If you’re like most couples, you probably share a few favorite songs, but they may not be romantic enough to include in your ceremony. Finding and compiling your wedding playlist can be a daunting task – not only do you have to find the right songs, but you also have to figure out the point when those songs should play. For example, what song best frames your first dance? What is just perfect for when you are introduced as a married couple?
To help you decide, we’ve put together a quick list of the most favorite wedding songs of all time:
The Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”
The Righteous Brothers released this masterpiece back in 1965, and it has become a timeless classic love ballad. Who can forget the movie “Ghost”?
Roberta Flack – “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face”
This classic love song has been a wedding favorite for over half a century, and for a good reason: the songwriter (Ewan MacColl) originally wrote the lyrics for his future wife. Robert Flack saw it’s potential and included it on her 1969 album release.
Peter Gabriel – “In Your Eyes”
This chart topper was initially released in 1986 and was already approaching the top of the charts when it was included in the soundtrack for the movie “Say Anything.” It was the age of the boom box!
Cyndi Lauper – “Time After”
This iconic song was released in 1984 on the album “She’s So Unusual” – Lauper’s solo debut. The song caught the mood of the country, and it rocketed to the top of the charts and even earned Lauper a Grammy Award nomination.
Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You”
This classic ballad was first released in the 1992 soundtrack for the movie “The Bodyguard” starring Houston and Keven Costner.
Elton John – “Your Song”
Who can resist a song that captures the spirit of true love? Elton John’s iconic love song is about simple, pure devotion.
Percy Sledge – “When a Man Loves a Woman”
This song is a wedding classic and has been remade several times by artists like Michael Bolton and Bette Midler. The song was initially released in 1966 and propelled Sledge to R&B legend status.
Celine Dion – “The Power of Love”
This stand-out song enjoyed an intense and utterly sensual remake from the 1993 album The Color of My Love. The song was originally written by Jennifer Rush as a gift to her then-boyfriend, but it as Dion’s powerful vocal range brought it into national attention.
The Carpenters – “(They Long to Be) Close to You”
This powerhouse was a remake of the 1970 album Close to You and featured Burt Bacharach’s intense and sensual lyrics and Karen Carpenter’s voice. It achieved timeless status when it garnered the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo.
John Denver – “Annie’s Song”
Literally penned on a napkin, this romantic tune was written by Denver while he was riding a ski lift in 1974. The muse was his wife, Annie, who instantly became the envy of everyone who has ever heard this song.
Paul McCartney and Wings “My Love”
The muse for this orchestra-backed love song is Linda, Paul McCartney’s first wife. It holds the distinction of being the best-selling track from their 1973 album Red Rose Speedway.
The Emotions – “Best of My Love”
Way back in 1977, two members of the group Earth, Wind, & Fire wrote this classic love song and watched it soar to the top of the charts for over a month. It went on to win a Grammy Award.
Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes – “Up Where We Belong”
This song almost never made it off the editing room floor, but in the end, was belted out by Cocker and Warnes for the classic flick An Officer and a Gentleman.
Diana Ross and Lionel Richie – “Endless Love”
This song was introduced to the public in the film Endless Love starring Brooke Shields. It also made another appearance on Why Do Fools Fall in Love, an album released in 1981.
Foreigner – “I Want to Know What Love Is”
This song dates back to 1984 and was originally released on their album Agent Provocateur. Who can forget these lines? “In my life there’s been heartache and pain/I don’t know if I can face it again/Can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far, to change this lonely life.”
Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from ‘Titanic’)”
This song was originally released in 1997 in Dion’s album Let’s Talk About Love, but achieved blockbuster status when it was included in the soundtrack for the film “Titanic”.
Donna Lewis – “I Love You Always Forever”
Who doesn’t want eternal love? Lewis provided us with the anthem for a forever kind of love back in 1996 blockbuster Now in a Minute.
Madonna – “Crazy For You”
This slow dance song was a radical change for Madonna, and it was included in the film Vision Quest. The song earned her a Grammy Award nomination.
Stevie Wonder – “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”
This song was originally released on Wonder’s 1973 album, titled Talking Book, and it’s an upbeat, smile-inducing song perfect for both receptions and ceremonies.
Savage Garden – “I Knew I Loved You”
This hit from 1999 is a swoon-inducing love ballad. Who can resist this line: “I knew I loved you before I met you/I think I dreamed you into life.”
We hope this list gave you some ideas and inspiration!