The beauty of music is that it becomes the soundtrack to your special memories. Everyone has that one song that reminds them of a certain time, event or emotion. And with weddings, it’s no different. In every culture, ethnicity and nation, music is usually played at weddings. The bride and groom share their emotional first dance together, and then guests celebrate their union with a party.
In 2017, we’ve seen amazing real weddings and loved sharing your love stories through our international wedding platform. So in true celebratory style, we’ve made a list of the 10 most popular wedding songs, from around the world, played throughout this year.
All of Me – John Legend
This LEGENDary love song was written in 2013 by American singer, John Legend, for his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and we all know how much of a beautiful couple they make! With lyrics like “Give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you”, the song is a declaration of love that is similar to wedding vows, and so is perfect for the first dance.
Time Of My Life – Dirty Dancing
This song from the 1987 film, Dirty Dancing, is an all time wedding classic. Its influence spread worldwide and made Portugal’s top wedding song of 2017. Playing old and loved songs that are this popular is sure to get everyone of all ages singing along.
Your Song – Elton John
Mexican weddings are always a great fiesta, but when it comes to romance, they’re as nostalgic as the rest of us. Your Song, by Elton John, has a soft melody and beautiful lyrics, being synonymous with love and weddings for 47 years.
Marry Me – Train
In 2017, the Brits have been loving ‘Marry Me’, by Train. This 2010 love song encapsulates the sentiment of every proposal and wedding vow through its lyrics. Words like, “I promise to sing to you when all the music dies”, and, “marry me, today and everyday”, are definitely first dance material.
Solamente Tú – Pablo Alborán
Solamente Tú is a beautiful song that has been the soundtrack to many Spanish weddings this year. It’s a declaration of love through romantic Spanish, as Pablo Alborán promises his subject that she is the only one who lights up his world.
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Aside from their association to romance, it would appear that the French also love to get up and dance to more upbeat international pop songs. Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ has been on everyone’s wedding playlist in 2017 because it’s got great love lyrics and a catchy beat.
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – The Lion King
According to Von Jan Stremmel in his article about Germany’s popular wedding songs, this number from The Lion King is the national favourite. It’s not hard to understand why, everyone loves the romance and fairytale aspect of Disney music!
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
This international chart-topper has a lovely folksy melody and a swaying tempo, making it PERFECT for romantic slow dancing. It would seem that Ed Sheeran wrote the song specifically for weddings in mind, and it has certainly been loved at Russian weddings this year.
Andas En Mi Cabeza – Chino y Nacho
In true upbeat reggaeton style, the Colombians have been celebrating love with this funky number. ‘Andas En Mi Cabeza’ has poetic lyrics that imagine marriage as the desired outcome of such deep emotion. The song has a happy tone that will get every family member dancing.
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Scoring a hat-trick with the most popular wedding songs from around the world… Ed Sheeran. It’s hardly surprising, since he is a master in expressing love through music. In Brazil, newlyweds have been dancing their emotional first dance to the sound of this beautiful song throughout the year.
If you’re getting married in 2018, then we hope this list has inspired you to pick songs for your wedding that can express your love and joy through lyrics. Happy listening!