The 100 Best Wedding Songs from the Past 100 Years

A lot has changed in the last 100 years—and that includes the types of tunes available for the first dance. See how love songs have evolved from 1915 to today, and get inspiration for your own wedding music.

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Photography by: Catherine Mead

What love song was popular the year your parents got married? Your grandparents? What about the year(s) you and your fiancé were born? We scoured's Top 100 Song Charts from 1915 to 2015, selecting one romantic melody per year. The result? An ultimate wedding playlist of golden oldies, classics in the making, and yes, a few that fell in between. (Let's just say some years could've used a bit more love.) 

2015: "Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran 

2014: "All of Me," John Legend

2013: "Mirrors," Justin Timberlake 

2012: "Home," Phillip Phillips  


2011: "A Thousand Years," Christina Perri 

2010: "Just the Way You Are," Bruno Mars 

2009: "Lucky," Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz  

2008: "I'm Yours," Jason Mraz 

"No One," Alicia Keys 

2006: "Chasing Cars," Snow Patrol 

2005: "You're Beautiful," James Blunt 

2004: "If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys


2003: "Crazy in Love," Beyonce featuring JAY Z

2002: "Moment Like This," Kelly Clarkson 

2001: "Fallin'," Alicia Keys 

2000: "Breathe," Faith Hill

1999: "Kiss Me," Sixpence None the Richer

1998: "Truly Madly Deeply," Savage Garden 

1997: "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," Elton John 

"Because You Loved Me," Celine Dion

1995: "Fantasy," Mariah Carey 

1994: "I Swear," All-4-One 

1993: "Have I Told You Lately," Rod Stewart

1992: "Save the Best for Last," Vanessa Williams 

"Everything I Do, I Do it For You," Bryan Adams 

1990: "Nothing Compares 2 U," Sinead O'Connor 

1989: "Eternal Flame," The Bangles

1988: "A Groovy Kind of Love," Phil Collins


1987: "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," Whitney Houston

1986: "Take My Breath Away," Berlin 

1985: "Say You Say Me," Lionel Richie 

1984: "Time After Time," Cyndi Lauper 


1983: "Islands in the Stream," Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers

1982: "I Will Always Love You," Dolly Parton 

1981: "Endless Love," Diana Ross, Lionel Richie 

1980: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," Queen

1979: "September," Earth, Wind and Fire 


1978: "Wonderful Tonight," Eric Clapton

1977: "You Light Up My Life," Debbie Boone 

1976: "Silly Love Songs," Wings 

1975: "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," Barry White 

1974: "Annie's Song," John Denver 

1973: "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," Stevie Wonder 


1972: "Let's Stay Together," Al Green

1971: "Your Song," Elton John 

1970: "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon & Garfunkel 

1969: "Something," The Beatles 

1968: "Love is All Around," The Troggs

1967: "All You Need is Love," The Beatles



1966: "When a Man Loves a Woman," Percy Sledge

1965: "Unchained Melody," The Righteous Brothers 

1964: "I Want to Hold Your Hand," The Beatles 

1963: "Hey Paula," Paul and Paula

"Can't Help Falling in Love," Elvis Presley

1961: "Stand By Me," Ben E King 

1960: "Wonderful World," Sam Cooke 

1959: "I Only Have Eyes for You," The Flamingos 

"All I Have to Do is Dream," The Everly Brothers

1957: "You Send Me," Sam Cooke 

1956: "Love Me Tender," Elvis Presley 

1955: "Only You (And You Alone)," The Platters 

1954: "Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream)," The Crew-Cuts 

1953: "That's Amore," Dean Martin

1952: "You Belong to Me," Jo Stafford


1951: "Unforgettable," Nat King Cole

1950: "Sentimental Me," The Ames Brothers 

1949: "A Little Bird Told Me," Evelyn Knight & The Stardusters

1948: "It's Magic," Doris Day 

1947: "Near You," Francis Craig 

1946: "To Each His Own," The Ink Spots

1945: "Till the End of Time," Perry Como

"I'll Be Seeing You," Bing Crosby 

1943: "I've Heard That Song Before," Harry James, Helen Forrest 

1942: "Happy in Love," Glenn Miller 

1941: "You and I," Glenn Miller 

1940: "In the Mood," Glenn Miller 

1939: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," Judy Garland 

1938: "Heart and Soul," Bea Wein, Larry Clinton 

1937: "Sweet Leilani," Bing Crosby 

1936: "The Way You Look Tonight," Fred Astaire 

"Cheek to Cheek," Fred Astaire

1934: "The Very Thought of You," Ray Noble Orchestra 

1933: "Love is the Sweetest Thing," Al Bowlly, Ray Noble Orchestra

1932: "Night and Day," Fred Astaire and Leo Reisman 

1931: "Dream a Little Dream of Me," Wayne King 

1930: "Three Little Words," Duke Ellington 

1929: "When You're Smiling," Louis Armstrong 

"I Wanna Be Loved By You," Helen Kane

1927: "My Blue Heaven," Gene Austin 

1926: "Always," George Olsen Orchestra 

1925: "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," Blossom Seeley 

"It Had to Be You," Isham Jones and Orchestra

1923: "I Love You," Paul Whiteman

1922: "Song of Love," Lucy Isabelle Marsh, Royal Dadmun 

1921: "Sweet Lady," Frank Crumit  

1920: "When My Baby Smiles at Me," Ted Lewis and Orchestra 

1919: "When You Look in the Heart of a Rose," John McCormack 

1918: "Till We Meet Again," Henry Burr and Albert Campbell 


1917: "For Me & My Gal," Van & Schenck

1916: "The Sunshine of Your Smile," John McCormack

1915: "They Didn't Believe Me," Harry MacDonough and Gladys Rice


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