Contemporary Wedding Songs

As with country, contemporary wedding songs are plentiful and there are a LOT of choices here to help you celebrate your wedding day in your own unique style. Many times a couple will have "their song" and if it isn't quite right to use for your first dance, there is probably a spot in the ceremony to feature it.

For the purposes of categorization here, I'm defining "contemporary wedding songs" as songs released in the '90s and later. Music from the '70s and '80s are found on their own pages on this site.

By far the best way to include your favorite contemporary wedding songs in your ceremony is with a singer and band. You can capture the sound of the original recording more completely. But you have to arrange for multiple musicians for the ceremony if you do this (perhaps the same ones as for your dance) so be aware of the extra cost involved in this.

If you just have a singer and, say, a pianist, you can get them to perform some contemporary wedding songs with just the two of them. But as a musician myself, please take my advice and ask your singer/musician if the song you have in mind is performable with just the two of them. Some songs are really drum- or electric-guitar-dependent and just sound, well, odd with just a piano accompaniment alone. If you're expecting the sound from the original recording, you won't get it, and I wouldn't want you to feel disappointed on your wedding day when you hear the acoustic version! Having said that, some contemporary wedding songs are really nice in an "unplugged" rendition, so you may be pleasantly surprised.

Another option is to play the recording itself -- certainly very economical and you get exactly the song as you know it. But be sure your wedding ceremony venue has the sound system needed to play it, or have access to a good set of speakers and an iPod to project the sound into the room enough for everyone to hear it at the back.

Song Title Composer or Performer
All for Love (from "The Three Musketeers") Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting
All I Ask of You (from "Phantom of the Opera") Cliff Richard, Sarah Brightman
Back At One Brian McKnight
Beautiful Day U2
Beautiful In My Eyes Joshua Kadison
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from "Lion King") Elton John
The Colour of My Love Celine Dion
Come Away With Me Norah Jones
Celebrate Rose Cousins
Cross My Heart Michael W. Smith
Feels Like Home Randy Newman
Fly Sara Groves
Forever in Love Kenny G
Heavenly Day Patty Griffin
I Believe in You and Me (from "The Preacher's Wife") Whitney Houston
I Can Love You Like That All-4-One
I Do (Cherish You) Mark Wills
I Do Westlife
I Finally Found Someone (from "The Mirror Has Two Faces") Barbra Streisand/Bryan Adams
I'm Yours Jason Mraz
I Swear All-4-One, Boys II Men
Let It Be Me Rosie Thomas
Love is a Beautiful Thing Al Green
The Luckiest Ben Folds
Make You Feel My Love Adele
A Moment Like This Kelly Clarkson
Music Box Mariah Carey
Oh Happy Day various
Only Time Enya
The Prayer Celine Dion/Andrea Bocelli
Reasons to Love You Meiko
Save the Best For Last Vanessa Williams
Say Once More Amy Grant
She Believes in Me Ronan Keating
Thank You for Loving Me Bon Jovi
That's All Michael Buble, Rod Stewart, Nat King Cole
Theme from "The Notebook" Zigman
Truly, Madly, Deeply Savage Garden
Valentine Martina McBride
We Are One Westlife
When I Fall in Love Celine Dion/Clive Griffin
When I Look Into Your Eyes Firehouse
When I Need You Luther Vandross, Celine Dion
When You Say You Love Me Josh Groban
A Whole New World (from Aladdin) Menken
You Raise Me Up Josh Groban

What other contemporary or pop titles do you think should be added to the list?

It's hard to keep up with the constant stream of new music coming out every year. What new pop song have you come across that you just HAVE to have at your wedding? Have your say and watch this list grow.

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