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Wedding Song Ideas: Real Brides' Must-Play Lists

Create your own playlist from these Knottie-tested wedding songs.

Photo: Christine Johnson Photography

Stumped on what to play for a particular special dance? Don't worry -- plenty of brides have been in your shoes (and worn them out on the dance floor)! Check out their top reception song picks.

First Dance Songs


"We're Man and Wife" (Michelle Featherstone)
"Bless the Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts)
"Carried Away" (George Strait)
"Thank God I Found You" (Mariah and 98 degrees)
"Cross My Heart" (George Strait)
"I Need You" (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill)
"It's Your Love" (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill)
"Remember When" (Alan Jackson)
"Love Song" (311)
"Lost in This Moment" (Big and Rich)
"At Last" (Etta James)
"Three Times a Lady" (Commodores)
"Spend My Life" (Eric Benet)
"All I Ask of You" (Phantom of the Opera)
"Set Me as a Seal" (Matt Maher)
"Chasing Cars" (Snow Patrol)
"Stay Forever" (Ween)
"Book of Love" (Peter Gabriel)
"The Luckiest" (Ben Folds)
"Love of a Lifetime" (Firehouse)

Father-Daughter Dance Songs


"My Girl"(The Temptations)
"Butterfly Kisses" (Bob Carlisle)
"I Loved Her First" (Heartland)
"My Wish" (Rascal Flatts)
"Last Date" (Floyd Cramer)
"Little Miss Magic" (Jimmy Buffett)
"De Nina a Mujer" (Julio Iglesias)
"Main Theme" (John Williams; Star Wars)
"Sweet Caroline" (Neil Diamond)
"What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong)
"Kind & Generous" (Natalie Merchant)
"There You'll Be" (Faith Hill)

Mother-Son Dance Songs


"Because You Loved Me" (Celine Dion)
"A Song for my Son" (Rita Heatherington) OR (Mikki Viereck)
"My Wish" (Rascal Flatts)
"Angels" (Randy Travis)
"Oh Mother" (Joe W)
"A Song for Mama" (Boyz II Men)
"The Man You've Become" (Molly Pasutti)

Last Dance Songs


"Theme from New York, New York" (Frank Sinatra)
"Remember When" (Alan Jackson)
"Fantasy (Remix)" (Mariah Carey Featuring ODB)
"You Never Can Tell" (Chuck Berry from Pulp Fiction)
"Bless the Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts)
"Wonderful Tonight" (Eric Clapton)
"Last Dance" (Donna Summer)
"Where Everybody Knows Your Name" (Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo; Cheers)
"The Way You Look Tonight" (Frank Sinatra)
"Margaritaville," (Jimmy Buffett)
"From This Moment On" (Diana Krall)

The Songs In-Between


"The Way You Look Tonight" (Frank Sinatra)
"Ain't No Other Man" (Christina Aguilera)
"Inside Your Heaven" (Carrie Underwood)
"SexyBack" (Justin Timberlake)
"That's Amore" (Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin)
"Ain't That a Kick in the Head" (Dean Martin)
"Let's Get Loud" (Jennifer Lopez)
"Hotel" (Cassidy)
"Where the Party At" (Jagged Edge)
"Tell Me" (P. Diddy Featuring Christina Aguilera)
"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" (Meat Loaf)
"Sexy Love" (Ne-Yo)
"Pour Some Sugar on Me" (Def Leppard)
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" (John Denver)
"At Last" (Etta James)
"Fast Cars and Freedom" (Rascal Flatts)
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" (Louis Armstrong) OR (The Mamas & the Papas)
"Rocky Top" (Phish) OR (Dolly Parton)
"We Are Family" (Sister Sledge)
"You've Got a Friend in Me" (Randy Newman; Toy Story)
"Rock With You" (Michael Jackson)
"Big Pimpin' (Jay-Z)
"Brick House" (The Commodores)
"Le Freak" (Chic)
"Super Freak" (Rick James)
"Funky Cold Medina" (Tone Loc)
"Get Down Tonight" (KC and the Sunshine Band)

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