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Top Wedding Songs

The following is a list of the most popular wedding songs played at ceremonies and receptions, compiled from our mobile DJ survey

We broke down each section of a traditional wedding, in order, from the ceremony to the reception.

Ceremony music:

Prelude music: Played prior to the ceremony, while guests are arriving.

  • Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
  • Isn't It Romantic (Glenn Miller)
  • Water Music (Handel)
  • Ave Maria (Schubert / Gounod)
  • The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
  • Greensleeves (Traditional)
  • Rhapsody In Blue (Gershwin)
  • God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
  • As Time Goes By (A Kiss Is Just A Kiss) (Tony Bennett)
  • Arioso (Bach)
  • Ode To Joy (Beethoven)
  • Brandenburg Concerto #2 (Bach)
  • Gloria (Vivaldi)
  • Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)

Processional & Bridal music: Played during the time the family, wedding party, and the bride walk down the aisle.

  • Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride) from "Lohengrin" (Wagner)
  • Trumpet Voluntary in D (The Prince of Denmark's March) (Clarke or Purcell)
  • Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  • The Four Seasons (Handel)
  • Water Music (Handel)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
  • I Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
  • When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge)
  • In My Life (The Beatles)
  • March From Lohengrin (Wagner)

Interlude music (optional): The songs played during the ceremony.

  • Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • Amazing Grace (Traditional)
  • La Traviata (Verdi)
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
  • And I Love Her (The Beatles)
  • Primavera: First Movement, Allegro (Vivaldi)
  • Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley)
  • Für Elise (Beethoven)
  • We've Only Just Begun (The Carpenters)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)

Recessional music: Music played as the new husband and wife walk up the aisle together.

  • Wedding March (from "A Midsummer Night's Dream") (Mendelssohn)
  • Ode To Joy (from The Ninth Symphony) (Beethoven)
  • Hallelujah Chorus (from "The Messiah") (Handel)
  • Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
  • Magnificat In D (Bach)
  • The Long And Winding Road (The Beatles)
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) (James Brown)
  • How Sweet It Is (James Taylor)
  • Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals)
  • I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) 

Reception music:

First Dance music: First dance as husband and wife.

  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
  • Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
  • Can I Have This Dance? (Ann Murray)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
  • It Had To Be You (Harry Connick, Jr.)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • Endless Love (Diana Ross and Lionel Richie)
  • I Cross My Heart (George Strait)
  • I Swear (John M. Montgomery or All 4 One)
  • A Whole New World (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle)
  • As Time Goes By (A Kiss Is Just A Kiss) (Michael Feinstein)
  • When You Say Nothing At All (Allison Krauss)
  • Faithfully (Journey)
  • No Ordinary Love (Sade)
  • Here And Now (Luther Vandross)
  • I Can Love you Like That (John M. Montgomery)
  • Power Of Love (Celine Dion)
  • Tonight I Celebrate My Love (Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson)
  • Everything I Do {I Do For You} (Bryan Adams)
  • When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge or Michael Bolton)
  • All My Life (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville)
  • I'll Be There (Mariah Carey)
  • On Bended Knee (Boyz II Men)
  • At Last (Etta James)
  • Don't Know Much (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville)
  • From This Moment On (Shania Twain)
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay (Harry Connick, Jr.)
  • Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers)

*These are the most requested songs, but there are many others. Ask your DJ.

Father/Daughter music: The dance between the new bride and her father.

  • My Girl (The Temptations)
  • Thank Heaven For Little Girls (Gigi)
  • Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole / Natalie Cole)
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
  • My Dad (Paul Petersen)
  • Hero (Mariah Carey)
  • Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)
  • Times of Your Life (Paul Anka)
  • A Song For My Daughter (Steve Moser, Mikki Viereck, Ray Allaire)
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)
  • Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
  • My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • Through The Years (Kenny Rogers)
  • Daddy's Hand (Holly Dunn)
  • Daddy's little Girl (Kippi Brannon)
  • Daddy's Girl (Peter Cetera)
  • Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler On The Roof - Sndtrk)
  • Lullabye (Billy Joel)
  • A Whole New World (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle)
  • How Do You Fall In Love (Alabama)
  • Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
  • Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)
  • Thank Heaven For Little Girls (Gigi)
  • Father's Eyes (Amy Grant)
  • Friends (Elton John)
  • In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)

Mother/Son music: The dance between the husband and his mother.

  • Don't Know Much (Linda Rondstadt and Aaron Neville)
  • Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)
  • I.O.U (Jimmy Dean)
  • Moon River (Andy Williams)
  • Moon Dance (Van Morrison)
  • 'Til The End Of Time (Perry Como)
  • Through The Years (Kenny Rogers)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)
  • Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
  • Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole / Natalie Cole)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstong)
  • In This Life (Bette Midler)
  • You're The Inspiration (Chicago)
  • Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
  • Friends (Elton John)
  • Wishing Tree (Sonia Dada)
  • Blessed (Elton John)
  • Hero (Mariah Carey)
  • In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
  • A Song For My Son (Steve Moser, Mikki Viereck, Ray Allaire)
  • Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler On The Roof - Sndtrk)
  • In My Life (The Beatles)
  • Ever I Saw Your face (Roberta Flasck)
  • Greatest Love Of All (Whitney Houston)
  • I Wish You Love (Natalie Cole)
  • Thanks Again (Ricky Skaggs)
  • Stand By Me (Ben E. King)

Bridal Party Dances music: The dance including the Bride & Groom, Bridesmaids & Groomsmen, and family members.

  • That's What Friends Are For (Dionne & Friends: Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder)
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)
  • Friends In Low Places (Garth Brooks)
  • We Are Family (Sister Sledge)
  • Friends (Elton John)
  • Heroes and Friends (Randy Travis)
  • In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
  • Celebration (Kool & The Gang)

Cutting The Cake music: Played while the Bride & Groom cut the cake.

  • Cut the Cake (Average White Band)
  • I Wanna Grow Old With You (Adam Sandler)
  • How Sweet It Is (James Taylor)
  • Sugar, Sugar (The Archies)
  • Hit me With Your Best Shot (Pat Benatar)
  • When I'm 64 (The Beatles)
  • Recipe For Love (Harry Connick Jr.)
  • That's Amore' (Dean Martin)
  • Happy Together (The Turtles)
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard)
  • I Got You Babe (Sunny & Cher)
  • Love & Marriage (Frank Sinatra)
  • Oh Yeah! (Yello)
  • Axel F (Harold Faltermeyer)
  • Peter Gunn Theme

Money/Dollar (Honeymoon) Dance music (Optional) Played during the time the Bride & Groom dance with guests while the Best man and Maid of Honor collect the money for their honeymoon.

  • See music list above: "Bridal Party Music"
  • Ask your DJ for suggestions

Garter And Bouquet Toss music: Played during the bouquet toss and garter toss.

  • The Stripper (David Rose)
  • Legs (ZZ Top)
  • You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate)
  • Oh Yeah! (Yello)
  • Macho Man (Village People)
  • Theme From Mission Impossible (Danny Elfman)
  • Wild Thing (The Troggs or Tone Loc)
  • Let's Get It On (Marvin Gaye)
  • Bad Boys (Inner Circle)
  • Another One Bites The Dust (Queen)
  • Curly Shuffle (Jump n' The Saddle)
  • Kiss (Prince)
  • Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (Rod Stewart)
  • Gimme All Your Lovin' (ZZ Top)
  • Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)
  • Freak Me (Silk)
  • Hungry Eyes (Eric Carmen)
  • Heaven (Bryan Adams)
  • U Can't Touch This (MC Hammer)
  • Shameless (Garth Brooks)
  • *Girls Night Out (The Judds)
  • *Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
  • *Whipped Cream {Dating Game Theme} (Herb Alpert)
  • *Miss America Theme (Various)

*Songs for Bouquet Toss Only.

Last Dance music: The last song of the night for the Bride & Groom and their remaining guests.

  • Last Dance (Donna Summer)
  • New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)
  • Good Riddance {Time Of Your Life} (Green Day)
  • From This Moment On (Shania Twain & Bryan White)
  • Save The Best For Last (Vanessa Williams)
  • Wonderful Tonight (David Kersh)
  • Could I Have This Dance (Anne Murray)
  • You're Still The One (Shania Twain)
  • Closing Time (Semisonic)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole / Natalie Cole)
  • I've Had The Time Of My Life (Bill Medly & Jennifer Warnes)
  • How Your Love Makes Me Feel (Diamond Rio)
  • Goodnight, Sweetheart (David Kersh)
  • The Party's Over (Nat King Cole)
  • Goodnight Sweetheart (Spaniels)
  • What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • The Dance (Garth Brooks)
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply (Savage Garden)
  • Always And Forever (Heatwave)

Top 200 Most Requested Songs of the Past Year

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Rank Artist Song
1 AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long
2 Timberlake, Justin Sexyback
3 Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me
4 Morrison, Van Brown Eyed Girl
5 B-52's Love Shack
6 Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama
7 Bon Jovi Livin' On A Prayer
8 ABBA Dancing Queen
9 Journey Don't Stop Believin'
10 Diamond, Neil Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)
11 Sir Mix-A-Lot Baby Got Back
12 Rihanna Don't Stop The Music
13 Sister Sledge We Are Family
14 Outkast Hey Ya!
15 Kool & The Gang Celebration
16 Clapton, Eric Wonderful Tonight
17 Commodores Brick House
18 Black Eyed Peas Let's Get It Started
19 Jackson, Michael Billie Jean
20 James, Etta At Last
21 Beatles Twist And Shout
22 DJ Casper Cha Cha Slide
23 Bee Gees Stayin' Alive
24 Foundations Build Me Up Buttercup
25 Brooks, Garth Friends In Low Places
26 Village People Y.M.C.A.
27 Temptations My Girl
28 Big & Rich Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)
29 Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
30 Sinatra, Frank The Way You Look Tonight
31 Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby
32 Wild Cherry Play That Funky Music
33 Lauper, Cyndi Girls Just Want To Have Fun
34 Loggins, Kenny Footloose
35 Rascal Flatts Bless The Broken Road
36 Presley, Elvis Can't Help Falling In Love
37 Armstrong, Louis What A Wonderful World
38 Lonestar Amazed
39 Grandmaster Slice Electric Slide (Shall We Dance) '92
40 Dexy's Midnight Runners Come On Eileen
41 50 Cent In Da Club
42 Usher Feat. Ludacris & Lil' Jon Yeah
43 Jackson, Michael Thriller
44 Aerosmith I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
45 Adams, Bryan Summer Of '69
46 Checker, Chubby The Twist
47 Nelly Hot In Herre
48 Cupid Cupid Shuffle
49 Flo Rida Low
50 Isley Brothers Shout
51 Buffett, Jimmy Margaritaville
52 KC & The Sunshine Band Get Down Tonight
53 Beyonce Feat. Jay-Z Crazy In Love
54 Seger, Bob & The Silver Bullet Band Old Time Rock & Roll
55 Romantics What I Like About You
56 Jackson, Michael Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
57 Rednex Cotton Eye Joe
58 House Of Pain Jump Around
59 Cheap Trick I Want You To Want Me
60 Prince Kiss
61 Rihanna Feat. Jay-Z Umbrella
62 Mcgraw, Tim With Faith Hill It's Your Love
63 Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love
64 Journey Faithfully
65 Franklin, Aretha Respect
66 Big & Rich Lost In This Moment
67 Springfield, Rick Jessie's Girl
68 Jones, Norah Come Away With Me
69 Gaye, Marvin Let's Get It On
70 Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson The Way I Are
71 Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O' Mine
72 Young M.C. Bust A Move
73 Green, Al Let's Stay Together
74 Pink Get The Party Started
75 Johnson, Jack Better Together
76 Black Eyed Peas My Humps
77 Earth, Wind & Fire September
78 Sinatra, Frank Fly Me To The Moon
79 Sorta Crackers Band Chicken Dance
80 West, Kanye Feat. Jamie Foxx Gold Digger
81 Gaynor, Gloria I Will Survive
82 Cash, Johnny Ring Of Fire
83 Brown, Chris Forever
84 Brooks & Dunn Boot Scootin' Boogie
85 Rihanna Disturbia
86 Four Tops I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
87 Taylor, James How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
88 Paisley, Brad She's Everything
89 UB40 Red Red Wine
90 Adams, Bryan (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
91 Madonna & Justin Timberlake 4 Minutes
92 U2 Beautiful Day
93 Buble, Michael Everything
94 Fergie Feat. Ludacris Glamorous
95 Timberlake, Justin Rock Your Body
96 Baby Bash Feat. T-Pain Cyclone
97 Violent Femmes Blister In The Sun
98 Beatles All You Need Is Love
99 Mr. C The Slide Man Cha-Cha Slide
100 Los Del Rio Macarena
101 Kid Rock All Summer Long
102 Medley, Bill & Jennifer Warnes (I've Had) The Time Of My Life
103 West, Kanye Stronger
104 Rascal Flatts Life Is A Highway
105 Furtado, Nelly Feat. Timbaland Promiscuous
106 Rascal Flatts My Wish
107 Jackson 5 ABC
108 Idol, Billy White Wedding
109 Aerosmith Walk This Way
110 Gnarls Barkley Crazy
111 Buble, Michael Save The Last Dance For Me
112 Dion Runaround Sue
113 White, Barry Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
114 Eagles Hotel California
115 Tone Loc Wild Thing
116 Krauss, Alison When You Say Nothing At All
117 Madonna Like A Prayer
118 Lifehouse You And Me
119 Heartland I Loved Her First
120 Salt-N-Pepa Push It
121 KC & The Sunshine Band (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty
122 Shakira Feat. Wyclef Jean Hips Don't Lie
123 Beach Boys Kokomo
124 A-Ha Take On Me
125 Mcgraw, Tim My Best Friend
126 Hot Chocolate You Sexy Thing
127 Prince 1999
128 White, Barry You're The First, The Last, My Everything
129 Sean Paul Temperature
130 Cascada Everytime We Touch
131 Tone Loc Funky Cold Medina
132 Simon & Garfunkel Cecilia
133 Martin, Dean That's Amore
134 Keys, Alicia No One
135 Pussycat Dolls Don't Cha
136 K-Ci & Jojo All My Life
137 Metro Station Shake It
138 Mraz, Jason I'm Yours
139 Spears, Britney Gimme More
140 Smith, Will Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
141 Queen Another One Bites The Dust
142 Travolta, John & Olivia Newton-John Grease Megamix
143 Beatles I Saw Her Standing There
144 Stefani, Gwen Hollaback Girl
145 Weather Girls It's Raining Men
146 Digital Underground The Humpty Dance
147 Jet Are You Gonna Be My Girl
148 Madonna Holiday
149 Connick, Jr., Harry It Had To Be You
150 Aguilera, Christina Ain't No Other Man
151 Akon Feat. Eminem Smack That
152 Idol, Billy Mony Mony
153 Strait, George I Cross My Heart
154 Gap Band You Dropped A Bomb On Me
155 Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O'donis Just Dance
156 Spears, Britney Toxic
157 Jackson, Michael Beat It
158 Cash, Johnny I Walk The Line
159 James, Rick Super Freak (Part 1)
160 Right Said Fred I'm Too Sexy
161 Soulja Boy Tell'em Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)
162 Brown, Chris Feat. T-Pain Kiss Kiss
163 Beastie Boys Brass Monkey
164 Cherry Poppin' Daddies Zoot Suit Riot
165 Soft Cell Tainted Love
166 Setzer Orchestra, Brian Jump Jive An' Wail
167 Sledge, Percy When A Man Loves A Woman
168 Orbison, Roy Oh, Pretty Woman
169 Journey Open Arms
170 Temptations Ain't Too Proud To Beg
171 Sade By Your Side
172 Deee-Lite Groove Is In The Heart
173 Fergie Feat. Will.I.Am Fergalicious
174 Rihanna Pon De Replay
175 ABBA Take A Chance On Me
176 Checker, Chubby Let's Twist Again
177 Prince Let's Go Crazy
178 Sinatra, Frank New York, New York
179 Wang Chung Everybody Have Fun Tonight
180 Morrison, Van Moondance
181 Urban, Keith Making Memories Of Us
182 Black Eyed Peas Pump It
183 Savage Garden Truly Madly Deeply
184 Sinatra, Frank Come Fly With Me
185 Jackson, Alan & Jimmy Buffett It's Five O'clock Somewhere
186 Summer, Donna Last Dance
187 Beatles In My Life
188 Bangles Walk Like An Egyptian
189 Madonna Vogue
190 Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing
191 Caillat, Colbie Bubbly
192 Presley, Elvis All Shook Up
193 Gabriel, Peter In Your Eyes
194 Meat Loaf Paradise By The Dashboard Light
195 Rascal Flatts I Melt
196 Kelis Milkshake
197 U2 With Or Without You
198 Ne-Yo Closer
199 Manilow, Barry Copacabana (At The Copa)
200 Gaye, Marvin Sexual Healing

Mobile Beat Magazine in conjunction with DJ Intelligence is pleased to publish the Top 200 Most Requested Songs. This unique list is systematically calculated by analyzing actual client requests made through the DJ Intelligence music request system over the course of the past 12 months. Nearly two hundred thousand requests are made each month. These requests are compiled and tallied in real time to create this dynamic list. Because of the quantity of requests, we believe it is precisely accurate. This is a generalized list for all events ranging from weddings to parties. It changes regularly as requests are analyzed in real time, so please stop back and re-print often!

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