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Summer, summer, summertime! Music plays a crucial role in every wedding, helping to set a mood and transition between portions of the evening-and it can go miles to give your summer wedding that breezy, warm-weather vibe you've been envisioning. Just put these 38 best wedding songs for a summer wedding on your "must-play" list, and you'll be one step closer to the perfect summertime celebration!
Whether you've got a killer DJ or a live band that does the very best covers, putting together a mood-creating playlist is a big part of turning your wedding into an immersive and memorable experience. And these best wedding songs will instantly take guests back to beach days and warm, sultry summer nights. Cue 'em up!
We asked wedding entertainment pros from around the country to share the tunes they're excited to play throughout summer wedding season.
38 Best Wedding Songs for Your Summer Weddings
ВЂњSitting On the Dock of the BayвЂќ by Otis Redding
вЂњI love playing oldies during cocktail hour and dinner,вЂќ says DJ Cat Shell of Г‰lan Artists. вЂњThis is a great old standard that has a laid-back vibe and is instantly recognized by guests.вЂќ She also loves вЂњCruisin'вЂќ by Smokey Robinson and вЂњSummertimeвЂќ by Ella Fitzgerald.
ВЂњKokomoвЂќ by The Beach Boys
вЂњThis is a great sing-along favorite with a beachy feeling, perfect for a wedding near the water,вЂќ DJ Cat Shell explains. Another favorite? вЂњRed Red WineвЂќ by ub40.
ВЂњSummertimeвЂќ by DJ Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince
Of course this is a summer classic! вЂњThis instantly puts me in that BBQ hangout mode,вЂќ says DJ Cat Shell.
ВЂњStir it UpвЂќ by Bob Marley
A summer wedding wouldn't be complete without a little reggae, whether it's during cocktail hour or as a slower choice for the dance floor. As DJ Cat Shell notes, вЂњThis gives me the summer feels!вЂќ
ВЂњFeel It StillвЂќ by Portugal. The Man
вЂњThis song is just so catchy,вЂќ says Dana Wield, co-owner of Mannequin the Band. вЂњIt is chill enough for summer, but also brings party vibes.вЂќ
ВЂњThis Is How We Do ItвЂќ by Montell Jordan
Classic throwback alert! вЂњGuests can't help but move and sing along to this one,вЂќ says Wield.
ВЂњI Like ItвЂќ by Cardi B
Looking for the perfect song for a flashmob? This is it. вЂњAdding the choreography in with this one takes it to the next level,вЂќ explains Wield. вЂњAnything with a Latin beat is so hot right now!вЂќ
ВЂњBeyondвЂќ by Leon Bridges
For a moment of romance, look to a Motown sound. вЂњThe lyrics and groove of this song are so romantic, and it combines contemporary music with a retro feeling. Perfect for a first dance!вЂќ Wield describes.
ВЂњParty in the USAвЂќ by Miley Cyrus
вЂњThis summer anthem isn't going anywhere,вЂќ says Nick Bryant, manager of The Atlanta Wedding Band . вЂњIf you're partying anywhere in the USA-or partying abroad but want to bring some American flare!-you need this song on your playlist.вЂќ
ВЂњAll Summer LongвЂќ by Kid Rock
With an infection riff that samples вЂњSweet Home AlabamaвЂќ and lyrics about summers spent by the lake, this is a song Bryant says is instantly relatable.
ВЂњHot in HerreвЂќ by Nelly
вЂњSome summers are hotter than others, and those sweltering nights really do make you wish you could 'take off all your clothes,'вЂќ Bryant laughs. вЂњBut don't worry, Mom and Dad, we just love the lyrics-we promise no one will be disrobing!вЂќ
ВЂњThe Boys of SummerвЂќ by Don Henley
вЂњThis is an undeniable summer playlist classic that has held its own for generations,вЂќ says Bryant. вЂњPass the neon wayfarers around the dance floor and get ready for this gem!вЂќ
ВЂњSummer of '69вЂќ by Bryan Adams
вЂњDo you remember the summer of '69? Me neither, but this song has me convinced it was the best year ever,вЂќ says Bryant.
ВЂњLove ShackвЂќ by The B-52s
вЂњOld-school classics really appeal to guests of all ages,вЂќ says DJ Santo of Г‰lan Artists. вЂњIt's one of those songs that makes everyone want to dance!вЂќ
ВЂњUptown FunkвЂќ by Bruno Mars
вЂњA modern classic for sure,вЂќ says DJ Santo. вЂњIt's a familiar song that's just as catchy and groove-inducing as it was when it first came out.вЂќ
ВЂњThe MiddleвЂќ by Zedd and Maren Morris
вЂњThis was the song of the summer last year, and it's sure to still be a dance floor filler this year!вЂќ says Evan Weiss of the Royal Dukes Band .
ВЂњHere Comes the SunвЂќ by The Beatles
Every summer wedding needs a little sunshine! вЂњThis is a classic no matter what, and is especially sweet at summer weddings,вЂќ says Weiss.
ВЂњStart Me UpвЂќ by The Rolling Stones
вЂњThis is a favorite for rock n' roll couples,вЂќ Weiss explains. вЂњIt's also a total crowd pleaser and really keeps energy high on the dance floor.
ВЂњRiptideвЂќ by Vance Joy
вЂњIf you're looking for a summer first dance song, this is one of our favorites,вЂќ says Weiss.
ВЂњWhat I Like About YouвЂќ by The Romantics
Ready to shift from formal dances to an all-out party? Play this tune. According to Weiss, вЂњIt's uptempo and fun, and will get everyone singing along.вЂќ
ВЂњI Wanna Dance with SomebodyвЂќ by Whitney Houston
вЂњWho could resist dancing to Whitney?вЂќ asks Thai Matus of the Silver Arrow Band .
ВЂњWe Found LoveвЂќ by Rihanna
вЂњThis song makes its way onto just about every summer playlist,вЂќ says Matus. вЂњIt's ideal for late nights on the dance floor.вЂќ
ВЂњStuck In the Middle with YouвЂќ by Stealers Wheel
Seriously, you can't beat a sing-along! вЂњThis classic wedding song is gold, perfect for belting out the lyrics surrounded by your friends,вЂќ Matus explains.
ВЂњCalifornia GirlsвЂќ by The Beach Boys
Getting married on the West Coast? вЂњThis one is a must-play for any California weddings and fits right in during cocktail hour or dinner,вЂќ says Brian Wolfe of the Lucky Devils Band .
ВЂњWalking on SunshineвЂќ by Katrina and The Waves
If it says вЂњsunвЂќ in the title, it's bound to be a summer favorite. вЂњGuests of all ages flood the dance floor for this one,вЂќ says Wolfe.
ВЂњYou're the One that I WantвЂќ by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
'80s babies and their parents will both love hearing this playful ballad come on. вЂњIt's a fun love song and Grease has unmistakable summer vibes,вЂќ Wolfe explains. Hello, вЂњSummer Lovin'!вЂќ
ВЂњIsland in the SunвЂќ by Weezer
Celebrating by the beach? вЂњThis Weezer tune is a beach jam session essential,вЂќ says Wolfe.
ВЂњGet LuckyвЂќ by Daft Punk
вЂњDays are longer and nights are warmer, so staying 'up all night' dancing is even better in the summer!вЂќ says Wolfe.
ВЂњDancing in the StreetвЂќ by Mick Jagger & David Bowie
вЂњNo one rocks a dance floor like this duo, and it will inspire your guests to kick off their heels and do the same!вЂќ explains Rachel Madison of the Bluewater Kings Band.
ВЂњDancing in the MoonlightвЂќ by Toploader
вЂњOn a clear summer night with an outdoor dance floor, this feel-good song is a must-play,вЂќ says Madison.
ВЂњSummer DaysвЂќ by Martin Garrix feat. Macklemore & Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy__
вЂњThis is newly released and hot off the presses,вЂќ notes Daniel Linares, founder of DLE Event Group. вЂњIt's summer in its most optimistic form. This song brightens your day and is the perfect tune for an upbeat dance party!вЂќ
ВЂњLove SomeoneвЂќ by Lukas Graham
вЂњA sentimental, feel-good record, this song brings a lot of emotion,вЂќ says Linares. вЂњIt's an amazing first dance option for a couple looking for something heartfelt and non-clichГ©.вЂќ
ВЂњI Don't CareвЂќ by Ed Sheeran feat. Justin Bieber
вЂњThis song is really unique, and you can't help but move to it,вЂќ says Linares. вЂњTwo of the biggest pop stars come together on a creative record that summer 2019 couples and their guests will love!вЂќ
ВЂњME!вЂќ by Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco
This song indisputably has вЂњsummerвЂќ written all over it. вЂњJust imagine: Outdoor wedding, under a tent, with champagne in handвЂ¦ Raise a glass to summer 2019 and the newlyweds with this one!вЂќ says Linares.
ВЂњTreat You BetterвЂќ by RГњFГњS DU SOL
вЂњPlaying RГњFГњS DU SOL during cocktail hour or dinner creates a really uplifting atmosphere,вЂќ says Linares. вЂњWe're all about creating an authentic and inspiring musical experience, and this song really plays the part.вЂќ
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ВЂњCon Calma RemixвЂќ by Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry feat. Snow
вЂњThis English/Spanish blend will be a massive summer hit,вЂќ Linares predicts. вЂњIt's a remix of the reggae classic 'Informer' by Snow, which guests will definitely recognize, but the modern take will get them grooving even more!вЂќ
ВЂњDuroвЂќ by Teknomiles
вЂњI really love this song's positive energy,вЂќ says Linares. вЂњIt's an Afrobeat hit that's making its way mainstream in the U.S., and is a perfect fit for a couple with musically diverse taste.вЂќ
ВЂњNight MovesвЂќ by Bob Seger
вЂњThis is a great late-night song,вЂќ says Danny Chaimson, president of Gold Coast Events . вЂњYour parents' friends all love it, but you and your friends know it too. The summertime theme makes it great for a hot Saturday night!вЂќ