81 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
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!
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.
Ah, Love! Let's Jump To It!
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."
Speak Now ... Or Forever Hold Your Peace
If an old lover tried to talk you out of getting married, would you listen to him or her?
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"
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!"
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
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!
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 ... .
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Is it important that a proposal be done "on bended knee"?
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
What is the MOST important factor in choosing a spouse?
35. "I Wanna Be With You" by Aloe Blacc
If you're madly in love, then you appreciate what this 2013 Aloe Blacc song is about. Comparing his lady to an angel, he wants to be with her until
- he's old and grey
- pigs fly
- politicians stop lying
- hell freezes over and ...
Well, you get the picture.
36. "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole won a Grammy Award for this song in 1975. More recently, it has been used as background music for television and radio advertisements for dating website eHarmony.
The song paints the love affair as satisfying every expectation. (Cue the flashing neon lights, glitter, and magic ponies.)
At points, she sings so frenetically about being in love that her giddiness makes you want to recommend cutting the pill in half. But isn't that what the early stages of love feel like — sheer exhilaration?
Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Moments
37. "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion
In this 1996 song, Celine Dion is thankful for the strength, support and love that her better half has shown her. She graciously expresses that "I'm everything I am because you loved me."
38. "I Swear" by All-4-One
R&B group All-4-One won a Grammy in 1995 for this song. It features a man pledging to his beloved that he knows his part when it comes to love. He promises to do right by her, to build her dreams, and forever show her how much he loves her.
39. "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Garden
In this 1997 song, Savage Garden promises to be everything their lover desires.
I'll be your dream I'll be your wish
I'll be your fantasy
I'll be your hope, I'll be your love
Be everything that you need
I'll love you more with every breath
Truly, madly, deeply do.
40. "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Michael Bolton
Percy Sledge (1966) and Michael Bolton (1991) both did justice to this moving R&B classic. The song proclaims boldy and simply that when a man truly loves a woman, nothing — not money, friends or even dignity — can prevent him from trying to make her happy.
From This Day Forward
Locations with Names Associated with Weddings and Marriage
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Even More Songs About Weddings and Getting Married
41. She's In Love With the Boy
42. I'm Yours
43. You're My Everything
44. I Want To Hold Your Hand
45. Together Forever
46. Forever Together
47. When A Man Loves A Woman
48. I Choose You
49. I'll Be
50. Thinking Out Loud
51. From the Ground Up
Dan + Shay
52. I Do
53. Forever and Ever, Amen
54. I Love the Way You Love Me
John Michael Montgomery
55. Keeper of the Stars
56. Bless the Broken Road
57. Could I Have This Dance
58. I Cross My Heart
59. Livin' On Love
60. I Melt
62. Making Memories of Us
64. I Could Not Ask for More
65. I Don't Dance
66. White Dress
68. Stealing Cinderella
69. I Loved Her First
70. Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?
71. Grow Old With Me
72. Grow Old With Me
Mary Chapin Carpenter
73. Grow Old With You
74. Little White Church
Little Big Town
76. I Will Whisper Your Name
77. Lost in This Moment
Big & Rich
78. I Do
79. Just Say Yes
80. Let's Get Married
81. Beautiful in White
1The Associated Press. "Why don't women propose to men?" CBS News. Last modified May 5, 2014. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-dont-women-propose-to-men/.
2wiseGEEK. "What Does the Phrase "On Bended Knee" Mean?" Accessed September 13, 2014. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-the-phrase-on-bended-knee-mean.htm#didyouknowout.
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