These are the most popular wedding songs in America - and the ones your state loves
"Marry Me" or "Marry You"? "Can't Stop the Feeling" or "I Gotta Feeling"? "Lucky" or "Get Lucky"? If you're putting together a wedding playlist, the choices are endless. But if you'd like to know what others across the country are picking, help has arrived. Spotify and the author of its Insights blog, Eliot Van Buskirk, were kind enough to share data on all the wedding playlists made by users in the U.S. since the service started in 2008.
Most frequently included on wedding playlists
1. "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
2. "Marry You" by Bruno Mars
3. "All of Me" by John Legend
4. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars
5. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston
6. "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey
7. "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé, featuring Jay-Z
8. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
9. "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
10. "Hey Ya!" by OutKast
While "Thinking Out Loud" is Sheeran's only hit on the 100 most-played wedding songs, Mars has three more outside the 10, thanks to "Just the Way You Are" (46th overall), "Treasure" (65th) and "Locked Out of Heaven" (89th).
Beyond the Top 100, let's zoom out even more to see which artists dominate the 1,000 most common wedding tunes, and Michael Jackson surges into first place with 13 in the top 1,000, including "Billie Jean" (28th), "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (51st), "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" (76th), "Thriller" (138th), "Beat It" (150th) and "Love Never Felt So Good" (175th).
The First Dance
Doc Vincent, a West Virginia-based DJ who has worked at weddings for 28 years, says that no matter where he travels for work, including Pittsburgh, Baltimore or New York for work, he encounters a couple of the same very popular first-dance selections. "' Thinking Out Loud' is a really, really big one. Etta James's 'At Last' has popped up quite a few times."
Sure enough, both of those crack the top four songs contained in the most Spotify playlists labeled "First Dance":
1. "First Dance" by Justin Bieber, featuring Usher
2. "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
3. "All of Me" by John Legend
4. "At Last" by Etta James
5. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
6. "You Are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne
7. "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele
8. "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz
9. "Better Together" by Jack Johnson
10. "Everything" by Michael Bublé
11. "Amazed" by Lonestar
12. "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley
What about in your state?
But more informative is which song is the most uniquely popular in each state. Here's how we get that bit of info: For every song in each state's top 500 wedding songs, we subtracted the song's rank in that state from the song's rank nationwide to find the song with the biggest gap between the two.
Here are the songs that showed up:
Alabama "Wop" by J. Dash
Alaska "Would You Go With Me" by Josh Turner
Arizona "Just to See You Smile" by Tim McGraw
Arkansas "White Dress" by Ben Rector
California "California Love" by Tupac Shakur
Colorado "Would You Go With Me"
Connecticut "Can't Help Falling in Love" by the Jordanaires, Haley Reinhart
Delaware "Here and Now" by Luther Vandross
District of Columbia "The Way You Do the Things You Do" by the Temptations
Florida "La Gozadera" by Gente De Zona
Hawaii "Over and Over Again" by Nathan Sykes
Idaho "All About Us" by He Is We
Illinois "Lucky" by Jason Mraz
Indiana "Electric Slide" by Electric Slide Music Makers
Iowa "Fishin' in the Dark" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Kansas "Copperhead Road" by Steve Earle
Kentucky "Electric Slide"
Maine "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Maryland "A Couple of Forevers" by Chrisette Michele
Massachusetts "Take Me Home Tonight" by Eddie Money
Michigan "Get Low" by the Ying Yang Twins
Minnesota "Fishin' in the Dark"
Mississippi "You for Me (Wedding Song)" by Johnny Gill
Missouri "Country Grammar" by Nelly
Montana "Fishin' in the Dark"
Nebraska "Fishin' in the Dark"
Nevada "Just a Kiss" by Lady Antebellum
New Hampshire "That's My Kind of Night" by Luke Bryan
New Jersey "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen
New Mexico "Neon Moon" by Brooks & Dunn
New York "Juicy" by the Notorious B.I.G.
North Carolina "Electric Slide"
North Dakota "Fishin' in the Dark"
Ohio "Solarflare" by Yung Lean
Oklahoma "Copperhead Road"
Oregon "Get Low"
Pennsylvania "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
Rhode Island "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker, Old Crow Medicine Show
South Carolina "Carolina Girls" by General Johnson & the Chairmen of the Board
South Dakota "Fishin' in the Dark"
Tennessee "God Gave Me You" by Dave Barnes
Texas "She's Like Texas" by Josh Abbott Band
Utah "All About Us"
Vermont "Under Pressure" by Queen
Virginia "Get Low"
Washington "Get Low"
West Virginia "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver
Wisconsin "Wedding Song" by Fleeting
Wyoming "Fishin' in the Dark"
What can we conclude?
None of this is meant to suggest that anyone should craft a wedding playlist based on the preferences of others. Songs, like weddings, are personal, and different music conjures different emotions for each of us. For instance: You may have noticed that I listed the top 12 first-dance songs instead of a more traditional top 10. I couldn't help sneaking in No. 12, Elvis's "Can't Help Falling in Love," as that was my parents' first-dance selection. Hopefully, for those of you soon-to-be-newlyweds engaged in these decisions, this data will provide some ideas for composing your own wedding memories.