Pretty much all of us have been to a wedding where The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” has been played, and maybe you had the same thought we had while watching the newlyweds dance to it: This song is about stalking. So, sidestep any kind of musical faux pas (whether it is your first wedding or fifth) and go with this playlist of romantic songs that are guaranteed to melt even the coldest heart. We wish you many years of happiness!
Pro Tip: If you are having a full reception with a cocktail hour and dinner, you can start things off with a soft instrumental mix, and then work in songs with lyrics as you get closer to the dancing portion of the evening.
- “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
Dorothy Fields (who wrote the lyrics) said that when Jerome Kern played her the melody he had written, she “went out and started to cry…I couldn’t stop, it was so beautiful.”
2. “Come Rain Or Come Shine” – Ray Charles
Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, Ray had a hit with this in both 1960 and 1968. This is a wonderful song and tribute to a love that lasts through the ups and downs of life.
- “How I Will Say I Love You” – Tony DeSare
“Call My Name
I’ll be at your door
Cry out loud
I’ll hold you till it’s over
And that’s how I will say
I love you.”
Need we say more?!
- “Love Is Here To Stay” – Dinah Washington
Written by George and Ira Gershwin in the 1930s (and sometimes referred to as “Our Love Is Here To Stay”), you may have first heard it as the main theme for the 1951 Gene Kelly movie AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.
- “That’s All” – Steve Tyrell
If all you can give us is country walks in springtime, a love that lasts forever, your heart to own, a hand to hold when leaves begin to fall, and arms to enfold us…we’re in.
- “At Last” – Etta James
When you listen to this classic from Etta, you will understand why she has influenced everyone from Christina Aguilera to Diana Ross to Rod Stewart.
- “I Get A Kick Out Of You” – Rod Stewart
Don’t we all want to be the one person to thrill the guy or gal who is thrilled by nothing?
- “My One And Only Love” – Chris Botti with Paula Cole
When you pair a handsome trumpet player with the lovely vocals of the gal who did the Dawson’s Creek theme, the result is swoon-worthy.
- “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole
Nat’s version of this song, with the awesome Nelson Riddle arrangement, was recorded in 1951 and is still the most popular one, though we do love the David Foster remix of Nat’s 1961 recording that turns it into a duet with his daughter, Natalie.
- “Orange Colored Sky” – Natalie Cole
“Flash, bam, alacazam” is a perfect way to describe being struck by one of Cupid’s arrows. And…Lady Gaga has performed this song numerous times, including once while wearing a dress made of hair. So, there’s that.
A bonus tune you can bust out that is pretty much guaranteed to get Grandma out on the floor is Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood.” You can never, ever go wrong with that one to liven things up. Cheers!