ve chosen a Springsteen song for your first dance, practice dancing to it ahead of time to ensure it feels comfortable and enjoyable. There should be no stepping on feet in this wedding! 
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Conclusion

There you have it! Whether you’re a lifelong fan of the boss or have just really discovered his music, we hope our list of the best Bruce Springsteen songs for a wedding helped you in making your wedding playlist picks! 

And just in case you still need a wedding DJ to play your wedding songs by Bruce Springsteen, then reach out to us at DJing.ca!

As Canada’s largest DJ company, we only work with the top 1% of DJs in the industry, all of which can help take your big day to the next level!

We’ve also worked at more than 1,000+ successful events, have a stellar 5-star rating, and offer all our packages at affordable rates. 

Simply fill up our quote form and we’ll take it from there! Wishing you all the best in your upcoming wedding!

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