57 Rock Songs to Add to Your Wedding Playlist

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Updated 05/08/19

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Let’s sing it: “I love rock and roll, so put another dime in the jukebox, baby.” Rock and roll may not be what most people think of when it comes to wedding music, but as of late, rock songs have been popping up on wedding playlists at today’s receptions. And it's no wonder why: From classic rock by bands like ACDC and Queen to modern alt-rock including Panic at the Disco and Imagine Dragons, guitar-centric music makes for great moments on the dance floor. Guests can sing along to the classics, while newer songs can be remixed with dance beats.

“Rock has made a huge resurgence at weddings, but not in the way you’d think,” says Brian Buonassissi, who plays weddings across the U.S. as DJ Brian B. “Classics will always be staples in sets, but it’s rock songs from the 1990s and 2000s that absolutely crush at weddings right now.”

Buonassissi is a big fan of sprinkling in multiple types of rock songs into a wedding playlist, including both classic and indie rock. He suggests sticking to only a few hard rock n’ roll songs, such as Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer,” that you can play as is—even grandma may hum along—then remix others, like “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses.

Keep the majority of the rock music to the songs of your youth with bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Oasis, Blink 182 and Rage Against the Machine. You’ll love belting out the choruses as much as your guests, and the nostalgia can really bring people together. To keep the good mood going, continue with today’s electronic and indie rock beats from groups including MGMT and Flight of the Concords as dance floor fillers.

“Lyrically, rock songs are probably the furthest from true wedding content that you’d want, but nobody seems to care,” Buonassissi adds. “A good song is a good song.”

Curated by DJ Brian B, here the 57 best rock songs to add to your wedding playlist.

“You Shook Me All Night Long” by ACDC

"Back In Black” by ACDC

"Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard

"We Will Rock You” by Queen

"I Love Rock N’ Roll” by Joan Jett

"Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

"Living On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi

"Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money

"Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

"Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas

"Sweet Child O Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

"We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister

"Jump” by Van Halen

"Peace Of Mind” by Boston

"Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows

"Edge Of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks

"Fat Bottom Girls” by Queen

"Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

"Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

"Mr. Brightside” by The Killers

"Wonderwall” by Oasis

"The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World

"Sugar We’re Goin’ Down” by Fall Out Boy

"I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic At The Disco

“All The Small Things” by Blink 182

"My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit

"Shake It” by Metro Station

"Otherside” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

"What’s My Age Again” by Blink 182

"Killing In The Name Of Love” by Rage Against The Machine

"Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

"Semi Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind

"Crazy Bitch” by Buckcherry

"Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains Of Wayne

"Song 2” by Blur

"Self Esteem” by The Offspring

"In The End” by Linkin Park

"Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

"Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard

"High Hopes” by Panic At The Disco

"Handclap” by Fitz & The Tantrums

"Feel It Still” by Portgual. The Man

"Electric Feel” by MGMT

"On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons

"Sweet Disposition” by Temper Trap

"My Type” by Saint Motel

"Doses & Mimosas” by Cherub

"High & Low” by Empire Of The Sun

"Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service

"Heartlines” by Broods

"Kangaroo Court” by Capital Cities

"Float On” by Modest Mouse

"The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)” by Flight Of The Conchords

"Let It Go” by James Bay

"The Less I Know The Better” by Tame Impala

"Take The World” by JOHNNYSWIM

"What You Know” by Two Door Cinema

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