Finding the right songs for your wedding is not an easy task; after all, the most important day in the wedding couple’s life should become an unforgettable experience. So it is not uncommon for the future married couple to ask themselves the following questions:
Which song should be played at the entrance to the church or the registry office?
What songs should be played at the wedding ceremony?
Which music title should be heard shortly after the wedding ceremony?
Not to forget the opening dance of the newlyweds, which is a popular element at many weddings. So there are a lot of essential songs for the wedding to find.
Below, we’ve rounded up about 100 wedding songs that are especially great for a wedding reception. The songs are divided into three categories. From modern songs about classic ballads up to the most popular German wedding songs should be the right love song for every wedding couple.
(At the end of the article, we compiled a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)
Modern Wedding Songs:
01. Sara Bareilles – I Choose You
An unknown song by U.S. musician Sara Bareilles from 2014. The song sounds like fluffy cotton candy. For a good reason, the single has been downloaded over 500.000 copies sold and thus awarded with “Gold” in the United States. “I choose you” combines elements of indie pop and alternative and comes along quite briskly.
The lyrics are about a woman in love who never believed in the love of her life – until “he” stood in front of her. An interesting wedding song for the ceremony at the registry office or the wedding dance. But you should already be fit at this speed.
02. John Legend – Love Me Now
We hardly notice the little things in our fast-moving times – and none of us knows how long we have to live on this earth. That’s what John Legend’s song “Love me now” is all about. A song from 2016 that goes to the heart clarifies that we should enjoy the beautiful moments together while we still can.
The song made it into the charts in over 19 countries between 2016 and 2017. Love me now” by John Legend is not classifiable. It’s much more into the crossover of pop, dancehall, and soul and is ideal for the wedding party.
03. Katy Perry – Unconditionally
This song has goosebumps guaranteed. A romantic lyric, an in-depth melody, and the unmistakable charming voice of U.S. singer Katy Perry. Unconditionally was released in October 2013 and stemmed from Katy Perry’s visit to recently built schools in Madagascar.
The singer visited them as part of a collaboration with UNICEF and was overwhelmed by the cohesion on the ground. The perfect inspiration for a romantic song about love, relationship, and trust. The work stayed on the charts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom for over 14 weeks. Whether for the wedding ceremony in the church or before the registry office.
This song is a very extraordinary song for your own wedding.
04. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
There are probably few songs that describe the magic of love in such beautiful words as Ed Sheeran’s pop song “Perfect” from 2017. The pop song conquered the hearts of people worldwide.
Perfect” stayed in the German charts for 83 weeks. Also number one in the charts in Austria, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom. “Perfect” has sold over 14 million copies to date and achieved awards in 15 countries. Lines like “Darling, hold my hand, I’ll be your man, I see my future when I look in your eyes” are guaranteed to give you goosebumps.
For a good reason, the song is a real wedding classic, which is especially popular for the opening dance.
05. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Only a few songwriters and musicians have a perfect feeling and sense for real mega songs. Ellie Goulding is one of them.
Her 2015 song “Love Me Like You Do” perfectly blends solid beats and a distinctive bright singing voice. The song was written for the love movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” and reached number one in Germany, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand in just a few weeks. The upbeat song is suitable for the wedding dance and a refreshing change to the classic wedding waltz.
06. Oasis – Wonderwall
Too seldom do we tell our partner how much we like him or her. This is exactly what “Wonderwall” by Oasis from 1995 is about.
Granted: it is not classic wedding music. Oasis song is about a fantasy creature that protects a person. Transferred to marriage, it makes sense to play the classic song. After all, even within a marriage, it is about mutual trust, protection, and cohesion. Wonderwall is one of the most popular songs in England most successful songs at all.
The song stayed on the charts for almost two years. The song is classified in alternative rock and Britpop, and still, people sing along when they hear the song.
07. Femme Schmidt – Shape of Love
A song is full of heart and love. With lines like “If I die tonight, at least I know that we found love,” Femme Schmidt touched numerous moviegoers because “Shape of Love” is the theme song of the love movie “SMS for you.”
The film starring Karoline Herfurth attracted hundreds of thousands of people to movie theaters in 2016. The musician herself describes her style as a combination of modern pop elements and cabaret jazz. The clear and touching lines paired with the powerful voice of the Berlin singer make the song a wonderful composition for your wedding celebration.
08. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
A song that moves to Tears stirs. That’s how the makers of “Twilight” saw it, too, and chose it for the wedding scene between Bella and the vampire Edward. Christina Perri’s voice makes this love song a powerful load of pure love.
With a nice tempo, it can be danced to slowly accordingly. By the way, “A Thousand Years” stayed in the charts in the U.K. for a total of 52 weeks. In Germany, the song did not make it into the charts – which of course, does not mean that it is unsuitable for the German ear – quite the contrary. A song made for the wedding dance or the entrance into the church or the registry office.
09. Adele – Make You Feel My Love
When Adele sings a song, the big feelings and goosebumps are pre-programmed. The actual song was written by Bob Dylan in 1997.
Adele covered it in 2008 for her number-one debut album “19”. When the song was performed on the British show “The X Factor” two years later, the version rose to number 4 in the British charts. After the single went gold in the U.K.
The soulful and quiet song fits perfectly to the wedding. It is probably one of the most emotional and popular pieces of music. On YouTube alone, over 150 million people have already watched the music video for the song.
10. Joss Stone – L.O.V.E.
For all romantics, the song “L.O.V.E.” by Joss Stone from 2007 is simply a song to melt away to. The powerful, raspy voice combined with the loving lyrics makes it the perfect song for your wedding. Lyrics sections like “Take my heart and please don’t break it” make L.O.V.E. a nice change to all the sappy songs with the always same statements.
The song stayed in the Top 10 Charts for about a week. Joss Stone has created a light, upbeat, and simply heartfelt song.
Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.
|11.||Marry Me||Jason Derulo||2013|
|12.||Thank You (For Loving)||Bon Jovi||2000|
|13.||Feel so Close||Calvin Harris||2011|
|15.||Just The Way You Are||Bruno Mars||2010|
|16.||Everything Has Changed||Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran||2014|
|17.||Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)||Train||2001|
|18.||Marry You||Bruno Mars||2011|
|19.||A Moment Like This||Kelly Clarkson||2003|
|20.||Stuck On You||Meiko||2013|
|21.||We Belong Together||Mariah Carey||2005|
|22.||Crazy In Love||Beyonce||2003|
|23.||Underneath It All||No Doubt||2002|
|25.||More than Anyone (Stripped)||Gavin DeGraw||2005|
|27.||Forever And For Always||Shania Twain||2002|
|28.||How Long Will I Love||Ellie Goulding||2014|
|29.||Stay With You||John Legend||2005|
|31.||The Way You Look Tonight||Michael Buble||2004|
|32.||This I Promise You||‘N Sync||2000|
|33.||I Will Wait||Mumford & Sons||2012|
|35.||Making Memories Of Us||Keith Urban||—||2007|
|37.||I Won’t Give Up||Jason Mraz||2012|
The most beautiful classic wedding songs:
01. All 4 One – I Swear
This love song is known and loved in almost all countries of the world at the same time. A ballad about eternal fidelity and love from 1994 – originally by Frank J. composed by Myers and Gary Baker. The original received 2 Grammys and was certified seven times platinum worldwide.
Lines like “I swear by the moon and the stars in the skies, I’ll be there, I’ll be there” create a romantic mood. Because the song is very quiet, can be excellent closely entwined to its dance.
02. Elton John – Can You Feel the Love Tonight
The song was composed by Elton John in 1994 for the Disney animated film “The Lion King.” It’s about a couple who see each other again after many years and hold each other in their arms.
A heartfelt ballad that has already won Grammys, Golden Globe Awards, and Oscars for a good reason. The song stayed in the singles charts in Germany and America for 26 weeks. For “The Lion King” fans, this song is the perfect choice for the wedding.
The loving words, the wonderful voices, and the calm, familiar melody immediately catch the ear and create a great atmosphere.
03. John Legend – All of Me
This is a mixture of pop, soul, and R&B. John Legend wrote the song in 2013 and landed a global hit with it. Triple gold in Germany, gold in Austria, double platinum in Switzerland, quadruple platinum in England, and eightfold platinum in America prove the singer right.
With almost 10 million units sold, it is the most successful song of the U.S. musician. Lines like “Give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you” go straight to the heart. The modern song is great for dancing.
04. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
A true wedding classic. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston from 1992 made the singer an immortal musician. In incredible 16 countries, the song made it to first place on the pop charts. The song was originally written by Dolly Partrin (1973), but Houston sang it as the title song of the film Bodyguard, and it became a worldwide success.
Still, many bridal couples like to play it at their wedding. The melody and the unmistakably enchanting voice of Whitney Housten make the song a special piece of music history.
05. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling in Love
Elvis Presley’s hit song “Can’t Hel Falling in Love” is a must at every wedding. The pop song was written for Elvis Presley by three songwriters in 1961.
In just a few months, the song sold two million copies in the U.S. Even in countries like Australia and South Africa; the hit made it to the top of the charts. For Presley, the song had a special meaning, and he always played this song at the end of his tour. Over 30 musicians covered the love song in the following years.
Sentences like “Take my hand, take my whole life too” will be remembered for a long time to come.
Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.
|6.||The Power of Love||Celine Dion||1994|
|7.||Have I Told You Lately?||Rod Stewart||1993|
|8.||I Want to Know What Love Is||Foreigner||1985|
|9.||I Do (Cherish You)||98 Degrees||—||1999|
|10.||You Are So Beautiful||Joe Cocker||1974|
|11.||With Or Without You||U2||1987|
|12.||Kiss From a Rose||Seal||1994|
|13.||One In A Million||Bosson||2000|
|14.||Three Times Of A Lady||Lionel Richie||1978|
|15.||Everything I Do||Bryan Adams||1991|
|16.||I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You||UB40||1961|
|17.||She’s The One||Robbie Williams||1999|
|18.||It Must Have Been Love||Roxette||1986|
|19.||One Moment In Time||Whitney Houston||1988|
|20.||My Heart Will Go On||Celine Dion||1997|
|21.||In The Air Tonight||Phil Collins||1981|
|22.||My Cherie Amour||Stevie Wonder||1969|
|23.||Let’s Get It On||Marvin Gaye||1973|
|24.||Let It Be||The Beatles||—||1970|
|25.||I’ll Be There For You||Bon Jovi||1989|
|26.||Iris||Goo Goo Dolls||1998|
|28.||At Last||Etta James||1961|
|29.||Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love||Barry White||1974|
|31.||I Got You Babe||Sonny & Cher||1965|
|33.||I’ll Be There||The Jackson 5||1970|
The best German wedding songs:
01. Silbermond – The Best
“You are the best thing that ever happened to me.” Well, if that does not apply to a wedding. The pop song from 2006 came from the German band Silbermond and appeared as the third single. The song stayed in the German charts for an incredible 85 weeks and even reached first place.
For singer Stefanie Kloß, the song also has a strong personal meaning. Her father’s death showed her how important it is to be happy about having people there for you, the singer said in an interview. The song is proof that even German songs can get under your skin.
To this day, “Das Beste” is one of the most successful and popular songs of the German-language band Silbermond.
02. Christina Stürmer – Side by side
Christina Stürmer can do one thing in particular: convey emotions and give you goosebumps. Lines like “And we’ll walk the path from here side by side for a lifetime” get deep under your skin and are perfect for weddings.
Their song “Side by Side” from 2016 was awarded gold. Stürmer wrote the song shortly before the Birth of her daughter. Her song is about how important it is to spend a lot of time with the most important people to you. An emotional text and a lively melody with poppy and groovy elements sometimes bring a tear or two to the eye.
This song perfectly serves who wants to breathe some modernity into his wedding celebration.
03. Xavier Naidoo – I know nothing (that is as beautiful as you)
This hit comes from soul singer Xavier Naidoo and the U.S. rapper R.Z.A. The number appeared already in 2003, the song is popular with young and old.
The song in love in the Top 10 of the German single charts for the whole seventeen weeks. Additionally, it went gold in Germany, gold in Switzerland, and platinum in Austria. With its length of almost six minutes, “I Know Nothing” is longer than most other songs.
The modern hit is classified in “Contemporary R&B.” It is a refreshing change from the classic schmaltzy songs with heartfelt lines and a snappy beat. Especially for young couples, the song is a real alternative.
04. Tim Bendzko & Cassandra Steen – Under the Skin
“Because everything we are gives empty words their meaning” is what Tim Bendzko and Cassandra Steen’s song “Unter die Haut” says. The song from 2013 was nominated for the Echo in the category “best video national.” The voice of the blond curly head makes especially the ladies melt away.
The soft violins, the clear voice of Cassandra Steen, the touching lyrics, and the modern melody make this song probably one of the most beautiful German wedding songs. A refreshing song that is sure to leave no eye dry and is also well suited for dancing. This song gets under your skin.
05. Johannes Oerding – Forever from now on
Johannes Oerding is especially known for his profound lyrical masterpieces. His song “Forever from now” is full of romantic and wonderful lines. For example: “And time stands still.
Because I want to keep this moment forever. I hold him tight. Forever from now. Time stands still.
Because I want to keep this moment forever”. With lyrics like these, it doesn’t take much. Only with the guitar Oerding accompanies himself on this Sing from 2012.
One of the very few German songs that don’t seem cloying at all, but are full of real feelings.
Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.
Wedding songs Spotify playlist
No matter if English classics, German pop songs, or songs with rock and modern elements. The bride and groom alone decide which songs to play at their wedding. And one thing is clear: a whole bunch of memories, feelings, and beautiful moments will hang on “your wedding song” for a lifetime.