Wedding Reception Song List

By | September 10, 2010

This wedding reception music list comes in when some nervous grooms and brides get sweaty palms at the mere mention of having to step up to the spotlight and face “The Dreaded First Dance.”

But if you choose a song that is meaningful to you, and makes you happy, that first dance will set the tone and break the ice for everyone.

If you have no clue what to pick for the first dance, here is a great  wedding reception song list, to look at at some popular hip songs, as well as some great classics that many couples have used for their first dance.

These are some of the best songs to play at a wedding reception.

So here goes the top 100 wedding songs.

2011 Update : You could easily create a DJ Playlist from Wedding Reception Songs.

song list for wedding

Wedding Reception Song List  :

Marry Me – Train (2011) (nice wedding song)

Rhythm Of Love – Plain White T’s (2010)

1,2,3,4 – Plain White T’s

A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson

A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

After All is Said and Done – Beyonce

After All – Peter Cetera & Cher

All for Love – Bryan Adams

All My Life – KC and JoJo

All My Life – Linda Ronstadt

All Of Me – Harry Connick Jr

All The Way – Frank Sinatra / Celine Dion

Almost Paradise – Mike Reno & Ann Wilson

Always – Atlantic Starr

Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson

Amazed – Lonestar

At Last – Etta James

Because Of You – Tony Bennett / Connie Francis

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Better Together – Jack Johnson

Breathe – Faith Hill

Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

Collide – Howie Day

Colour My World – Chicago

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray

Crazy Love – Van Morrison

Cruisin – Huey Lewis & Gwyneth Paltrow / Smokey Robinson

Don’t Change – Musiq Soulchild

Drift Away – Uncle Cracker

Earth Angel – Penguins

Ebb Tide – Frank Sinatra / Righteous Brothers / Platters

Eternal Flame – The Bangles

Everything – Lifehouse

Everything – Michael Buble

Everything I Do (I Do It For You) – Brian Adams

Everything You Do – Marc Anthony

Faithfully – Journey

Feels Like Home – Chantel Kreviazuk

Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra

Fooled Around & Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop

Forever & For Always – Shania Twain

From This Moment – Shania Twain

Glory of Love – Peter Cetera

Greatest Love Of All, The – Whitney Houston

Grow Old With Me – John Lennon / Mary Chapin Carpenter

Song list for wedding keeps going:

Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison / Rod Stewart

Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman – Brian Adams

Hello Again – Neil Diamond (From Jazz Singer)

Here and Now – Luther Vandross

Hero – Mariah Carey

Hero – Enrique Iglesias

How Do I Live – Leanne Rimes

How Sweet It Is – James Taylor

I Could Not Ask For More – Sarah Evans

I Do It For You (Everything I Do) – Bryan Adams

I Have and I Always Will – Dave Barnes

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

I Loved Her First – Heartland

I Melt – Rascal Flats

I’ll Be – Edwin McCain

I’ll Be There – Michael Jackson

I Will Not Take My Love Away – Matt Wertz

In My Life – Bette Midler

It Had To Be You – Artie Shaw / Harry Connick Jr

It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Just You And I – Eddie Rabbitt

Keeper Of The Stars – Tracy Byrd

And the Wedding Reception Song List  goes on:

Lady – Kenny Rogers

Lady In Red – Chris DeBurgh

Lean On Me – Bill Withers

Let It Be – Beatles

Let It Be Me – Everly Brothers

Let Me Call You Sweetheart / Bing Crosby / Bette Midler

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Looking Through the Eyes of Love – Melissa Manchester

Lost In The Fifties Tonight – Ronnie Milsap

L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

Love Is In The Air – John Paul Young

Making Memories of Us – Keith Urban

Me and You – Kenny Chesney

Must Be Doin Somethin Right – Billy Currington

My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

My Special Angel – Bobby Helms

Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

On a Night Like This – Dave Barnes

One – U2

Power Of Love, The – Celine Dion

Wedding Reception Song List continued :

Rose, The – Bette Midler

Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston

Sea of Love – Honey Drippers

Someone Like You – Van Morrison

Something About The Way You Look Tonight – Elton John

Somewhere Out There – Linda Ronstadt

Spanish Eyes – Engelbert Humperdink

Stand By Me – Ben E King

Stay With Your – John Legend

Taking You Home – Don Henley

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

There You’ll Be – Faith Hill (From Pearl Harbor)

There’s a Kind of Hush (All Over The World) – Herman’s Hermits

Through The Years – Kenny Rogers

Top Of The World – The Carpenters

True Love Ways – Buddy Holly

Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

Twilight Time – The Platters

Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers

Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole

Until You – Dave Barnes

Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker

Valentine – Martina McBride & Jim Brickman

Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations

Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

We’ve Got Tonight – Kenny Rogers

We’ve Only Just Begun – Carpenters

What a Wonderful World – Louie Armstrong

When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge

When I Said I Do – Clint Black

When You Say Nothing At All – Allison Krauss

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker

You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

You Send Me – Sam Cooke

You’re Still The One – Shania Twain

You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor

Your Smiling Face – James Taylor


Update 2014!


Wedding Reception Song List Lovers

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Some more added  to the Wedding Reception Song List:

Jason Mraz       I Won’t Give Up

Christina Perri              A Thousand Years

Tim Mcgraw                  My Best Friend

Hunter Hayes           Wanted

Ray Lamontagne              You Are The Best Thing

Black Eyed Peas                 I Gotta Feeling

Adele                 Make You Feel My Love

Aerosmith                       I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

David Gray                      This Years Love

Dave Matthews Band                 You And Me

Zac Brown Band                        Whatever It Is

Brad Paisley                    Then

Blake Shelton             God Gave Me You

Kip Moore                        Hey Pretty Girl

Ben E. King                   Stand By Me

George Strait                        I Cross My Heart

Jason Mraz,  & Colbie Caillat                       Lucky

Eli Young Band            Crazy Girl

Louis Armstrong                 What A Wonderful World

Brad Paisley                  She’s Everything


The song list for wedding receptions above have been chosen as a great all around selection of wedding music for the brides and grooms’ first dance.


Want more? Well then check out the top requested songs here

These are the top requested songs amongst mobile DJs, mostly being wedding DJs.

Some principles on choosing a DJ for your wedding, check this.

Hope you enjoyed the wedding song lists on this blog. Cheers.

Wedding Reception Song Playlist


Last updated on May 3rd, 2015

26 thoughts on “Wedding Reception Song List

  1. Sandra Behrens

    Lost In This Moment by Big & Rich is also a great first dance song for a wedding reception

    1. DJ White Hawk Post author

      Yes right! Thanks for the addition, Sandra.

  2. Faith

    “Rest of my life” by Bruno Mars & “Better today” by Coffey Anderson is really good too! I plan on using them in my wedding next September. :)

    1. DJ White Hawk Post author

      Hey great! That’s two cool songs, thanks for mentioning. And by the way I wish you a wonderful, blessed, healthy and wealthy marriage!

  3. Stephanie

    Another Great song that i will use at my wedding is She’s Everything by Brad Paisley.

  4. Donna

    Your list has really helped me out… Also, another song that would make a great first dance song would be” Looking through your eyes… by Leeanne Rimes”

    1. DJ White Hawk Post author

      Welcome Donna! I haven’t heard about that song, so I checked it out. Wow. Excellent song for a wedding first dance. Great! Thank you for putting it up here.

  5. Brittany

    A great classic song (great for people who are more retro) is ‘My Funny Valentine’ by Ella Fitzgerald. She had a voice that was very beautiful.

    1. DJ White Hawk Post author

      Oh yes! Tanya Tucker! Wow, she’s been around since the 70s and she is one of the greatest woman country rock singers. This is a pretty recent song too. It’s funny how I missed that one.Thanks Jennifer!

  6. Hire a String Quartet for your ceremony

    Any hard up brides like me out there? I’ve just thought how to make my wedding extra special without spending a fortune. Limit the spend on the venue, but have some live music, like a String Quartet, they don’t cost a fortune. Even a simple venue will seem out of the ordinary with a real string quartet.

  7. Nicky duggan

    Gary Barlow -forever love
    Boys to men -iris
    Cascada -everyone we touch ( slow version)

    And for the party

    Take that – never forget

    1. DJ White Hawk Post author

      Thanks Nicky for the suggestions! Will see to it.

  8. Tasha

    Love of My Life by Jim Brickman :)
    We will be using this song in a little over 2 months :)

    1. DJ White Hawk

      Yes! This is a great song for a wedding dance.
      Legendary song, many bands have played their versions of it, like Santana, Carly Simon, Queen, etc.
      But good choice Tasha! 😉 And all the best Blessings to your wedding dance.

      Thank you Tasha for putting it up here on this board!

  9. DJ White Hawk

    I never heard this track before!
    Thanks Pete for mentioning this good alternative rock song.
    This can be good for weddings. :)

  10. LaTroya

    Our first dance some is a throwback. “You” by Jesse Powell. In all my searches for song suggestions and playlists I haven’t seen this one yet.

    1. DJ White Hawk

      Yes! Nice catch, awesome R&B song for the first dance.
      Thanks for bringing it up, LaTroya. Great.

  11. Jaclyn Meepos

    My name is Jaclyn Meepos and I just want to say thank you for these songs for my wedding I’m about to be married pretty soon my boyfriend his name is Kip he is 30 years old I’m 29 years old and Me (jaclyn Meepos & Kip) are ready to be married soon but we don’t have a date yet for the wedding and I really need a wedding planner we are desperate pretty bad we need the help please me

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