Okay, okay…how many weddings have you been to and “the” song comes on and there is not a flinch in the building (or garden, church, yacht…wherever your financial situation allowed your post-nuptial dance)?
What makes a great wedding song? I will admit, begrudgingly, that there is a hint of comfort in hearing “At Last” by Etta James AGAIN. Or, oh, how about whenever everyone begins to hum along with “Ribbon in the Sky”? That’s ALWAYS a classic moment…that occurs EVERY wedding.
Alright, I guess by now you are sensing my undertone of sarcasm (so thankful for the very intuitive readers of sosoactive). Since this is wedding season—I think—it got me wondering if there were any songs from this past decade that could pass the ever-stringent test of bridezillas (and some groomzillas) everywhere? Are we on a perpetual cycle of clinging just to the “classic” wedding songs?
I began to research and to be honest, I didn’t like what I saw. Such clichés! (I promise I usually have a much happier disposition than this). I got “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal and “My Boo” by Alicia Keys and Usher. Granted, awesome songs but still a little predictable. Thus, drum roll please, I have compiled 5 wedding songs from the 2000’s that I think could satisfy the fine line of stepping out of the box with more recent songs and still engaging your wedding guests to gently hum along and let out an audible “awwww” when the song comes on.
1. “Smack That” by Akon featuring Eminem. Perfect to exemplify true and edifying love. Ok, hopefully you let out loud an audible “WTH!?”. That was a test to see if you were paying attention. On to the real number 1…
1. “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones—If we thought only Marvin Gaye and Etta James could take us to that place, enter Norah Jones. Her whimsical, effortless song of love truly makes you want to go away with your newlywed and never come back! This is a must!
2. “You’re the One” by Dondria—This might not strike an immediate cord. But if you play this song, you will immediately recognize it. What a better time to utter to your mate that they are “the one” than the day you are announcing that in front of friends, families, and maybe strangers (depending on who your mom insisted on coming from her work).
3. “Amazed” by Lonestar—yep, nothing like a song with a slight country twang to express deep, committed love. I love this song…it so smooth and heartfelt. Whether you or your guests are country songs, this is a great tune to get out of your comfort song and sing along at the same time.
4. “Make Me Better” by Fabolous—yes, I’m doing it..I’m suggesting that (gasp, swallow, breathe) that a hip-hop song COULD be a wedding song. This is one of my favorite songs and I’ve always thought it would be perfect for a wedding. What is usually said at the toast? That the bride makes the groom better or vice versa.
5. “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” by Alicia Keys—okay, I’m presently playing this on repeat on my itunes, bawling my eyes out, and reaching for some chocolate. Enough said. This is THE song for a wedding!! This song is equal to “At Last”! It’s what it’s all about! Now pass me a tissue and I’ll stop yelling/sobbing at you.
These songs prove that true, love-you-forever, let’s-get-married song-writing is occurring in past decade. Take a chance with one of these songs, just like your taking a chance on love.