Whether you’re getting hitched this month or are just beginning to think about the big day, it’s never too early to plan out the perfect wedding playlist. Reservoir’s got you covered! We’ve put together our favorite first-dance tunes and party tracks sure to keep your guests on the dance floor all night long.
First Dance songs
Keith Urban – “Your Everything”
This swoon-worthy 1999 cut from the Reservoir catalog, which features Keith Urban crooning lines like, “I want to be more than just your man” and “I want to be your everything” are key ingredients that make this romantic, country classic the perfect, traditional first-dance moment.
Train – “Marry Me”
The title of this 2010 track says it all. Pat Monahan’s angelic vocals and passionate lyrics, professing his love when singing, “marry me, today and every day,” emphasize that marriage is all about everlasting love. The song, featured on Train’s fifth studio album, Save Me, San Francisco, was RIAA certified-Platinum less than three months after release, no doubt because of all the weddings it was played at!
Ben’s Brother – “Honeybee”
A recent Ben’s Brother release, “Honeybee” is uplifting, contemporary and lighthearted. Reservoir/Reverb writer Jamie Hartman, who both wrote and recorded the track with his band, has described the song as soulful and positive. With lyrics like “I will follow you, wherever you lead” this song is guaranteed to start a marriage off on the right foot.
Mario – “Let Me Love You”
An unconventional choice for a first dance song but certainly a great one! The cut, co-written by Reservoir’s Scott Storch, features sexy and memorable lyrics like “let me be the one to, give me everything you want and need,” that will definitely have your guests singing along!
Casey Abrams – “Midnight Girl”
If your love blossomed in the city that never sleeps, this Casey Abrams tune co-written by Jamie Hartman, is the one for you. The heartfelt song details two people meeting for the first time in New York City.
Lonestar – “Amazed”
Lonestar’s “Amazed,” is a traditional country classic sure to create a meaningful moment for you and new spouse. Uplifting, romantic and genuine, the single conveys the intimacy and the bond between two people. As the second single off the 1999 album Lonely Grill, “Amazed” charted on the Billboard Hot 100 the same year, so your guests will definitely recognize the lyrics and have a fun time singing along with you while you take to the dance floor for the first time.
Ella Fitzgerald – “Day Dream”
The Jazz Queen herself released this track back in 1957 with the Duke Ellington Orchestra on Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book. Co-written by Billy Strayhorn, the song combines Fitzgerald’s deep, soulful voice, a saxophone instrumental and traditional lyrics to create a picturesque moment for a slow dance.
Conrad Sewell – “Remind Me”
Another Jamie Hartman cut, Conrad Sewell’s “Remind Me,” channels intense memories and intimate moments between two people. The Australian singer croons lyrics like “you will always find me,” to emphasize how love guides us – a value relatable to any relationship. Combined with a beautiful, acoustic melody, the 2016 single will give you chills, making it perfect for your special day.
The Delfonics – “La La Means I Love You”
Looking for a popular older classic for your special moment? The Delfonics’ “La La Means I Love You” charted at number four on US Billboard Pop Charts and number 2 on R&B charts in 1968 upon its release. This Wilber Hart co-write utilizes perfect harmonies to confess love for a partner accompanied by beautiful strings in the background; the track is fitting for an intimate first dance.
Kelvin Jones – “Call You Home”
This viral single and music video from British singer-songwriter Kelvin Jones highlights the out-of-this-world feeling of new love. With plucky guitar chords and lyrics like “you’re the brighter side of things, you’re the lighter side of life, and all the joy that you bring is why I need you in my life,” the song’s sweetness is lighthearted and fun.
Cobra Starship – “You Make Me Feel”
With lyrics like “what I’ve been dreaming of,” this 2011 chart-topper literally details a love for music, dancing and being happy. Written by Reservoir/Reverb Music’s Ina Wroldsen, the feel-good, fast-paced dance anthem was the lead single off of Cobra Starship’s album Night Shades and peaked at number 23 on US Pop songs chart.
Justin Timberlake – “SexyBack”
Calling all the ladies! This Justin Timberlake 2006 throwback track, co-written by Reservoir’s Danja, was featured on the singer and actor’s second studio album, Future Sex/Love Sounds and was certified three-time platinum by the RIAA. Your guests will be singing these familiar lyrics along with Justin, making this the ultimate dance-throwback song.
Andy Grammer – “Forever”
Grammer’s 2014 adorable, feel-good jam details a realistic, day-to-day relationship, singing “you take forever [to get ready] but you’re always worth waiting for.” Written with Reservoir writer Jamie Hartman, Grammer’s massive range and slower piano tune make “Forever” perfect for the dinner hour.
Joe Cang – “Make Love”
Reservoir artist and writer, Joe Cang sings this jazzy 2010 track with scats abound! The funky beat makes it perfect for a slow dance. Listeners can hear piano stylings and Cang’s mature sound but most of all, older guests will be nostalgic for the 60s throwback vibe that the song presents.
Clean Bandit – “Symphony” feat. Zara Larsson
Ina Wroldsen pens another beautiful and upbeat love anthem with this 2017 hit, eloquently using music as a metaphor for a relationship. Clean Bandit’s electric strings and Larsson’s stunning vocals combine to make this the perfect celebratory track on your special night.
Usher – “Yeah!”
According to Billboard, Usher’s 2004 hit is one of the most popular wedding party songs of all time. The entire crowd will certainly recognize the R&B RIAA certified Platinum classic. The track topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12 weeks straight. Talk about a popular hit to get the party going!
Nadia Gatta – “Someone Like You”
Lifted House artist Nadia Gatta’s house music hit is sure to get couples to the dance floor! With lyrics like “I want you to stay” and “I won’t let you fade away,” the Danish singer’s 2014 tune is sure to have all your guests looking for someone like you.
Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
This Calvin Harris & Disciples hit is also an Ina Wroldsen smash, as she both co-wrote and sings on the track. Produced by Harris himself in 2015, the song’s electric beat is perfect for bringing younger guests to the dance floor who will most definitely recognize the track’s catchy lyrics.
Ginuwine – “Pony”
You may remember this hit from the 2012 blockbuster Magic Mike, but the Ginuwine single actually peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1996 when it was released as a single off of his first album, Ginuwine…The Bachelor. As seen in the film, this is the ultimate track to get the single women to the dance floor and the perfect tune for the time-old tradition of removing the bride’s garter!
Jess Glynne – “Hold My Hand”
Co-Written by Reservoir/Reverb Music writer Ina Wroldson, this 2015 chart-topper off of Glynne’s debut album, I Cry When I Laugh, has a knack for bringing people together, as evidenced by 2015’s Coca-Cola campaign. Glynne’s first solo single to hit the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the lively melody and uplifting lyrics are the perfect way to bring guests from both sides of the wedding aisle together and keep the celebration going.