Good music can make or break any event; weddings included. Nothing is worse than having people groan or rolling eyes during your first dance because of a poorly selected song or a desolate dance floor because your DJ or band is just not getting your guests grooving—especially after you put all that energy into your planning and invitations. There’s a great selection of songs out this year that are begging to be included in your wedding. Below are five of the best, in my opinion. So don’t be shy about slipping this list to your DJ!
One song, in particular, sets the bar of romantic songs from this year. It’s practically engineered to be played at your wedding and it’d have to be “All of Me” by John Legend. If the lyrics don’t make you swoon then the fact that Legend actually performed this song at his wedding to Chrissy Teigen in 2013 should.
Lyrics to love: “Cause all of me / Loves all of you / Love your curves and all your edges / All your perfect imperfections”
If you’re looking for something just as dreamy but a little faster pace, “Wings” by Birdy is an absolutely mesmerizing song for you to get lost in the moment and twirl around with your new spouse.
Lyrics to love: “I just wanna be by your side / If these wings could fly / Oh damn these walls”
“XO” by Beyonce is another dreamy song that’s sure to be played at weddings this year. The Queen B is known for proclaiming that “if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it.” Well since there’s a ring now on it, sneak this tune in to show him you love him with these lyrical hugs and kisses.
Lyrics to love: “Your love is bright as ever (ever, ever, ever) / Even in the shadows (shadows, shadows, shadows) / Baby, kiss me (kiss me, kiss me, kiss me) / Before they turn the lights out (lights out, lights out, lights out)”
If “Marry Me” by Jason Derulo doesn’t have you fantasizing about spending the rest of your life with your special someone then perhaps you should give it another listen. Growing old together has never sounded so good.
Lyrics to love: “And if I lost everything / In my heart it means nothing / ‘Cause I have you, / Girl, I have you / To get right down on bended knee / Nothing else would ever be better, better / That day when… / I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”
“Happy” by Pharrell is a proven feel-good track and definitely earned a spot on this list. While there should be no shortage of happiness on this day, sometimes it’s good to hear it over an infectious beat pumping through the speakers while your bridesmaids pull you onto the dance floor. So sing your heart out to this song with reckless abandon. This song was made for your wedding day!
Lyrics to love: “Because I’m happy / Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth / Because I’m happy / Clap along if you know what happiness is to you”