Ultimate List of Wedding Songs – The Receiving Line

Next up is the receiving line! What is that, you ask? At the end of your ceremony, you and your new spouse stand in the lobby/a designated space and your guests form a line and one by one you greet them as they come through.

This was the one thing I had to have in my wedding and that I would not budge on. I’m not a social butterfly and am pretty much an introvert so I knew a receiving line would be the only way I knew I would get to speak and thank 100% (as long as they went through the line!) of our guests. It also gave us time to actually enjoy our reception since we didn’t have to focus on making sure we talked with everyone.

Now there are several couples who will choose not to have a receiving line, and that is perfectly fine! But in case you do, here are some great songs to play in the background! I recommend having about an hour worth of songs picked out. A receiving line typically takes about a half hour but if your great Aunt Tessy is a bit long winded, you have some wiggle room!

Receiving Line
1. A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes by Jim Brickman* [Genre: New Age Time: 4:24]
2. A Little More by Skillet* [Genre: Religious Time: 4:49]
3. A Moment Like This by Kelly Clarkson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:49]
4. A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin* [Genre: R&B Time: 2:45]
5. A Thousand Years by Christina Perry* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:45]
6. A Whole New World by Disney* [Genre: Children’s Time: 2:41]
7. All I Want is You by U2* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 6:30]
8. All I Want to Do by Sugarland* [Genre: Country Time: 3:33]
9. All of Me by John Legend* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:29]
10. All or Nothing by Theory of a Deadman* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:30]
11. Amazed by Boyz II Men* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:02]
12. Amazed by LoneStar* [Genre: Country Time: 4:00]
13. Amazing Grace by Elvis Presley* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:36]
14. American Honey by Lady Antebellum* [Genre: Country Time: 4:34]
15. Angel by Shaggy* [Genre: Reggae Time: 3:55]
16. Answered Prayer by Bob Carlisle* [Genre: Religious Time: 3:53]
17. Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not by Thompson Square* [Genre: Country Time: 3:05]
18. Arms by Christina Perry* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:21]
19. As Long as You Love Me by Backstreet Boys* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:40]
20. As Long as You Love Me by Justin Bieber* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:49]
21. At Last by Beyonce* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:00]
22. At Last by Etta James* [Genre: Blues Time: 2:57]
23. Back at One by Brian McKnight* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:22]
24. Back at One by Mark Wills [Genre: Country Time: 4:06]
25. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:58]
26. Beautiful Life by Ace of Base* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:39]
27. Beauty and the Beast by Celine Dion* [Genre Pop/Rock Time: 4:03]
28. Beauty and the Beast by Disney* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 2:45]
29. Beauty and the Beast by Jim Breckman*[Genre: Seating Time: 2:42]
30. Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 6:34]
31. Best Day of My Life by American Authors*[Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:14]
32. Better Life by Keith Urban* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
33. Better Together by Jack Johnson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:27]
34. Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:23]
35. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 3:47]
36. Bless the Broken Road by Selah* [Genre: Religious Time: 4:09]
37. Breathe by Faith Hill* [Genre: Country Time: 4:09]
38. Bubbly by Colbie Caillat* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
39. Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:59]
40. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:01]
41. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Ingrid Michaelson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:14]
42. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Michael Buble* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
43. Can’t Help Falling in Love by UB40* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:27]
44. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Barry Manilow* [Genre: Vocal Time: 3:48]
45. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:22]
46. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Lady Antebellum* [Genre: Country Time: 4:45]
57. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Lauryn Hill* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:41]
58. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Straight No Chaser* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:26]
59. Carried Away by George Strait* [Genre: Country Time: 3:19]
60. Carrying Your Love with Me by George Strait* [Genre: Country Time: 3:50]
61. Cherish by Kool & the Gang* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:50]
62. Come Away with Me by Norah Jones* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:18]
62. Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Vocal Time: 3:19]
63. Count on Me by Bruno Mars* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
64. Crazy Girl by Eli Young Band* [Genre: Country Time: 3:19]
65. Crazy Love by Brian McKnight* [Genre: Rap Time: 4:02]
66. Crazy Love by Michael Buble* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
67. Dig by Incubus* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:17]
68. Don’t You Wanna Stay by Jason Aldean* [Genre: Country Time: 4:16]
69. Dream a Little Dream of Me by The Mamas & the Papas* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
70. Dreams by The Cranberries [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:32]
71. Endless Love by Diana Ross* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:26]
72. Endless Love by Glee* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:25]
73. Ever the Same by Rob Thomas* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:16]
74. Everlong by Foo Fighters* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:10]
75. Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
76. Everyday by High School Musical* [ Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 4:35]
77. Fall for You by Secondhand Serenade* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:05]
78. Fast Cars and Freedom by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 4:23]
79. First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:10]
80. First Time by Lifehouse* [ Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:23]
81. For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder* [Genre R&B Time: 2:50]
82. For you I will By Monica* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 4:56]
83. Forever and Always by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
84. From this Moment by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
85. God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton* [Genre: Country Time: 3:50]
86. God Must Have Spent a Little More Time On You by *NSYNC* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:42]
87. Halo by Beyonce* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:21]
88. Happy Together by The Turtles* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:56]
89. Have I Told You Lately By Rod Stewart* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:01]
90. Have I Told You Lately By Van Morrison* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:20]
91. Heartbeat by The Fray* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:28]
92. Here I Am by Leona Lewis* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:52]
93. History in the Making by Darius Rucker* [Genre Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
94. Home by Phillip Phillips* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:30]
95. Honey Bee by Blake Shelton* [Genre: Country Time; 3:30]
96. How Sweet it is to be Loved by You by James Taylor* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:43]
97. I Could Not Ask for More by Edwin McCain* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:37]
98. I Could Not Ask for More by Sara Evans* [Genre: Country Time: 4:49]
99. I Cross My Heart by George Strait* [Genre: Country Time: 3:30]
100. I Do by 98 Degrees* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:45]

101. I Do by Colbie Caillat* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:54]
102. I Do by Mark Wills* [Genre: PCountry Time: 3:17]
103. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 4:59]
104. I Need You by LeAnn Rimes* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:47]
105. I Turn to You by Christina Aguilera* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:33]
106. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:58]
107. I Won’t Let Go by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 3:47]
108. I’ll Be by Edwin McCain* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:50]
109. I’ll Stand By You by Pretenders* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:59]
110. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:34]
111. I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Vocal Time: 3:43]
112. If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:48]
113. If I Didn’t Have You by Thompson Twins* [Genre: Country Time: 3:16]
114. Innocence by Avril Lavigne* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:53]
115. Is This Love by Bob Marley & the Wailers* [Genre: Reggae Time: 3:52]
116. Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder* [Genre: R&B Time: 6:32]
117. It’s Gonna Be Love by Mandy Moore* [Genre: Stage & Scree Time: 3:51]
118. It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw* [Genre: Country Time: 3:45]
119. Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum* [Genre: Country Time: 3:45]
120. Just the Way You Are by Brno Mars* [ Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:40]
121. Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:59]
122. Kind & Generous by Natalie Merchant* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:07]
123. Kiss the Girl by Burning Spear* [Genre: Reggae Time: 4:02]
124. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:18]
125. Little Things by One Direction* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:39]
126. Look at Me by Carried Underwood* [Genre: Country Time: 3:16]
127. Lost by Faith Hill* [Genre: Country Time: 4:08]
128. Lost in This Moment by Big & Rich* [Genre: Country Time: 3:31]
129. Love Song by 311* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:29]
130. Lovesong by Adele* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 5:16]
131. Lovesong by the Cure* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
132. Marry Me by Train* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:25]
133. Me and You by Kenny Chesney* [Genre: Country Time: 3:39]
134. Mine by Taylor Swift* [Genre: Country Time: 3:51]
135. My Best Friend by Tim McGraw* [Genre: Country Time: 3:25]
136. My Girl by The Temptations [Genre: R&B Time: 2:57]
137. My Wish by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 4:08]
138. Never Gonna Be Alone by Nickelback* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:47]
139. Never Stop by Safetysuit* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
140. No One by Alicia Keys* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:13]
141. One Love by Bob Marley & the Wailers* [Genre: Reggae Time: 2:53]
142. Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole* [Genre: International Time: 3:32]
143. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash* [Genre: Country Time: 2:38]
144. Save the Best for Last by Vanessa Williams* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:38]
145. Seasons of Love by Original Broadway Cast* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 2:51]
146. She Keeps Me Warm by Mary Lambert* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time; 3:52]
147. She’s Got a Way by Billy Joel* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:55]
148. Smile by Uncle Kracker* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:21]
149. So High by John Legend* [Genre: R&B Time: 5:07]
150. Soldier by Gavin Degraw* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:31]
151. Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood* [Genre: Country Time: 3:48]
152. Stand By Me by Ben E. King* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time 2:54]
153. Stand By Me by John Lennon* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
154. Stay With You by John Legend* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:49]
155. The Best Thing by Relient K* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:28]
156. The Time of My Life by Bill Medley* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:47]
157. The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:15]
158. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Jazz Time: 3:22]
159. Then by Braid Paisley* [Genre: Country Time: 4:17]
160. here She Goes by Sixpence None the Richer* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time 2:24]
161. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:41]
162. This I Swear by Nick Lachey* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:33]
163. This Will Be by Natalie Cole* [Genre: R&B Time: 2:51]
164. Three Times a Lady by Lionel Richie* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:35]
165. Truly Madly Deeply by Cascada* [Genre: Electronic Time: 4:11]
166. Until the End of Time by Justin Timberlake* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 5:22]
167. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 6:50]
168. Wanted by Hunter Hayes* [Genre: Country Time: 3:49]
169. We Danced by Brad Paisley* [Genre: Country Time: 3:45]
170. We’ve Only Just Begun by Carpenters* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:04]
171. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong* [Genre: Jazz Time: 2:17]
172. When You Say Nothing At All by Alison Krauss* [Genre Country Time: 4:21]
173. When You Say Nothing At All by Ronan Keating* [Genre Stage & Screen Time: 4:14]
174. With You by Jessica Simpson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:12]
175. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:44]
176. Wonderful Tonight by Michael Buble* [Genre: Vocal Time: 4:12]
177. Yellow by Coldplay* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:29]
178. You by Chris Young* [Genre: Country Time: 2:45]
179. You and Me by Lifehouse* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
180. You Are So Beautiful by Babyface* [Genre R&B Time: 3:16]
181. You Found Me by Kelly Clarkson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:39]
182. You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Vocal Time: 2:57]
183. You Will Be in My Heart by Phil Collins* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:18]
184. You’re Still the One by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 3:34]
185. You’re the Inspiration by Chicago* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:49]
186. You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 5:09]
187. Your Love is Extravagant by Casting Crowns* [Genre: Religious Time: 3:52]
188. Yours Forever by Dara McLean* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:06]

Well, there’s that! I hope you found some songs that you can use!

What’s your favorite song on this list? Make sure you comment below!

-Amanda

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49 comments

  1. This is such a great comprehensive list! Choosing songs for my wedding was one of my favorite parts because I’m such a music girl-and I’m with you, I loved the idea of a receiving line because I wanted to be sure I let everyone know how excited I was for them to share our day…we did ours a little differently though, we got our food very first & sat down and everyone else came by & spoke with us on the way to get their plate. It was perfect!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  2. Wow this is one seriously extensive list! We had a small wedding and opted not to do a receiving line but I can see how you’d want to do this as an introvert. Looking back maybe we should have because I’m sure there are people I didn’t get to speak to that night.

  3. A lot of great songs you have compiled ! I would definitely agree with you on a lot of them! I would use a lot in my own wedding.

  4. Today’s weddings seem much more complicated or maybe it’s just that I’m an informal type of person. We had a receiving line but it wasn’t something I planned for & it was held outside where the band couldn’t play (no outlets). But that was 40 years ago so I won’t worry too much … but love learning more about what people are doing today.

  5. I never had a receiving line at my wedding, to be honest I never even thought about it. A fab lists of songs you have thought of! I’m sure it will help someone out there choose the perfect song 🙂

  6. ah! those songs are cheesy! i know most of them as my mum and dad loves to karaoke and sing old songs, that a lot of lists and very helpful to those who need it

  7. Wow, this is an interesting list of songs. That whole receiving line thing is hard – it’s like how long should it take, how much chit chat should you do so that you don’t hold up the line etc.

  8. Wow that is a lot of songs. I may have to save this blog page to down load some. I love listening to all sorts of music and I Choose You is a good one too.

  9. That’s one massive list of beautiful songs! I love your choices as always. These are all perfect no matter what your wedding’s theme is!

  10. What a WONDERFUL list!! Romantic songs like these have such a way of bringing tears to my eyes…I’m such a sap! “All of Me” is a total favorite – I’ll never forget the time my husband sang it to me. Thanks for sharing! <3

  11. There are so many good songs on this list! Glad I’m not planning a wedding because I don’t think I could choose one.

  12. This is seriously the ultimate list! I have a few friends that are getting married that I need to share this with.

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