wedding prelude music

Wedding Prelude Music [Songs + Playlists]

Last updated October 15, 2020

While the guests start perusing the ceremony site and finding their seats, you will want a bit of background music playing. Prelude tunes are a means to set the mood, help create a beautiful atmosphere, enhance the ethos, and it’s also a chance to show off some of your personal tastes as well. Today’s list of songs showcases some of the best wedding prelude songs. And the mix is versatile!

From traditional, orchestral arrangements to more contemporary artists, there’s something in here that will work for any couple and any kind of wedding.

Enter Song Name Enter Year Enter Artist Notes Decade Post URL YouTube URL iTunes URL Spotify URL Song Name Artist Year YouTube iTunes Spotify
Best Day of My Life 2.014 American Authors https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2010s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=BeOa6kRA6aw&list=RDAMVMBeOa6kRA6aw https://music.apple.com/us/album/oh-what-a-life/1440851059?i=1440851075&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/08QA1LIBYfgH1j3yfnjY1O?highlight=spotify:track:0Dho96aJIZ5LJZXyPllbWA Best Day of My Life American Authors 2014 YouTube iTunes Spotify
You Are the Best Thing 2.008 Ray LaMontange https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=kuifvM_1N-4 https://music.apple.com/us/album/gossip-in-the-grain/311130634?i=311130635&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/2CbLBSlkvh2vR4JRLDRQso?highlight=spotify:track:1jyddn36UN4tVsJGtaJfem You Are the Best Thing Ray LaMontange 2008 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Beautiful Day 2.000 U2 https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=V1j_MA3daLI https://music.apple.com/us/album/all-that-you-cant-leave-behind/1443100430?i=1443100723&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/5l4oTfhfAVLN6e5xRQmANX?highlight=spotify:track:1xJNMedvvag7rYBvmNV2WD Beautiful Day U2 2000 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Here Comes the Sun 1.969 The Beatles https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/60s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=xUNqsfFUwhY https://music.apple.com/us/album/abbey-road-remastered/1441164426?i=1441164589&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/0ETFjACtuP2ADo6LFhL6HN?highlight=spotify:track:6dGnYIeXmHdcikdzNNDMm2 Here Comes the Sun The Beatles 1969 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Dog Days Are Over 2.008 Florence & the Machine https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=xQDIuL2rH4k https://music.apple.com/us/album/apple-music-festival-london-2015/1442206590?i=1442207231&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/track/76vfm1VfdhG8LUqtd4ODD0?autoplay=true Dog Days Are Over Florence & the Machine 2008 YouTube iTunes Spotify
I Choose You 2.013 Sara Barreilles https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2010s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=iQz9P6ZNdWg https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-blessed-unrest/1440504715?i=1440505355&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/7lpbyGc4fHsQkBTsfWVBhp?highlight=spotify:track:7jJH8F3PHlNvxfqEAAfFDl I Choose You Sara Barreilles 2013 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Better Together 2.005 Jack Johnson https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=RSsTx2TBrww https://music.apple.com/us/album/in-between-dreams-bonus-track-version/1440857781?i=1440857786&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/2B9q4KPjOEYu885Keo9dfX?highlight=spotify:track:61FfTuXDhEVjrU5RmtGOa9 Better Together Jack Johnson 2005 YouTube iTunes Spotify
The Way You Make Me Feel 1.987 Michael Jackson https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/80s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=T3FG_YQOW5k https://music.apple.com/us/album/bad/559334659?i=559334752&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/3OBhnTLrvkoEEETjFA3Qfk?highlight=spotify:track:541jTq3SOEELKvcfA0jHI0 The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson 1987 YouTube iTunes Spotify
God Only Knows 1.966 The Beach Boys https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/60s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=4i8wLMwOfgo https://music.apple.com/us/album/god-only-knows-performance-track-ep/1479626645?i=1479626648&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/5eDLHSsctG7CccVeYSTLeh?highlight=spotify:track:4ElNxglBjcrASiGn58t9Jm God Only Knows The Beach Boys 1966 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Everything 2.007 Michael Buble https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=8XYEZwikYSw https://music.apple.com/us/album/call-me-irresponsible/668403779?i=668403788&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/3h4pyWRJIB9ZyRKXChbX22?highlight=spotify:track:4T6HLdP6OcAtqC6tGnQelG Everything Michael Buble 2007 YouTube iTunes Spotify
For One In My Life 1.968 Stevie Wonder https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/60s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=l3qi3E40aWE&list=RDAMVMl3qi3E40aWE https://music.apple.com/us/album/for-once-in-my-life/1442836193?i=933020052&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/3pPBbp1Nl9n1AM9xFpdKtZ?highlight=spotify:track:4kP69y3GKHi9tXckfgp4bK For One In My Life Stevie Wonder 1968 YouTube iTunes Spotify
I'm A Believer 2.001 Smash Mouth https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=xCP7bCJxxm8 https://music.apple.com/us/album/smash-mouth/1443607745?i=1443609011&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/7KZkFAtkse1rKL9HdFTCuh?highlight=spotify:track:0C9jZPUv4SuaXkuEQw6L40 I'm A Believer Smash Mouth 2001 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Ain't That A Kick in the Head 1.960 Dean Martin https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/60s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=K7jgZTDLeIs https://music.apple.com/us/album/memories-are-made-of-this/253153069?i=253153083&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/5RG9FIZPQ1e3A9WTuy7XYn?highlight=spotify:track:7D2jhjVZsU4NXO8HxVG3aA Ain't That A Kick in the Head Dean Martin 1960 YouTube iTunes Spotify
I Got You Babe 1.965 Sonny & Cher https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/60s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=r3BWaRkJ58M https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-got-you-babe/1477955463?i=1477955471&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/1Fq9UXS6HpZ1734bDrZBtP?highlight=spotify:track:6tMjtHEBwMkxslhOe9SHE8 I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher 1965 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Unconditionally 2.013 Katy Perry https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2010s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=kWKoOlksycA https://music.apple.com/us/album/prism-deluxe-version/1440818542?i=1440819164&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/3jB9yFDwRe3KhtGnHXJntk?highlight=spotify:track:009ImBOrIUlWgla8U05RAC Unconditionally Katy Perry 2013 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Someday 2.001 The Strokes https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=eArVJFjd6S0 https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-complete-collection/616296214?i=616296227&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/2yNaksHgeMQM9Quse463b5?highlight=spotify:track:56NkIxSZZiMpFP5ZNSxtnT Someday The Strokes 2001 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Happy 2.013 Pharrell Williams https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2010s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=dJqxQzxLbHM&list=RDAMVMdJqxQzxLbHM https://music.apple.com/us/album/happy-live-single/915102914?i=915102924&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/track/60nZcImufyMA1MKQY3dcCH?autoplay=true Happy Pharrell Williams 2013 YouTube iTunes Spotify
ABC 1.970 Jackson 5 https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/70s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Ph9Tc8tUw https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-ultimate-collection/1440912101?i=1440912109&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/2tukc7pH4qTuXcfaHjLIBc?highlight=spotify:track:6D8kc7RO0rqBLSo2YPflJ5 ABC Jackson 5 1970 YouTube iTunes Spotify
You're My Best Friend 1.976 Queen https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/70s-wedding-music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upoNK5_GDsA https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-platinum-collection-greatest-hits-i-ii-iii/1440650428?i=1440650731&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/75eP8LZolyNBpqIRyB5pvB?highlight=spotify:track:0s0Ch74Y6Tfe11kUjIxiws You're My Best Friend Queen 1976 YouTube iTunes Spotify
What A Wonderful World 1.967 Louis Armstrong https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/60s-wedding-music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWzrABouyeE https://music.apple.com/us/album/what-a-wonderful-world/1440787250?i=522940169&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/6mmv0gwumlFGWDGJXF4yEv What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong 1967 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Livin' On A Prayer 1.986 Bon Jovi https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/80s-wedding-music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDK9QqIzhwk https://music.apple.com/us/album/cross-road/1423284802?i=1423285047&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/0kBfgEilUFCMIQY5IOjG4t?highlight=spotify:track:37ZJ0p5Jm13JPevGcx4SkF Livin' On A Prayer Bon Jovi 1986 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Faster 2.011 Matt Nathanson https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2010s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHEF3I_4jYE https://music.apple.com/us/album/modern-love/712174193?i=712174273&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/track/0OrJ2cLabsF7UU8ps0h1T1?autoplay=true Faster Matt Nathanson 2011 YouTube iTunes Spotify
This Kiss 1.998 Faith Hill https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/90s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=F1JMH70M32Q https://music.apple.com/us/album/faith/331699198?i=331699410&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/2lKDDrmx5aqyBRkho5ljn5?highlight=spotify:track:5EYWGM3Ns3iYew8ws0FatB This Kiss Faith Hill 1998 YouTube iTunes Spotify
How Sweet It Is 1.975 James Taylor https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/70s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh__udyczFM&list=RDAMVMWh__udyczFM https://music.apple.com/us/album/greatest-hits-vol-1/320083830?i=320084024&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/2L4U4JjEADYaVltkvDrkCC?highlight=spotify:track:6EuudaFtwibd4tzcWjonb2 How Sweet It Is James Taylor 1975 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Would You Go With Me 2.006 Josh Turner https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=i21GHAW3AAU https://music.apple.com/us/album/best-of-josh-turner/1440739084?i=1440739089&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/5NATaOfEAcyQFATqWZRKLO?highlight=spotify:track:1KhrAWvLIjRlQIJtSTgvsi Would You Go With Me Josh Turner 2006 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Sugar 2.015 Maroon 5 https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2010s-wedding-music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09R8_2nJtjg https://music.apple.com/us/album/sugar-deluxe-single-single/1445309662?i=1445309670&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/0rlOhfkHY0aBH1zFMFtycv?highlight=spotify:track:25bHAK7tGRhr0ar16LH02Z Sugar Maroon 5 2015 YouTube iTunes Spotify
I'm Into Something Good 2.009 The Bird and The Bee https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=HuEMKadKsCk https://music.apple.com/us/album/im-into-something-good-single/716078610?i=716079008&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/15plnp27AE80zTllaZ0haO?highlight=spotify:track:2ZxvkASpr7CxR0XxB0PZnU I'm Into Something Good The Bird and The Bee 2009 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Happy Together 1.967 The Turtles https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/60s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=BqZ6sRHpWIk&list=RDAMVMBqZ6sRHpWIk https://music.apple.com/us/album/happy-together/79087172?i=79087150&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/2pMxs38Y5A0mmHrcu3twvB?highlight=spotify:track:1JO1xLtVc8mWhIoE3YaCL0 Happy Together The Turtles 1967 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Safe & Sound 2.013 Capital Cities https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2010s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=njvA03rMHx4&list=RDAMVMnjvA03rMHx4 https://music.apple.com/us/album/in-a-tidal-wave-of-mystery-deluxe-edition/1440858619?i=1440858629&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/3WrufJir7I61NkvkDwxero?highlight=spotify:track:6Z8R6UsFuGXGtiIxiD8ISb Safe & Sound Capital Cities 2013 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Love Story 2.008 Taylor Swift https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=k-ayMgEpDB4&list=RDAMVMk-ayMgEpDB4 https://music.apple.com/us/album/fearless/1440924803?i=295757188&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/28Nq4AiAa0BW54KGWYFxot Love Story Taylor Swift 2008 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Forever and Ever, Amen 1.987 Randy Travis https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/80s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=gi6XwsR2hIY&list=RDAMVMgi6XwsR2hIY https://music.apple.com/us/album/always-forever/308611071?i=308611199&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/28ZWOeiZ8l4Uydl3hZjvgv?highlight=spotify:track:1ipcb9qXpSHWhSUvdxJhsx Forever and Ever, Amen Randy Travis 1987 YouTube iTunes Spotify
I Was Born To Love You 1.985 Freddie Mercury https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/80s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=S050VrFyq0U&list=RDAMVMS050VrFyq0U https://music.apple.com/us/album/lover-of-life-singer-of-songs-the-very-best-of-freddie/1422843827?i=1422844251&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/5rUIVycCFrc3JmKRuL8JIf?highlight=spotify:track:6EF9h8oMckapErRYmLmmDT I Was Born To Love You Freddie Mercury 1985 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Wedding Day 2.001 Bee Gees https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=xlaiz1OAtUo&list=RDAMVMxlaiz1OAtUo https://music.apple.com/us/album/this-is-where-i-came-in/1444188958?i=1444189581&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1oxOP5F0wF4RQT9jniXasV Wedding Day Bee Gees 2001 YouTube iTunes Spotify
She Is Love 2.002 Oasis https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=jgdqfH3R5EY&list=RDAMVMjgdqfH3R5EY https://music.apple.com/us/album/heathen-chemistry/849939916?i=849939978&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/7odHkNOrZmR0YqNWQ3acEm?highlight=spotify:track:4NR19aBdUN2yLqJymMsjUB She Is Love Oasis 2002 YouTube iTunes Spotify
No One 2.007 Alicia Keys https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=7AOgj5hg1rA&list=RDAMVM7AOgj5hg1rA https://music.apple.com/us/album/no-one-ep/273048053?i=273048082&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/4KqjZzova9dnAFaZBJFANP?highlight=spotify:track:3IjASFcURLIHXa3In4slIf No One Alicia Keys 2007 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Sky Full of Stars 2.014 Coldplay https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2010s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=KWuyx6yZ21U&list=RDAMVMKWuyx6yZ21U https://music.apple.com/us/album/ghost-stories/829909653?i=829910927&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/2G4AUqfwxcV1UdQjm2ouYr?highlight=spotify:track:0FDzzruyVECATHXKHFs9eJ Sky Full of Stars Coldplay 2014 YouTube iTunes Spotify
I'm Yours 2.008 Jason Mraz https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=q1L-b-_s_q4 https://music.apple.com/us/album/yours-truly-the-im-yours-collection-ep/322027635?i=322027767&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/04G0YylSjvDQZrjOfE5jA5?highlight=spotify:track:1EzrEOXmMH3G43AXT1y7pA I'm Yours Jason Mraz 2008 YouTube iTunes Spotify
The Way I Am 2.007 Ingrid Michaelson https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2000s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=BqEbCAJcXVY https://music.apple.com/us/album/live-session-itunes-exclusive-ep/304173780?i=304173797&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/5S6f5k6au5uJpGhhQ0wgBw?highlight=spotify:track:43ddJFnP8m3PzNJXiHuiyJ The Way I Am Ingrid Michaelson 2007 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Dancing in the Moonlight 1.973 Toploader https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/70s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=0eHBLHVHjWg https://music.apple.com/us/album/dancing-in-the-moonlight/208819125?i=208819580&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/2W5SVDEBlGqHYqt5sa9PnA?highlight=spotify:track:0q21FNwES2bbtcduB6kjEU Dancing in the Moonlight Toploader 1973 YouTube iTunes Spotify
Another Love Song 2.017 Ne-Yo https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/2010s-wedding-music https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=hnaaJntBy7c https://music.apple.com/us/album/another-love-song-single/1445023679?i=1445023814&ign-gact=3&ls=1 https://open.spotify.com/album/0vweWZUAGRHCe2CZGSyEJs?highlight=spotify:track:2QnE0PBovkTW5PpCgvgiu8 Another Love Song Ne-Yo 2017 YouTube iTunes Spotify

Common Questions About the Wedding Prelude

How many songs do you need for the wedding prelude?

The time varies based on how you’ve planned your ceremony, the pace of guests arriving, and so on. Having 30-45 minutes of music prepared will ensure that you’ve got enough tunes for the times!