It can be hard to imagine yourself walking down the aisle to classical music if your favorite tunes involve rock and metal songs; the music at your wedding should unapologetically match your style!
To make sure the soundtrack of your special day rocks as hard as you want your marriage to, we’ve gathered a list of the 40 greatest metal wedding songs.
“Still Loving You,” by the Scorpions
Memorable Lyrics: “Fight, babe, I’ll fight / To win back your love again / I will be there / I will be there / Love, Only Love can break down the wall someday / I will be there / I will be there”
The theme for this song is a love affair that the singer recognizes may be over but he wants to give it another try.
Despite the tumultuous content, the essence of this romantic song is an endless love that won’t quit, even when it feels like it’s all ending. If that isn’t the essence of marriage, we don’t know what is!
“Sweet Child O’ Mine,” by Guns N’ Roses
Memorable Lyrics: “She’s got a smile that it seems to me / Reminds me of childhood memories / Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky / Now and then when I see her face / She takes me away to that special places / And if I start too long, I’d probably break down and cry”
Born from a guitar warm-up Slash used, this heartfelt Guns N’ Roses tune refers to the woman who would briefly be the wife of lead singer, Axel Rose.
“Patience,” by Guns N’ Roses
Memorable Lyrics: “Girl, I think about you every day now / Was a time when I wasn’t sure / But you set my mind at ease / There is no doubt you’re in my heart now”
This ballad is a jam about reassuring a loved one that, with patience, it will all work out. The song itself uses three acoustic guitars to support Axel’s vocals.
“You’re All I Need,” by Mötley Crüe
Memorable Lyrics: “You’re all I need / You’re all I need / And I loved you so”
At the core of this song is a near-obsessive love. The official music video for this song was banned in many countries due to the lyrical and visual imagery, so make sure you are comfortable with the contents before pressing play!
“Panama,” by Van Halen
Memorable Lyrics: “Jump back, what’s that sound? / Here she comes, full blast and top-down / Hot shoe, burning down the avenue”
Even though this awesome song was inspired by a fast car, singer David Lee Roth has a talent for making any lyrics sound like he’s singing about a lady.
If the lady of your party is a wild one, this is sure to be a hit on the dance floor.
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” by KISS
Memorable Lyrics: “I was made for lovin’ you, baby / You were made for lovin’ me / And I can’t get enough of you, baby / Can you get enough of me?”
This hit from KISS is clearly about being made for loving each other; a fitting metal wedding song to add to your playlist!
“Summer of ‘69,” by Bryan Adams
Memorable Lyrics: “Standing on your mama’s porch / You told me that you’d wait forever / Oh, and when you held my hand / I knew that it was now or never / Those were the best days of my life”
Bryan Adams sings a love song about remembering the best times in your love life.
“Don’t Stop Believin’,” by Journey
Memorable Lyrics: “Don’t stop believin’ / Hold on to that feelin’”
This iconic song is an epic ballad designed to inspire people to keep believing in themselves and working hard for the things they love. Your wedding guests will love singing along to this well-known tune!
“Livin’ On a Prayer,” by Bon Jovi
Memorable Lyrics: “We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got / It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not / We’ve got each other and that’s a lot for love / We’ll give it a shot”
The ultimate rock commitment tune is about loving each other even when times get tough.
“Rock You Like a Hurricane,” by The Scorpions
Memorable Lyrics: “It’s early morning, the sun comes out / Last night was shaking and pretty loud / My cat is purring, it scratched my skin / So what is wrong with another sin?”
Get pumped for the wedding night with this danceable rock anthem.
“Is This Love,” by Whitesnake
Memorable Lyrics: “Is this love that I’m feeling / Is this the love that I’ve been searching for / Is this love or am I dreaming / This must be a love / ‘Cause it’s really got a hold on me”
This power ballad is sure to evoke fond memories and create brand new ones.
“Home Sweet Home,” by Mötley Crüe
Memorable Lyrics: “Just take this song / And you’ll never feel left all alone / Take me to your heart / Feel me in your bones / Just one more night”
Longing to get home to a loved one and having to wait just one more night can resonate with a lot of brides and grooms.
“I’ll Be There For You,” by Bon Jovi
Memorable Lyrics: “I’ll be there for you / These five words I swear to you / When you breathe, I wanna be the air for you / I’ll be there for you”
Nothing screams devotion like Bon Jovi promising to steal the sun and sky for you!
“With Arms Wide Open,” by Creed
Memorable Lyrics: “With arms wide open, now everything has changed / I’ll show you, love, I’ll show you everything / With arms wide open”
Unconditional love is the theme of this song by Creed.
“(I Just) Died In Your Arms,” by Cutting Crew
Memorable Lyrics: “Oh, I just died in your arms tonight / It must’ve been something you said / I just died in your arms tonight”
Celebrate love so good you could just die in their arms.
“Can’t Stop Lovin’ You,” by Van Halen
Memorable Lyrics: “I wanna hold you and say / We can’t throw this all away / Tell me you won’t go, you won’t go / You have to hear me say / I can’t stop lovin’ you”
“Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” is an anthem for wanting to hear your partner profess their true love for you.
“Born To Be My Baby,” by Bon Jovi
Memorable Lyrics: “You were born to be my baby / And baby, I was made to be your man”
Nothing says “meant to be” like being born for each other.
“Pour Some Sugar On Me,” by Def Leppard
Memorable Lyrics: “Pour some sugar on me / Ooh, in the name of love”
Pouring some sugar is a great way to celebrate after the ceremony and maybe even into the evening!
“Nothin’ but a Good Time,” by Poison
Memorable Lyrics: “You see I, I raise a toast to all of us / Who are breaking’ our backs every day / If wanting the good life is such a crime / Lord, then, put me away, yeah / Here’s to ya”
Good times will be had if you play this song at your wedding reception.
“You Shook Me All Night Long,” by AC/DC
Memorable Lyrics: “She was the best damn woman that I have ever seen”
AC/DC’s classic tune is a devotion to expressing your love in a more physical format.
“Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” by Fall Out Boy
Memorable Lyrics: “I’ve been dying to tell you / Anything you wanna hear”
Dubbed “Sugar” by fans, this tune is about fighting hard to stay in someone’s life.
“Nothing Else Matters,” by Metallica
Memorable Lyrics: “So close, no matter how far / It couldn’t be much more from the heart / Forever trusting who we are / And nothing else matters”
Metallica penned this song devoted to making sure a partner knows that they are your top priority.
“Love of a Lifetime,” by Firehouse
Memorable Lyrics: “With you, I never wonder / Will you be there for me? / With you I never wonder / You’re the right one for me”
Firehouse recorded a song to express what it feels like to find the love of a lifetime.
“Here I Go Again,” by Whitesnake
Memorable Lyrics: “Just another heart in need of rescue / Waiting on love’s sweet charity / And I’m gonna hold on for the rest of my days / ‘Cause I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams”
Although an anthem for going it alone, this can be a great song to inspire your guests into celebration.
“Rock and Roll All Nite,” by KISS
Memorable Lyrics: “I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day”
While this might not seem like your traditional wedding anthem, some adventurous people might take its lyrics like a mantra for marriage.
“Thunderstruck,” by AC/DC
Memorable Lyrics: “Sound of the drums / Beating in my heart / The thunder of guns / Tore me apart”
If you feel thunderstruck by your partner, then honor the way they make you feel by rocking this song at your wedding reception.
“No One Knows,” by Queens of the Stone Age
Memorable Lyrics: “Heaven smiles above me / What a gift here below / But no one knows / The gift that you give to me / No one knows”
Even though no one knows the true meaning of this song other than the writers, a common interpretation involves finding inspiration in loved ones.
“Wild Horses,” by The Rolling Stones
Memorable Lyrics: “Wild horses couldn’t drag me away / Wild, wild horses couldn’t drag me away”
“Wild Horses” is a ballad about the love of all kinds.
“Love Me Forever,” by Motorhead
Memorable Lyrics: “Love me forever, or not at all / End of our tether, backs to the wall / You give me your hand, don’t you ever ask why / Promise me nothing, live ‘til we die”
No metal list is complete without Motorhead, and “Love Me Forever” is a great addition to any wedding list.
“Why Can’t This Be Love,” by Van Halen
Memorable Lyrics: “Oh, tell me where to begin cause I never ever / Felt so much / And I can’t recall any love at all / Baby this blows ‘em all away”
Sammy Hagar’s first song with Van Halen is a sentimental letter to his girlfriend about how what they had was love.
“Prisoner of Your Eyes,” by Judas Priest
Memorable Lyrics: “When I saw your face / I became a prisoner of your eyes / And I would do just anything / To stay wand be with you”
Staring into your partner’s eyes is easy when Judas Priest is singing about getting lost in them.
“Bed of Roses,” by Bon Jovi
Memorable Lyrics: “About all of the things that I long to believe / About love, the truth, what you mean to me / And the truth is / Baby you’re all that I need”
Add this metal love song to your setlist for a tune about longing for your love.
“Turbo Lover,” by Judas Priest
Memorable Lyrics: “We move so fast it seems as though we’ve taken to the sky / Love machines in harmony, we hear the engines cry”
Nothing says forever like turbocharged songs about love.
“You Could Be Mine,” by Guns N’ Roses
Memorable Lyrics: “I said you could be / You Should be / You could be Mine”
If you’re looking for a fun reception song, this is an option to get your guests talking!
“Let Me Put My Love Into You,” by AC/DC
Memorable Lyrics: “Like a fever / Burning faster / You spark a fire in me”
AC/DC isn’t one to keep their feelings a secret, and this song is a clear declaration of wanting to put love into someone.
“Canon Rock,” by Jerry C.
Memorable Lyrics: “And I can’t help myself / All I, wanna hear you say is ‘Are You Mine?’”
This arrangement of Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D major is a great option for honoring the traditional, but with a heavier edge!
“White Wedding (Parts 1 and 2),” by Billy Idol
Memorable Lyrics: “It’s a nice day for a white wedding / It’s a nice day to start again!”
Billy Idol’s iconic “White Wedding” uses imagery to paint a picture of a wedding day where things start anew. However, reading deeper into the lyrics reveals Idol’s perspective is a love left behind.
“Love Walks In,” by Van Halen
Memorable Lyrics: “And then you sense a change / Nothing feels the same / All your dreams are strange / Love comes walking in”
“Love Walks In” uses alien imagery to paint a picture of understanding without having to speak.
“I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” by The Darkness
Memorable Lyrics: “I believe in a thing called love / Just listen to the rhythm of my heart / There’s a chance we could make it now”
Don’t let the band name fool you, this song is about believing in love.
“Cherry Pie,” by Warrant
Memorable Lyrics: “Cool drink of water, such a sweet surprise / Tastes so good, make a grown man cry”
This song might not be your first thought to add to your playlist, but there is no denying the singer is into their partner!