60 Best Rock Wedding Songs for an Electric Reception!

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Groom posting for their wedding shoot with rock wedding songs in the background


Congratulations on the wedding!

Now, if we know a thing or two about weddings, it’s definitely the fact that music makes or breaks the event. We get it; choosing tunes for the big day can be as challenging as finding that one missing sock in the laundry. 

Fortunately, we’ve curated a list of the best rock wedding songs to play at your reception. Here you’ll find the best rock hits from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, 2000s, and even the latest bangers from the 2020s (yep, we’re up-to-date like that!). 

Okay, no more talk – let’s dive into the list. 

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1970s Rock Wedding Songs

The 1970s was the era of bell bottoms, disco balls, and rock jams! 🕺✨During this period, progressive rock was a big hit – all thanks to the diversity of rock styles and tunes. The best part is that this genre makes any event a blast, including weddings, of course!

  1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
  2. “Stairway to Heaven” – Led Zeppelin
  3. “Dream On” – Aerosmith
  4. “Sweet Emotion” – Aerosmith
  5. “Hotel California” – Eagles
  6. “More Than a Feeling” – Boston
  7. “Baba O’Riley” – The Who
  8. “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen
  9. “Imagine” – John Lennon
  10. “Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green

1980s Rock Wedding Songs

What made the ’80s music so rad? Was it the funky bass lines or the singers belting out tunes like never before? It’s hard to tell! What’s easy to say though is that ‘80s rock wedding songs are the ultimate party starters. 🎉💃 Here are our picks:
  1. “Livin’ on a Prayer” – Bon Jovi
  2. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
  3. “Every Breath You Take” – The Police
  4. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” – Def Leppard
  5. “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey
  6. “With or Without You” – U2
  7. “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  8. “I Want to Know What Love Is” – Foreigner
  9. “Jump” – Van Halen
  10. “Walk Like an Egyptian” – The Bangles

1990s Rock Wedding Songs

There were three styles that defined ‘90s rock wedding music: grunge, Britpop, and punk rock. Think flannel shirts, angst-filled tunes, and a whole new attitude. 😎If you’re into these styles, you may find that perfect song from our ‘90s pick.

  1. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana
  2. “Wonderwall” – Oasis
  3. “Don’t Speak” – No Doubt
  4. “Iris” – Goo Goo Dolls
  5. “Black” – Pearl Jam
  6. “Champagne Supernova” – Oasis
  7. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” – The Verve
  8. “Zombie” – The Cranberries
  9. “One” – U2
  10. “Losing My Religion” – R.E.M.
Bride and groom holding hands while listening to rock wedding songs

2000s Rock Wedding Songs

The 2000s was probably one of our favourite rock eras. Imagine raw and edgy tunes making a comeback, reviving the energetic beats of garage rock. 🎸On top of that, the 2000s also gave us Indie rock which is always fun for that soul-searching kind of rock wedding song.

  1. “Mr. Brightside” – The Killers
  2. “Hey There Delilah” – Plain White T’s
  3. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith
  4. “Use Somebody” – Kings of Leon
  5. “The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World
  6. “Clocks” – Coldplay
  7. “How You Remind Me” – Nickelback
  8. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” – Green Day
  9. “Somewhere Only We Know” – Keane
  10. “Bring Me to Life” – Evanescence

2010s Rock Wedding Songs

If you’ve been active during the rise of EDM, then the 2010s will feel a lot more familiar to you. It’s really a time of pulse-pounding beats, whether it’s rock wedding songs or a random rave party on a strip. Well, who can we blame? – the hit songs were just addicting! 🎶
  1. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars)
  2. “Shut Up and Dance” – WALK THE MOON
  3. “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
  4. “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye (feat. Kimbra)
  5. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers
  6. “Feel So Close” – Calvin Harris
  7. “Pompeii” – Bastille
  8. “We Found Love” – Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris)
  9. “Counting Stars” – OneRepublic
  10. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd

2020s Rock Wedding Songs

We’re not yet through with the 2020s but we already have a lot of promising hits that’ll be perfect for weddings. For your reception, it’s all about catchy beats and groovy rhythms. 🕺And while not everything in this selection is pure hard rock, having these popular wedding song options will still bring fun to your big day.

  1. “Me & You Together Song” – The 1975
  2. “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd
  3. “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” – Lil Nas X
  4. “My Universe” – Coldplay x BTS
  5. “OK” – Wallows
  6. “Chinatown” – Bleachers feat. Bruce Springsteen
  7. “Monsters” – All Time Low feat. blackbear
  8. “The Steps” – HAIM
  9. “Care” – beabadoobee
  10. “Bloody Valentine” – Machine Gun Kelly

Why Choose Rock Songs at Your Wedding?

Guest cheering to rock wedding songs

There are so many genres but why should you choose rock songs for your wedding? (Other than the fact that you just simply like it!). If you want to know what makes these songs perfect for your day, particularly for the reception, here are the top three reasons:

  • Timeless Appeal: Rock classics have a universal charm that spans generations, making them appealing to both young and old. You’ll want something that speaks to your guests well, so rock wedding songs are a pretty good choice. 
  • Expressive Lyrics: Rock music often features deep and meaningful lyrics. Whether it’s a ballad or an upbeat rock anthem, you can choose a song that really speaks to you both as a couple. Just make sure to reserve the fun, upbeat ones for your reception!
  • Diverse Selection: Rock music offers a vast and diverse selection of songs. Whether you prefer classic rock, alternative, or modern rock hits, you can find a style that matches your wedding theme.

How to Choose the Perfect Rock Songs for Your Wedding Reception

Having a hard time choosing the right rock wedding songs? Don’t stress it out – we’ve compiled a few tips to help you get started!

Know Your Guests

Think about the folks hitting your party. Are they into the classics like Elvis or more of the modern vibes? Even though it’s your day, the reception is the time for everybody to party. So, it’s only right to also consider what they’ll like. 

Pro Tip: Mix it up! Classic meets new. Blend the old-school hits with some fresh beats! Keep mom and dad grooving to ’60s jams and your bestie jamming to today’s top hits. It’s all about pleasing the crowd and keeping the dance floor packed!

Think About Mood

Figure out the mood you want. Do you wanna start slow, then pump up the party, or keep it chill the whole time? Sit down with your partner to really assess what you want.

Pro Tip: Build the hype – slow and steady. If you’re unsure of how to make this transition, it’s best to hire a DJ for your wedding. You can start with the easygoing tunes for the chill parts—think soft rock. Then, when it’s time to ignite the dance floor, unleash the bangers!

Consider the Connection

It’s all about finding those tracks that scream “This is OUR song!” What songs hold special moments in your love story? Is it the first tune you danced to or the anthem that makes your heart skip a beat? 

Pro Tip: Pick the rock songs that mean something to both of you. Maybe it’s the tune that played during your first date or the one that gets you both singing along in the car. Grab a paper and make a list of your top options. From there, narrow down your options until you settle on the perfect ones for you.

Final Thoughts

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In conclusion, we’ve curated the top 10 rock songs from different decades. Each period offers a diversity of rock hits that’ll make wedding receptions more memorable. We hope you found the best tracks for you right here.

But hold up! You’ve got the songs, but who’s gonna spin those tracks and make your big day an absolute blast? We are DJing.ca—the rockstar DJs who’ve rocked over 1,000 events and only roll with those perfect 5-star ratings! We sat that humbly, of course!

Interested in working with us? Drop us a line or contact us for a quote so we can discuss your wedding music needs!

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