Readers recommend: songs about weddings


For no particular reason, we’ve chosen weddings as our topic this week. So what are the best tunes about tying the knot?
As you put out the bunting and toast Britain’s future head of state and his missus/spend the day studiously avoiding the vulgar, anachronistic celebration of privilege (delete as applicable), what music springs to mind?

Of course, weddings (not marriage – we’ve done that) should be happy occasions. Two people pledge to love and care for each other in a public ceremony, followed by a hell of a party. But that post-nuptials shindig, at which refreshments are readily available, is often the scene of a disaster. There must be a few songs about such events.

So I’m not after songs that are played at weddings – I’m well acquainted with the merits of Dancing Queen. But I would like to hear great songs about the occasion: the ceremony, or the wedding day, or the effects of the act of getting hitched. Post your suggestions below and we’ll celebrate the best next Thursday.

* Special thanks to Suzi for suggesting this topic, and to all those who’ve suggested future subjects. Keep them coming.

The toolbox:

* Listen to others’ suggestions and add yours to a collaborative Spotify playlist.
* Previously on Readers Recommend.
* Guide to “donds”, “zedded”, and other strange words used by some of the RR regulars (courtesy of the Marconium).
* The Marconium (blog containing a wealth of data on RR, including the songs that are “zedded”).

* The ‘Spill (blog for the RR community).

Please do:

* Post your nominations before midday on Tuesday if you wish them to be considered.
* Write a few lines advocating the merits of your choices.

But please don’t:

* Post more than one third of the lyrics of any song.
* Dump lists of nominations. If you must post more than two or three at once, please attempt to justify your choices.

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