When choosing a wedding day playlist, there’s a lot to consider besides the music you’ll want your guests to let loose to at your reception.
You’ll need to consider ceremony, processional, and cocktail hour tunes. Not to mention the soundtrack to your first dance and the cutting of the cake!
Well, look no further than the British icon, Rod Stewart. Spanning over six decades, Rod’s got all the tunes from romantic love ballads to get your booty on the dance floor jams.
Here are some of our favorite Rod Stewart wedding songs to help get you inspired!
“You’re in My Heart” – Footloose & Fancy-Free (1977)
One of the ultimate love songs of all time, “You’re in My Heart” is a must-have on your wedding playlist.
With a haunting melody featuring guitar, violin, and beautiful lyrics, this tune may be the perfect song for your first wedding dance.
“You’re in my heart, you’re in my soul/You’ll be my breath should I grow old/You are my lover, you’re my best friend/You’re in my soul”
“Forever Young” – Out of Order (1988)
There will not be a dry eye in the house if you choose this classic love ballad for a special moment like your father/daughter or mother/son dance.
The words speak of unconditional love and support and ultimately setting someone free.
Co-written with Bob Dylan, Jim Cregan, and Kevin Savigar, “Forever Young” is another big YES for your wedding music.
“May the good Lord be with you/Down every road, you roam/And may sunshine and happiness/Surround you when you’re far from home”
“Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” – A Night on the Town (1976)
This quintessential sappy ’70s song will have you and your bridal party singing along as you get ready for your big day.
A bit on the naughty side, this tune will definitely get you in the mood for love.
“Tonight’s the night/It’s gonna be alright/’Cause I love you girl/Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now”
“Have I Told You Lately” – Vagabond Heart (1991)
Originally written and recorded by Van Morrison, Rod Stewart’s cover version of “Have I Told You Lately” is slow and smooth. Rod’s vocal range really hits all the notes on this epic love ballad.
You could play this one literally anywhere on your wedding day and couples will start swaying and dancing.
“For the morning sun and all its glory/Greets the day with hope and comfort, too
You fill my heart with laughter/Somehow, you make it better/Ease my troubles, that’s what you do”
“Maggie May” – Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)
Classic Rod right here. Maggie May starts with a beautiful guitar solo and then goes into a jammy rhythm sure to get all of the wedding guests on the dance floor. Don’t be surprised if everyone sings this one at the top of their lungs.
“All I needed was a friend/To lend a guiding hand/But you turned into a lover, and mother what a lover!/You wore me out”
“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” – Blondes Have More Fun (1978)
Another song sure to get everyone moving with its disco vibe, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” needs to be on your wedding reception playlist.
One possible placement is during the garter toss if you are planning a garter one! Expect some dirty dancing.
“If you want my body and you think I’m sexy/Come on honey tell me so/If you really need me just reach out and touch me/Come on sugar let me know”
“Hot Legs” – Footloose & Fancy-Free (1977)
Rod Stewart is known for some risque songs and “Hot Legs” is no exception. Not sure what he was having in the 70s, but you and your wedding guests are probably going to want some of what he’s laying down here.
Honestly, the lyrics are pretty naughty. Maybe play this one later in the evening when the kids are napping or you might get some interesting questions.
“Gonna need a shot of vitamin E/By the time you’re finished with me/I’m talking to you
Hot legs/You’re an alley cat/Hot legs”
“Sometimes When We Touch” – If We Fall in Love Tonight (1996)
One of the things that keeps Rod Stewart relevant over so many decades is his ability to reinvent himself by recording cover songs.
“Sometimes When We Touch” is an epic sappy 70s tune originally written in `1977 by Dan Hill and Barry Mann.
The lyrics in this song are romantically raw and gorgeous, and Rod’s version is simply beautiful.
“And sometimes when we touch/The honesty’s too much/And I have to close my eyes and hide/I wanna hold you ’til I die/’Til we both break down and cry/I wanna hold you, ’til the fear in me subsides”
“You Wear It Well” – Never a Dull Moment (1972)
This classic Rod Stewart tune is upbeat and fun.
Not necessarily a dance song, “You Wear It Well” fits great as some background music. A possible placement might be while you and your new spouse are cutting your wedding cake.
“Well I suppose you’re thinking I bet he’s sinking/Or he wouldn’t get in touch with me/Oh I ain’t begging or losing my head/I sure do want you to know that you wear it well/There ain’t a lady in the land so fine”
“Broken Arrow” – Vagabond Heart (1991)
Written by Robbie Robertson, “Broken Arrow” was covered by Rod Stewart in 1991. The Robertson version is just as beautiful, but the song is most associated with Stewart.
This is a great song to put on your dinner playlist since it’s slow, soothing, and not too disruptive to conversations.
“Do you feel what I feel/Can we make it so that’s part of the deal/I’ve gotta hold you in these arms of steel/Lay your heart on the line, this time”
“Sailing” – Atlantic Crossing (1975)
“Sailing” is a beautiful tune that can be used in several places on your wedding day, it’s another slow love ballad that may be good for pre-ceremony music or as background music for cocktail hour or dinner.
The lyrics are a bit repetitive in a comforting way with somewhat of a spiritual undertone.
“I am sailing, I am sailing/Home again ‘cross the sea/I am sailing stormy waters/To be near you, to be free”
“Twistin’ the Night Away” – Never a Dull Moment (1972)
Rod puts a creative spin on this classic song written by Sam Cooke. A bit faster and harder than the original recording, this is a short song packed with a lot of energy to get you and your wedding guests pumped to get back on the dance floor after a lull.
“They’re twistin’, twistin’, everybody’s doing great/They’re twistin’ man, twistin’, they’re twistin’ the night away”
“Young Turks” – Tonight I’m Yours (1981)
With an early 80s synthesizer vibe, “Young Turks” is another hit almost everyone will know.
This song would work as some fun background music at cocktail hour.
“Because life is so brief/And time is a thief when you’re undecided/And like a fistful of sand/It can slip right through your hands”
“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” – Still the Same… Great Rock Classics of Our Time (2006)
Originally written by John Fogerty, “Have you Ever Seen the Rain” is another awesome cover by Rod Stewart.
With an infectious beat and memorable chorus, this is another one to expect everyone to get on the dance floor and sing at the top of their lungs.
“I want to know, have you ever seen the rain?/I want to know, have you ever seen the rain
Comin’ down on a sunny day?”
“Angel” – Never a Dull Moment (1972)
Rod does a beautiful version of this classic hit written by Jimi Hendrix. Smooth and jammy, you can hear a bit of the triangle in the background.
This one could go anywhere in your day, but may just be the perfect song to end on.
“Angel came down from Heaven yesterday/Stayed with me long enough to rescue me
And she told me a story yesterday/About the sweet love between the moon and the deep blue sea/Then she spread her wings high over me/She said she’s goin’ now, come back tomorrow”