The 56 Best Wedding Songs of 2018

The hottest jams of the year that your wedding can't do without

Updated 12/20/18

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Few things can define your reception quite like your music selection. So, if you're getting married in the near future, you need to pick the best of the best wedding songs from 2018 to truly set the tone. The stakes are high to please the crowd, and only the best will keep your guests tearing up the dance floor (nothing puts the fun in weddings quite like a good dance sesh). No pressure or anything!

Whether you rented a live band or booked a DJ, it might seem like the easy way out to leave the music choices to your vendors. But having a say in your reception entertainment falls on the same level of importance as picking your dinner menu or organizing seating arrangements. There may be no stopping your estranged cousin Bob from requesting “Shout” or “Sweet Caroline,” but you can still aim to give your reception present-day vibes and keep the energy alive with our picks of the 56 best wedding songs of the year.

Big wigs like Drake, Cardi B, and Camila Cabello will have you covered as far as tunes that will entertain the top 40 crowd and magnify the excitement level. On the slower side of the spectrum, count your lucky stars that love song extraordinaire Michael Bublé, as well as Leon Bridges, produced new tracks this year to sashay to with your partner and/or parents. Plus, an entire compilation of revamped Elton John hits from an assortment of your favorite artists make for plenty of wedding-worthy musical contenders.

From upbeat pop favorites to romantic (albeit somewhat nontraditional) first dance tunes, these beats will rally all the dancing queens (we see you, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Check out our full playlist of the best wedding songs of 2018, and stream it on Spotify now.

Best Wedding Reception Songs 2018

Ranging from radio hits to fast-paced love songs, you can count on these selections to maintain a well-populated dance floor (just keep in mind some lyrics might not be grandmother-appropriate). Allow Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" to dethrone Beyoncé's iconic track as the next single ladies' anthem, and "Congratulations" by Post Malone and Quavo to act as a celebration of your new marital status (...of sorts). Naturally, we had to throw in some softer melodies, as well, courtesy of Jason Mraz and John Mayer.

  • “The Middle,” by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey
  • “Havana,” by Camila Cabello
  • “New Light,” by John Mayer
  • “Dancing Queen,” by Cher
  • “Make Me Feel,” by Janelle Monáe
  • “God’s Plan,” by Drake
  • “thank u, next,” by Ariana Grande
  • “Have It All,” by Jason Mraz

“no tears left to cry,” by Ariana Grande

“I Like It,” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin

“I’ll Be There,” by Jess Glynne

“These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Mackelmore, and Dan Caplen),” by Rudimental

“Girls Like You (feat Cardi B),”by Maroon 5

“My My My!,” by Troye Silvan

“Party For One,” by Carly Rae Jespen

“A Good Night,” by John Legend and BloodPop

“What Lovers Do (feat. SZA),” by Maroon 5

“Never Be The Same,” by Camila Cabello

“Lost in Japan," by Shawn Mendes

“Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line),” by Bebe Rexha

"Congratulations," by Post Malone and Quavo

Best Wedding First Dance Songs 2018

While there are plenty of old-school picks to kick off your first dance as newlyweds, keep it modern (and speed up the tempo) by choosing one of yours and your future spouse's favorite new romantic songs. We've covered it all, from jazz to country to alternative rock, so there's something for every couple's unique music taste.

“Beyond,” by Leon Bridges

“Diamonds or Twine,” by Ryan Hurd

“Born to Love You,” by LANCO

“Greatest Love Story,” by LANCO

“Speechless,” by Dan + Shay

“You + I,” by Young the Giant

“I’m With You,” by Vance Joy

“You Are The Reason,” by Calum Scott

“This Is It,” by Scotty McCreery

“All My Love,” by George Ezra

“Oh, What A World,” by Kacey Musgraves

“Your Song,” by Lady Gaga

“Parallel Line,” by Keith Urban

“I Found You,” by James Bay

“Fallin’ All In You,” by Shawn Mendes

“Come On, Come On,” by Dave Matthews Band

“My Love - 2018 Remaster,” by Wings

“Kingdom,” by Carrie Underwood

“S’Wonderful,” by Diana Krall and Tony Bennett

“Won’t Look Back,” by Josh Groban

“99 Years,” Josh Groban and Jennifer Nettles

“I Do,” by Morgan Evans

“I Only Have Eyes for You,” by Michael Bublé

“Unforgettable,” by Michael Bublé

“Morning Light (feat. Alicia Keys),” by Justin Timberlake

“Dancing Away With My Heart,” by Dillon Carmichael

“Can’t Help Falling in Love,” by Kina Grannis

“You’re All That I Need,” by Shannon Noll

“Here On Out,” by Dave Matthews Band

Best Wedding Father-Daughter Dance Songs 2018

There's certainly no shortage of classic, sentimental, and tear-inducing father-daughter dance song ideas already. Instead, make your turn on the dance floor memorable with a new hit (or, a contemporary spin on a beloved ballad).

“Hold My Girl,” by George Ezra

“Tiny Dancer,” by Florence + The Machine

“Bridge Over Troubled Water,” by Josh Groban

“Dance With Me (feat. Kelsea Ballerini),” by Morgan Evans

“Fall On Me (feat. Matteo Bocelli),” by Andrea Bocelli

“Forever Now,” by Michael Bublé

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