Top 10 Wedding Songs
Warm weather means weddings — and that means wedding songs. Whether it's for the bride's walk down the aisle or the newlyweds' first dance together, the right music can set the tone for whole event.
If you're planning your nuptials and aren't sure where to start looking for the perfect wedding song, don't worry — we're here to help. Whether it's early-era Madonna or Celine Dion, something more soulful from K-Ci and JoJo, or Adele and Beyonce at their (arguable) finest, there should be something here on which you and your betrothed can agree.
We've listed our top 10 choices for the best wedding songs, given you a little background on each one and provided you with a link to the video so you can check it out for yourself. Happy wedding season and we hope all of your brides and grooms live happily ever after.
'I Do (Cherish You)'
Originally recorded by country music artist Mark Wills, 98 Degrees released their own version of 'I Do (Cherish You)' in 1999. The love song became one of the boy band's biggest hits, and the music video makes it perfectly clear why this is a great wedding song choice.
Best Wedding Song Lyric: "I do cherish you / For the rest of my life, you don't have to think twice ... I've waited so long to say this to you / If you're asking do I love you this much, I do."
'All My Life'
Many music critics called 'All My Life,' released in 1997, K-Ci and JoJo's best single -- and listeners worldwide agreed. It was nominated for two Grammys and hit the top 10 in almost a dozen countries around the globe, including here in the U.S.
Best Wedding Song Lyric: "You turned my life around, you picked me up when I was down ... All my life, I've prayed for someone like you / And I thank God that I finally found you."
'This I Promise You'
'This I Promise You,' penned by '80s radio mainstay Richard Marx, conveniently has your wedding vows placed right there in the title. 'N Sync took the song to No. 5 on the pop charts in late 2000, and the emotional and loving song spent months on the Adult Contemporary charts as well.
Best Wedding Song Lyric: "And I will take you in my arms / And hold you right where you belong / Till the day my life is through, This I promise you."
'Before Your Love'
Fresh off her 'American Idol' win, Kelly Clarkson released 'Before Your Love' in 2002 (along with her first single, 'A Moment Like This'). It's since become a wedding staple -- and given the romantic lyrics, that's hardly a surprise.
Best Wedding Song Lyric: "I never lived before your love / I never felt before your touch / But then again, I wasn't really living / I never lived before your love."
Released early in 2009, Beyonce's 'Halo' made the top five on singles charts all over the world and has since been covered by several other artists. In the song, Beyonce's stunning vocals paint a beautiful picture of a sublime love, making 'Halo' a perfect fit for any couple's happy day.
Best Wedding Song Lyric: "Everywhere I'm looking now / I'm surrounded by your embrace / Baby I can see your halo / You know you're my saving grace."
'Truly Madly Deeply'
Aussie band Savage Garden released 'Truly Madly Deeply' in the U.S. in 1997, and it stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for an entire year. And with lyrics full of loving promises and hope, the song was likely used at weddings during all four seasons.
Best Wedding Song Lyric: "I'll be your love, be everything that you need / I'll love you more with every breath, truly madly deeply do."
'Crazy for You'
'Crazy for You' was the first single released from the 1985 soundtrack album for the film 'Vision Quest.' It was also Madonna's first ballad -- and one of her most popular to date -- and showed off a softer side of the provocative star.
Best Wedding Song Lyric: "I'm crazy for you / Touch me once and you'll know it's true / I never wanted anyone like this / It's all brand new / You'll feel it in my kiss."
Lionel Richie and Diana Ross originally recorded this love song in the '80s, and it was later covered by Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey. Their version went to No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100, and it also marked Carey's first big duet. She was still a newcomer at the time, but you'd never know it from her flawless vocal performance alongside the legendary Luther Vandross.
Best Wedding Song Lyric: " 'Cause you, you mean the world to me / Oh, I know, I know / I've found, I've found in you / My endless love."
'Make You Feel My Love'
'Make You Feel My Love' was written by musical icon Bob Dylan, and it's so beloved that it's been covered by Billy Joel, Garth Brooks and, of course, Adele. Her beautiful version is so heartfelt, that if you use it in your wedding, there won't be a dry eye in the house.
Best Wedding Song Lyric: "I could make you happy, make your dreams come true / Nothing that I wouldn't do / Go to the ends of the Earth for you / To make you feel my love."
'The Power of Love'
Celine Dion is one of several artists who've covered 'The Power of Love,' but the Canadian powerhouse is the one who made it an international smash hit. The soaring ballad was a perfect fit for Dion's big pipes, making it a memorable addition to any wedding celebration.
Best Wedding Song Lyric: "Even though there may be times, it seems I'm far away / Never wonder where I am, because I am always by your side."