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90 of the Most Famous Wedding Songs of All Time

Kim
Kim
Couple holding flowers as our DJ play famous wedding songs

Introduction

Congratulations to all the love-struck couples out there!

Whether you’re donning your dream gown, the sharpest suit, or just some seriously comfy pajamas as you read this, we know what you’re looking for.

So to make sure your day is extra special, we gathered 90 of the most famous wedding songs of all time. But to make your search even easier, we’ve classified the songs based on the following decades: 1970s, 19980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s.

Table of Contents

Famous Wedding Songs in The 1970s

Alright, let’s kick it old school! The ’70s had some timeless classics. Think about something soulful and groovy – maybe a bit of Stevie Wonder or Elton John. These tunes bring in that nostalgic charm that can set the mood just right. Plus, your parents might do a little happy dance when they hear it.

  1. “I Will Always Love You” – Dolly Parton (1973)
  2. “Your Song” – Elton John (1970)
  3. “Three Little Birds” – Bob Marley (1977)
  4. “You Are So Beautiful” – Joe Cocker (1974)
  5. “Something” – The Beatles (1970)
  6. “Lovely Day” – Bill Withers (1977)
  7. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong (1967, but gained popularity in the 1970s)
  8. “Best of My Love” – The Emotions (1977)
  9. “Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green (1971)
  10. “Maybe I’m Amazed” – Paul McCartney (1970)
  11. “Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel (1977)
  12. “Annie’s Song” – John Denver (1974)
  13. “Your Precious Love” – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (1967, but popular in the 1970s)
  14. “Close to You” – The Carpenters (1970)
  15. “Endless Love” – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (1981, but recorded in 1978)

Famous Wedding Songs in The 1980s

If you’re feeling a bit of nostalgia for big hair and neon lights, the ’80s are your jam! Picture a power ballad from Bryan Adams or a sweet love song from Whitney Houston. It’s like bringing a bit of John Hughes magic to your big day.

  1. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers (1965, but gained popularity in the 1980s)
  2. “Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper (1984)
  3. “Every Breath You Take” – The Police (1983)
  4. “At Last” – Etta James (1960, but revived in the 1980s)
  5. “True” – Spandau Ballet (1983)
  6. “Just Like Heaven” – The Cure (1987)
  7. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses (1987)
  8. “Eternal Flame” – The Bangles (1988)
  9. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” – Starship (1987)
  10. “I Want to Know What Love Is” – Foreigner (1984)
  11. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen (1979, but popular in the 1980s)
  12. “Always” – Atlantic Starr (1987)
  13. “The Way You Make Me Feel” – Michael Jackson (1987)
  14. “Heaven” – Bryan Adams (1984)
  15. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” – Stevie Wonder (1984)
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Famous Wedding Songs in The 1990s

The ’90s were all about grunge, but don’t worry, we’re keeping it romantic here. Think about a classic like “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston or “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden. It’s the perfect mix of heartfelt and a dash of that ’90s coolness.

  1. “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston (1992, from “The Bodyguard” soundtrack)
  2. “I Swear” – All-4-One (1994)
  3. “Vision of Love” – Mariah Carey (1990)
  4. “Everything I Do (I Do It for You)” – Bryan Adams (1991)
  5. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers (1990, from “Ghost” soundtrack)
  6. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith (1998, from “Armageddon” soundtrack)
  7. “Truly Madly Deeply” – Savage Garden (1997)
  8. “My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion (1997, from “Titanic” soundtrack)
  9. “I’ll Be There for You” – The Rembrandts (1994)
  10. “Amazed” – Lonestar (1999)
  11. “I Knew I Loved You” – Savage Garden (1999)
  12. “Kiss Me” – Sixpence None the Richer (1997)
  13. “All My Life” – K-Ci & JoJo (1997)
  14. “You’re Still the One” – Shania Twain (1997)
  15. “Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion (1996)

Famous Wedding Songs in 2000s

Ah, the early 2000s – the era of boy bands and R&B divas. How about a sweet serenade from someone like John Legend or Alicia Keys? These artists know how to tug at the heartstrings in the most beautiful way. It’s like a love story set to music.
  1. “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz (2008)
  2. “Bless the Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts (2004)
  3. “You’re Beautiful” – James Blunt (2005)
  4. “Hey There Delilah” – Plain White T’s (2006)
  5. “Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol (2006)
  6. “Love Story” – Taylor Swift (2008)
  7. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas (2009)
  8. “Crazy in Love” – Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z (2003)
  9. “You and Me” – Lifehouse (2005)
  10. “Halo” – Beyoncé (2008)
  11. “Lucky” – Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat (2008)
  12. “I Will Follow You into the Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie (2005)
  13. “Beautiful Day” – U2 (2000)
  14. “The Luckiest” – Ben Folds (2001)
  15. “Make You Feel My Love” – Adele (2008)
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Famous Wedding Songs in 2010s

Moving on to more recent times, the 2010s gave us some amazing indie folk and pop hits. Ed Sheeran’s songs like “Thinking Out Loud” or Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” could be perfect. They’re modern classics that capture that contemporary romance vibe.

  1. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran (2017)
  2. “All of Me” – John Legend (2013)
  3. “Marry You” – Bruno Mars (2010)
  4. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers (2012)
  5. “A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay (2014)
  6. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran (2014)
  7. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley (1961, but popularized in the 2010s by various artists)
  8. “Marry Me” – Train (2010)
  9. “Tenerife Sea” – Ed Sheeran (2014)
  10. “Love on Top” – Beyoncé (2011)
  11. “Rather Be” – Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne (2014)
  12. “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars (2010)
  13. “Stay with Me” – Sam Smith (2014)
  14. “A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri (2011, but fits the 2000s vibe)
  15. “Latch” – Disclosure ft. Sam Smith (2012)

Famous Wedding Songs in The 2020s

For a wedding in the 2020s, you’ve got fresh hits to choose from! Maybe something from the likes of Harry Styles or Taylor Swift. These artists have a knack for creating melodies that make you want to slow dance the night away.

  1. “Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles (2019, but gained popularity in the 2020s)
  2. “Dance Monkey” – Tones and I (2019, but continued to dominate in the 2020s)
  3. “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd (2019, but a chart-topper in the 2020s)
  4. “Save Your Tears” – The Weeknd & Ariana Grande (2021)
  5. “Levitating” – Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby (2020)
  6. “Peaches” – Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon (2021)
  7. “Drivers license” – Olivia Rodrigo (2021)
  8. “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X (2021)
  9. “Good 4 U” – Olivia Rodrigo (2021)
  10. “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. SZA (2021)
  11. “Deja Vu” – Olivia Rodrigo (2021)
  12. “Leave The Door Open” – Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) (2021)
  13. “Save Myself” – Ed Sheeran (2022)
  14. “Love Again” – Dua Lipa (2020)
  15. “Peaches (Remix)” – Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris, Usher, & Snoop Dogg (2021)
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How To Choose The Right Famous Wedding Songs

Choosing the right famous wedding songs is a crucial aspect of planning your big day. These practical tips will guide you in curating a playlist that resonates with your unique love story.

  • Reflect on Your Journey: Take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on the significant moments in your relationship. Consider the songs that played a role in your journey together. Whether it’s the song from your first date or the one that was playing when you got engaged, choosing specific songs personalizes the entire experience for both of you.
  • Think About the Atmosphere You Want to Create: Consider the mood you want to set at different points on your wedding day. For the ceremony, opt for more romantic and intimate tunes. During the reception, incorporate lively and upbeat famous wedding songs to get the party started.
  • Seek Recommendations: Don’t hesitate to seek recommendations from friends, family, and your wedding planning team. They may suggest hidden gems or songs with personal significance that you might have overlooked. You may even come across songs that you’ve forgotten already.

What To Avoid When Choosing Famous Wedding Songs

While selecting famous wedding songs is a delightful part of wedding planning, it’s equally crucial to be mindful of pitfalls that can arise. Consider these practical tips to avoid any missteps.

  • Don’t Overlook Song Transitions: Smooth transitions between songs are key to maintaining a seamless flow throughout your wedding day. Avoid abrupt changes in tempo or mood, as they can disrupt the atmosphere you’re trying to create. Work with your DJ or band to plan transitions to ensure each song complements the one before and after.
  • Steer Clear of Extremely Long Songs: While it’s tempting to choose epic ballads or extensive symphonies, be cautious of extremely long songs, especially for key moments like the first dance. Long songs can lead to awkward moments or may be challenging for guests to stay engaged. 
  • Don’t Neglect Sound Quality: Ensure that the sound quality of your chosen songs is impeccable. Avoid low-quality recordings or versions that may compromise the auditory experience. Test the songs in the venue to identify and address any potential sound issues in advance so everyone can have a great time.
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Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the most famous wedding songs of all time are ideal to mark your special day. Additionally, steering clear of common pitfalls and following practical tips will allow you to find the right song for when you tie the knot. 

If you’re ready to turn these tips into a reality, it’s time to start talking to DJ companies. Look no further than DJing.ca! As Canada’s largest DJ company, we have handpicked the top 1% of DJs from a pool of over 5,000+. With over 1,000 events under our belt and a consistent 5-star rating, we specialize in creating unforgettable musical experiences for weddings.

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