An article in the LA Times quoted one of the writers of the hit movie 500 Days of Summer (which also featured a stellar soundtrack) saying that "every relationship has a soundtrack." Surely, that idea is something most couples can relate to. From the moment you and your husband-to-be first met until the day he proposed, your love story translates into your own compilation of songs that remind you of your memories together.
A soundtrack is especially important on your big day--it can transform a simple event into an unforgettable celebration. Your playlist should be a reflection of both your personalities or an expression of all your emotions on your most awaited day. If you're still looking for songs to play on your wedding, check out the list of fourteen popular love songs you can consider:
From This Moment On by Shania Twain
Saying "I Do" is all about total submission to your partner, and this song's lyrics say it all: "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." The song encapsulates the whole meaning of the ceremony, and could serve as inspiration for your vows as well.
All My Life by KC & Jojo
If you're looking for a passionate and soulful song for your wedding, this would be a perfect choice to express your feelings for finally finding your better half. The lyrics are simple, but they can make any bride swoon with its beautiful melody and emotional delivery. The song is unconventional and features a modern beat, but it's still very wedding appropriate.
I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
This powerful ballad popularized by the film Armageddon can be a powerful declaration of love for your big day as well. The lyrics "Then I kiss your eyes, And thank God we're together, And I just wanna stay with you, In this moment forever, Forever and ever" is laden with so much emotion, but still far from sappy compared to the usual love songs.
You and Me by Lifehouse
A perfect alternative ballad for your first couple's dance, You and Me can be a great contemporary track as you dance for the first time as husband and wife. Back in 2005, Lifehouse's drummer hailed You and Me as "the wedding song of the year," and the song still hasn't lost its charm even years after its release. There's even an extended wedding version of this track.
I Do (Cherish You) by 98 Degrees
Even just the title shows just how wedding-worthy this song is. Pop sensation 98 Degrees left girls in a swoon when they released this track in 1998, and the song still has the same power over brides after more than a decade. It's a wonderful choice to complement your wedding vows. For a grand entrance, you can also use the chorus to mark the start of your bridal march.
Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
This song is great if you are looking for a slightly upbeat song to perk up your wedding reception. The mid-tempo song is laced with beautiful lyrics, which most newlyweds can definitely relate to: "'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."
Endless Love by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Who can ever forget this legendary duet by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross? Definitely romantic, this song will intensify the feeling of love on your wedding day as you and your partner promise forever to each other. This is a wedding favorite, and you can choose from different versions by Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey, and Kenny Rogers.
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
What bride would not want her groom to say how beautiful she is on her wedding day? Another wedding favorite, this 1961 tune from Frank Sinatra has also been popularized by Michael Buble and Adam Levine (Maroon 5). It's also very appropriate for your first dance as husband and wife (remember Cameron Diaz and Dermot Mulroney in My Best Friend's Wedding?), plus the jazzy feel makes it a fun song to sway to.
Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
This is a classic! Slow and passionate, Unforgettable can serve as a stunning interlude to your ceremony or your reception. The song is perfect for couples who want their affair to be remembered as sophisticated and elegant. Popularized during the 50's, this song has proven to be a timeless choice for lovers.
Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel
With the same title as message as Bruno Mars' current hit, Billy Joel's 1977 version is a much slower track on professing love and admiration. The lyrics--which speak of unchanging love--can serve as inspiration for newlyweds. You can have a band play the piano instrumental and close the song with a trumpet solo as the last slow song to end the night.
At Last by Etta James
That day you've both been waiting for has arrived, and playing this 1960's hit is an appropriate way to set your event's climax. The lyrics "At last, My love has come along, My lonely days are over" tell of the sweet anticipation prior to big day, and you can surely relate to that. The song may be decades old, but it has become popular in the recent years when US President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama danced to the tune during the president's oath taking.
You by The Carpenters
Dynamic duo Karen and Richard Carpenter are considered as ballad legends, and their song You is among the well-loved tracks for weddings. A classic song that encapsulates the meaning of love with, this is the ultimate track to thank your other half and show him how much he really means to you.
Ikaw by Regine Velasquez
This romantic OPM ballad captures the essence of love with its divine lyrics and melody. Its slow tempo also makes it a great accompanying track as you walk down the aisle. This song is great for the reception--have a singer belt out this song as you enter the reception venue, or as guests enjoy dinner.
Forevermore by Side A
Side A may have reached their peak in the 90's, but their song Forevermore still remains to be a popular OPM love song. The lyrics "As endless as forever, Our love will stay together, You're all I need to be with forever more" best sum up your promise to eternity. If you're hiring a band for the reception, ask them to play this ballad.
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