The most popular wedding songs enhance the romantic mood. These songs range in genre and span a variety of decades. Each offers unforgettable lyrics and music perfect for slow dancing with someone special. Here are the top 10 wedding songs (listed alphabetically).
At Last (Etta James). With the lyrics “Now here am I so spellbound, darling/Not by stars, but just by you,” the romantic ballad At Last by Etta James has been a popular wedding song for decades. It was released originally in 1961 and hit the No. 2 spot on the R&B charts.
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Elton John). Elton John wrote the music and Tim Rice wrote the lyrics for this award-winning song from 1994. From the Disney film The Lion King, it won an Oscar for Best Original Song, according to the Internet Movie Database.
From this Moment On (Shania Twain). Originally released in 1997, the lyrics are as romantic and mesmerizing as wedding vows. The lyrics include, “From this moment life has begun/From this moment you are the one/Right beside you is where I belong/From this moment on.”
I Melt with You (Modern English). For bridal couples wishing to dance to a modern classic, Modern English’s I Melt with You offers unforgettable lyrics and music. The tempo is a bit more upbeat than many of the other top wedding songs, but with lyrics such as, “There’s nothing you and I won’t do/I’ll stop the world and melt with you,” it’s become a favorite for many couples.
I Swear (All-4-One). In the 1990s, boy bands produced several romantic ballads ideal for weddings. I Swear was released in 1994. The men of All-4-One included Tony Borowiak, Jamie Jones, Delious Kennedy and Alfred Nevarez.
It Had to Be You (Harry Connick Jr.). When Harry Met Sally was a hit romantic comedy in 1989 that featured the song It Had to Be You sung by crooner Harry Connick Jr. The song dates back to the 1920s and has appeared in multiple movies and has been sung by legends such as Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.
Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley). From the 1956 movie of the same title, Love Me Tender, sung by Elvis, can be one of the most romantic songs for any wedding. The music for the song actually is inspired by the 1861 music Aura Lee. The lyrics include, “Love me tender/Love me sweet/Never let me go/You have made my life complete/And I love you so.”
Stand by Me (Ben E. King). Written by Ben E. King in 1959, the song appeared in the movie of the same title in 1986. The inspiration for the song came from the religious ballad Lord, Stand by Me. It was originally released in 1961 and has been recorded by John Lennon and Otis Redding.
Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers). Unchained Melody has been recorded by multiple artists such as Al Hibbler, Bobby Vinton, Elvis Presley and even U2. However, it is the version performed by The Righteous Brothers that has been featured at weddings throughout the years.
Unforgettable (Nat King Cole). While Nat King Cole may be popular for his romantic songs such as Mona Lisa, it’s his song Unforgettable that makes the list. Originally released in 1951, it still ranks as one of the most romantic and most beloved wedding songs.