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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!