What are the top 10 wedding songs for 2020?
When we mention the top 10 wedding songs for 2020, we are talking about the best tunes for your first dance, last dance, ceremony, father and bride and mother and bride dances. We conducted some very thorough research, so here are the top 10 wedding songs for 2020 in no particular order…
Let the wedding music countdown begin!
COVID-19 may have stopped us from doing many things but it won’t stop us from planning our wedding music! Before we head off on a musical journey through each of our songs, let’s explain why our list is a little bit special. When compiling our list, we didn’t just simply look at Spotify and copy and paste their findings into here and leave it at that as most blog posts have over the years. No, we’ve taken it further giving you a far more comprehensive list. We don’t do things in halves here at Seventh Second and neither do our wedding bands when performing these songs. We compiled our results from the following sources.
- The thousands of song requests our bride and grooms have made over the years including their requests for 2020
- Our 15 years experience and musical insight performing at weddings week in week out
- Spotify lists
- Itunes lists
- Credible Youtube wedding music lists
- Credible articles and blog post lists
Few! It’s been quite the task compiling all this but we think it’s worth it. We hope you find it super useful for your wedding.
We’re not going to simply list them, where’s the fun in that?
We also thought it useful to add some trivia, background history and musical insight (from us wedding musos) amongst other information for each song in our top 10. You want the best wedding music possible and wouldn’t it be cool for your guests to see what a music aficionado you are and what a killer wedding you put on?? You might discover something amazing about a song that means a lot to you too! This article is a great read on how music is a truly intimate social experience privately and publicly. We think the songs picked by couples for their wedding day proves that idea completely.
This is the information we try to include with each of our top 10 tunes.
- Popularity with our wedding couples
- The most popular part of the wedding day they are used for
- Song trivia and background history
- Our take on performing the songs live at weddings
- Any interesting, fun or silly facts we could find!
Onto our wedding music top 10!
Here’s a quick peek at the top 10…
- Ed Sheeran – Thinking out Loud
- John Legend – All of Me
- Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
- Bruno Mars – Marry You
- Etta James – At Last
- Elvis – Can’t Help Falling in Love
- Ray Lamontagne – You are the Best Thing
- Tom Odell – Grow Old with Me
- Kodaline – The One
- Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Anyway, let’s get stuck into this list of the top 10 wedding songs of 2020. There are some classic and contemporary tunes here to suit all wedding themes so you shouldn’t be short of ideas come wedding day. In no particular order, let’s start with the boy wonder.
1.Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
With 2.9 billion, yes billion views on Youtube, Thinking Out Loud is one popular tune and it’s here to stay! We’ve known as much for the last 4 years as we’ve consistently seen this song requested as a first dance song. In fact, it’s probably been the most popular first dance choice with all our bride and grooms and that’s no surprise with its romantic music, lyrics and stunning “first dance” stylised video where Ed struts his stuff with professional dancer Brittany Cherry.
We’ve performed this song a lot and we always thought it sounded a lot like Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic, Let’s Get It On. Interestingly, the Gaye family estate won a copyright lawsuit against Ed’s Thinking Out Loud in 2018. If you love Thinking Out Loud but are worried it’s been overplayed at weddings, we’d strongly suggest Gaye’s tune for your first dance song.
A fun fact about Thinking Out Loud is despite its enormous popularity, Ed has always maintained he has better songs!
2. All Of Me – John Legend
John Legends’ All Of Me is another wedding music classic being regularly performed at wedding ceremonies and for first dances. With over a billion streams and counting on Spotify, it’s one enduring tune! A combination of highly personal, romantic lyrics and steady tempo make it perfect for intimate first dances or emotional wedding ceremonies.
With a full live band, we love performing this song for couples as we can add musical depth and romanticism to make your wedding music moment truly special.
Did you know that Mr Legend wrote the song for his wife Chrissy Teigen? No wonder it resonates with bride and grooms all over the world. Mr Legend even performed the song at Kanye and Kim’s wedding. That’s one high profile wedding song!
3. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
With a whopping 1.5 billion views on Youtube, we can safely say that a Thousand Years is not only one of the most popular wedding songs out there but is officially one of the biggest wedding ceremony songs out there. We’ve performed it countless times and it never fails to bring everyone together at the wedding ceremony. Even though it is over 8 years old now, the song Christina penned for the Twilight movies endures and is a firm favourite with bride and grooms every year.
Did you know that Christina is a huge Twilight fan and after crying like a baby watching Breaking Dawn she wrote this stunning song for it? It explains the raw emotion displayed in the song.
4. Marry You – Bruno Mars
Possibly more well known for his rhythm stomping tunes Uptown Funk and 24K Magic, Bruno Mars is a pop institution. With 40 million Youtube views, his 2010 hit is an obvious pick for many bride and grooms wedding music lists. With its upbeat feel and lyrics seemingly written for every wedding ever, it’s a firm dancefloor favourite with couples. We love performing it for everyone getting the whole dancefloor moving or foot-tapping along to a bride and groom strutting their stuff.
A funny fact about this tune is that Bruno’s lyrics describe spontaneously marrying your partner after getting way too drunk in Vegas!
5. At Last – Etta James
A true classic whether performed at a wedding or not, Etta James’s At Last has been a popular wedding and more specifically, father and daughter dance at weddings for years now. We can’t count the number of times we’ve performed it and it never gets old or boring. With a fantastic female vocalist, this song adds a vintage touch to any wedding. Over 177 million streams on Spotify makes this song wedding music royalty and you wouldn’t be making a bad choice if you picked this song for a special moment during your wedding.
At Last was originally written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren in 1941 for the big screen and was only picked up by Etta James in 1961.
6. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis
Ahh, the King! Elvis had many, many great songs and we perform plenty of them at weddings for couples young and old but Can’t Help Falling In Love stands out as a classic first and last dance. The perfect song to dance to, it oozes love and commitment and with 297 million streams on Spotify, you can’t go wrong with this wedding classic. It’s a beautiful song to perform and it’s always lovely to witness beaming bride and grooms enjoy this song and an intimate moment together.
Elvis was one of the first to notice the songs emotional power and potential and even performed a unique version of the song for his grandma on her birthday. What a good grandson he was!
7. You Are The Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne
You Are The Best Thing by Ray Lamontagne may not be an obvious choice or even a song you had considered for your wedding music list but trust us, it’s a firm favourite, especially as a last dance to end your wedding party with. We enjoy performing this song full blast as its upbeat, happy vibes give you and your wedding guests a spring in your step at the end of a brilliant wedding day.
Over 21 million views on Youtube make it a pretty popular song and Ray must be pleased because before his amazing musical success, he was essentially homeless drifting from city to city!
8. Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell
If you like some foot-stomping, folk style wedding music, Tom Odell’s massive hit, Grow Old With Me is a must-have. With 27 million Youtube views, it’s not quite as popular as Another Love but it’s quirky style has given it cult, first dance wedding music status! We never complain when asked to perform this song as it’s thumping feel and raise the roof ending get every single person up and dancing with the brand new Mr and Mrs. It’s a great song for any wedding and we’d strongly suggest you give it a listen and consider it.
Did you know that Tom, only 22 when he released Grow Old With Me, says he writes some of his best music when his house is a mess and he hasn’t done the washing up in ages? It takes all sorts!
9. The One – Kodaline
This one may come as a surprise to some as it’s not on most peoples playlist but believe me, year after year, this song is constantly picked for first dances UK wide. What you might find even more surprising are the 81 million streams it has on Spotify. It’s one popular tune! Here at Seventh Second, we guarantee we will perform The One at one wedding per month at the least and why not? It’s beautifully truthful lyrics and stunning arrangement make it a wedding go to and a tune that not everyone will be expecting but will know and enjoy.
The boys in Kodaline first performed the song at their friend’s wedding and said it was scarier than performing it at Glastonbury. The One was clearly part of wedding music royalty from day one then.
10. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
Last but certainly not least is Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. Like The One, Iris is a firm first dance favourite and an extremely popular wedding music song. 226 million Youtube hits don’t lie – this song is here to stay and gets regularly requested by bride and grooms or their guests when we DJ. We know we will perform this rock-tinged first dance classic for years to come and with its fun ballad-style arrangement and insightful lyrics we don’t mind one bit!
Did you know that the song was written about Nick Cage’s character in City of Angels where he falls so deeply in love that he sacrifices all to be with someone? We can’t think of a better story to compliment your wedding day or a better way to end our top 10!
We couldn’t help but mention these wedding tunes
If none of these songs tickled your fancy, we always recommend the songs below too. Classics, modern classics and even recent Hollywood academy award winners make up our list and our wedding bands like Flair below will grace wedding stages performing these brilliant songs this year. If you want even more suggestions just ask.
Marry Me – Train
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Johnny Be Goode – Chuck Berry
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Shallow – Lady Gaga/ Bradley Cooper
Your Song – Elton John or Ellie Goulding
Pencil Full Of Lead – Paolo Nutini
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Spotify wedding music playlists
Spotify has some great playlists out there and their wedding music ones are no exception! We’ve designed plenty over the years especially for our bride and grooms and nowadays we get a lot of couples making up their own. They go down really well, complimenting any wedding theme so we’ve highlighted a few good ones here and here. You’re sure to find some musical inspiration in them.
Did I really just hear that?!
We thought we would end this guide with a bit of fun. We’d like to point out that the bride and grooms from these tales were the first ones to admit they had maybe picked a first dance dud!
Gangnam styleeeee wedding
One couple once picked Gangnam style for their first dance and although not the worst choice ever, asking their whole wedding party as a surprise to bust out the dance moves from the video whilst we blasted the song over the PA just led to mass confusion and a few people falling over! At the time it was a bit mad but we all saw the funny side later.
What are the words again??
Another lovely couple admitted to us that they loved the Kaiser Chiefs so much that they picked this song as their first dance without really thinking about it. We did suggest that “Every Day I Love You Less and Less” might not be the greatest song to strut your first dance stuff too but they did it with great style anyway. There were some confused looks on the faces of their guests though…
We hope you enjoyed our list and found all this useful. Hopefully one of our wedding bands like Captain Obvious below can perform some of these songs for you in the future. We may update this list sooner rather than later as COVID-19 has put the brakes on most weddings for now but while we wait why not let us know what you thought of our list? If you have any suggestions let us know, we’d love to hear about your wedding ideas, inspirations and the wedding music you chose for your big day.
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Oana and the Seventh Second Team