70 Modern Love Songs to Play at Your Wedding

Modern Love Songs

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Weddings are all about love. Love expressed in vows, love shared in toasts, and love felt on the dance floor. The quickest way to turn any wedding reception into a romantic affair is to play a perfectly curated mix of love songs. Older songs from bygone eras might work wonders for getting the older folks in the mood, but there’s nothing like a modern ballad to capture what love sounds like today.

By the time you and your guests hit the dance floor, chances are you’ll be ready to lose yourself in the warm embrace of your favorite songs. Sweet melodies by artists like John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, and Ed Sheeran will make everyone feel the love in the room.

Here, we've rounded up the best modern love songs to play at your wedding.

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“Actions,” by John Legend

Lyrics of Love: “I wanna show my love is strong/Make her feel it when I'm home”

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“Show Me Love,” by Alicia Keys featuring Miguel

Lyrics of Love: “This is not the season for nobody else but us/I always get wrapped up in you, baby, I'm in love”

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“Lightning,” by Bag Raiders, The Kite String Tangle

Lyrics of Love: “I've been walking this world alone/Never thought I needed anyone like you”

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“Sweater Weather,” by The Neighbourhood

Lyrics of Love: “Touch my neck and I’ll touch yours/You in those little high waisted shorts, oh”

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“By Your Side,” by Sade

Lyrics of Love: “When you're on my outside, baby, and you can't get in/I will show you, you're so much better than you know”

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“Riptide,” by Vance Joy

Lyrics of Love: “I love you when you're singing that song and I got a lump in my throat 'cause/You're gonna sing the words wrong”

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“Love on Top,” by Beyonce

Lyrics of Love: “I can feel the sun whenever you're near/Every time you touch me I just melt away”

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“Love You Like A Love Song,” by Selena Gomez & The Scene

Lyrics of Love: “Constantly, boy you played through my mind like a symphony/There's no way to describe what you do to me”

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“All To Myself,” by Dan + Shay

Lyrics of Love: “I want you here in my arms/We'll hide away in the dark”

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“Harvest Moon,” by Poolside

Lyrics of Love: “But there's a full moon rising let's go dancing in the night/We go where the music's playing let's go out and feel the night”

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“End of Time,” by Beyonce

Lyrics of Love: “I will be the one to kiss you at night/I will love you until the end of time”

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“Like A Star,” by Corinne Bailey Rae

Lyrics of Love: “You've got this look I can't describe/You make me feel I'm alive”

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“Beyond,” by Leon Bridges

Lyrics of Love: “I love to see her face in daylight/It's more than just our bodies at night”

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“Delicate,” by Taylor Swift

Lyrics of Love: “Handsome, your mansion with a view/Do the girls back home touch you like I do?”

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“All My Love,” by George Ezra

Lyrics of Love: “No matter where you go/Baby, I'll be there, I'll be there”

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“All of Me,” by John Legend

Lyrics of Love: “What would I do without your smart mouth?/Drawing me in, and you kicking me out”

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“I Dare You,” by The xx

Lyrics of Love: “I've been a romantic for so long/All I've ever had are love songs”

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“Can’t Help Falling in Love,” by Haley Reinhart

Lyrics of Love: “Wise men say only fools rush in/But I can't help falling in love with you”

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“Bubbly,” by Colbie Caillat

Lyrics of Love: “Undercovers stayin' dry and warm/You give me feelings that I adore”

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“First Day of My Life,” by Bright Eyes

Lyrics of Love: Yours was the first face that I saw/I think I was blind before I met you”

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“I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” by Death Cab for Cutie

Lyrics of Love: “If there's no one beside you when your soul embarks/Then I'll follow you into the dark”

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“Stuck on You,” by Meiko

Lyrics of Love: “'Cause you are the one I could see having fun with/Not just for the night, but for the rest of my life”

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“A Sky Full of Stars,” by Coldplay

Lyrics of Love: “Cause you're a sky, you're a sky full of stars/Such a heavenly view”

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“How Deep Is Your Love,” by the bird and the bee

Lyrics of Love: 'Cause we're livin' in a world of fools, breakin' us down/They should all just let us be, we belong to you and me”

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“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” by Justin Timberlake

Lyrics of Love: “I got this feelin' inside my bones/It goes electric, wavy when I turn it on”

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“Sweet Disposition,” by The Temper Trap

Lyrics of Love: “A moment, a love/A dream aloud”

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“Young and Beautiful,” by Lana Del Rey

Lyrics of Love: “And all the ways, I got to know/Your pretty face and electric soul”

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“Shallow,” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Lyrics of Love: “Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us/We're far from the shallow now”

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“Latch,” by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith

Lyrics of Love: “You, you enchant me, even when you're not around/If there are boundaries, I will try to knock them down”

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“No One’s Gonna Love You,” by Band of Horses

Lyrics of Love: “And no one is ever gonna love you more than I do/No one's gonna love you more than I do”

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“Magic,” by Coldplay

Lyrics of Love: “Call it magic, call it true/I call it magic when I'm with you”

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“Coming Home,” by Leon Bridges

Lyrics of Love: “The world leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, girl/You're the only one that I want”

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“Saturday Nights,” by Khalid

Lyrics of Love: “There's nowhere I'd rather be/Than right here right now”

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“Burning Desire,” by Lana Del Rey

Lyrics of Love: “I drive fast, wind in my hair, push it to the limits 'cause I just don't care/I've got a burning desire for you, baby”

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“Hotline Bling,” by Drake

Lyrics of Love: “I know when that hotline bling/That can only mean one thing”

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“Drunk in Love,” by Beyonce and Jay-Z

Lyrics of Love: “Last thing I remember is our beautiful bodies grinding up in that club/Drunk in love”

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“One Kiss,” by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa

Lyrics of Love: “Something in you, lit up heaven in me/The feeling won't let me sleep”

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“Stupid Love,” by Lady Gaga

Lyrics of Love: “You're the one that I've been waiting for/Gotta quit this crying”

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“Teenage Dream,” by Katy Perry

Lyrics of Love: “ We can dance until we die/You and I”

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“I Like Me Better,” by Lauv

Lyrics of Love: “To be drunk and in love in New York City/Midnight into morning coffee”

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“Break My Heart,” by Dua Lipa

Lyrics of Love: “You say my name like I have never heard before/I'm indecisive, but, this time, I know for sure”

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“Butterflies,” by Kacey Musgraves

Lyrics of Love: Now you're lifting me up, instead of holding me down/Stealing my heart instead of stealing my crown”

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“Fallin’ All in You,” by Shawn Mendes

Lyrics of Love: “You are bringing out a different kind of me/There's no safety net that's underneath, I'm free”

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“XO,” by Beyonce

Lyrics of Love: “Before they turn the lights out/Baby love me lights out”

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“Black and Blue Bird,” by Dave Matthews Band

Lyrics of Love: “Got a job and it pays me/I want love more than I deserve”

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“Gonna Love Me,” by Teyana Taylor

Lyrics of Love: “I wanna spend my nights with you/My life with you, oh baby, babe”

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“Feel So Close,” by Calvin Harris

Lyrics of Love: “I wear my heart upon my sleeve, like a big deal/Your love bows down, I mean surround me like a waterfall”

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“End Up With You,” by Carrie Underwood

Lyrics of Love: “To the end of the world if you wanted to/Yeah, 'cause you can light up the dark side of the moon”

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“I Do,” by Morgan Evans

Lyrics of Love: “Wanna hold you forever/No I ain't ever been so sure”

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“You Are The Best Thing,” by Ray LaMontagne

Lyrics of Love: “You now I need you here/You clear my mind all the time”

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“You + I,” by Young the Giant

Lyrics of Love: “Now that we're older with gray in our hair/Holding your hand as we glide down the stairs”

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“Never Gonna Say Goodbye,” by Dawes

Lyrics of Love: “I never knew how to be scared/'Til I found something I knew I couldn't lose”

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“Always Remember Us This Way,” by Lady Gaga

Lyrics of Love: “When the sun goes down and the band won't play/I'll always remember us this way”

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“Carried Me With You,” by Brandi Carlile

Lyrics of Love: “You're the soul who understands/The scars that made me who I am”

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“The Middle,” by Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Lyrics of Love: “I need you on my skin/Just come over, pull me in”

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“Love You For A Long Time,” by Maggie Rogers

Lyrics of Love: “I felt the fever and I knew he was mine/Oh I, I'm gonna love you for a long time”

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“I And Love And You,” by The Avett Brothers

Lyrics of Love: “That woman she's got eyes that shine/Like a pair of stolen polished dimes”

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“Open,” by Rhye

Lyrics of Love: “I'm a fool for that shake in your thighs/I'm a fool for that sound in your sighs”

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“We Found Love,” by Rihanna and Calvin Harris

Lyrics of Love: “Yellow diamonds in the light/And we're standing side by side”

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“10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay, and Justin Bieber

Lyrics of Love: “When you close your eyes, tell me, what are you dreamin'?/Everything, I wanna know it all”

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“It’s a Wonderful Time for Love,” by Nora Jones

Lyrics of Love: “It's a wonderful time for love/Sun shines down from above”

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“Garden (Say It Like Dat),” by SZA

Lyrics of Love: “But I believe you when you say it like that/Oh, do you mean it when you say it like that?”

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“Love on the Weekend,” by John Mayer

Lyrics of Love: “Love on the weekend, love on the weekend/I'm coming up and I'm loving every minute of it”

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“Into You,” by Ariana Grande

Lyrics of Love: “I'm so into you, I can barely breathe/And all I wanna do is to fall in deep”

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“Chasing Cars,” by Snow Patrol

Lyrics of Love: “If I just lay here/Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

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“Baby I’m Yours,” by Arctic Monkeys

Lyrics of Love: “And I'll be yours until the sun no longer shines,/Yours, until the poets run out of rhyme”

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“Thinking Out Loud,” by Ed Sheeran

Lyrics of Love: “And darling I will be loving you 'til we're 70/And baby my heart could still fall as hard at 23”

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“Out of My League,” by Fitz and the Tantrums

Lyrics of Love: “Forty days and forty nights/I waited for a girl like you to come and save my life”

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“Blue Jeans,” by Lana Del Ray

Lyrics of Love: “I told you that no matter what you did I'd be by your side/Cause Ima ride or die”

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“Home,” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Lyrics of Love: “I'll follow you into the park, through the jungle, through the dark/Girl, I never loved one like you”

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