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We hand pick some of the best and most popular love songs for weddings. They are work as your first dance song, or for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Which is your favourite?
Released in 1957, this reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. It was re-released in 1987 and reached number four. It’s one of the most popular wedding songs – and remains on the right side of ‘classic’, unlike many overplayed wedding songs.
Tony Bennett’s cover of The Way You Look Tonight is a popular wedding song. It has been covered by many other artists but there’s something very special about Bennett’s. Have a listen and see for yourself - it's wonderful.
Released in 1960, you’ll most likely find Etta James’ ‘At Last’ on every wedding song list going. It’s easy to see why too - it’s a classic.
Probably Sledge’s best-known song, ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ was released in 1966. It peaked at number four on its initial release and then reached number two in 1987, when it was featured in a Levi's Jeans commercial. We like Michael Bolton’s cover version too, but Sledge’s original takes the crown for weddings.
The first of Wonder’s songs to appear on our list. It’s also one of his most successful singles. It reached number one in the UK and was Motown Records' biggest-selling single in the UK too. We think this is a beautiful choice for a wedding song – it would work for both a first dance song or a ceremony song.
Released in 1956, Love Me Tender is quite a distinct wedding song choice – we would imagine big fans of the King would love it. In the UK, it reached number 11 on the Single Chart.
One of White’s most popular songs, this is a solid, upbeat song to have at your wedding. It reached number one in the UK in 1974. Did you know that it was originally intended as a country song, but White recorded it as a disco track?
One of the ultimate first dance songs, surely? It has become so popular at weddings now that when it’s played, it seems a little unoriginal unfortunately. However, there’s no doubting Houston’s vocal talent, so we just had to include it in the list.
Released in 1977, Andy Gibb was one of the biggest teen idols of that decade. This was his first UK single and reached number 26. It was, of course, written by Barry Gibb - Andy’s brother. A good flashback to the ‘70s wedding song.
Who doesn’t love a bit of disco at a wedding? Love To Love You Baby is a little bit sexy too, so you’re not staying too safe with your song choice. Not sure this one would work as a first dance song though – but if you had it at your big day, do let us know!
Stevie Wonder is the king of wedding songs – the majority of his back catalogue would work really well for anybody’s big day! Wonder actually won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance with this song in 1973.
One of the best duets of all-time, Endless Love was released in 1981. This is a great first dance wedding song for those looking to do the dancefloor shuffle!