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Wedding Reception Playlist Song Idea List

Chris Easter

Having trouble picking out songs for the wedding reception? Take a look at the following suggestions. The list is made up of traditional wedding “classics” and some newer, trendier picks.

Newlyweds First Dance

“Fly Me to the Moon” ~ Frank Sinatra
“Be Mine” ~ David Gray
“I Cross My Heart” ~ George Strait
“Til’ Kingdom Come” ~ Coldplay
“Green Eyes” ~ Coldplay
“When You Say Nothing at All” ~ Alison Krause
“Come Away With Me” ~ Norah Jones
“Wild Horses” ~ The Rolling Stones
“Your Song” ~ Elton John
“Love Will Keep Us Alive” ~ The Eagles
“It Had To Be You” ~ Harry Connick Jr.
“The Way You Look Tonight” ~ Frank Sinatra
“Bless the Broken Road” ~ Rascal Flatts
“Better Together” ~ Jack Johnson
“By Your Side” ~ Sade
“At Last” ~ Etta James
“Wonderful Tonight” ~ Eric Clapton
“Amazed” ~ Lonestar
“Unforgettable” ~ Natalie & Nat King Cole
“One” ~ U2
“All I Want Is You” ~ U2
“Into the Mystic” ~ Van Morrison
“All My Life” ~ KC and JoJo
“When a Man Loves a Woman” ~ Percy Sledge
“The Greatest Fan of Your Life” ~ Edwin McCain
“The Luckiest” ~ Ben Folds
“Lost In This Moment” ~ Big & Rich

Father-Daughter Dance

“My Girl” ~ The Temptations
“Daughters” ~ John Mayer
“I Loved Her First” ~ Heartland
“Butterfly Kisses” ~ Bob Carlisle
“My Little Girl” ~ Tim McGraw
“Isn’t She Lovely” ~ Stevie Wonder
“You Are So Beautiful” ~ Joe Cocker
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) ~ James Taylor

Mother-Son Dance

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” ~ Bernstein/Sondheim/Streisand
“My Wish” ~ Rascal Flatts
“I Hope You Dance” ~ Lee Ann Womack
“Because You Loved Me” ~ Celine Dion
“Have I Told You Lately” ~ Rod Stewart
“Landslide” ~ Fleetwood Mac
“Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” ~ Billy Joel
“I Wish You Love” ~ Natalie Cole

Great Fast Songs for the Reception

“Love Shack” ~ B52’s
“Billie Jean” ~ Michael Jackson
“Sweet Caroline” ~ Neil Diamond
“Don’t Stop Believin'” ~ Journey
“Pretty Woman” ~ Roy Orbison
“Brown Eyed Girl” ~ Van Morrison
“You May Be Right” ~ Billy Joel
“Ants Marching” ~ Dave Mathews Band
“Something to Talk About” ~ Bonnie Raitt
“Old Time Rock & Roll” ~ Bob Segar
“What I Like About You” ~ The Romantics
“Takin’ Care of Business” ~ BTO
“Friends in Low Places” ~ Garth Brooks
“I Will Survive” ~ Gloria Gaynor
“Brickhouse” ~ Commodores
“Get Down Tonight” ~ KC & The Sunshine Band
“Shout” ~ Otis Day & The Knights
“We Are Family” ~ Sister Sledge
“Long Train Running” ~ The Doobie Brothers
“September” ~ Earth, Wind, & Fire
“Stayin’ Alive” ~ The Bee Gees
“Twist and Shout” ~ The Beatles
“Thriller” ~ Michael Jackson
“Oh What a Night” ~ The Four Seasons
“Canned Heat” ~ Jamiroquai
“Feel Good, Inc.” ~ Gorillaz
“White Wedding” ~ Billy Idol
“Ice Ice Baby” ~ Vanilla Ice
“Dancing Queen” ~ ABBA
“You Shook Me All Night” ~ AC/DC
“Another One Bites the Dust” ~ Queen
“Sweet Home Alabama” ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Margaritaville” ~ Jimmy Buffet
“Ring of Fire” ~ Johnny Cash
“Livin’ on a Prayer” ~ Bon Jovi
“Sweet Child of Mine” ~ Guns ‘N’ Roses
“Footloose” ~ Kenny Loggins
“Respect” ~ Aretha Franklin
“Take on Me” ~ A-Ha
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” ~ Cyndi Lauper

Great Slow Songs for the Reception

“What a Wonderful World” ~ Louis Armstrong
“Imagine” ~ John Lennon
“Unchained Melody” ~ Righteous Brothers
“Stand By Me” ~ Sam Cooke
“Let’s Stay Together” ~ Al Green
“From This Moment” ~ Shania Twain
“It’s Your Love” ~ Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
“Take My Breath Away” ~ Berlin
“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” ~ Righteous Brothers
“Time After Time” ~ Cyndi Lauper
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” ~ Elvis Presley
“Moondance” ~ Van Morrison
“In Your Eyes” ~ Peter Gabriel
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” ~ Aerosmith
“Forever Young” ~ Alphaville
“I’ve Had the time of my Life” ~ Bill Medley & Jennifer Warrens

TMR Recommendation: Choose songs that have a special connection to the newlyweds and both sets of parents. Also, keep in mind that the age range at a wedding can go from 1-100, so ‘Baby Got Back’ may not be the wisest decision.


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