20 Must-Have Wedding Songs for Your Big Day

If you’re newly engaged or almost to the big day, don’t forget about one of the most important details for your wedding: the music. In fact, in a recent survey, nearly half of wedding guests say they care about having good music at a wedding. Whether you’ll have a harpist, a DJ, or a live band at your wedding, the music  played is one of the details which sets the tone for your reception!! And the best part is, you get a big say in it! Pretty much any type of artist will let you decide exactly which songs they sing or play for the processional, recessional, cocktail hour, and much of the reception. If you have a DJ, they’ll typically suggest you submit a list of song requests. At Goodwin Manor, we want our couples to feel confident  their wedding music is guaranteed to set the mood for the best evening of their lives.​So how do you get started? The most important part of this is planning ahead. No matter where you are in the planning timeline, start making a list of some of your favorite songs. Think of songs you’ve always loved and that make you happy anytime you hear them. Repeat the process for your future spouse’s favorite songs of all time. Then try other avenues of finding good songs: Google it, check out Spotify playlists, ask friends and family. We’ll help get your list started with these 20 songs we think should be played at every wedding reception.

  1. Shout by The Isley Brothers

  2. Hey Ya! By OutKast

  3. Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder

  4. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

  5. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

  6. Dancing Queen by ABBA

  7. September by Earth, Wind, and Fire

  8. Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show

  9. Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z

  10. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Valli

  11. At Last by Etta James

  12. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

  13. My Girl by The Temptations

  14. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

  15. Turn Down for What by DJ Snake, Lil Jon

  16. The Wobble by V.I.C.

  17. Love on Top by Beyonce

  18. Yeah! by Usher, ft. Lil Jon, Ludacris

  19. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole

  20. It Had to Be You by Frank Sinatra

Including some of these must-have songs on your wedding playlist will guarantee your guests will get out of their seats and hit the dance floor. The atmosphere at your wedding is one of the factors your guests will remember most and the music can really push that mood to the next level of fun. If you’re interested in having your wedding here at Goodwin Manor in Little Rock, contact us today at 501-590-4560! From sweeping views of rolling Arkansas hills to exquisite gardens, Goodwin Manor is the perfect venue for events and weddings in central Arkansas. We hope to hear from you soon so you can dance the night away here at the Manor!