The 10 Most Chosen Wedding Songs

According to Spotify, in 2016 the most popular first dance song was “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Other most-played first dance songs include Etta James’ “At Last,” John Legend’s “All of Me,” and Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.” In 2015, Spotify listed John Legend’s “All of Me” as the most chosen first-dance song, followed by Bruno Mars’ “Marry Me,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” and Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” If you are wondering what the most popular and unique new songs were for the bride and groom’s first dance in 2014, Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” and John Legend’s “All of Me” were the two most chosen. Topping the list for three years in a row, here is a look at John Legend’s “All of Me”:

Sample lyrics:
“You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you”


Wedding Music Your Way

From DJ Blair to DJ Robert Corrall, in a poll conducted by Billboard in 2016, the leading DJs in the music business shared their most requested party songs. Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight,” John Legend’s “All of Me,” and Kenny Loggins’s “Footloose” were at the top of the list.

Looking back at the last 10 years of weddings, the following songs have been chosen year after year across the country:

  • John Legend “All of Me”
  • Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
  • Shania Twain “From This Moment On”
  • *NSYNC “This I Promise You”
  • Etta James “At Last”
  • KC + JoJo “All My Life”
  • UB40 “Can’t Help But Falling In Love”
  • Bryan Adams “Everything I Do, I Do It For You”
  • Dave Matthews Band “Crash Into Me”
  • Percy Sledge “When A Man Loves A Woman”
  • Have you been to a wedding where the DJ’s song library did not feature music from the 1990’s? In 2015, National Suntimes showcased America’s best DJ’s list and their wedding reception songs. The song lists featured various mainstream music, especially from the 1990’s. Between *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, most DJs in America now carry songs from the 1990’s in their music library to remind us the charts topped with eternal love songs with lyrics such as:

    I’ve loved you forever, in lifetimes before…Forever has now begun” – *NSYNC, This I Promise You

    “Although loneliness has always been a friend of mine I’m leavin’ my life in your hands. People say I’m crazy and that I am blind risking it all in a glance” – Backstreet Boys, As Long As You Love Me

    #tbt1990: Wedding Entrance Songs

    When it comes to must-plays at a wedding reception, 1990’s music has the most songs within a DJ’s music library. It is the era when alternative rock and rap became mainstream and techno exploded on the dance floor. The song, ‘All My Life’ by KC + JoJo has been one of the top choices for the first dance by the newly married.

    The musical era of the 1990s brought one-hit wonders center stage. The era was filled with a variety of pop, rap, techno, grunge, and alternative music artists. Techno hit the scene in the early 1990’s – initially developed during the mid-1980’s by the so-called Belleville Three. Carrying its notes to today’s mainstream, Techno has been developed into Alternative Dance or House Music.

    Many will undoubtedly remember the hits from C+C Music Factory; including “Everybody Dance Now” that is still a popular wedding dance song across the country. From Chicago to Hong-Kong, Electronic Dance Music (edm) eventually found its way to the wedding reception dance floors. Electronic dance music has also been used by many DJs as wedding entrance songs more often than any other era’s music to bring generations together under the bright lights.

    Soulful R&B

    The dedication of everlasting love or smooth velvet melodies has influenced many generations to confess their first love to their significant other. Sweet charms of love notes in songs such as The Temptations’ “My Girl” or Moonlighting’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” has brought us closer to the soulful side of weddings and created fairy-tale like ceremonies for many couples. In 2015, Martha Stewart Weddings magazine featured an exclusive story on John Legend’s wedding and were able to get his wedding playlist. The playlist featured the following 10 R&B songs:

  • Al Green “Let’s Stay Together”
  • Aretha Franklin “Day Dreaming”
  • Frank Ocean “Sweet Life”
  • Frank Sinatra “The Way You Look Tonight”
  • Etta James’ “At Last”
  • Sam Cooke “You Send Me”
  • Miguel “Adorn”
  • Prince “Adore”
  • Al Green “I’m Still in Love With You”
  • Stevie Wonder “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”
  • Switch Up Your Rhythm to Country

    Country music went pop in the 90s like never before. Many of the Country singers/bands have had major crossover success. Garth Brooks and Shania Twain not only ruled the charts in the 90’s, but became two of the best-selling artists of all time. Their fellow country musicians, such as Alan Jackson followed in their wake. “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain has been a ‘first dance’ song year after year. The song won her two Grammys and helped her cross into the mainstream music scene. Her ballad ‘From This Moment On’ got rave reviews and has been used as a wedding song many times over. WYRK, the country music radio station located in Buffalo, New York, broadcasting on 106.5 suggested a list of couple’s first dance at an upcoming wedding to their callers in 2013. Though the list did not display Shania Twain, it was composed of some of the big names on the Country scene from Tim McGraw’s “My Best Friend” to Rascal Flatt’s “I Melt”.

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