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FROM ED SHEERAN TO ELVIS,

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO

TOP WEDDING SONGS

Does every couple on the face of the earth chooses an Ed Sheeran song for the first dance at their wedding, or does it just seem that way? Well, it’s not quite everyone, but according to the POSH DJs Top Wedding Songs Lists, Ed Sheeran is far and away the most requested artist for the first dance.

POSH DJs recently unveiled Top 20 lists for traditional wedding song categories:

  • First Dance

  • Bridal Party Introduction

  • Wedding Couple Introduction

  • Mother-Son Dance

  • Father-Daughter Dance

Our Top 20 Wedding Songs Lists were compiled using responses to online questionnaires completed by 453 couples who hired POSH DJs to perform at their wedding in 2018. You’ll see an interesting cross-section of musical genres and eras, from country to jazz, pop to classic rock, 1960s to today. In all but one category, there’s one song that stood head and shoulders above the rest.

Curious? Let’s dive in!

Top 20 First Dance Songs: Ed Sheeran and Everyone Else

“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran is the number one first dance song, chosen by 52 wedding couples. There’s a clear second tier, with “From the Ground Up” by country duo Dan + Shay (19) in second place, “Say You Won't Let Go” by X Factor winner James Arthur (19) in third, and “Can't Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley (15) in fourth. Long live the king indeed.

Further down in the Top 20, Ed Sheeran makes three more appearances. His duet with Andrea Bocelli, “Perfect Symphony”, as well as “Tenerife Sea” and “Thinking Out Loud”, are among the 12 songs tied for the 13th most popular First Dance Song.

Beyond the Ed Sheeran show, the list of top first dance songs is dominated by contemporary country and pop, with a couple more classics sprinkled in, like “Just the Way You Are” from Billy Joel and Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight”, which he recorded in 1964 but actually dates back to Fred Astaire in 1936.

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Top 20 Bridal Party Introduction Songs: A Special Song for Everyone

This is where things get interesting. It’s becoming more and more popular at weddings for each member of the bridal party be introduced to his or her own song based on the individual’s personality or relationship with the couple. 46 couples said they want separate songs for each person, making this the top choice over any individual songby far in the Bridal Party Introduction category.

As you might expect, this Top 20 List is all about energy and mass appeal to get wedding guests fired up. “Levels” by Avicii is the clear number two, chosen by 25 couples, followed by “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “Can't Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, “Bring 'Em Out” by T.I., and “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars.

By the way, Bruno Mars makes two appearances on this list and the next, with four different songs!

 

 

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Top 20 Wedding Couple Introduction Songs: Rihanna at the Top

Rihanna claims the first spot with “This Is What You Came For” (17 couples), while “We Found Love” (13 couples) is tied for the second position with Avicii’s “Levels”. This is the only category in which one song didn’t leave all others in the dust.

Every song on the Top 20 list of Wedding Couple Introduction Songs is from this century except for three toward to bottom of the list – “Let Me Clear My Throat” by DJ Kool is tied for 18th, while “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D & The Boys and “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins are both part of a five-way tie for 20th.

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Top 20 Mother-Son Dance Songs: Classics Rule

Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” is the hands-down number one Mother-Son Dance Song, chosen by 40 wedding couples. This song also holds down the number four slot among the Top 20 Father-Daughter Dance Songs. Celine Dion pulled off a similar feat, with “Because You Loved Me”, finishing in the top four in both categories. “In My Life” by The Beatles and “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong appear in both lists as well.

“A Song for Mama” from Boyz II Men is the rock-solid runner up for Mother-Son Dance Songs, chosen by 31 couples, followed by “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. This is definitely one of the more diverse Top 20 lists, with artists including Tim McGraw, Phil Collins, The Backstreet Boys, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Shinedown, Josh Groban, Molly Pasutti and others.

 

 

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Top 20 Father-Daughter Dance Songs: Country at the Top

Heartland’s “I Loved Her First” is one of those songs that was basically written for father-daughter dances at weddings. Not surprisingly, it owns the top spot in our list, chosen by 46 wedding couples – 20 more than the number two song, “My Little Girl” from Tim McGraw.

After Celine Dion at number three, Rascal Flatts makes it three out of the top four for country artists. Then we see a run of classic Father-Daughter Dance Songs to round out the top eight – “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra, “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle, “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, and “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King.

 

 

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What Do You Think?

Obviously, the choice of weddings songs is a very personal one, which is why we wanted to take our bias and expertise out of the equation. Again, our Top 20 lists represent the preferences of actual POSH DJs clients in 2018.

Are the songs from your wedding on our list? Do any of these wedding songs make you wish you chose that one for your wedding? Do any songs make you cringe? Are you surprised by songs that didn’t make the cut? Tell us what you think!