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We know you want fresh, new song ideas for your reception. So, we went to the pros for their top wedding song predictions of the year. Have a different song idea? Share it in the comments below!
“All of Me,” John Legend
If, for some reason, the romantic lyrics haven’t convinced you that this makes the perfect first-dance song, then the story behind it will. John Legend performed it for his wife, Chrissy Teigen, at their wedding in September 2013!
Best Lyrics: “‘Cause all of me/Loves all of you/Love your curves and all your edges/All your perfect imperfections/Give your all to me/I’ll give my all to you”
“Safe and Sound,” Capital Cities
This song doesn’t have your traditional, “I love you” lyrics, which makes it stand out as something a bit different from the typical love songs on the radio right now.
Best Lyrics: “You could be my luck/Even if the sky is falling down/I know that we’ll be safe and sound”
Beyonce’s surprise album has been a breakout hit so far, and we’re thinking that “XO” is the perfect song to end the night while you rock back and forth, one arm around your now husband. Consider this song the 2014 version of “Don’t Stop Believin’.” It will have every guest on the dance floor making X’s and O’s with their arms.
Best Lyrics: “In the darkest hour/I’ll search through the crowd/Your face is all that I see/I’ll give you everything/Baby love me lights out”
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
When it comes to wedding songs, Bruno Mars is a master. We didn’t think songs could get any more wedding worthy than his hit “Marry Me,” (which topped our 2013 list!), but somehow we found our new must-play. “Treasure” is a fun, playful and totally dance-able hit. Period.
Best Lyrics: “Treasure, that is what you are/Honey, you’re my golden star/You know you can make my wish come true/If you let me treasure you”
“Somebody Loves You,” Betty Who
Ever since that video of the flash mob proposal at Home Depot, we haven’t been able to get this song out of our heads. It’s a fun pump-up jam with really sentimental lyrics. It’s a recipe for the perfect wedding song.
Best Lyrics: “I’m around when your head is heavy/ I’m around when your hands aren’t steady/ I’m around when your day’s gone all wrong/I care that you feel at home”
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
As the title suggests, no one can help but feel like dancing when listening to this song. The song made it’s debut in the film Despicable Me 2, which also makes it the perfect family-friendly song (everyone from your toddler niece to your great-grandparents will be hitting the dance floor). We’re thinking it could also make the perfect song for your entrance!
Best Lyrics: “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof/Because I’m happy/Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth/Because I’m happy”
“Who You Love,” John Mayer featuring Katy Perry
What can make picking a first-dance song difficult is finding one that’s from both perspectives of a relationship. This duet from John Mayer and Katy Perry does just that: They each have a verse and then sing the final rounds of the chorus together.
Best Lyrics: “You can’t make yourself stop dreaming/Who you’re dreaming of/If it’s who you love/Then it’s who you love”
“Same Love,” Macklemore
This song is all about accepting love no matter what others have to say about it, which is an amazing message for a wedding whether you’re gay or straight. “Same Love” is a rap song, which might seem like an unexpected choice for a wedding, but when you consider how lyrical the hook is, you’ll realize how perfect it is.
Best Lyrics: “And I can’t change/Even if I tried/Even if I wanted to/My love/My love/My love/She keeps me warm”
“Closer,” Tegan and Sara
This is the year’s version of your favorite ’80s dance hit.
Best Lyrics: “Here comes the heat before we meet a little bit closer/Here comes the spark before the dark, come a little closer”
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
No top wedding song list would be complete without at least one country hit, and of all the songs there are to choose from, this is our favorite. The lyrics are actually about a shy groom’s first dance (sound familiar?). Despite what the title might suggest, it’s actually perfect for dancing!
Best Lyrics: “I don’t dance, But here I am/Spinning you around and around in circles/It ain’t my style, but I don’t care/I’d do anything with you anywhere”
“Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake
Now that Justin Timberlake is married to wife Jessica Biel, he’s singing from a first-hand perspective of what marriage is actually like. This song is all about how the person you’re with is a metaphorical reflection of who you are, which is really a beautiful sentiment when you think about it.
Best Lyrics: “I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me/The vacancy that sat in my heart/Is a space that now you hold/Show me how to fight for now/And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy/Comin’ back here to you once I figured it out/You were right here all along”
“The Moon Song,” Karen O
When we watched Karen O perform this song from the soundtrack for the movie “Her” at the Oscars, we couldn’t help but think what a perfect song it was for those quieter moments at the wedding. If you’re looking for something a little more mellow with an acoustic sound to play for your first dance, look no further than “The Moon Song.”
Best Lyrics: “There’s things I wish I knew/There’s nothing I’d keep from you/It’s a dark and shiny place/But with you my dear/I’m safe and we’re a million miles away”
One of the most charming trends is the country, bluegrass wedding. Our friends over at Wedding Chicks have put together some beautiful country wedding ideas. From pictures with your pets to bow ties and suspenders for the bridegrooms, there are ideas to inspire country brides everywhere.