Exclusive Feature: Wedding Crushers — Top 10 New Wedding Anthems
Tue, 01 Jun 2010 09:27:39
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Spring is in bloom, summer is almost upon us, and someone you know is getting married soon. It's officially Wedding Season (for better or worse!), and with that special time of year comes the need for the ever-so-important nuptial playlist.
There are, of course, the standards that your parents danced to on their special day: "Fly Me To The Moon" or "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra, Etta James' "At Last," and many others. But for those of us who tire of the same old thing and want something more contemporary, here is a new breed of songs that any wedding guest would love. These fantastic and wedding-appropriate tracks will make you look like the hippest bride and groom since Zooey Deschanel and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard (imagine who they had play their wedding!).
Without further ado about the "I do"s," here are the Top Ten New Wedding Anthems:
Ray LaMontagne — "You Are the Best Thing"
This song is an instant classic. LaMontagne has proven that he's one of the most talented singer-songwriters of our generation, and "Best Thing" exemplifies that. The lyrics are heartfelt and sincere, and musically it sounds like an old Motown song. Right away, you get all nostalgic and feel like you used to listen to this song on your parents' oldie stations as a kid. It's pretty funny to think that a white farmer from Maine can make a song that you'd swear was written in the 1960's Detroit scene. Lyrically and musically, this track is great wedding soundtrack material.
The Temper Trap — "Sweet Disposition"
You probably first heard this song in last year's delightful hit indie film, (500) Days of Summer. The Temper Trap hit a sweet spot by sounding like a mix of the Bee Gees and Radiohead. I know, it sounds like a terrible combination, right? Believe it or not, it's just crazy enough to work! This track's echoing guitars, ethereal vocals and erupting, rhythmic melodies instantly make you think of a perfect summer day—and everybody wants that for their wedding! Check these guys out if you haven't already.
U2 — "City of Blinding Lights"
This is one of U2's greatest songs—and that's saying something. It's epic, fantastically grandiose- everything in a song a band wishes they could write. With a beautiful piano melody and The Edge's trademark guitars, this music serves as a motion picture score for the day you'll always remember. Bono emotionally proclaims, "Oh, you look so beautiful tonight!" on this masterpiece. No bride minds hearing that, especially from Bono.
Ryan Adams — "My Love for You is Real"
"My love for you is strong… It was born in the wild/ Its river long, rock strong." By writing a beautiful country song that doesn't have the stigma of being, um… a country song, Ryan Adams uses all the right words to describe his love—"real, strong, sweet, calm, long." It's a thoughtful meditation that's as moving and powerful as it gets. This song is like a beautiful morning on what will surely be a fantastic day. Translation: great for weddings!
Air — "All I Need"
Alright, enough of this lovey-dovey mush. Perhaps a track that's more restrained aptly suits your relationship. This atmospheric cut has elements of lounge music, and honestly sounds like something from the trip-hop heavy late nineties- which it is! When Beth Hirsch coyly coos, "All in all there’s something to live with you," it's an interesting take on a love song—subtle, with a hint of darkness. This is a great track to throw in to break up the head-over-heels love mix you'll be hearing all night.
Rise Against — "Swing Life Away"
What? Rise Against? This is a wedding playlist, right? I know what you're thinking: what business does a post-hardcore Chicago punk band have at a wedding? This gem from their third album and major label debut, Siren Song of the Counter Culture, is a surprisingly beautiful acoustic waltz. See Mom? Punk rock isn’t just noise. Besides, it's more energizing than "Here Comes the Bride!"
Ben Harper — "Forever"
This song is what any bride or groom asks of the other on that special day: "Give me your forever/ not a day less will do." Simple and beautiful- just like this commentary! I’m kidding, I'm kidding…
Queens of the Stone Age — "I Wanna Make It Wit Chu"
Ever so slightly tongue in cheek, the indelibly talented art/stoner metal god Josh Homme and friends got their desert session on for this smoky, sexy, and slightly silly gem that will have you abusing alliteration left and right! Originally recorded with one of Homme's many side projects, Desert Sessions 9 & 10, QOTSA redid it for their last album, Era Vulgaris. It sounds like Randy Newman, ZZ Top, and The Temptations got drunk and started jamming- at your wedding, no less! Talk about a party.
Stardust — "Music Sounds Better With You"
Put on your dancin' shoes for this one! Talk about the ultimate compliment: music is the soundtrack to our lives, we so often say. What does it mean to say that music sounds better with the one you love? That food tastes better when you enjoy it with your sweetheart? Well, it means you’re in love, and you should play this barn burner at the reception. Watch it go.
Bright Eyes — "This is the First Day of My Life"
This song is an uncharacteristically optimistic track from our buddy Conor Oberst- pretty ironic from a guy who goes by Bright Eyes. Over cheery acoustic guitars, Oberst proclaims, "Yours is the first face that I saw/ I think I was blind before I met you." Awwww! That’s not very typical of our introspective mope Bright Eyes, but it sure is adorable. However, perhaps the most poignant lyrics are Bright Eyes describing his relationship later in the song: "I'd rather be working for a paycheck than waiting to win the lottery." That sounds more like our Indie rock hero. While it’s not starry-eyed romantic, it's a poignant mission statement for what true love entails- hard work and dedication, rather than some romantic comedy-esque infatuation we are too often tricked into believing is love. Love takes dedication more than passion. Bright Eyes, you really are a lyrical genius! Now cheer up- this is a wedding, for crying out loud.
Well, there we have it folks. Whether you’re a groom-to-be, a bridezilla, the best man in charge of the bachelor party or just a wedding crasher, these are the next generation of wedding classics. Even your parents and grandparents will appreciate these hot tracks, and you'll have a unique and beautiful wedding experience. You're very welcome.
Just remember the most important wedding details of all- open bar, and no Chicken Dance!
What was on your wedding playlist?