Trending Acoustic Songs 2023: A Complete Guide to Wedding Music

The two main things your guests will remember most about your wedding ceremony are the food and the music your wedding DJ played. We know you will want to have a truly memorable wedding reception and will want your music selections to be unique to your special day.

It is important to select music that fits with different times during the reception. You will want to have music played as guests arrive, before dinner, during dinner, while cutting your wedding cake, during the bouquet toss and to get people out of their seats and onto the dance floor.

A popular trend we have been noticing is couples are selecting acoustic music along with other songs they want to be played at their reception. Acoustic music is great to play in the background at different times during your wedding celebration.

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What is the #1 wedding song?

The most popular song for weddings is, without a question of a doubt, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley.

It’s actually pretty surprising that more songs aren’t up there on top of it because this song comes with so much baggage. It has been the #1 song on websites for years. It was #1 in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s …and it isn’t even a love song!

It’s more of an “I hate you, I can’t get away from you” kind of love song. With lyrics like “Every night / I ask the stars up above / Why must I be a teenager in love?” falling in love is not just an act of the heart, but also an act of insanity. Here is a popular acoustic rendition of Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Kina Grannis from the movie, Crazy Rich Asians.

The best wedding songs are the ones that make the dance floor wanna dance all night long. But wedding music depends a lot on the couple, a lot of them even have their wedding party entrance songs set in their minds!

What songs should I play at my wedding?

A good wedding song should be romantic, catchy, and upbeat. We’ve got all the big classics and a few less-familiar tunes.

“Hotel California” by The Eagles

Not just for weddings, but you should play this at every event to which there is drinking. It’s an instant party starter, so definitely choose to play it at your reception or after-dinner dance set. It has a great opening riff that is instantly recognizable, and it will get everyone singing.

“Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” by Bryan Adams

This song is really beautiful, with lyrics like “When you love someone / Your heartbeat beats so loud / When you love someone / Your feet can’t feel the ground.” If you haven’t heard it already, you might recognize the bridge from all those romantic comedies, but the whole song is wonderful.

“Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra

Not only a classic for weddings, this one will get people singing and swaying along to Ol’ Blue Eyes’ smooth crooning. Nerdy? Maybe. But with such a simple melody and Frank’s effortlessly cool vocals, this one is perfect for your party playlist. Matt Johnson’s acoustic version of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” offers a soothing, stripped-down take on the classic, featuring gentle guitar strumming that complements his warm, inviting vocals.

“Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

Forget the overplayed Hit Me Baby One More Time! Bruno Mars is the new wedding song king for his feel-good tunes that are perfect for dancing.  The acoustic version of “Just The Way You Are” by Music Travel Love reimagines Bruno Mars’ pop hit with a tender and heartfelt acoustic arrangement, highlighting the song’s romantic lyrics with a more intimate and organic feel. And if you’re looking for a song that doesn’t have too much of a lovey-dovey vibe, this is it!

And, many more…

What songs should you not play at a wedding?

You should not play a song that makes the bride unhappy. You should not play a song that has an explicit lyric. You should not play a song that makes the groom unhappy.

Who wrote these rules? And what happens if you break them? According to this logic, it turns out the husband gets to pick and choose. Here’s another set of three:

You should not play the song “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani.

You should not play the song “My Humps” by The Black Eyed Peas.

You should not play the song “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child.

Or what if you just had one simple rule? You know, one that you would really like to stick by:

You should not play the songs “Last Dance with Mary Jane” or “Killing in the Name.”

And yet…if Pearl Jam said they’d do a surprise show on your wedding day if they could only sing two songs, what might happen? Would you really sit there and judge a rock god if he picked two songs that were “out of your genre,” or would you let him sing? And what about a surprise wedding performance from Kanye West? Well, that’s exactly what happened for this couple.

How many slow songs should be played at a wedding?

I’m not sure, but I think one or two would be appropriate. I think six would be enough.

As many as possible, including all four movements of the “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor” by Rachmaninoff.

Okay, that last one was an obvious joke, but I’ll bet every reader who passed over it thinking it might be serious wishes they had thought twice about it. Maybe you even read it and thought, “Hmm, that’s clever.” Because if so, I have failed utterly to amuse you today – but fear not! Other opportunities will come along where I can try harder.

But slow songs are usually chosen as father-daughter dance songs, although depending on the couple slow songs are couple’s first dance song too.

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List of Wedding Songs

This type of music relies upon the use of instruments without the added tuning and electronics found in many popular songs. It may or may not include the actual singing of the song’s lyrics. Some of the more popular acoustic songs you may want to check out and include in your song selections for your wedding reception include:

  • “Grow Old With You” – This song is great for cake cutting, the first wedding dance, or the last dance of the evening.
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – This is a great song you can use to transition from upbeat dance music to a slow dance.
  • “We Found Love” – The acoustic version of Rihanna’ song from Boyce Avenue is just as good when you want a variation.
  • “Love Song” – Adele does a great job singing this classic song in her acoustic version.
  • “Let’s Stay Together” – This acoustic song can be very romantic and is performed by Obadiah Parker.
  • “All of Me” – The acoustic version of this popular wedding song is performed by Boyce Avenue.
  • “XO” – If you like John Mayer, then you will want to include his acoustic song in your music selections.
  • “Better Together” – While Jack Johnson’s version is just as popular at weddings, the acoustic version performed by Us the Dou is equally popular.
  • “Fade into You” – This song is a great one to play as a slow dance and is performed by Ben Harper.
  • “Crazy in Love” – This popular Beyoncé song is performed by Daniela Andrade and she does a good job with the acoustic version.
  • “Latch” – If you like Sam Smith, this song is a good one to include for a slow dance during your wedding ceremony.

There are plenty of acoustic songs to choose from to reflect your tastes. Please feel free to let us know what types of acoustic songs you like. We can help build your custom music selections for your wedding ceremony to create a memorable event for you and all of your guests.

The Perfect Wedding Party & Dance Song

The perfect wedding party song is a song with a catchy beat and lyrics that are about love. The perfect wedding party song can help to create an upbeat atmosphere that will make the event memorable for years to come.

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful! If you’re looking for a wedding DJ, I can help!

So what do you think? Are there any songs missing from this list? Let us know in the comment section below!

For assistance in finding a wedding DJ and creating your playlist for your wedding, please feel free to contact Airwaves Music at 1-888-676-7772 today! Our DJs perform at weddings in Kelowna, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Victoria, and all across Canada, as well as at destination weddings.

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