Kierstin wrote music reviews and interviews throughout high school, just like that girl from "Almost Famous" (but with glasses).
The 2010s brought a lot to the table. Like I don't feel like I even need to say it all out loud because why even do that? What's important here is that you're getting married, and (besides the obvious yet still totally alarming allegations leaking out from the underbelly of Hollywood, threats of nuclear war at the turn of each calendar page and a steady stream of news headlines that are enough to kill even the hottest smoldering vibes radiating from your lover), the decade also brought us a ton of gorgeous, sexy, and romantic tracks you're definitely going to want to add to your wedding and reception playlist. And if there's one thing that the decade taught all of us, it's that two things are important above all else: sharing good love and sharing good music.
So, from the boyish vocals of Stu Larsen to the doo-wop covers by Boyz II Men here are the top love songs of the 2010s to play at your wedding and reception (or just while you make dinner tonight). By the way, they're all streamable on Spotify.
The Best Pop and Dance Wedding Songs of The 2010s
|Track Title||Artist||Year Released|
"What Lovers Do"
Maroon 5 Featuring SZA
"Up All Night"
"Say It First"
"Find the Love"
Mary J. Blige
Boyz II Men
"A Sunday Kind of Love"
Boyz II Men
"I Only Have Eyes For You"
Boyz II Men
"Till You're Loved"
"By Your Side"
"Young Hearts (Mushroom People Remix)"
NoMBe and Mushroom People
Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson
"Strip That Down"
Liam Payne and Quavo
"Something Just Like This"
The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
"Let's Get Married"
"Romantic (NOTD Remix)"
"Still Into You"
"Romantic (NOTD Remix)" by STANAJ
Play this auto-tuned remix to kick the dancing off, and I'm pretty sure that everyone from your new mother-in-law to your third cousins and their camera-shy dates will come crawling out from behind the bar to throw their hands up in the air.
"Let's Get Married" by Bleachers
Putting aside all of my very positive fangirl feelings for the Antanoff siblings, you need this 80's nostalgic dance anthem jamming at your nuptials, the reason being (besides the obvious title of "Let's Get Married") the soft lyrics hiding beneath the blazing electropop - I don't wanna walk alone/so let's get married/cos we don't want to walk alone/or run away.
If I had a time machine, I'd hop on back to 2012 and dance with my husband to the MTV Unplugged version of this track (also streaming on Spotify) at our wedding. However, for two reasons this could not happen:
- Jack Antanoff was still playing around with F.U.N., so this song didn't exist.
- We didn't actually have a wedding.
So here's your chance to do all that I could never do.
"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers Featuring Coldplay
Look, I don't care what you or my brother say, this is a damn good song and in the context of a lifelong commitment it's even better—a song about that moment you give up on the smoke and mirrors of dating and recognize that love is a simple phenomenon:
I'm not looking for somebody/With some superhuman gifts/Some superhero/Some fairytale bliss/Just something I can turn to/Somebody I can kiss
Check out Alex Goot and Madilyn Bailey's beautiful stripped down version which is also streaming on Spotify if you're looking for a ballad to lead you down the aisle.
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"By Your Side" by Jacob Sartorius
I'm honestly not positive that this kid isn't still in high school, but just like Justin Biebs and the Jonas Brothers before him, he knows how to turn a slammin' sexy dance track. Or his producers do.
"More" by Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes' brand-spanking new track is about all of the ways you love someone more when they're being down-to-earth and self-unaware.
"What Lovers Do" by Maroon 5, Featuring SZA
When you see the flower girl starting to drag butt after no sustenance whatsoever save for three slices of wedding cake pop this song on wake that girl up (and also maybe bring her some croutons or a protein bar because being a flower girl is so much freaking work).
"Marry You" by Bruno Mars
It's in the title! This early 2010s classic is a no brainer to kick off the party.
"Up All Night" by Beck
Beck is super fun falsetto-ing his way through the flirty "Up All Night" And you're super fun too but if your mom has been telling you that you're not after all of this wedding planning then this is a prime track to prove her completely wrong (again)!
"Find the Love" by Mary J. Blige
Weddings are a good time to put stuff in perspective and Mary J. Blige's "Find the Love" is a solid anthem to push you forward both on the dance floor and this new phase of life.
"Strip That Down" by Liam Payne and Quavo
When I was eight, my sister got married and I danced mercilessly to Lou Bega's "Mambo Number 5" with spinning disco lights carrying my tiny feet across the dance floor. I have no idea why that song was played at every wedding that year since it's about a bunch of guys going out drinking and bragging about their one night stands, but it's the single memory I have of that night besides the anxiety of my mother struggling to pull my boyish bob into a bun and it is honestly in my top 20 memories including the birth of both of my children and adopting my cat, Meredith.
Anyway, "Strip That Down" is the 2017 version of Lou Bega's one-hit-wonder and you should probably blast it in case there's some little kid lingering late into the night who needs to add a mildly inappropriate dance floor memory to their brain stash.
"Symphony" by Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson
A dancey track about finally finding the one.
"Perfect" by Ed Sheeran
King of love ballads, Ed Sheeran sings about young love on a "perfect" track for high-school-sweethearts to slow dance to as their parents look on both half relieved and half bewildered.
"Only You" by Zara Larsson
"I don't wanna shower, even if I stink, because I don't want to wash you off."
That's the cleanest lyric in this song. Don't play it until grandma goes to bed for the night.
"Kiss You" by One Direction
Play this 2012 pop hit right after the bouquet toss. Those are still a thing, right?
"Young Hearts (Mushroom People Remix)" by NoMBe and Mushroom People
Ethereal techno for the lovesick.
"Till You're Loved" by Mr. Probz
Get down to the repetition of "You're nothing until you are loved" which is true and also not true but still makes for fantastic dance floor music as long as you can also accept the reality that the notion that is the entire hook of this song is really trite (but still really good..YKWIM?)
"Stay," "A Sunday Kind of Love," and "I Only Have Eyes for You" by Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men's new album of covers Under the Streetlight is brimming with nostalgic tracks like "Stay," "A Sunday Kind of Love," and "I Only Have Eyes for You."
"Say it First" by Sam Smith
Sam Smith is a generous creature to share his beautiful voice with us and it's never been more flawless than on "Say it First", a song about needing to hear those three little words.
"Still Into You" by Paramore
This 2013 classic is a superb track for high school sweethearts who've finally made it down the aisle.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2017 Kierstin Gunsberg
Ansel Pereira on March 17, 2018:
Loved the compilation of romantic songs for weddings. Great list.
Kierstin Gunsberg (author) from Traverse City, Michigan on December 15, 2017:
Thanks, Angel! I got married over five years ago but I'm still enjoying these tunes :)
Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on December 14, 2017:
Nice playlist :)