Summer, summer, summertime! Music plays a crucial role in every wedding, helping to set a mood and transition between portions of the evening—and it can go miles to give your summer wedding that breezy, warm-weather vibe you’ve been envisioning. Just put these 38 best wedding songs for a summer wedding on your "must-play" list, and you'll be one step closer to the perfect summertime celebration!
Whether you’ve got a killer DJ or a live band that does the very best covers, putting together a mood-creating playlist is a big part of turning your wedding into an immersive and memorable experience. And these best wedding songs will instantly take guests back to beach days and warm, sultry summer nights. Cue 'em up!
We asked wedding entertainment pros from around the country to share the tunes they’re excited to play throughout summer wedding season.
38 Best Wedding Songs for Your Summer Weddings
“Sitting On the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
“I love playing oldies during cocktail hour and dinner,” says DJ Cat Shell of Élan Artists. “This is a great old standard that has a laid-back vibe and is instantly recognized by guests.” She also loves “Cruisin’” by Smokey Robinson and “Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald.
“Kokomo” by The Beach Boys
“This is a great sing-along favorite with a beachy feeling, perfect for a wedding near the water,” DJ Cat Shell explains. Another favorite? “Red Red Wine” by ub40.
“Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince
Of course this is a summer classic! “This instantly puts me in that BBQ hangout mode,” says DJ Cat Shell.
“Stir it Up” by Bob Marley
A summer wedding wouldn’t be complete without a little reggae, whether it’s during cocktail hour or as a slower choice for the dance floor. As DJ Cat Shell notes, “This gives me the summer feels!”
“Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man
“This song is just so catchy,” says Dana Wield, co-owner of Mannequin the Band. “It is chill enough for summer, but also brings party vibes.”
“This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
Classic throwback alert! “Guests can’t help but move and sing along to this one,” says Wield.
“I Like It” by Cardi B
Looking for the perfect song for a flashmob? This is it. “Adding the choreography in with this one takes it to the next level,” explains Wield. “Anything with a Latin beat is so hot right now!”
“Beyond” by Leon Bridges
For a moment of romance, look to a Motown sound. “The lyrics and groove of this song are so romantic, and it combines contemporary music with a retro feeling. Perfect for a first dance!” Wield describes.
“Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus
“This summer anthem isn’t going anywhere,” says Nick Bryant, manager of The Atlanta Wedding Band . “If you’re partying anywhere in the USA—or partying abroad but want to bring some American flare!—you need this song on your playlist.”
“All Summer Long” by Kid Rock
With an infection riff that samples “Sweet Home Alabama” and lyrics about summers spent by the lake, this is a song Bryant says is instantly relatable.
“Hot in Herre” by Nelly
“Some summers are hotter than others, and those sweltering nights really do make you wish you could ‘take off all your clothes,’” Bryant laughs. “But don’t worry, Mom and Dad, we just love the lyrics—we promise no one will be disrobing!”
“The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
“This is an undeniable summer playlist classic that has held its own for generations,” says Bryant. “Pass the neon wayfarers around the dance floor and get ready for this gem!”
“Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams
“Do you remember the summer of ‘69? Me neither, but this song has me convinced it was the best year ever,” says Bryant.
“Love Shack” by The B-52s
“Old-school classics really appeal to guests of all ages,” says DJ Santo of Élan Artists. “It’s one of those songs that makes everyone want to dance!”
“Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
“A modern classic for sure,” says DJ Santo. “It’s a familiar song that’s just as catchy and groove-inducing as it was when it first came out.”
“The Middle” by Zedd and Maren Morris
“This was the song of the summer last year, and it’s sure to still be a dance floor filler this year!” says Evan Weiss of the Royal Dukes Band .
“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
Every summer wedding needs a little sunshine! “This is a classic no matter what, and is especially sweet at summer weddings,” says Weiss.
“Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones
“This is a favorite for rock n’ roll couples,” Weiss explains. “It’s also a total crowd pleaser and really keeps energy high on the dance floor.
“Riptide” by Vance Joy
“If you’re looking for a summer first dance song, this is one of our favorites,” says Weiss.
“What I Like About You” by The Romantics
Ready to shift from formal dances to an all-out party? Play this tune. According to Weiss, “It’s uptempo and fun, and will get everyone singing along.”
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
“Who could resist dancing to Whitney?” asks Thai Matus of the Silver Arrow Band .
“We Found Love” by Rihanna
“This song makes its way onto just about every summer playlist,” says Matus. “It’s ideal for late nights on the dance floor.”
“Stuck In the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel
Seriously, you can’t beat a sing-along! “This classic wedding song is gold, perfect for belting out the lyrics surrounded by your friends,” Matus explains.
“California Girls” by The Beach Boys
“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and The Waves
If it says “sun” in the title, it’s bound to be a summer favorite. “Guests of all ages flood the dance floor for this one,” says Wolfe.
“You’re the One that I Want” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
‘80s babies and their parents will both love hearing this playful ballad come on. “It’s a fun love song and Grease has unmistakable summer vibes,” Wolfe explains. Hello, “Summer Lovin’!”
“Island in the Sun” by Weezer
Celebrating by the beach? “This Weezer tune is a beach jam session essential,” says Wolfe.
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk
“Days are longer and nights are warmer, so staying ‘up all night’ dancing is even better in the summer!” says Wolfe.
“Dancing in the Street” by Mick Jagger & David Bowie
“No one rocks a dance floor like this duo, and it will inspire your guests to kick off their heels and do the same!” explains Rachel Madison of the Bluewater Kings Band.
“Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader
“On a clear summer night with an outdoor dance floor, this feel-good song is a must-play,” says Madison.
“Summer Days” by Martin Garrix feat. Macklemore & Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy__
“This is newly released and hot off the presses,” notes Daniel Linares, founder of DLE Event Group. “It’s summer in its most optimistic form. This song brightens your day and is the perfect tune for an upbeat dance party!”
“Love Someone” by Lukas Graham
“A sentimental, feel-good record, this song brings a lot of emotion,” says Linares. “It’s an amazing first dance option for a couple looking for something heartfelt and non-cliché.”
“I Don’t Care” by Ed Sheeran feat. Justin Bieber
“This song is really unique, and you can’t help but move to it,” says Linares. “Two of the biggest pop stars come together on a creative record that summer 2019 couples and their guests will love!”
“ME!” by Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco
This song indisputably has “summer” written all over it. “Just imagine: Outdoor wedding, under a tent, with champagne in hand... Raise a glass to summer 2019 and the newlyweds with this one!” says Linares.
“Treat You Better” by RÜFÜS DU SOL
“Playing RÜFÜS DU SOL during cocktail hour or dinner creates a really uplifting atmosphere,” says Linares. “We’re all about creating an authentic and inspiring musical experience, and this song really plays the part.”
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“Con Calma Remix” by Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry feat. Snow
“This English/Spanish blend will be a massive summer hit,” Linares predicts. “It’s a remix of the reggae classic ‘Informer’ by Snow, which guests will definitely recognize, but the modern take will get them grooving even more!”
“Duro” by Teknomiles
“I really love this song’s positive energy,” says Linares. “It’s an Afrobeat hit that’s making its way mainstream in the U.S., and is a perfect fit for a couple with musically diverse taste.”
“Night Moves” by Bob Seger
“This is a great late-night song,” says Danny Chaimson, president of Gold Coast Events . “Your parents’ friends all love it, but you and your friends know it too. The summertime theme makes it great for a hot Saturday night!”