Weddings are special. As a result, people should do their utmost to make everything proceed as smoothly as possible. That includes choosing the wedding intro song with care and consideration. It might not seem very important in the grand scheme of things.
However, interested individuals should remember that even the smallest decisions can add up, meaning they should try to do everything well when they try to do something well. Fortunately, if people aren’t sure what they want for their wedding intro song, they should expect no shortage of suggestions.
Here are 20 of the best wedding intro songs to consider:
20. “Tubthumping” – Chumbawamba
Theoretically, a relationship can experience no complications whatsoever. In practice, that seems improbable, to say the least. As such, the ability to work things out is a cornerstone of successful relationships. Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping” shines with that spirit of resilience. Better still, it is easy and enjoyable to sing along with.
19. “On Top of the World” – Imagine Dragons
“On Top of the World” has room for interpretation. Still, there can be no doubt that its viewpoint character is exactly as happy as one would expect based on the song’s name, thus making it well-suited to be a wedding intro song.
18. “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
The Arrows were the first to record “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 1975. However, the song is much better known because of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ version in 1981, which went platinum. “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” has a fair amount of romantic sentiment, so it isn’t hard to see why someone would choose it to serve as their wedding intro song.
17. “Walking On Sunshine” – Katrina & The Waves
A lot of people choose wedding intro songs based on how well those songs can express their love. With that said, wedding intro songs don’t necessarily have to do so in a direct manner. Sometimes, people prefer something more about joy, happiness, and excitement, which can get more-or-less the same sentiment across.
One excellent example would be “Walking On Sunshine,” which is straightforward but exudes a strong sense of optimism. The funny thing is that the band came up with it at a not-so-optimistic point in their lives. Granted, the longing might’ve been responsible for making the finished result so good.
16. “Forever” – Chris Brown
The Office played “Forever” when its cast made a memorable entrance at an on-screen wedding by dancing their way up the aisle. Some of that dancing was very awkward. That just made everything better because The Office is a comedy show. The scene kicked off a trend in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Interested individuals can find plenty of videos from the period of people making their wedding entrances by dancing their way up the aisle.
15. “A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay
It is something of a cliche to express love using nature imagery. Of course, the line of separation between cliche and classic is paper-thin, meaning there are very good reasons why this keeps on happening. Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars” is one of the best examples of songs expressing love using nature imagery. It is particularly nice because the viewpoint character is daring to love while acknowledging that doing so is a risk. That makes it feel more real and thus more touching than otherwise possible.
14. “Beautiful Day” – U2
“Beautiful Day” is a very hopeful song. It recognizes the existence of horrors and hardships, but it encourages people to focus on the better parts of life anyway. Some would call that denial. Others would point out that remaining hopeful despite all of the things that can drag people down is an existential victory of sorts. Regardless, “Beautiful Day” is a superb choice for a wedding intro song, not least because of its infectious energy.
13. “From This Moment On” – Shania Twain
“From This Moment On” is a country pop song from Shania Twain’s Come On Over. Strictly speaking, it isn’t necessarily about weddings. Still, it is about as well-suited for such occasions as songs can get because of its emphasis on happiness and new beginnings. Interested individuals should know there are two versions of the songs.
One is a solo song sung by just Shania Twain. The other is a duet performed by Shania Twain and Bryan White. Reputedly, Elton White was the first choice for the duet. Despite this, the duet version of the song is more than worth listening to.
12. “Anything Could Happen” – Ellie Goulding
Fittingly, “Anything Could Happen” is open to interpretation. Some will choose to see it in a negative light because the song was inspired in part by the end of the singer’s relationship. Interested individuals should know the singer herself has said that she hopes the song will inspire listeners to take some kind of positive step in their lives. Indeed, Goulding specifically mentioned people proposing to their girlfriends as an example of such positivity, thus making the song a solid choice as a wedding intro song.
11. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
“Eye of the Tiger” is a strangely popular choice of wedding intro song. Its themes don’t have much to do with either love or weddings. However, it does a good job of getting people pumped up to face a challenge. As such, it isn’t wholly unsuitable for being a wedding intro song. After all, getting a marriage right can be seen as one of life’s greatest challenges from a certain perspective. Certainly, “Eye of the Tiger” shows the right degree of eagerness for the task.
10. “Thunderstruck” – AC/DC
Speaking of which, “Thunderstruck” is another great song for getting people more and more excited about the occasion. As mentioned earlier, wedding intro songs are sometimes about setting the right mood rather than saying the right words. Due to this, “Thunderstruck” works well even though it has either no or next-to-no connection to romance.
9. “This Is How We Do It” – Montell Jordan
“This Is How We Do It” is one of the most famous R&B songs from the 1990s. It reached the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1995, where it remained for seven straight weeks. Moreover, it managed to sell more than a million copies in the United States, thus enabling it to earn a platinum certification from the RIAA. Simply put, Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” is hard to match when it comes to party songs.
8. “Unstoppable” – Sia
It isn’t uncommon to see people treating “Unstoppable” as a song of empowerment. That is a bit eyebrow-raising but still understandable because the song is about how the viewpoint character projects an invincible image to the outside world even though she is far from being that on the inside. It isn’t hard to connect that with a wedding in some way. For instance, a lot of people encounter serious obstacles on their way to getting married, so “Unstoppable” is the kind of song that would resonate with them under those circumstances.
7. “Without You” – David Guetta featuring Usher
David Guetta is famous for his team-ups with other artists. “Without You” was the song that featured Usher on vocals. It never reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, but it went platinum in several countries. The song is a solid choice for wedding intros and wedding-related moments in general.
6. “Stand By You” – Rachel Platten
One can see Rachel Platten’s “Stand By You” as a sort of mirror to David Guetta’s “Without You.” The previous song sees the viewpoint character expressing his need for his significant other because he relies on her. Here, the song sees the viewpoint character expressing how she is ready to support her significant other through whatever challenges await them. The lyrics feature some moving wording. One example would be the viewpoint character offering her wings because her lover’s wings are broken. Another example would be her vow to walk through hell together if they can’t find heaven.
5. “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars
For people who want a more modern-sounding party song, they could do much worse than Bruno Mars’s “24K Magic.” It isn’t the most romantic of songs. The title is a literal reference to how money is the thing that is making everything described possible. Still, “24K Magic” gets points for honesty, seeing as how weddings aren’t exactly cheap.
There are always ways for interested individuals to reduce costs. If nothing else, there is the ultimate fallback of eloping together. Unfortunately, if interested individuals want a big ceremony attended by all of their loved ones, they should expect to pay a big bill in the tens of thousands of dollars.
4. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
Trolls did alright when it came out in 2016. It made a bit less than three times its budget at the box office. The exact numbers are unknown to the public, but the existence of sequels suggests that it was considered at least somewhat successful. Regardless, the single most notable thing to come from Trolls might be Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” which was the single best-selling song in the United States in 2016. Sadly, it didn’t win either the Oscar or the Golden Globe it was nominated for, but it did manage to claim the Grammy.
3. “I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas
“I Gotta Feeling” was another mega-hit when it came out in 2009. It reached the number-two position on the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week. That made the Black Eyed Peas one of the few artists to secure the first and the second positions on that chart in the same week because their previous single, “Boom Boom Pow” was still in the number-one position.
Subsequently, “I Gotta Feeling” claimed a wide range of honors. For example, it became number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. Similarly, it became the first song to sell more than 7 million digital copies in the United States. People will have to time their wedding intro for the evening to get the best use of “I Gotta Feeling.” Fortunately, it is such a good party song” that it should work out well even if the timing is a bit off.
2. “We Found Love” – Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
Love empowers people. Due to that, it is often associated with hope, optimism, and other positive emotions. Artists often use these things in combination with their opposites, thus making a stronger impression than otherwise possible through the magic of contrasts. “We Found Love” is a great example.
Rihanna doesn’t just sing about finding love. Instead, she sings about finding love in a “hopeless place,” which makes for a much more powerful line. It might be a bit dramatic depending on the context, but it is well-suited for conveying one’s sense of gratitude for having found one’s significant other.
1. “Crazy in Love” – Beyonce featuring Jay-Z
“Crazy in Love” is one of the best love songs of recent decades. Indeed, some have described it as the single best song of the 2000s, which wasn’t exactly lacking in songs exploring love and love-related themes. Even now, “Crazy in Love” remains one of Beyonce’s best songs, a remarkable feat considering the sheer number of hits she has managed to put out. Best of all, “Crazy in Love” is an easy choice for wedding intros and other wedding-related moments because it is all about an overwhelming sense of love for one’s significant other.
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