The cake-cutting is one of the more memorable moments of a wedding. As a result, choosing the right cake-cutting song is more critical than it seems upon first consideration. Fortunately, there are countless songs written for exactly such moments. For that matter, plenty of other options work surprisingly well for cake-cutting even though they aren’t romantic.
10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Def Leppard
“Pour Some Sugar On Me” is an excellent choice for people who enjoy classic rock. It seems safe to say that its lyrics aren’t literal. Different people enjoy different things. Even so, imagining anyone having fun with someone else pouring sugar over them is hard. Still, the lyrics aren’t what anyone would consider subtle, meaning they are more or less on-theme for a wedding.
9. “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” – Fall Out Boy
People who prefer rock music from this side of the turn of the millennium might want to consider Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down.” With that said, it has reached its first decade and is closing in on its second decade, so it isn’t exactly a new song by any reasonable standard. That is a good thing rather than a bad thing. After all, the lasting popularity of the song for wedding cake-cutting shows it has staying power, which is somewhat strange considering that it seems to be about unreciprocated love. Fortunately, people tend to care about their general perception of songs rather than the nitty-gritty of lyrical interpretations, so this is effectively a non-issue.
8. “Eat It” – Weird Al Yankovic
“Eat It” is a solid choice for people who want to remember their wedding cake-cutting with a laugh. Its lyrics aren’t a good match for such events because they are about a parent grumbling about their child’s picky tastes. Fortunately, the sheer absurdity of the song is more than enough to see it through any issues.
7. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” – Eurythmics
Speaking of which, this Eurythmics song is another one that isn’t quite a perfect match for wedding cake-cutting. If anything, some of the lyrics make it seem downright unsuitable, though for the most part, they are vague enough to support some very different interpretations. Said issue aside, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” is so catchy that it can make for a wonderful song for the occasion anyways.
6. “Sugar” – Maroon 5
In contrast, Maroon 5’s “Sugar” is perfect for the occasion. Indeed, the music video even featured the band crashing weddings, which is about as on-theme as these things get. “Sugar” is a very conventional choice. However, being conventional isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes, a choice is popular because it is so well-suited, meaning people shouldn’t get too worked up about what other couples may or may not have chosen.
5. “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen
Anyone who listens to the lyrics of “You’re My Best Friend” will realize that the titular best friend isn’t just the viewpoint character’s best friend. Knowing that John Deacon wrote it about his wife Veronica Tetzlaff just confirms what is obvious. In any case, this song expresses much the same message as most of the other songs on this list. It stands out by doing so in a somewhat more roundabout way, which makes it that much sweeter when people understand what it is saying by truly listening to its words.
4. “Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies
Subtlety isn’t necessarily a must-have. For people who prefer something more blatant, there is “Sugar, Sugar” from the late 1960s. Amusingly, it is a song by The Archies, which would be the fictional band consisting of Archie Comics characters. The titular character and his two love interests have been stuck in a love triangle for eight decades and counting, with a true resolution being nowhere near in sight.
3. “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
As the story goes, Neil Diamond wrote “Sweet Caroline” about his second wife Marcia Murphey. Unfortunately, her first name didn’t work for the song, so he went with the first name Caroline instead. People speculated for a long time that Diamond had Caroline Kennedy in mind, which was confirmed by the legendary singer-songwriter in 2007. Thanks to that, “Sweet Caroline” isn’t necessarily about a romantic partner but can also be about other people that make the listener happy. Of course, it can be about a romantic partner, thus making it perfect as wedding music.
2. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” – Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye released this song in 1966. Even so, it remains a popular choice for wedding cake-cutting and other wedding moments, which shows how much it has managed to capture the soaring emotions of such events. Better still, it makes extensive use of sweetness in its lyrics, which is appropriate both in a literal sense because of the cake and in a metaphorical sense because of the wedding.
1. “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” – Louis Armstrong
“A Kiss to Build a Dream On” secured the number one position on this list for much the same reason as the last song. However, it can claim an even more impressive track record. First, the song was written by three famous individuals in the early 1930s. Out of the three, the best-known would be Oscar Hammerstein II of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame. Second, the song was recorded in 1951 by Louis Armstrong, who is another musical legend. He isn’t the only artist to record the song; he isn’t even the only legendary artist to record the song. Still, Armstrong’s version remains either the most memorable or one of the most memorable interpretations, which says much about its ability to convey a couple’s thoughts and feelings to one another.