So I’m single. There isn’t a wedding in my near future. But I’m at the age where it’s normal for my friends to get married/engaged/pregnant now, which continues to freak me out. When I’m not panicking about my friends’ weddings, I think a lot about my future wedding, my hopefully-cool-with-paying-for-a-DJ future husband, and all the music that will play during the reception. Music is a big part of my life, so it makes sense that it should be a part of my big day. Whenever I talk about my future wedding, music is usually what I focus on, i.e. “This song will TOTALLY play at my wedding!”
I saw this list on the internet and hated it. The mature thing would be to say that people have different tastes and what one person has on their playlist might not appeal to everyone.
I’m not that mature. Some of the songs on that list are duuuuuumb (e.g., “Banana Pancakes.”) So I compiled my own list. My future wedding is now basically halfway planned. YOU’RE WELCOME, INTERNET.
- “Marry Me,” Train
Yes, Train. Even though this song is a little on-the-nose, it’s my favorite obvious wedding tune. Weddings signify the start of forever; what better way to honor that than with lyrics like, “Marry me, today and every day?”
- “Power of Love,” Huey Lewis and the News
Boooo serious weddings. Receptions are about fun. Let cheesy, dance-y Huey Lewis serenade you with the power of love. It might just save your life.
- “Fly Me to the Moon,” Frank Sinatra
Is this song about love? Yes. Is it classy enough to land you bonus points with your snobby in-laws? Yes. Can you foxtrot to it? YES, YOU CAN. I knew that ballroom dancing class would come in handy someday!
- “A Wink and a Smile,” Harry Connick, Jr.
GOOD GOLLY, ANOTHER LOVE SONG YOU CAN FOXTROT TO. Imagine wowing everyone at your reception with a foxtrot routine set to Harry Connick, Jr. as your first dance. People would watch the routine on Youtube every Monday night while guzzling gallons of wine and ruing their own lame weddings. Just something to consider in your wedding planning…
- “If My Heart Was a House,” Owl City
More ballroom dancing set to cutesy lyrics? Yes. During your first dance, you could tell your partner, “If my heart was a compass, you’d be north,” and pretend you came up with it on the spot. I’ve given you plenty of great first dances to choose from. That’s more than that other list ever did.
- “Accidentally in Love,” Counting Crows
This song is goofy, wonderful, makes people feel good, and has a reasonable tempo for dancing. It is thus the perfect addition to any wedding playlist.
- “Kiss Me Slowly,” Parachute
This is the one song I’m willing to admit might not belong on this list as you can’t really dance to it. But I. Don’t. Care. It’s my favorite cheesy romance jam of all time and it WILL remain on this list.
- “Sunday Morning,” Maroon 5
Another solid slow jam. Unlike the last song, this song’s groove is killer and perfect for dancing. Imagine this as your sultry first dance, singing along to lyrics that make everyone else uncomfortable. That’s what weddings are all about, baby. Consider it payback for the awkward wedding moments I was made to sit through.
- “Everytime We Touch,” Cascada
This is the one song all my guy friends danced to at prom. You can’t not dance when you hear this song. Every time I hear it, I swear I can fly. Plus, the lyrics are positive and life-affirming and shut up, go back to dancing.
- “Can’t Keep My Hands off You,” Simple Plan
I stand by it. 230 beats per minute with Rivers Cuomo as an added bonus. And this is the kind of sentiment that is only appropriate at a wedding. Anywhere else, it would just be gross.
- “Shiver Shiver,” Walk the Moon
I have been fighting with my mom about this song’s inclusion for months. I think it’s romantic; she thinks it’s inappropriate. You decide.
- “Moscow,” Autoheart
This is the only love song on Autoheart’s “Punch” that isn’t also unbearably bitter or sad. It sounds like new love feels–giddy, gooey, and exciting. “I am free whenever you’re in front of me”–perfect, since you just got married and your new spouse is LITERALLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.
- “When It’s Love,” Van Halen
What this playlist needed was more Sammy Hagar. Even the overly vague lyrics can’t ruin this song’s majesty. How do I know when it’s love, Sammy? “I can’t tell you, but it lasts forever.” Whatever. We’ll figure it out, I guess.
- “I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu),” Bret McKenzie
I know what you’re waiting for…and you don’t need to wait no more. This song is everything. It fulfills your fantasy and makes your dreams come true. It’s also funny and groovy and you can dance to it. This song allows you to be goofy and sincere at the same time. It is the perfect wedding song and I will brook no arguments.