Cover Songs

Cover songs from the 2010s and all the way back to the 1930s, from recent romantic pop hits to 70s folk-rock to 50s classic country and golden oldies.

Notes

  • All of these songs are performed with vocals by default, accompanied by guitar.

  • If you’d like an entirely instrumental performance, please review my Solo Instrumental Guitar playlist to see what I perform without vocals/singing. Alternatively, book me as a duo with my partner Jordan on mandolin or violin. Any song below can be instrumental with mandolin or violin replacing vocals for the melody line.


Recessional and Cocktail Hour Songs

Upbeat songs perfect for capping off your ceremony and getting the party started.

2010s

  • 1, 2, 3, 4 - Plain White T’s

  • Come to Me - Goo Goo Dolls

  • Ho Hey - The Lumineers

  • I Choose You - Sara Bareilles

  • I Do - Colbie Caillat

  • I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons

  • Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars

  • Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland

  • Stuck On You - Meiko

  • Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

2000s

  • Better Together - Jack Johnson

  • First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes

  • Follow the Heron - Karine Polwart

  • Galway Girl - Steve Earle/Mundy

  • Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

  • I'm Yours - Jason Mraz

  • Lovin’ You - Railroad Earth

  • Sweet Disposition - Temper Trap

  • Swept Away - Avett Brothers

  • Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show

  • Yellow - Coldplay

  • You & I - Ingrid Michaelson

1990s

  • Cowboy Take Me Away - The Dixie Chicks

  • Wildflowers - Tom Petty

1970s

  • Annie's Song - John Denver

  • Buckets of Rain - Bob Dylan

  • Crazy Love - Van Morrison

  • If Not For You - Bob Dylan/George Harrison

  • Is This Love - Bob Marley

  • Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder

  • Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver

  • Your Song - Elton John

1960s

  • All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

  • Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

  • From Me to You - The Beatles

  • Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

  • Stand by Me - Ben E. King

  • Two Of Us - The Beatles

1930s-1950s

  • Over the Rainbow - Arlen/Harburg (upbeat in an Israel Kamakawiwoʻole-style arrangement)

  • You Belong to Me - King/Price/Stewart

Miscellaneous

Songs that aren’t explicitly romantic and “wedding-y” but are still recognizable favorites that work well incorporated into preludes and receptions, or as ceremony selections if they’re meaningful to you.

2000s

  • Look at Miss Ohio – Gillian Welch

  • Oh My Sweet Carolina - Ryan Adams

  • The Stable Song - Gregory Alan Isakov

  • Trapeze Swinger - Iron & Wine

1990s

  • Everlong - Foo Fighters

  • Paper Wings - Gillian Welch

  • Winter’s Come & Gone - Gillian Welch

1980s

  • And So It Goes - Billy Joel

  • Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley

  • That's Alright - Fleetwood Mac/Buckingham Nicks

1970s

  • Angel from Montgomery - John Prine

  • Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

  • Country Road - James Taylor

  • Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? - Dolly Parton

  • Drift Away - Dobie Grey

  • Farewell, Farewell - Richard Thompson/Fairport Convention

  • Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens

  • Ophelia - The Band

  • Ripple - Grateful Dead

  • Sweet Sir Galahad - Joan Baez

  • Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones

  • The Wind - Cat Stevens

1960s

  • Across the Universe - The Beatles

  • Carolina In My Mind - James Taylor

  • Crazy - Willie Nelson/Patsy Cline

  • Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Bob Dylan

  • I Shall Be Released - Bob Dylan

  • I’ll Be Here In The Morning - Townes Van Zandt

  • Kathy’s Song - Simon & Garfunkel

  • Oh! Darling - The Beatles

  • The Weight - The Band

1930s-1950s

  • Besame Mucho - Consuelo Velázquez

  • Blue Moon - Rodgers & Hart

  • Hey, Good-Lookin’ - Hank Williams

  • If I Lose - Stanley Brothers

  • Tennessee Waltz - Stewart/King

  • Walkin’ After Midnight - Patsy Cline

Processionals, Mid-Ceremony, and Prelude Songs

Slower songs appropriate for the first half of your ceremony.

2010s

  • Guiding Light - Foy Vance

  • I Choose You - Sara Bareilles

  • I Get To Love You - Ruelle

  • I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons (slowed down)

  • I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz

  • Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars (slowed down)

  • The Light - Sara Bareilles

  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran

  • Say You Won’t Let Go - James Arthur

  • Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

  • A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

2000s

  • Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard/The Swell Season

  • Heavenly Day - Patty Griffin

  • Marry Me - Train

  • The Story - Brandi Carlile (played slow throughout without the dramatic swell)

  • Sweet Disposition - Temper Trap

  • Swept Away - Avett Brothers

  • When You Say Nothing At All - Alison Krauss

  • Yellow - Coldplay (slowed down)

  • You & I - Ingrid Michaelson (slowed down)

1990s

  • Angel Dream (No. 2) - Tom Petty

  • Feels Like Home - Randy Newman

  • Fields of Gold - Sting/Eva Cassidy

  • Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan

  • The Promise - Tracy Chapman

1980s

  • Give Yourself to Love - Kate Wolf

  • Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley (w/ modified or shortened lyrics)

1970s

  • Annie's Song - John Denver

  • Buckets of Rain - Bob Dylan

  • Crazy Love - Van Morrison

  • If I Needed You - Townes Van Zandt

  • Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

  • Longer Than - Dan Fogelberg

  • Rainbow Connection - Ascher/Williams (Jim Henson)

  • Songbird - Fleetwood Mac

  • The Wedding Song (There Is Love) - Peter, Paul & Mary

  • You Can Close Your Eyes - James Taylor

  • Your Song - Elton John

1960s

  • At Last - Etta James

  • Blackbird - The Beatles

  • Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley

  • God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

  • Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles (slowed down)

  • Here, There & Everywhere - The Beatles

  • In My Life - The Beatles

  • Something - The Beatles

  • What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

1930s-1950s

  • La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf

  • Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley

  • Over the Rainbow - Arlen/Harburg

  • Sea of Love - Phil Philips

First Dance Songs

Anything that works for a processional/march or the medium tempo songs in the recessional category are great first dances, but here are a few of my favorites.

  • At Last - Etta James

  • Cowboy Take Me Away - The Dixie Chicks

  • Feels Like Home - Randy Newman

  • I Get To Love You - Ruelle

  • La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf

  • Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

  • Lovin’ You - Railroad Earth

  • Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan

  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran

  • Say You Won’t Let Go - James Arthur

  • Something - The Beatles

  • Songbird - Fleetwood Mac

  • The Story - Brandi Carlile

  • Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

  • Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show

  • When You Say Nothing At All - Alison Krauss

  • You Were Meant For Me - Jewel

  • Your Song - Elton John

Parent Dance/Dedication Songs

Songs that have a non-romantic love theme, positive message, or association with parent-child relationships.

  • All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

  • Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion

  • Blackbird - The Beatles

  • Edelweiss - Rodgers/Hammerstein

  • Give Yourself to Love - Kate Wolf

  • Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

  • House at Pooh Corner - Kenny Loggins

  • I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

  • In My Life - The Beatles

  • The One Who Knows - Dar Williams

  • Rainbow Connection - Ascher/Williams (Jim Henson)

  • Stand by Me - Ben E. King

  • Sweet Baby James - James Taylor

  • What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

  • Wildflowers - Tom Petty

  • You Are My Sunshine - Davis/Mitchell