Songs of Love: Top 50 Ceremonial Processional Songs of 2016

You may have picked the dress. You may have booked the venue. You may even know what people will eat at the reception. However, when you walk down the aisle, do you know what music will be playing? If not, then you need to peruse our list of the top 50 ceremonial processional songs of 2016.

What Are Wedding Processional Songs?

The processional is the entrance of the bridal party during the wedding ceremony. The nature of the processional can vary substantially. In some cases, the processional is extended with family members, flower girls and groomsmen. Smaller weddings may simply feature the bridesmaids. The culmination of the processional, however, is always the same. It ends with the appearance of the bride. The music that plays during the processional adds interest to the ceremony, setting the tone for the wedding.

Choosing Processional Songs

Ceremonial processional songs are a reflection of the couple’s personal tastes and the overall theme of the wedding. When thinking about wedding processional songs, consider the musicality of each piece. Is it slow? Does it have a strong beat? Are there lyrics? You should pick a song that represents your personality as a couple.

Current Song Trends

Processional choices are as varied as couples themselves! There are newer pieces from artists like John Legend and Adele, but classic favorites from the Beatles and Elvis Presley are also on the list. Some choices are thematically on the nose like Train’s “Marry Me” or “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. Christina Perri’s ballad “A Thousand Years” earned the second spot this year thanks to its breathy style and lyrical content.

You can go country with Rascal Flatts, or you can infuse the ceremony with a bit of hip hop with “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Even though the Beatles are oldies, their music still resonates. Three songs from the iconic group are on the list this year. John Legend, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat also made out well with two songs in the top 50 a piece.

Top 50 Most Popular Wedding Processional Songs of 2016

  1. Marry Me by Train
  2. A Thousand Years by Christina Perry
  3. Canon in D by The O’Neill Brothers
  4. Somewhere Over The Rainbow & What A Wonderful World By Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
  5. All of Me by John Legend
  6. Marry You by Bruno Mars
  7. All You Need Is Love by The Beatles
  8. I Do by Colbi Callait
  9. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
  10. Make You Feel My Love by Adele
  11. Ho Hey by The Lumineers
  12. Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve
  13. I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
  14. First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes
  15. Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
  16. Best Day Of My Life by American Authors
  17. Everything by Michael Buble
  18. Chapel of Love by Dixie Cups
  19. So High by John Legend
  20. You & Me by Dave Matthews Band
  21. Hey Pretty Girl by Kip Moore
  22. Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Callat
  23. Here Comes The Sun by THe Beatles
  24. Angel Eyes by Jim Brickman
  25. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
  26. Me And You by Kenny Chesney
  27. Only Time by Enya
  28. The Luckiest by Ben Folds
  29. Come To Me by The Goo Goo Dolls
  30. Better Together by Jack Johnson
  31. Happy by Pharrell Williams
  32. The Prayer by Celine Dion and Andrea Boccelli
  33. How Long Will I Love You (Bonus Track) by Ellie Goulding
  34. At Last by Etta James
  35. Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
  36. When You Say Nothing At All by Alison Krauss & Union Station
  37. Just Breathe by Pearl Jam
  38. Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
  39. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
  40. Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  41. Hoppipolla by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  42. Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap
  43. Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood
  44. Making Memories Of Us by Keith Urban
  45. Everything I Do, I Do For You by Bryan Adams
  46. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
  47. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
  48. Blackbird by The Beatles
  49. Beautiful Day by U2
  50. Love You Madly by Cake


How the Analysis Works

This list was meticulously compiled by going through a database of 250+ wedding playlists created by couples with the help of professional wedding DJs. Then, after looking through all the songs, we ranked each one by how often it was chosen to be part of the processional. The top 50 choices are featured to make choosing processional songs easy.

About the Author
George Wainwright has been a DJ since 1988 and is the owner of Coastal DJ & Video, a team of DJs, MCs, and videographers serving pretty much all of NC. His music favorites include Beach Classics, Old School, Disco, Top 40, and Club.

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