Choosing Your Wedding Song: 10 Popular Tunes To Consider

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Whether you’re planning that magical first dance or putting together a playlist to get your guests on their feet and shaking everything they’ve got, you want music that will fit the day.

The other consideration is the light background music that accompanies the wedding breakfast.

These top 10 songs are wedding favourites and will work for a first dance, the evening entertainment or as background music, and sometimes as all of them.

1.   Can’t Help Falling In Love — Elvis Presley

A wedding won’t feel complete until you’ve heard “Can’t Help Falling in Love” — sung by none other than The King himself, Elvis Presley — at some point during the day. Whether playing gently in the background or taking centre stage with you for the first dance, this is wedding song material of the highest caliber.

2.   How Deep Is Your Love — The Bee Gees

Neither would a wedding feel complete without a track from the Gibb brothers. The disco titans are no slouches when it comes to love songs either, as this popular track from the movie “Saturday Night Fever” proved. It’s a gentle but heartfelt song and solid wedding breakfast accompaniment.

3.   I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing — Aerosmith

A wedding day first dance is exactly the time and the place for this romantic ballad from Aerosmith, who you can always rely on when it comes to penning a good rock ballad. Lyrics in the song such as ‘I could stay awake just to hear you breathing’ are just too irresistible.

4.  My Girl — The Temptations

How could anyone not love this track from Motown masters The Temptations? “My Girl” has featured in many a first dance at weddings, and why not? It’s romantic, it’s heartfelt, it’s soulful and it’s a worthy entry on your wedding song list.

5.  Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) — Beyoncé

Potentially because of the strong theme of female empowerment, this thumping R&B track from Beyoncé finds its way onto a lot of wedding playlists. There’s no denying that it injects some real energy into the proceedings. Get ready to singles and non-singles dancing along to it.

6.  Endless Love — Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

Ex-Supremes superstar Diana Ross and the king of the smooth love ballad, Lionel Richie, team up for this tender duet which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for Richie. The song serves as perfect backdrop music for the wedding breakfast.

7.  Don’t Get Me Wrong — Pretenders

This upbeat romantic number by Pretenders works to a tee as either background music or an entry on the evening entertainment playlist. The song creates a real feel-good atmosphere, thanks to its pacey tempo and lyrics such as “I’m thinking about the fireworks that go off when you smile.” Older guests will appreciate it.

8.  Thinking Out Loud — Ed Sheeran

In modern times, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Aloud” has become something of a wedding day must. The sentimental lyrics and the gently played instruments in this ballad make it a tranquil song that blends perfectly into the background of wedding day breakfasts while still contributing to the romantic mood.

9.  Shut Up and Dance — Walk The Moon

When it comes to wedding party songs, this modern classic from Walk The Moon is way up there. Slightly U2-esque in its intro, with its catchy no-nonsense lyrics and agile percussion “Shut Up and Dance” will get guests dancing and singing along. The song is a good way to get younger guests out of their seats.

10.  Uptown Funk — Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

This chart topping contemporary number which shouts back to electro-funk is another tune to guests heading for the dance floor. The song, featuring singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, is a popular track when the evening entertainment starts up. Some couples have also been known to play it for their first dance rather than go with a more conventional, slow number.

By Peter Jenkins