Top 10 All-American Wedding Songs

July 7, 2009

I hope everybody had a lovely 4th of July weekend!

Saturday night, my friends and I trekked into Cambridge and sat down on the bank of the Charles to enjoy the sounds of the Boston Pops and Neil Diamond (I apologize to all those around us who had to suffer through our tone deaf rendition of “Sweet Caroline”, but boy was that fun). Of course, the fireworks were the best part. Regardless of how many times one has seen a fireworks display, it’s always fun to relive your childhood and “ooo” and “ahhh” over the beauteous pyrotechnics.

In honor of America’s birthday, The Knot posted a list of the Top Ten All-American Wedding songs, which they promise, “will please folk, rock, and country lovers alike — “Star-Spangled Banner” not included.” (http://wedding.theknot.com/special-wedding-features/fourth-of-july-wedding-ideas/articles/10-american-wedding-song-ideas.aspx). I’m not quite certain what qualifies these picks as All-American, but perhaps it’s in part because all of the artists were born in the good ol’ U S of A (a fantastic way to keep Canadian Celine Dion  and her melodramatic power ballads off the list).

Coming in at #1 is Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, which is always a fun, energetic ditty that could be appropriately inserted into various points of the wedding ceremony or reception. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC may be better suited for high school proms than weddings, but it’s still a good selection for bringing out the inner crazy teenagers in your guests. And of course, what wedding would be complete without Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”? It’s popular to poke fun at the band, but everyone secretly has a soft spot for it in their hearts. Don’t deny it.

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