How to Create The Perfect Wedding Song Playlist?

How to Create The Perfect Wedding Song Playlist?

Music is an integral piece of the wedding. It gives the guests a glimpse of who the bride and groom really are by adding a personalized touch to the soundtrack of the night. Not only that, but it sets the tone. Whether it be all night rager, or a dignified and refined reception, the wedding song playlist should be chosen carefully. Keep reading to gain some tips and tricks on making the perfect wedding song set.

How many songs do I need for a 6 hour wedding?

Since the average song is around 3 minutes, it is recommended that you add twenty songs to your playlist for every hour of the event.  For a 6 hour wedding that means you would need to add 120 wedding songs.  

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What are the most popular wedding songs?

According to Spotify, the top 10 most popular wedding songs are:

  • “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  • “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
  • “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
  • “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  • “All of Me” by John Legend
  • “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
  • “My Girl” by The Temptations
  • “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  • “Marry Me” by Train
  • “You Make My Dreams” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

However, bridal websites name the following as the top ten wedding songs:

  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
  • Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
  • Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance”
  • Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
  • Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
  • Earth, Wind & Fire, “September”
  • Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris, “Yeah”
  • Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin'”
  • Michael Jackson, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”
  • The Isley Brothers, “Shout – Part 1″

How often should you play a slow song at a wedding?

People like to dance for about half an hour before needing a break.  It’s not a good idea to abruptly play a slow song in between fast paced songs.  Instead, play a slow song every 30-40 minutes and follow up the slow song with a build up in tempo for another 30-40 minutes.   

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What songs do you not play at a wedding?

Some songs are overly played, cliche, cringy, and people generally don’t want to hear them…again. The Huffington Post names the following ten songs to add to the do not play list:

  • “The Chicken Dance” by The Tweets
  • “YMCA” by Village People
  • “Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths (a.k.a. “Electric Slide”)
  • ″Macarena” by Los Del Rio
  • ″Cotton-Eye Joe” by Rednex
  • “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
  • “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
  • ″Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper
  • “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé
  • ″Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Other songs are added to bridal “do not play” lists because their lyrics feature taboo relationship topics like stalking, break-ups, demeaning lyrics for women, or are generally depressing. The top ten topical “do not play” weddings songs are:

  • “Every Breath You Take,” by the Police. …
  • “I Will Always Love You,” by Whitney Houston (or Dolly Parton) …
  • “Make You Feel My Love,” by Adele. …
  • “The Scientist,” by Coldplay. …
  • “My Heart Will Go On,” by Celine Dion. …
  • “The Sweetest Thing,” by U2. …
  • “I Will Survive,” by Gloria Gaynor. …
  • “White Wedding,” by Billy Idol.
  • “Tainted Love,” by Soft Cell
  • “If You Wanna Be Happy,” by Jimmy Soul

What are good wedding dance songs?

The best wedding dance songs are different for people of different generations and with different music genre tastes. Therefore, it’s a good idea to vary the age of the songs and include hip-hop, pop, funk, indie, and electronic tunes. These songs can be extremely popular, or just have uplifting beats and positive lyrics. Most songs that get people moving are songs that bring back great memories, so even if a song isn’t well known, add it to your list if you and your guests have a shared experience that makes the song special. Some of the best wedding dance songs of all time include:

  • “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
  • “Hey Ya!” by Outkast
  • “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas
  • “Yeah!” by Usher
  • “Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths
  • “Love Shack” by B-52s
  • “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
  • “ABC” by The Jackson 5
  • “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
  • “Jungle Boogie” by Kool and The Gang
  • “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder
  • “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
  • “Time to Pretend” by MGMT
  • “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk
  • “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
  • “Low” by Flo Rida
  • “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot
  • “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

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What is the most uplifting wedding song ever?

Songs with happy lyrics, in major keys, and with upbeat tempos are scientifically proven to be the most uplifting music for listeners.  Whether these songs are right for your wedding is up to you, but some of the most uplifting songs are:

  • “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  • “Dancing Queen” by Abba
  • “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys
  • “Uptown Girl” by Billie Joel
  • “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

What are the most popular first wedding dance songs?

There are some songs that are very popular as first dance wedding songs because they so beautifully articulate the love shared by newlyweds the top ten most popular first dance wedding songs according to insider magazine are:

  • “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  • “At Last” by Etta James
  • “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
  • “All of Me” by John Legend
  • “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.
  • “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
  • “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  • “Everything” by Michael Bublé
  • “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
  • “Amazed” by Lonestar

Other bridal websites mention some other classic first dance songs:

“As” by Stevie Wonder, “As Time Goes By” by Dooley Wilson, “By Your Side,” by Sade, “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” by Elvis Presley, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” by Frankie Valli or Lauryn Hill, “Come Rain or Come Shine,” by Ray Charles, and “Crazy Love,” by Van Morrison. 

What is a good exit song for a wedding?

Most recessional songs are upbeat and romantic.  Some even have lyrics that allude to the end of an event or “going home”. Some great choices for a recessional wedding song are:

  • “Beautiful Day,” by U2
  • “Fool For Love” by Lord Huron
  • “Somewhere Only We Know,” by Keane
  • “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” by Bill Medley
  • “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille
  • “You Shook Me All Night Long,” by AC/DC
  • “All You Need Is Love,” by the Beatles
  • “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson
  • “What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong
  • “We Are Family,” by Sister Sledge
  • “We Belong Together” by Vampire Weekend
  • “After Midnight,” by Eric Clapton
  • “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga
  • “Home,” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
  • “Closing Time,” by Semisonic

Remember that creating the perfect playlist for your reception is really all about expressing your own style and finding the music that best allows you and your guests to celebrate this special event.  The CTO’s Philadelphia Wedding bands have years of experience helping couples create and refine their best reception playlists. Don’t be afraid to reach out to us!

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