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97 Songs About Weddings and Getting Married

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Going to the Chapel? Here's a Playlist for the Happy Couple

If you've found the one who makes your heart skip a beat, congratulations! Whether you're

  • tying the knot
  • getting hitched
  • headed to the altar or to city hall
  • taking the plunge or even
  • jumping the broom

who you marry is the most important decision you will make. But I suspect you already know that.

Marriage represents a sacred vow. It is the uniting of two families, a lifelong bond like no other. It is both a legal contract and a financial partnership. And if you are fortunate, it is an enduring love affair with your best friend.

So what are you waiting for? Let's celebrate the magic of your wedding day with music. Here's a playlist just for the happy couple!

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Marry Me: Love At First Sight

1. "Marry Me" by Train

Love at first sight has a powerful grip on the man is this soulful 2009 ballad. As he watches a waitress in a cafe, he imagines their shared future — a lifetime of happiness — and tries to summon the nerve to say hello.

Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it.

— Josh Billings, Canadian comedian

2. "Marry You" by Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars (2010) knows how to make a lady's heart melt. He suggests to his gal pal that they drink some shots of tequila and head on over to the chapel on the boulevard:

It's a beautiful night ,
We're looking for something dumb to do
Hey baby
I think I want to marry you.

3. "White Dress" by Ben Rector

In this 2010 song, Ben Rector is in awe over his feelings toward his beloved. He gushes repeatedly that he never knew he could love someone the way that he loves her. What a perfect song for the bride and groom!

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4. "Have I Told You Lately" by Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart was nominated for a Grammy in 1993 for this Van Morrison remake. In this moving ballad, a lover professes his devotion:

Have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there's no one else above you
Fill my heart with gladness
take away all my sadness
ease my troubles that's what you do.

5. "All I Want Is You" by U2

In this 1989 favorite, U2 celebrates the simplicity of love. Instead of riches, formalities, and high expectations, there is a simple wish: all I want is you.

Speak Now ... or Forever Hold Your Peace

6. "Wedding Bells" by Coldplay

This is an anguished song by Coldplay, expressed from the perspective of the bride-to-be's former lover.

The bride's wedding day is here, and the engagement has been a "bitter pill" for the ex-boyfriend to swallow. He has spent days of not sleeping and has tried to numb his sadness with "poisons" as the wedding day has drawn closer.

Now he watches his true love slip away for good. Have you ever felt this way as an old lover got married? Have you ever known someone else who has?

Unable or unwilling to change what's happening, he simply watches the wedding from afar. The event marches forward. He is left with only regrets: "I've always loved you and I always will."

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7. "From This Moment On" by Shania Twain and Bryan White

Country music star Shania Twain was at the peak of her popularity in 1997 when she released this hopeful song, co-written with her then-husband, legendary producer and songwriter R.J. "Mutt" Lange. The song promises enduring love:

From this moment, as long as I live
I will love you, I promise you this
There is nothing, I wouldn't give
From this moment on.

Unfortunately for Shania, her 14-year marriage to Mutt ended when her talented but considerably less attractive husband had an affair with Marie-Anne Thiebaud, Shania's best friend. Shania divorced him and married Thiebaud's ex-husband.

8. "When I Said I Do" by Clint Black and Lisa Hartman-Black

In this 1999 country song, husband/wife duo Clint Black and Lisa Hartman-Black pledge to be faithful, true and devoted to one another no matter what.

9. "Wedding Song" by Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman is a one-of-a kind folk artist who creates a soothing tribute (2000) to what marriage is all about:

To you I give my pledge
I honor all that's good
In this life we're living
To think not only of myself
But of the greater union.

Dreams of Being Someone's Other Half

10. "I Do" by Colbie Cailat

In this upbeat 2011 folk pop song, Colbie Cailat is giddy with love, and she's ready to seal the deal with an "I do." Whereas she admits that before it's been all about "me, myself and I," now she dreams of being someone's other half and saying those wedding vows. Sounds like somebody has it bad!

11. "Today Was A Fairy Tale" by Taylor Swift

In this 2010 country pop hit, Taylor Swift gushes to her sweetheart that there is magic in the air. She describes their day together as a fairy tale, saying that she fell in love with her prince when she saw him standing there.

With Taylor's active love life, one must wonder whether the song was based on Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, Harry Styles, Conor Kennedy, or someone else?

12. "Let’s Get Married" by Jagged Edge

This 2006 song is from perspective of a guy who is laying his heart out on the table.

He looks at all the years he and his special lady have invested in their relationship and now he's talking about meeting her in her white dress at the altar. He also suggests having babies because they're not getting any younger. Awww. Some guys are such romantics.

Popping the Question: Just Say "Yes"

"To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage." - Laozi, ancient Chinese philosopher

"To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage." - Laozi, ancient Chinese philosopher

13. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri

In this song, the narrator looks at her groom standing at the altar and reassures him that she has loved him for 1,000 years and will love him for 1,000 more. The 2011 song later became a tribute to Bella and Edward's love in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. It appears on the official soundtrack.

14. "You're The First, My Last, My Everything" by Barry White

In one of his greatest hits (1974), Barry White, The King of Seduction, confesses to his lady friend that she is "all I'm living for." Although he's so elated he feels he must be dreaming, Barry knows his lucky lady friend is a happy reality. Turn down the lights!

15. "God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton

You don't have to wonder whether country music star Blake Shelton is singing about his now ex-wife Miranda Lambert in this 2011 song. (Watch the video!) He calls his sweetheart an angel — a martyr — and says that God has delivered her to him, a flattered fool.

Although he calls himself a "walking heartache" who has made of mess of himself, she has been divinely delivered to help him through. What a way to say "I love you!"

"Grow old with me!  The best is yet to be." - Robert Browning, English writer

"Grow old with me! The best is yet to be." - Robert Browning, English writer

16. "White Wedding" by Billy Idol

Billy Idol's 1982 hit has been rumored to have different meanings. VH1 Storytellers reported that the song was written about Idol's own sister, who was pregnant and engaged to marry the child's father.

Others say the song is about a man whose love interest marries someone else while he is away. (Note that "little sister" is a slang term for girlfriend.) Even though the song seems to be anti-marriage, it is a popular song at weddings.

17. "Your Everything" by Keith Urban

When country singer Keith Urban (2000) says he wants to be his lover's everything, he means it! Where else have you heard desires like this?

I wanna be the wind that fills your sails
And be the hand that lifts your veil
And be the moon that moves your tide
The sun coming up in your eyes

Be the wheels that never rust
And be the spark that lights you up ... .

Simple or Fancy, It's the Love That Counts

White roses and soft colors are an enduring favorite for wedding bouquets.

White roses and soft colors are an enduring favorite for wedding bouquets.

18. "When I Say I Do" by Matthew West

In this 2010 contemporary Christian song, the narrator looks at his bride and feels blessed by God. As their vows unfold, he makes a promise both to himself and to his bride that their promises are so much more than words and that he will love her through anything, just as he does in this moment.

19. "To the Aisle" by The Five Satins

This doo-wop song from 1957 tells the girl-meets-boy story as an inevitable series of steps down the aisle to the altar. And it all starts with a simple conversation.

20. "Stay With You" by John Legend

In this 2004 song, John Legend promises that he will be a lifetime lover — strong and reliable through ups and downs, through heartaches and pain, and present when no one else remains. He pledges his commitment and says it'll all be okay.

Ahhh, the Wedding Shoes!

"Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination." - Roy Goodman, English conductor

"Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination." - Roy Goodman, English conductor

21. "With This Ring" by The Platters

This upbeat, Motown-influenced 1967 song celebrates that a wanderer has promised to settle down with the exchange of wedding vows and gold rings. He has reformed his ways and gives his heart only to her.

22. "I Won’t Give Up" by Jason Mraz

In this 2012 ballad, Jason Mraz sees an old soul when he gazes into his lover's eyes. He pledges never to give up on their love but instead he promises to stick it out, no matter what challenges may lie ahead.

23. "Marry Your Daughter" by Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight (2012) sings the story of a man who earnestly asks his girlfriend's father for her hand in marriage. The groom-to-be promises to make the father's "princess" — his eldest daughter — his "queen" for the rest of his life.

If this song doesn't bring a tear to your eye or a lump to your throat, you've either sworn off marriage or have no feelings. It's that touching.

Every Girl Should Have Someone Who Loves Her This Much

24. "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley

The narrator in this 1987 song alerts his beloved that he's ready for a forever commitment and can be trusted with her heart:

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you ... .

25. "Simply the Best" by Tina Turner

The Queen of Rock 'n Roll released this number in 1991. The song describes being completely mesmerized by the one you love. Her heart is on fire, she hangs on his every word, and she seeks solace in his arms. He's everything to her:

You're simply the best, better than all the rest
Better than anyone, anyone I've ever met ... .

26. "Beautiful In My Eyes" by Joshua Kadison

A perfect tribute to a bride and groom, this 1993 song by Joshua Kadison compares one's beloved to a work of art that will grow ever more beautiful as the years pass.

27. "Get Me To the Church On Cumberland Road" by Shenandoah

In this 1989 country pop song, Shenandoah describes a misbehaving groom who's been out partying all night and is late to his own wedding. One of his friends has passed out in the back of the car while another has his head hanging over the side of the car door.

They're speeding down the highway trying to make it to the church, and the groom suspects his poor bride is already at the altar crying. It's all in fun and games, however. (Really!?!) He loves his sweetheart and is eager to tie the knot. He will never live this down.

Ah, Love! Let's Jump to It!

"Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart."  - Author Unknown

"Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart." - Author Unknown

28. "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele

Adele reassures her lover that when the world is against him, she will offer him safe harbor. She will endure anything to ensure that he feels loved. Although Adele released the song in 2008, it was written and released by Bob Dylan in 1997, then released by others as well, including Billy Joel (1997) and Garth Brooks (1998).

29. "Will You Marry Me?" by Paula Abdul

Back before Paula Abdul was a judge on American Idol, she was a Grammy award-winning singer and choreographer. This 1992 hit features her as a love-struck lady who is proposing marriage to her man. She encourages him to think of marriage not as a ball and chain but as wings!

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Why Are Proposals Delivered "On Bended Knee?"

Kneeling is a symbolic gesture that shows one's respect and readiness to commit one's life to his sweetheart. (And it usually is the man who is on bended knee. Only about 5% of currently married couples say that the woman proposed marriage.1)

The kneeling posture is related to bowing and is traditionally used

  • for prayer
  • to accept honors and commendations (e.g., knighthood) and
  • to request favors.2

In addition to being a sign of one's honor and earnest intentions, kneeling physically places the engagement ring in a prominent position for the woman to admire and (hopefully) accept.

Tell us about your proposal in the Comments Section below.

30. "Going to the Chapel (Chapel of Love)" by The Dixie Cups

Spring is here and The Dixie Cups (1964) are bubbly because it's time for nuptials!

You'd have to be raised under a rock to have never heard the following refrain, synonymous with weddings:

Go-in’ to the chap-el
And we're gon-na get m-a-r-r-i-e-d.

However, in classic 1960s fashion, they also proclaim that doing so will ensure that they will never be lonely. Hmmm. (Note to self: first work on you.)

Ouch! Don't Ask A Question You Don't Want the Answer To

31. "Rude" by Magic!

When a man asks a woman's father for permission to marry her, he should be prepared for any answer. Canadian raggae band Magic! (2013) tells the tale of a lovesick young man who tried to do the right thing but was turned down cold by his girlfriend's disapproving father.

Crestfallen, the young man pleads:

Why you gotta be so rude?
Don't you know I'm human too?

Then he tells his future father-in-law that he'll marry the girl anyway.

If you want a laugh, listen to the "Rude" video above first.

Then listen to the Dad's Side of the Story as well as The Daughter's Side of the Story. Very entertaining! Hopefully, such drama isn't your situation!

32. "I Can Love You Like That" by John Michael Montgomery

John Michael Montgomery has huge promises to live up to. In his 1995 song, he references Cinderella and Prince Charming as well as Romeo and Juliet, then tells her "I can love you like that."

33. "It's Your Love" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Married country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill team up in this 1997 chart-topper. They tell each other that they cannot get enough of one another. Even better than that, they are happy, free, and stronger by taking each others' hands in marriage.

Be Happy: 50 Years Of Marriage Together Is Almost 20,000 Days

"Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one." - Friedrich Halm, Austrian writer

"Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one." - Friedrich Halm, Austrian writer

34. "I Do Cherish You" by 98 Degrees

In 1999, 98 Degrees released this song which expresses a young lover's bliss. He claims that

All I am, all I'll be
Everything in this world
All that I'll ever need
Is in your eyes
Shining at me.