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The top 20 cover songs to request for your wedding!

A guest article by English Wedding Directory members Last Minute Musicians

At Last Minute Musicians, we asked ourselves a question – what are the most popular cover songs being played by the wedding bands on our directory? As such, we recently carried out a survey of over 2500 bands to find out what was on their wedding set list.

We came up with a list of 60 of the most popular Rock/Pop hits, and 40 of the most popular Jazz and Classical pieces and it’s from this list that we’ve picked out twenty favourite cover songs other brides and grooms have requested, to help you with the process of selecting music for your big day!

  1. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  2. Rolling In The Deep – Adele
  3. At Last – Etta James
  4. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  5. Aint Nobody – Chaka Khan
  6. American Boy by Estelle
  7. Dancing In The Street by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  8. Good Times – Chic
  9. I Feel Good – James Brown
  10. I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
  11. I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross
  12. Locked Out Of Heaven by Bruno Mars
  13. Lovely Day by Bill Withers
  14. Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera
  15. Mr Brightside – The Killers
  16. Proud Mary by Tina Turner
  17. Rock With You by Michael Jackson
  18. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  19. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
  20. We Are Family by Sister Sledge
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Most wedding bands are prepared to take a few requests in advance, but remember that learning and rehearsing new material takes time – so always get them in early. Bands aren’t jukeboxes, so try not to request too many songs the band don’t already know. As a guide, two or three requests will probably be fine, as long as you give them notice, but don’t simply expect a band to be able to recite your favourite music without any preparation!

Keep in mind, some bands offer learning new material as a service and may add a surcharge for lots of additional requests.

Top tip: If you’re looking to have your band play a cover song for your first dance, it’s a good idea to ask them as soon as you have one decided, or even consult with them beforehand to see if they have any good recommendations… if anyone knows what’s popular, it’s them!

Images by our lovely friend and sponsor, Dorset wedding photographers Linus Moran Photography

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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