Wedding playlist: For the rockers

Settle down with these guitar-rich and rockin’ reception tunes.

Florence Welch

Even when she’s rocking out, Florence Welch oozes romance.

You got him to turn his mo- into a faux hawk and he’s long since traded his band shirts for button-downs, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose all your edge! Here are some rockin’ songs to help your reception stay true to you… without offending your great-aunt Bertha.


“Everlong” (Acoustic)

Foo Fighters

There is an actual studio recording of the fully acoustic version of this song. But we thought you should hear the crowd and imagine all your awesome friends cheering you on when your first dance song comes on and it’s “Everlong” instead of some other cheesy crap. OK, sure, you’re not marrying Dave Grohl and that’s an awful truth to realize. But we’re sure your dude is cool(-ish), too!




This is some romantic s***. “Look at the stars/ Look how they shine for you” is pretty freaking swoon-worthy. Let’s face it: The chance of your hubby-to-be ever saying something that poetic to you is pretty slim, but at least you can claim it as “your song.” Who knows, maybe one day he’ll even learn the words and accidentally sing (terribly) along when it comes on the radio! Next best thing, right?


“Pure Imagination”

Maroon 5

Technically, Maroon 5 isn’t the rockin-est of rock bands, we know. But their cover of “Pure Imagination” (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) has this slightly eery and seriously sexy vibe to it that we really love. We’ve been in love with it since we discovered it on Mary Had a Little Amp. Be a little open-minded and give it a listen!

We picked those for possible first dances, but they’re certainly not your only option. Below you will find a few other slow burners, as well as a few options to help get your reception rocking and rolling. Just remember to scatter in some songs for the old folks, too.

  • “Dancing in the Moonlight” — Smashing Pumpkins (or the original Thin Lizzy)
  • “Fairytale of New York” — The Pogues (or the Matthew and the Atlas cover)
  • “Sunset in July” — 311
  • “Lay Me Down” — Dirty Heads feat. Rome from Sublime
  • “The Rock Show” — Blink 182
  • “Punk Rock Princess” —Something Corporate
  • “Kiss with a Fist” — Florence and the Machine
  • “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” — The Wombats
  • “Secret Smile” — Semisonic
  • “Weezer” — Buddy Holly
  • “Aberdeen” — Cage the Elephant
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