Love is in the air, everywhere I look around
Love is in the air, every sight and every sound…*
Ahh, is there anything more romantic than a Valentine’s Day wedding? It feels like the whole world is celebrating with you. And one of the best ways to share that love and let that mood surround you is through music. But when it comes to romantic music, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and spoilt for choice. So, where do you start? These are our top pics for the ultimate Valentine’s wedding playlist.
Top Tunes to Spread the Love at Any Valentine’s Day Wedding
Frank Sinatra – The Very Thought of You
There are so very many candidates for first dance songs, but Ol’ Blue Eyes’ timeless classic has to be right up there. It’s one of those beautiful songs that even non-dancers can dance to, leaning into each other, holding each other up. And if it’s not a first dance, it can easily close the evening. Absolute perfection.
Elton John – Your Song
If it’s good enough for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it’s good enough for us! Ellie Goulding famously performed a cover of Elton John’s classic at the Cambridge’s reception… Along with You’re the One That I Want. Who knew the royals had a sense of humour!
The Cast of Grease – You’re the One That I Want
OK, so we’ve stolen this idea from the Duke and Duchess, but what a fabulous track to play at your Valentine’s wedding! If you’re feeling theatrical, how much fun would this be to recreate for a first dance? It’s neck and neck with ‘nobody puts Baby in the corner.’ And speaking of which…
Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
OK, OK, so it’s a bit of a cheese-fest, but surely that’s the mark of an amazing romantic movie and an amazing romantic song? There’s a reason why Dirty Dancing is one of the most enduring movies of the ‘80s, and who wouldn’t want that magic at their wedding?
Rihanna – Love on The Brain
For more of a modern feel, Rihanna is just the diva to deliver. Love on the Brain has kind of a retro feel that fits perfectly with the wedding vibe, while bringing your soundtrack completely up to date.
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
The lyrics speak for themselves with this one. It might be a song of the 70s, but the sentiment is lasting, while the beat adds a bit of funk to the dance floor.
Terry Hall & Salad – Dream A Little Dream
There are practically infinite versions of this song, but the track laid down for the War Child Help album has to be one of the best. Gentle, but gorgeous and full of endless romance.
Tony Bennett – The Way You Look Tonight
Like Frank Sinatra’s, Tony Bennet’s voice just oozes warmth and feeling. This is another of those end-of-the-night gentle tracks that say just so much.
The Beatles – Something
There is surely an argument for The Beatles to feature in every wedding reception. Something encapsulates that feeling of impossibility you feel when trying to explain why you’ve fallen in love. It was just… something.
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t Nothing Like A Real Thing
The Motown genre is packed to bursting with tracks to fill an entire wedding, but this has to be one of our favourites. Upbeat yet soulful, it will have your guests dancing without bringing down the roof.
Etta James – At Last
First dance, last dance, dance in the middle of the evening. At Last will always fill a dance floor. You don’t need any moves. You just need to lean close, shuffle your feet and breathe in the music.
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
If anyone is making modern classics right now, it has to be Ed Sheeran. This track was made for first dances… Although you may not want to copy the moves in this video!
Adele – Make You Feel My Love
And talking of modern classics, Adele must be a must for a Valentine’s wedding. Her power, sentiment and music capture everything it is to feel in love.
Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
While not obviously romantic, what song better depicts the feeling of being in love and at one with the world?
One Direction – Little Things
It’s easy enough to dismiss 1D as a terrible talent show pastiche, but this track is beautifully romantic and makes you see just exactly why they developed a global following. A perfect Valentine’s wedding sound.
The Emotions – Best of My Love
This up-tempo masterpiece has been filling dancefloors since 1977. It’s a joyous Motown classic that’s likely to keep on filling dancefloors for the next 40 years and beyond.
Taylor Swift – Love Story
She’s the modern-day Queen of the love song and this is arguably her biggest hit. Taylor Swift’s Love Story might be a bit of throw-away sugary pop, but it’s undeniably perfect for a wedding on the most romantic of days.
Bryan Adams – Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?
When you think of Bryan Adams songs and weddings, this probably isn’t the first that springs to mind. And, admittedly, (Everything I Do) I Do It for You does bring a certain something to a drunken dancefloor, especially on Valentine’s Day. However, this is a great little number for a medium-slow dance.
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
It’s another slow one, but what a slow one! And what a sentiment. After the Twilight films this track became an instant first-dance hit, but it has enormous merit even if you’re not into the whole troubled teen vampire thing.
Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares for Me
Simple, fun and a song that everyone knows, Nina Simone’s unforgettable track is sure to raise a smile while getting toes tapping around the room.
So, there you go; 20 amazing songs to get your Valentine’s Day wedding play list started. Now it’s your turn to mix in your favourites. Go!
* John Paul Young