100 of the best wedding songs to play on your big day

That aren't cheesy. Much.

You've got your groom and/or bride, the venue is booked and the invitations have been sent out. Among the many other things you have to tick off your "to do" list (e.g. bridal party outfits, floral arrangements and centrepieces) there is the wedding music.

It accompanies basically everything from the bridal walk down the aisle and the register signing to the bride and groom's first dance together and the reception party afterwards and should not be overlooked. It's an attraction of the wedding and something that guests and yourself can take home and remember about the day.

So to inspire, here are some the most beautiful, romantic and wedding-worthy songs that have been released over the past years. They're no brainers, really. Most importantly, it doesn't matter what song you have played at your wedding, whether it be the sappiest of the lot or the most left-of-centre track you can think of, rules don't apply anymore because it's YOUR wedding and you get to cater it to whatever your tastes. Simply follow your heart, and choose songs that speak of your relationship or that you personally love and you won't go wrong.


Top Wedding Songs

Our Top 100 for Wedding Day music, in alphabetic order and as inspired by the people at finder.com.au and Spotify's analysation of over 400,000 wedding-themed playlists. Because Spotify knows music.

ArtistSongDownload it
AdeleMake You Feel My LoveDownload it
AerosmithDon't Want To Miss A ThingDownload it
Al GreenLet's Stay TogetherDownload it
American AuthorsBest Day Of My LifeDownload it
Angus & Julia StoneWedding SongDownload it
AviciiWake Me UpDownload it
Band of HorsesNo One's Gonna Love YouDownload it
The BeatlesAll You Need is LoveDownload it
The BeatlesHere Comes the SunDownload it
Ben FoldsThe LuckiestDownload it
Ben HowardOnly LoveDownload it
BeyonceCrazy In LoveDownload it
BeyonceXODownload it
Billy IdolWhite WeddingDownload it
The Black Eyed PeasI Gotta FeelingDownload it
Boys Like Girls / Taylor SwiftTwo Is Better Than OneDownload it
Boyz II MenOn Bended KneeDownload it
Bright EyesFirst Day Of My LifeDownload it
Bruno MarsMarry YouDownload it
Bruno MarsJust The Way You AreDownload it
Bruno MarsTreasureDownload it
Bryan AdamsEverything I Do (I Do It For You)Download it
Christina PerriA Thousand YearsDownload it
Clean Bandit, Jess GlynneRather BeDownload it
Colbie CaillatI DoDownload it
ColdplayA Sky Full of StarsDownload it
The CureFriday I'm In LoveDownload it
David BowieHeroesDownload it
David BowieLet's DanceDownload it
Death Cab For CutieI Will Follow You Into The NightDownload it
Depeche ModeSomebodyDownload it
Des'reeKissing YouDownload it
Earth, Wind & FireSeptemberDownload it
Ed SheeranThinking Out LoudDownload it
Ed SheeranTenerife SeaDownload it
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosHomeDownload it
Ellen Page and Michael CeraAnyone Else But YouDownload it
Ellie GouldingHow Long Will I Love YouDownload it
Elton JohnYour SongDownload it
Elvis PresleyCan't Help Falling in LoveDownload it
Eric ClaptonWonderful TonightDownload it
Etta JamesAt LastDownload it
Fleetwood MacEverywhereDownload it
Ingrid MichaelsonYou and IDownload it
INXSNever Tear Us ApartDownload it
Jack JohnsonBetter TogetherDownload it
James MorrisonYou Give Me SomethingDownload it
Jamie LawsonWasn't Expecting ThatDownload it
Jason DeruloMarry MeDownload it
Jason MrazI'm YoursDownload it
Jason MrazI Won't Give UpDownload it
Jason Mraz, Colbie CallaitLuckyDownload it
John LegendAll Of MeDownload it
JourneyDon't Stop Believin'Download it
Justin TimberlakeSuit and TieDownload it
Justin TimberlakeMirrorsDownload it
KeaneSomewhere Only We KnowDownload it
Kelly ClarksonA Moment Like ThisDownload it
KISSI Was Made For Loving YouDownload it
Lana Del ReyYoung & BeautifulDownload it
Lana Del ReyVideo GamesDownload it
Lauryn HillCan't Take My Eyes Off of YouDownload it
Leon BridgesComing HomeDownload it
LifehouseYou and MeDownload it
The LumineersHo HeyDownload it
Macklemore & Ryan LewisCan't Hold UsDownload it
Mark Ronson, Bruno MarsUptown FunkDownload it
Maroon 5SugarDownload it
MeikoStuck On YouDownload it
Michael BubleEverythingDownload it
Nat King ColeL-O-V-E (cover)Download it
Norah JonesCome Away With MeDownload it
OasisWonderwallDownload it
OasisChampagne SupernovaDownload it
One DirectionYou and IDownload it
One DirectionI Want To Write You A SongDownload it
OutKastHey Ya!Download it
Pharrell WilliamsHappyDownload it
Phil CollinsA Groovy Kind of LoveDownload it
PrincePurple RainDownload it
QueenYou're My Best FriendDownload it
Ray LaMontagneYou Are the Best ThingDownload it
The Rolling StonesWild HorsesDownload it
Sam SmithLatchDownload it
Sam SmithLay Me DownDownload it
Sara BareillesI Choose YouDownload it
Savage GardenTruly Madly DeeplyDownload it
Snow PatrolChasing CarsDownload it
Sonny & CherI Got You BabeDownload it
Stevie WonderSigned, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)Download it
StingFields of GoldDownload it
The TemptationsMy GirlDownload it
Tom OdellGrow Old With MeDownload it
ToploaderDancing in the MoonlightDownload it
TrainMarry MeDownload it
Tristan PrettymanYou Got MeDownload it
Usher and Alicia KeysMy BooDownload it
Van MorrisonBrown Eyed GirlDownload it
Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance With SomebodyDownload it
Yeah Yeah YeahsWedding SongDownload it

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What next?

Other things to consider when organising your wedding playlist

Hiring a professional wedding planner and DJ can help reduce the stress of picking songs for your wedding playlist, but for those who prefer that more "personalised" touch, choosing your own music is a must. You can either have it played overhead or request that the band you've chosen learn and play it especially for you..

  • Consider the entire ceremony and divide it into sections. Each section will require a particular wedding song that would fit for that part. Remember, for your entrance, you can adjust the number of songs or the length for which these songs will be played according to the number of guests who would arrive.
  • Decide whether you would hire a live band or have it recorded. Coordinate with your wedding planner and programme adviser on this. If you are having a band, make sure you have agreed how many hours you are booking them for. Don’t over extend the time to avoid high fees. You can also take advantage of wedding packages to save.
  • Keep a running list of what you want and do not want to be played. Consider both your personality and recall events that highlight milestones in your relationship, as this should be the basis of choosing songs. There are songs that may remind you of hard times or just don’t suit you as a couple, so it’s best to avoid these ones. Be sure to give them a list of what you do not want to be played to keep the wedding ceremony fulfilling.
  • Practice your music’s timing. Walking down the aisle gracefully has a great impact on your wedding. Save yourself from stress as you practice your timing and pace as the music is played for the bridal march most especially. At the reception, a good mix of music is necessary during your first dance and for your guests when they hit the dance floor. Guests would surely love to groove and move to the beat.

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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