If you’re planning a wedding in 2022, you need to know the most popular wedding songs. Of course, you have your go-to favorites, but a little inspiration never hurt anyone. The songs on this list are intended to serve as a springboard for your wedding music.
Much of choosing the music at your wedding comes down to how communicative you can be with your wedding DJ. The more communicative you are with your wedding song choices, the more the DJ will be able to gauge your musical preferences and create a playlist that fits your preferences.
At RMF DJs, our Montana wedding DJs believe your wedding is special and that everyone should be able to groove. We also understand your wedding should be a classy event, so we know how to incorporate the classics and turn your wedding into a tearjerker.
In this blog, we’re looking at the best wedding songs for 2022. Use it to get excited for your upcoming day. The bells will be ringing, the classical music will make you feel like a classy lady and gentleman, and the modern hits will get your guests groovin’ on the dance floor.
The Best Wedding Ceremony Music
Your wedding ceremony doesn’t have to be the most formal occasion ever. However, you still want to make the occasion memorable and classy. Whether you want to travel the traditional route or modernize your approach, these songs should reflect you and your partner’s taste rather than your attendees’. After all, this is your wedding ceremony.
Best Wedding Procession Music
Classic Wedding Processionals
Canon in D (Pachelbel’s Canon)- Brooklyn Duo
Prelude in C- J.S. Bach
Trumpet Voluntary- Jeremiah Clark
Bridal Chorus Harp- Richard Wagner
Butterfly Waltz- Brian Crane
Modern Wedding Processionals
Unchained Melody- Righteous Brothers
Chapel of Love- The Dixie Cups
Can’t Help Falling In Love- Elvis Presley
Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton
Best Wedding Recessional Music
The recessional music should take the mood up a notch and display the enthusiasm of the day. You just made a lifelong vow to your partner. Now, it’s time to celebrate. However, you don’t want your guests getting out of their seats and fist pumping quite yet.
Classic Wedding Recessional Music
"Wedding March" (from A Midsummer Night's Dream) by Felix Mendelssohn
"Ode to Joy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
"Allegro Maestoso" (from Water Music Suite) by George F. Handel
"Brandenburg Concerto No. 1," Allegro, by Johann S. Bach
"Coronation March" (from Crown Imperial) by Sir William Walton
"Hallelujah Chorus" (from The Messiah) by George F. Handel
"Hornpipe" (from Water Music Suite) by George F. Handel
Best Modern Recessional Music
Better Together- Jack Johnson
Drunk In Love- Beyonce
That’s What I Like- Bruno Mars
I’m Yours- Jason Maraz
Signed, Sealed, Delivered- Stevie Wonder
Love On Top- Beyonce
Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
Beautiful Day- U2
I Do- Colbie Caillat
Best Day Of My Life- American Authors
Best Wedding Music for the Reception
Now that you’ve tied the knot, it’s time to party. But you still have to make sure the formalities such as the first dance, the father-daughter dance, and the mother-groom dance are emotional yet fun. When you choose the best wedding songs, you can turn your dream wedding into a reality.
Best Wedding Songs for the First Dance
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Better Half of Me - Tom Walker
All of Me - John Legend
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Everything – Michael Buble
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Ho Hey - The Lumineers.
The Best Wedding Songs for Parent Dances
In My Life – The Beatles
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
Forever Young – Rod Stewart
Isn't She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
My Girl – The Temptations
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
Do I Make You Proud – by Taylor Hicks
God Only Knows – by John Legend
The Best Party Songs for Weddings
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Wannabe – the Spice Girls
P.Y.T. – Michael Jackson
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyoncé
Don't Stop Believing – Journey
The Best EDM Songs for Your Wedding
Your parents and grandparents might not understand but EDM is a party-starter. You can’t avoid at least a couple EDM hits. They’re the easiest way to your guests fist pumpin’ and jumping around like some crazy people.
Do It To It – Acraze feat. Cherish
The Nights – Avicii
The Motto – Tiësto & Ava Max
When I’m Gone – Alesso & Katy Perry
Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
Moth To A Flame – Swedish House Mafia & The Weeknd
Shut Up and Dance – WALK THE MOON
I Can Feel It – Sickick
Happier – Marshmello ft. Bastille
The Middle – Zedd & Maren Morris & Grey
How to Choose Your Wedding Songs in 2022
Before getting into the specifics of which songs you want to choose for your ceremony and reception, you have to choose whether a DJ or live band will best suit your needs. The following provides some considerations when trying to choose between a DJ and live band.
Live musicianship adds an element of surprise to your ceremony and reception that DJs can’t recreate. However, you’re going to have to spend more on a live band and you should be prepared to pay for multiple members. There’s also less margin for error when hiring a band. In other words, there’s a wider talent gap in the musicianship required to keep the party going. You could hire a really good band or one that doesn’t know any of your song choices.
DJs will have all of the best wedding songs at their fingertips and hiring one will always be cheaper than a band. The setup will also be less complicated. With bands, they need more extensive space and you can quickly run into issues with your venue capabilities.
Everybody says they can DJ your wedding, but few DJs have the professional experience needed to provide the party experience you need to wow guests. When choosing a wedding DJ, make sure you avoid the wannabe DJs who use Spotify as their main source of music.
Professional DJs might not always have the most advanced equipment, but they will be able to personalize your show to your specifications.
Whether you hire a DJ or live band, make sure they can deliver on all of your music specifications. Your DJ shouldn’t only be able to cater to your music preferences. They should be able to cater to an eclectic group of people and get them groovin’ on the dance floor.
Conclusion- What Are the Best Wedding Songs for 2022?
With pandemic numbers dropping, hopefully wedding planners and goers will be able to feel like things are returning to normal in 2022. With everything returning back to normal, you should be able to provide your guests with a unique experience they remember forever.
The wedding songs included in this list should give you some examples of what you can pick for the various sections of your wedding. You want a specific song selection for the ceremony, recession, and reception. Whether you choose a wedding band, DJ, or a combination of both, you should come away from your initial consultation feeling heard and understood. You shouldn’t feel like you can’t have questions to ask your wedding DJ.
Professional wedding DJs should have the experience and musical knowledge to deliver on all of your song preferences, no matter how obscure. They should also be able to provide insight into how to take your wedding receptions to the next level.
At RMF DJs, our platinum DJs will be able to guide you to the ultimate wedding experience possible. We cater to your musical preferences while ensuring we bring a tailored experience that accounts for all your guests.
Contact us today to discover the party with RMF DJs.