Display your romantic sensibilities by playing these ten songs at your next gig. Each track is perfect for the first dance at a wedding.
The music you play at a wedding largely depends on the taste of the bride and groom. They may request Top 40 and hip hop or country music. But old school classics are usually a safe bet because everyone from young to old can enjoy good music. This is one of the most romantic occasions people go through in their lives, so the soundtrack to the event must reflect the couple’s passion for each other.
1. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
When Al Green released this single in 1972, it peaked at number one in the Billboard Top 100. Al Green is acknowledged as one of the greatest soul singers of all time, and this particular track is about a couple that decides to stay together forever.
Best lyrics: I’m so in love with you/ Whatever you want to do/ Is all right with me/ ‘Cause you make me feel so brand new/ And I want to spend my life with you…
2. Beach Boys – God Only Knows
This song was composed in 1966 by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher from the Beach Boys. It was the eighth track on their iconic album Pet Sounds. The lyrics are written from the perspective of a man contemplating the loss of his lover.
Best lyrics: God only knows what I’d be without you/ If you should ever leave me/ Though life would still go on believe me/ The world could show nothing to me/ So what good would living do me..?
3. Etta James – At Last
The original version of this song was written in 1941 by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the musical Orchestra Wives. It was considered a standard when James covered it in 1960. “At Last” would go on to become her signature melody.
Best lyrics: My heart was wrapped up clover the night I looked at you/ I found a dream that I could speak to/ A dream that I can call my own/ I found a thrill to press my cheek to/ A thrill I’ve never known, oh yeah/ You smiled, you smiled oh and then the spell was cast/ And here we are in Heaven/ For you are mine at last…
4. The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes for You
The Flamingo’s covered this song for their debut album Flamingo Serenade in 1959. It was originally written in 1934 by Harry Warren and Al Dubin for the film Dames, in which it was performed as a love duet by Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler.
Best lyrics: My love must be a kind of blind love/ I can’t see anyone but you/ Sha bop sha bop/ Sha bop sha bop…
5. Frank Sinatra – It Had to Be You
“It Had to Be You” was originally written way back in 1924 by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn. It was performed in dozens of musical films during the Thirties, Forties and early Fifties. But Sinatra’s crooned version seems to impress the ladies.
Best lyrics: It must have been, that something lovers call fate/ Kept me saying, “I have to wait”/ I saw them all, just couldn’t fall, ’til we met/ It had to be you, it had to be you…
6. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
In 1981 Journey released their eighth studio album Escape, which included this track. It went on to peak at number nine on the Billboard Top 100 in the US, but not in the UK. The song is about a man and woman that manage to find love one dark night, even though they come from very different places.
Best lyrics: Strangers waiting/ Up and down the boulevard/ Their shadows searching/ In the night/ Streetlight people/ Livin’ just to find emotion/ Hidin’ somewhere in the night…
7. Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
This popular love song was written by Irving Gordon and performed by Nat King Cole in 1951. There have been dozens of cover versions since then, performed by some of the most famous musicians in the world, but Cole’s rendition is still the favorite.
Best lyrics: Unforgettable in every way/ And forever more, that’s how you’ll stay/ That’s why, darling, it’s incredible/ That someone so unforgettable/ Thinks that I am unforgettable too…
8. Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
From his classic album Songs in the Key of Life, “Isn’t She Lovely” debuted in 1976. The song is actually about the birth of his daughter Aisha, but most people associate it with having a crush on someone. This track is ideal for slow dancing at weddings.
Best lyrics: Isn’t she pretty/ Truly the angel’s best/ Boy, I’m so happy/ We have been heaven blessed/ I can’t believe what God has done/ Through us he’s given life to one/ But isn’t she lovely made from love…
9. The Temptations – My Girl
“My Girl” was written in 1964 by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White from the Miracles. When the Temptations released it on Motown Records in 1965, it became an instant classic and their first number one single. It’s so heart wrenching that the wedding guests may cry.
Best lyrics: I don’t need no money, fortune or fame/ I’ve got all the riches, baby, one man can claim/ Well, I guess you’d say/ What can make me feel this way?/ My girl (my girl, my girl)/ Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl)…
10. Van Morrison – Into the Mystic
From Morrison’s legendary album Moondance recorded in 1970, “Into the Mystic” went on to become one of the most popular wedding songs of all time. You may remember it from American Pie 3: The Wedding.
Best lyrics: And I want to rock your gypsy soul/ Just like way back in the days of old/ And magnificently we will flow into the mystic…
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