In the words of Paul McCartney, “You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs.” Personally, I don’t think these “silly love songs” will be going away anytime soon. As we have seen time and time again, the use of song lyrics and melody have become quite the staple in expressing one’s love. How many times have you heard Henry Mancini and Nino Rota’s “Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet” played to cue the moment the main character of a movie falls in love with someone? Or, better yet, how many times have we listened to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” at a wedding? From adding your favorite song lyrics in your wedding vows to searching through millions of verses and choruses to find the perfect first dance song, music has played an essential role in creating the perfect ambiance for everyone’s special moments in love. While there are the quintessential love songs that we all know, if you’re looking for a bit of flavor to blend into your wedding vows, first dance, or your wedding playlist, look no further. I’ve compiled a list of five songs that will rock your world. Or, if you’re not into rock, they’ll certainly jazz it up. Okay, enough of the bad music puns. Let’s take a look!
1. The Well Pennies – Wedding Song
Okay, I picture this song playing at a gorgeous, rustic bohemian barnyard wedding. The acoustics are super clean, and the subtle—yet potent—strings throughout the song add an ethereal yet down-to-earth feel. Let’s talk about the meaning behind the lyrics: “I already knew it was you.” This song would be best for partners who fell in love at first sight, or almost immediately knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with each other. Each lyric in this song is so beautiful and can be appreciated even more after careful examination of every word. I highly recommend this song because not only is it titled “Wedding Song,” making it perfect for your occasion, but it also encapsulates what it means to know that you’ve chosen your forever person. It’s a beautiful piece and a big contender for a first dance song.
2. Something That I Want – Grace Potter
Hey Disney fans! This one’s for you. We all know the time-defying jams that Disney has given us throughout its almost 100 years of existence. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” “A Whole New World,” “Kiss The Girl,, and “Beauty and The Beast” are a few of the songs we love to hear at every wedding. However, while many Disney couples, especially Tangled fans, will immediately gravitate towards “I See The Light,” show your unique and cultured Disney prowess by taking a look at Grace Potter’s “Something That I Want.” This is the cutest song most applicable for those couples who inspire each other and show each other life in a brand new way. It’s a perfect bop to add to your playlist, with a bubbly disposition that’s perfect for outdoor weddings in the spring.
3. Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
Well everyone, Fleetwood Mac has done it again with yet another classic, absolute showstopper of a song. Written in only 30 minutes by Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, Songbird was created during a time of break-ups throughout the band. McVie’s song, almost like a silent prayer, was written with the intent to express her love for her bandmates despite the trials and tribulations they went through. No relationship is always perfect, but growing and falling even more in love after facing trials and tribulations proves that there is perfection in every relationship. So, for those whose relationships stood the test of time, I highly recommend this song. “To you, I’ll give the world. To you, I’ll never be cold. ‘Cause I feel that when I’m with you, It’s alright, I know it’s right.” These lyrics express the unconditional and irrevocable love between two people. A perfect quote for vows, and a beautiful song for an afternoon, fall wedding.
4. You and Me Song – The Wannadies
Okay, let’s look past the band’s name for a sec and check out these adorable and super relatable lyrics. “Now we watch TV, Til we fall asleep, Not very exciting, But it’s you and me. And we’ll always be together. You and me, always and forever.” This song is for those couples who love to go out Saturday night to their fave date location and wake up Sunday mornings to grilled cheese, cold pizza, and their favorite furball curled up on the end of the bed with them. This song is perfect for partners who don’t need ornate, fancy things or constant events to go to in order to bond. They are perfectly fine staying at home and catching up on their latest Netflix binge series. I picture this song being played at a winter wedding once the sun goes down, as the lights are flashing with you and your partner jumping up and down on the dance floor surrounded by your loved ones in celebration of your new forever.
5. At Your Best (You Are Love) – Frank Ocean
The greatest thing about this song, beyond Frank’s angelic voice and beautiful melody, is that it’s actually a cover of a song by the Isley Brothers from 1976. We’ve seen other artists like the late Aaliyah cover it as well, so you can essentially get three different vibes from whichever version of the song you choose. I chose Frank’s version for its simple, yet breathtaking, play on melody and rhythm, leaving lyrical pauses to allow the listener to be enveloped by the heavenly strings used in this rendition. The lyrics are simple: “At your best, you are love,” basically meaning that when you and your partner are supportive, caring, and a motivating force in each other’s life, which would be you both at your best, you are personifying the very definition of “love” itself. Until Frank gives us another album, which may take quite a while, we can play this beautiful work of musical art on repeat. This is an absolutely captivating song, and will accompany almost any wedding as the perfect first dance song. I can picture this song anywhere, anytime, with anyone.
So, there you have it: My current top five wedding jams that I feel are highly considerable songs to incorporate into your wedding. While I made suggestions as to where I can envision these songs being played, keep in mind that this is YOUR wedding. If a song applies to you, or if you can see it being played on your big day, I say go for it! Music is beautiful because of its subjectivity, meaning that everyone has their own opinions and interpretations of what appeals to them. Your big day is going to be perfect not only because of the songs being played, food being served, or dress being worn, but also because you and your partner are going to take one of the biggest steps toward your new life together. Hopefully one of these songs can help you to perfectly describe those somewhat indescribable feelings you have for your forever person.