Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Most Popular Wedding Songs For Intro's, First Dance, Cake ...

Wedding Reception Mixtape:

Below is a list of the most popular and widely requested wedding reception songs from the past year or so.  I hope this will help any couples who want to customize their wedding reception music and are looking for ideas.

Traditionally, there is music playing while the Emcee announces the bridal party and finally the bride and groom make their first public appearance together.  Some couples like this to be very upbeat and set a party atmosphere.  Some prefer this to be an elegant affair and more formal. 

I Gotta Feelin – Black Eyed Peas
Raise Your Glass – Pink
Spring from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
L-O-V-E – Nat Cole
The Brady Bunch - TV Theme
I Feel Good – James Brown
I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher
Concerto for Two Trumpets – Vivaldi
Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
Crazy Train – Black Sabbath
Who Loves You – The Four Seasons
Fort Walton Kansas   - The Rock
Ace Of Spades – Motorhead
The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White
Cinema – Skrilllex
Pirates Of The Caribbean – Movie Soundtrack
Beautiful Day – U2
Spring – Vivaldi
Right Round – Flo-Rida
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly – Movie Soundtrack
St. Elmo’s Fire
Home – Edward Sharpe
Happy Together – The Turtles
Happy People – R. Kelly
I’ll Be There For You – Bon Jovi
I Like It – Enrique Iglesias
You Make Me feel So Young – Frank Sinatra
Big Pimpin – Jay Z
Renegade – Styx
Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
You Make Me Feel So Young – Frank Sinatra
Pitt Fight Song
Marry You – Train
Love And Marriage – Frank Sinatra
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Enter Sandman –Metallica
Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphy’s
Ain’t That A Kick In the Head – Dean Martin
By Your Side – Sade
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – Rod Stewart
It’s Now Or Never – Elvis
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Faithfully – Journey
Midnight And The Stars And You – Ray Noble
Teenage Wasteland – The Who
Rock N Roll Part II – Gary Glitter
L-O-V-E – Nat Cole
At Last – Etta James
Love And Marriage – Frank Sinatra
I Wanna Grow Old Old With You – Adam Sandler
Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love – Barry White
Get Ready For This – 2 Unlimited
Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson
I Do – Colbie Callait
Soul Bossa Nova – Austin Powers Theme
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Glamorous- Fergie
Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love -  Barry White

This song is the one that accompanies the first dance of the bride and groom.  Some couples use a song that they consider “their song” while some couples simply pick something that lyrically and musically has meaning to them.  

Marry Me – Train
Then – Brad Paisley
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis Presley
Crush - Dave Mathews Band
At Last – Etta James
True Companion -  Marc Cohn
Hero – Enrique Iglesias
The Way – Bruce Springsteen
When You Got A Good Thing – Lady Antebellum
Wouldn’t Change  A Thing – Matthew West
Vito’s Waltz – The Godfather
Beauty And The Beast – played on the Violin
I See You (from Avatar)– Leona Lewis
Into The Mystic – Van Morrison
When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Sweet And Wild – The Clarks
Someone Like You – Van Morrison
Life After You – Daughtry
I Will – The Beatles
When I Say I Do – Matthew West
Unthinkable – Alicia Keys
Me And You – Kenny Chesney
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Jersey Boys
Penguin – Christina Perry
I’m So Proud – The Impressions
The Best Is Yet To Come – Tony Bennett
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Your Song – Elton John and Alessandro Safina
Stay With You – John Legend
Your Song – Elton John
Sleepwalk – Santo and Johnny
The Most – Jon Troast
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin
Feels Like Home – Neil Diamond
By Your Side – Sade
When You Say Nothing At All- Allison Krauss

This song plays while the bride and groom cut the cake in a symbolic gesture.  Some couples like this to be a fun experience and some others prefer this to be a more elegant moment.  The music that you choose will set the mood.

How Sweet It Is  - James Taylor
Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
I Can’t Help Myself – The Four Tops
The Sweetest Thing – U2
That’s Amore – Dean Martin
I Do – Colbie Caillat
Love And Marriage – Frank Sinatra
Ain’t That A Kick In the Head – Dean Martin
My Eyes Adored You – The Four Seasons
Bad Things – Jace Everett
Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
1, 2, 3, 4 – The White Stripes
Accidentally In Love – The Counting Crows
Better Together – Jack Johnson
I Wanna Grow Old – Adam Sandler
Wink And A Smile – Harry Connick Jr.
Never Gonna Be Alone – Nickelback
If Not For You – Bob Dylan
Candyman – Christina Aguilera
Lucky – Jason Mraz
Finiculi, Finicula

This can be a very touching moment in the wedding reception, where the bride dances with her father.  

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
The Rainbow Connection
Butterfly Kisses – YouTube Mix
Daughters – John Mayer
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman
Moon River – Andy Williams
My Girl – The Temptations
Unforgettable – Nat and Natalie Cole
Angel Dance – Robert Plant
It’s a Great Day To Be Alive – Travis Tritt
Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
Daddy’s Little Girl – Al Martino
Daddy’s Little Girl -Michael Bolton
Daddy Let’s Dance -  Jamie Tate
My Little Girl -  Tim McGraw
Faithfully – Journey
I Loved Her First – Heartland
Shining Star – The Manhattans
In My Daughter’s Eyes -  Martina McBride
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
A Song For My Daughter – Ray Allaire
Waltz Across Texas – Ernest Tubb
I’m So Proud – The Impressions
Sweet Child Of Mine – Luna
There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
Hero - Mariah Carey

Again, the guests at the wedding will not forget when the groom dances with his mother.  

A Song For My Son – Micki Viereck 
Unforgettable – Nat and Natalie Cole
The Perfect Fan – N Sync
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler 
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
A Song For Mama – Boyz II Men 
Three Times A Lady – The Commodores
Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
All To You – DJ Keo
For Your Eyes Only – James Bond Film
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
Sunny – Johnny Mathis
You Are My Sunshine – Elizabeth Mitchell
Forever Young – Joan Baez
A Place In My Heart – Sounds Of Blackness
Love – John Lennon
Danny Boy
You’re Still You – Josh Groban
A Mothers Song –T. Carter
The Man You’ve Become – Molly Pasutti
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
Because You Loved Me – Johnny Mathis

Some couples will invite their wedding party to the dance floor for a song.   This can be a very special moment for the couple surrounded by their closest friends.  Here are the most commonly selected songs for this dance.

The Prayer – Andrea Bocceli and Celine Dion
You’re My Best Friend -  Queen
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
From This Moment – Shania Twain
That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding
Lucky – Jason Mraz
Sweet Love – Anita Baker
Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World – Izzy K
Kiss Of A Rose – Seal
Wonderful, Wonderful – Johnny Mathis

A Strolling Violin song is often performed in honor of the bride and groom.  This is their first requests before the Violinist moves out into the guest tables.

All I Ask Of You
Wonderful Tonight
Theme from “Love Story”
That’s Amore 
Moon River
Just You And Me
My Heart Will Go On
Star Trek TV Theme
At Last
Por Un Cabeza
Canon In D
Anne’s Theme
Love Story
Music Of The Night
Always And Forever
Clair De Lune
Just You And Me
Haste To The Wedding
Over The Rainbow
Country Roads
When I Fall In Love
Moonlight Serenade

A very fun moment for the wedding guests is rounding up all the unmarried ladies for the bouquet toss.  Symbolically, the one who catches the bouquet will be the next to wed.  The music chosen for this event should get the attention of the guests.

Single Ladies – Beyonce 
If You Wanna Be My Lover – Spice Girls
Pretty Girl Rock
On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez
Chapel Of Love
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

The groom removes the garter from the leg of the bride in an often raucous fashion.  The music chosen for this moment can really enhance it.  

Mission Impossible
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon
Stripper Theme
Cherry Pie – Warrant
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
When I Said I Do – Clint Black

As the groom tosses the garter to the unmarried men, the legend goes that the one who catches it will be the next to marry.  

Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
Macho Men – The Village People
Badd Boys – Inner Circle
Troublemaker – Weezer

Some couples include a moment where the man who caught the garter puts it on the leg of the lady who caught the bouquet. 

Into the Groove – Madonna
Freakum Dress – Beyonce
Like A Virgin – Madonna
Wild Thing – Tone Loc
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye

Some couples include a dance that invites the logest married couples to dance with each other.  As the song continues, traditionally the emcee will announce “couples that have been married for ___ years may keep dancing,”  until there is only one couple left.  This is the longest married couple. Everyone applauds, we announce how many years they have been married, a photo is taken with the newest and oldest couple, and the party continues.

When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles
Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
In My Life – The Beatles
L-O-V-E – Nat Cole
Dream A Little Dream – The Mamas And The Papa
Always And Forever – Luther Vandross
Endless Love – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

Giving the guests one last chance for a dance makes for a nice conclusion for the evening.  

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Last Dance – Donna Summer
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Save the Last Dance For Me – Michael Buble
Devil Went Down To Georgia – CDB
Just Dance – Lady Gaga
This Is The Time – Billy Joel
Today Was A Fairytale – Taylor Swift
When You Wish Upon A Star - Disney
When I Fall In Love – Celine Dion & Clive Griffin
Thank You – Dido
Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
I’ve Had The Time Of My Life – Dirty Dancing Soundtrack
Bittersweet – Big Head Todd
Goodnight – Beatles
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwiole
Wouldn’t Change A Thing – Matthew West
Shake Me Down – Gregory Abbott
Closing Time – Semisonic
Time To Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli
For Once In My Life – Frank Sinatra
In the Still Of The Night – Boyz II Men
When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles
Twilight Time – The Platters
Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
Devil Went Down To Georgia – Charlie Daniels
My Best Friend – Tim McGraw
Home – Edward Sharpe
At Last – Etta James
Marry Me - Train

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