The Most Popular Wedding Songs of 2023

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Not all aspects of wedding planning are stressful. Creating a playlist of songs for treasured guests to enjoy during this important milestone is a great way to incorporate your partner and family. But it’s very easy to get overwhelmed and overlook crowd-pleasing songs. More specifically, we’re talking about the music played during your first dance as newlyweds, the father/daughter dance, and the mother/son dance. Since this is a joyous occasion, you’ll want to avoid songs about a breakup or bad relationships. The key is to celebrate undying love.

Are you and your partner hitting a roadblock when choosing wedding songs? Keep reading to discover the most popular songs to play during your 2023 wedding.

Wedding Songs for Your First Dance

Choosing songs for the first dance is probably the easier melody to choose. This song could’ve been playing when you first met, during your first date, or when you started to fall in love with one another. This song connects both of you. Whenever you hear the song playing on the radio, we guarantee you’ll immediately recall your loving devotion to each other.

Here’s a list of popular first dance songs, ranging from all-time classics to modern hits:

  • “At Last” by Etta James
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
  • “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  • “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
  • “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  • “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran (Duet versions with Beyonce and Andrea Bocelli are an option)
  • “Everything” by Michael Bublé
  • “This Will Be (An Ever-Lasting Love)” by Natalie Cole
  • “Lover” by Taylor Swift
  • “Love of My Life” by Harry Styles
  • “Better Together” By Luke Combs
  • “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs
  • “Speechless” by Dan + Shay
  • “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay, ft. Justin Bieber
  • “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli
  • “Your Song” by Elton John
  • “Fly Me to The Moon” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Amazed” by Lonestar
  • “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain (Cover options are an option)
  • “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley
  • “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes
  • “Breathe” by Faith Hill
  • “Faithfully” by Journey

Wedding Songs for Your Father/Daughter Dance

Whether with a biological father, uncle, stepdad, or any father figure, the Father/Daughter dance is an emotional moment to showcase a sentimental relationship. Sometimes this dance follows the newlyweds’ first dance and right before the Mother/Son dance, but every wedding timeline is unique.

This dance with Dad is the perfect way to express both personalities. Songs can vary from sweet and sentimental slow dances to fun and cheerful dances that get the crowd excited. It can also be a song that was prominent during your childhood and became special to you both.

Here’s a variety of popular father/daughter dance songs:

  • “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
  • “My Girl” by The Temptations
  • “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
  • “You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins
  • “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty
  • “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
  • “Cinderella” by Steve Curtis Chapman
  • “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  • “Then” by Brad Paisley
  • “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
  • “First Man” by Camila Cabello
  • “For My Daughter” by Kane Brown
  • “The Dance” by Garth Brooks
  • “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” by Billy Ray Cyrus

Wedding Songs for Your Mother/Son Dance

Like the Father/Daughter dance, the Mother/Son dance is equally touching and emotional to watch. Witnessing the groom guide his mother onto the dance floor for their time in the spotlight tugs at everyone’s heartstrings as their special relationship unfolds. Depending on the wedding timeline, this moment is the last of the spotlight dances before the meals begin or everyone gets up and starts dancing!

The chosen song is one that the groom’s mother adores, plays often, or showcases a loving relationship. It’s a special moment between mother and son that they will always cherish.

Here’s a list of popular mother/son dance songs:

  • “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
  • “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
  • “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw
  • “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  • “Thank You, Mom” by Good Charlotte
  • “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood
  • “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
  • “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac
  • “You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins
  • “Simple Man” by Lynrd Skynrd
  • “A Song for Mama” by Boys II Men
  • “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  • “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  • “Mother Like Mine” by The Band Perry

Wedding Songs for Your Wedding Reception

It’s finally time to party at your wedding reception! The song list should be an assortment of songs that will delight all your guests. Don’t panic! We’ve made the playlist creation a bit easier.

Here’s a wide range of songs everyone will party to at your 2023 wedding:

  • “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker
  • “I Love You This Big” by Scotty McCreery
  • “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
  • “Lady” by Brett Young
  • “Brick House” by The Commodores
  • “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
  • “Super Freak” by Rick James
  • “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, ft. Pharrell Williams
  • “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
  • “24k Magic” by Bruno Mars
  • “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc
  • “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
  • “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • “I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons
  • “The Night We Met” by Lord Huron
  • “Hey Ya!” by Outkast
  • “Thriftshop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ft. Ray Dalton
  • “Push It” by Salt ‘N Pepa
  • “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
  • “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida
  • “Starships” by Nikki Minaj
  • “Live Your Life” by T.I
  • “Yeah” by Usher, ft. Lil John, Ludacris
  • “Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
  • “Shots” by LMFAO
  • “Counting Stars” by One Republic
  • “Save The Last Dance for Me” by Michael Bublé
  • “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  • “CAN’T STOP THIS FEELING” by Justin Timberlake
  • “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
  • “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
  • “Black and White” by Niall Horan
  • “Late Night Talking” by Harry Styles
  • “As It Was” by Harry Styles
  • “Adore You” by Harry Styles
  • “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce, ft. Jay-Z
  • “Love on Top” by Beyonce
  • “Bye Bye Bye” by N Sync
  • “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by The Backstreet Boys
  • “Wanna Be” by Spice Girls
  • “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie
  • “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas
  • “We Found Love” by Rihanna, ft. Calvin Harris
  • “Cake By the Ocean” by DNCE
  • “Levels” by Avicii
  • “Take on Me” by A-Ha
  • “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, ft. Bruno Mars
  • “Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON
  • “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
  • “Come On Eileen’ by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  • “Piano Man” by Billy Joel
  • “American Pie” by Don McLean
  • “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  • “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
  • “Paradise by The Dashboard Light” by Meat Load
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
  • “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey

Making the Perfect Wedding Playlist

Making the perfect wedding playlist is a fun, light project for you and your partner to finalize in the week leading up to the big day. The playlist should contain beats that will encourage even the shiest guest to boogey on the dance floor. For assistance with making a playlist as well as wedding music needs, call (973) 731-3100.

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