This Was the Top Wedding Song the Year You Were Born—Until Now!

Your wedding song: It's more than just a three-to-four minute track. The wedding song you choose[1] is an anthem for you and your partner, a number you'll remember for the rest of your life. Once you've walked down the aisle as a couple and made your way to the dance floor[2], you'll get ready to have your first dance, a pinnacle moment in your love story. You'll hear the song you chose on the radio years later and be instantly taken back to the moment you looked into your partner's eyes your first time as a married couple. You'll add it to your anniversary[3] playlist to remind you both of the day you exchanged vows. And whatever song you choose, it's perfect for you.

But each year, despite the countless classics that top the charts, there are a few select songs that truly make the cut as romantic masterpieces. Remember the first time you heard Aerosmith's "Don't Want to Miss a Thing"? You melted. Or how many times have you listened to Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight"? While every love story and every wedding is completely unique, there are just some songs that everyone loves and that became that year's most popular first-dance song.

Whether you actually used one of these hits as your first-dance song[4] or you slow-danced to it in junior high, we're sure you'll recognize (and love!) these romantic ballads. From Ed Sheeran's[5] "Perfect" to Etta James's "At Last," we rounded up the most popular wedding songs[6] from the top of the chart every year for the past 50+ years:

2017: "Perfect[7]" by Ed Sheeran

2016: "Love on the Brain[8]" by Rihanna

2015: "Sugar[9]" by Maroon 5

2014: "Thinking Out Loud[10]" by Ed Sheeran

2013: "All of Me[11]" by John Legend

2012: "Ho Hey[12]" by the Lumineers

2011: “A Thousand Years[13]” by Christina Perri

2010: "Just the Way You Are[14]" by Bruno Mars

2009: "Marry Me[15]" by Train

2008: "Lucky[16]" by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

2007: “Everything[17]” by Michael Bublé

2006: "For You I Will (Confidence)[18]" Teddy Geiger

2005: "First Day of My Life[19]" by Bright Eyes

2004: "Bless the Broken Road[20]" by Rascal Flatts

2003: "Crazy in Love[21]" by Beyoncé, featuring Jay Z

2002: "A Moment Like This[22]" by Kelly Clarkson

2001: "The Luckiest[23]" by Ben Folds

2000: "My Everything[24]" by 98 Degrees

1999: "Amazed[25]" by Lonestar

1998: "Don't Want to Miss a Thing[26]" by Aerosmith

1997: "I'll Be[27]" by Edwin McCain

1996: "Because You Loved Me[28]" by Celine Dion

1995: "Kiss From a Rose[29]" by Seal

1994: "Endless Love[30]" by Luther Vandross, featuring Mariah Carey

1993: "Have I Told You Lately[31]" by Rod Stewart

1992: "I Will Always Love You[32]" by Whitney Houston

1991: "Save the Best for Last[33]" by Vanessa Williams

1990: "More Than Words[34]" by Extreme

1989: "Have I Told You Lately[35]" by Van Morrison

1988: "Giving You the Best I Got[36]" by Anita Baker

1987: "(I've Had) the Time of My Life[37]" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warner

1986: "In Your Eyes[38]" by Peter Gabriel

1985: "Greatest Love of All[39]" by Whitney Houston

1984: "I Want to Know What Love Is[40]" by Foreigner

1983: "Stuck on You[41]" by Lionel Richie

1982: "Up Where We Belong[42]" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

1981: "Endless Love[43]" by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

1980: “The Biggest Part of Me[44]” by Ambrosia

1979: "Reunited[45]" by Peaches & Herb

1978: "Three Times a Lady[46]" by the Commodores

1977: "Wonderful Tonight[47]" by Eric Clapton

1976: "Always and Forever[48]" by Heatwave

1975: "This Will Be[49]" by Natalie Cole

1974: "You Are So Beautiful[50]" by Joe Cocker

1973: "Just You 'n' Me[51]" by Chicago

1972: "You Are the Sunshine of My Life[52]" by Stevie Wonder

1971: "Color My World[53]" by Chicago

1970: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered[54]" by Stevie Wonder

1969: "The First Time I Saw Your Face[55]" by Roberta Flack

1968: "You're All I Need to Get By[56]" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

1967: "Can't Take My Eyes Off You[57]" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

1966: "When a Man Loves a Woman[58]" by Percy Sledge

1965: "Unchained Melody[59]" by the Righteous Brothers

1964: "Be My Baby[60]" by the Ronettes

1963: "Do You Want to Know a Secret[61]" by the Beatles

1962: "Bring It on Home to Me[62]" by Sam Cooke

1961: "Can't Help Falling in Love[63]" by Elvis Presley

1960: "At Last[64]" by Etta James

See more: 100 Best Indie Wedding Songs[65]

References

  1. ^ wedding song you choose (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ dance floor (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ anniversary (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ first-dance song (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ Ed Sheeran's (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ most popular wedding songs (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ Perfect (www.youtube.com)
  8. ^ Love on the Brain (www.youtube.com)
  9. ^ Sugar (www.youtube.com)
  10. ^ Thinking Out Loud (www.youtube.com)
  11. ^ All of Me (www.youtube.com)
  12. ^ Ho Hey (www.youtube.com)
  13. ^ A Thousand Years (www.youtube.com)
  14. ^ Just the Way You Are (www.youtube.com)
  15. ^ Marry Me (www.youtube.com)
  16. ^ Lucky (www.youtube.com)
  17. ^ Everything (www.youtube.com)
  18. ^ For You I Will (Confidence) (www.youtube.com)
  19. ^ First Day of My Life (www.youtube.com)
  20. ^ Bless the Broken Road (www.youtube.com)
  21. ^ Crazy in Love (www.youtube.com)
  22. ^ A Moment Like This (www.youtube.com)
  23. ^ The Luckiest (www.youtube.com)
  24. ^ My Everything (www.youtube.com)
  25. ^ Amazed (www.youtube.com)
  26. ^ Don't Want to Miss a Thing (www.youtube.com)
  27. ^ I'll Be (www.youtube.com)
  28. ^ Because You Loved Me (www.youtube.com)
  29. ^ Kiss From a Rose (www.youtube.com)
  30. ^ Endless Love (www.youtube.com)
  31. ^ Have I Told You Lately (www.youtube.com)
  32. ^ I Will Always Love You (www.youtube.com)
  33. ^ Save the Best for Last (www.youtube.com)
  34. ^ More Than Words (www.youtube.com)
  35. ^ Have I Told You Lately (www.youtube.com)
  36. ^ Giving You the Best I Got (www.youtube.com)
  37. ^ (I've Had) the Time of My Life (www.youtube.com)
  38. ^ In Your Eyes (www.youtube.com)
  39. ^ Greatest Love of All (www.youtube.com)
  40. ^ I Want to Know What Love Is (www.youtube.com)
  41. ^ Stuck on You (www.youtube.com)
  42. ^ Up Where We Belong (www.youtube.com)
  43. ^ Endless Love (www.youtube.com)
  44. ^ The Biggest Part of Me (www.youtube.com)
  45. ^ Reunited (www.youtube.com)
  46. ^ Three Times a Lady (www.youtube.com)
  47. ^ Wonderful Tonight (www.youtube.com)
  48. ^ Always and Forever (www.youtube.com)
  49. ^ This Will Be (www.youtube.com)
  50. ^ You Are So Beautiful (www.youtube.com)
  51. ^ Just You 'n' Me (www.youtube.com)
  52. ^ You Are the Sunshine of My Life (www.youtube.com)
  53. ^ Color My World (www.youtube.com)
  54. ^ Signed, Sealed, Delivered (www.youtube.com)
  55. ^ The First Time I Saw Your Face (www.youtube.com)
  56. ^ You're All I Need to Get By (www.youtube.com)
  57. ^ Can't Take My Eyes Off You (www.youtube.com)
  58. ^ When a Man Loves a Woman (www.youtube.com)
  59. ^ Unchained Melody (www.youtube.com)
  60. ^ Be My Baby (www.youtube.com)
  61. ^ Do You Want to Know a Secret (www.youtube.com)
  62. ^ Bring It on Home to Me (www.youtube.com)
  63. ^ Can't Help Falling in Love (www.youtube.com)
  64. ^ At Last (www.youtube.com)
  65. ^ 100 Best Indie Wedding Songs (www.brides.com)