Matt talks about the best songs to play as the wedding couple cuts their wedding cake during your wedding reception. Hear some song lyrics that go with the cut-the-cake songs too!
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Welcome to episode number 72 of the Wedding Songs Podcast. I am Matt Campbell. And today I’m gonna be talking about 100 songs to play while you’re cutting your wedding cake at your wedding reception. Now, if you prefer to read the list or listen to the list you can do so on our website, MyWeddingSongs.com, just go to the main menu under song ideas, and the link is right there. And while you’re there, make sure you sign up for our monthly newsletter, the music letter as we call it. It’s a monthly newsletter of all of the new songs released in the prior month that are perfect for weddings and also other unique wedding songs to play and add to your wedding day playlist. So I will be giving these songs today by genre, starting off with rock, and then I will list them by the year that they were released, starting with the newest.
So like I said, the first genre is rock. And the first song released this year of 2022 by Surf Curse is called “Sugar” If you’re looking for a more upbeat alternative rock song to play. Next up in 2013 is the very popular wedding song “Best Day Of My Life” by American Authors with the lyrics…this is gonna be the best day of my life. In 2010 Train released “marry Me” with the lyrics…now that the wait is over, and love has finally showed her my way. Marry me. Also in 2010, One Republic released “Good Life” with the lyrics…When everything is out, you gotta take it in, oh, this has gotta be the good life. In 2008, Michael Franti & Spearhead released “Say, Hey, I Love You”, for a more uptempo song, with the lyrics…The more I see the less I know, but I know one thing, that I love you, baby girl, I love you. I love you. I love you.
In 2005, Jack Johnson released “Better Together” with the lyrics…And there is no combination of words I could say, but I will still tell you one thing we’re better together. Going along with the cake theme, in 2001 the group Cake released “Love You Madly” with the lyrics…When I kiss your lips, I want to sink deep down to the bottom of the sea. I want to love you madly. In 2000, U2 released “Beautiful Day” with the lyrics… It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away. Also by U2 in 1998, “The Sweetest Thing” with the lyrics,..you know, I got black eyes, but they burnso brightly for her. This is a blind kind of love. Oh, oh, oh, the sweetest thing.
The next song may not be appropriate for every wedding, but if you’re a Hair Band fan, then “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard. And in 1984, Spinal Tap released “Cups and Cakes” (if you’re having cupcakes for your wedding cake) with the lyrics…cups and cakes, cups and cakes, I’m so full my tummy aches. In 1984, Tina Turner released “Better Be Good to Me”. I guess you could really have this as a theme so that way you don’t get smashed in the face with cake. This includes the lyrics…and I don’t have no use for what you loosely call the truth. You better be good to me. Another theme song is “Cuts Like a Knife” by Brian Adams in 1983. In 1980, Pat Benatar with “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” if you are gonna do the smashing of the cake. In 1975, Aerosmith released “Sweet Emotion” with the lyrics…Well, I got good news. She’s got a real good liar. Cuz the backstage boogie sets your pants on fire, sweet emotion. To complete our rock suggestions is the Beatles “All You Need Is Love” in 1967 and in 1963 “Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs with the lyrics,..you can understand why I’ve got to get back to that sugar shack.
Next up we have Pop cake cutting songs with the first song released in 2020 by Justin Bieber called “Yummy” and in 2019 Harry Styles with “Watermelon Sugar” with the lyrics…I’m just thinking out loud. I don’t know if I could ever go without watermelon sugar high. In 2019 Taylor Swift released “Lover” with the lyrics…And you’ll save all your dirtiest jokes for me, and at every table, I’ll save you a seat. Another cake-themed song released in 2015 is DNCE’s song “Cake By The Ocean”. This may not be appropriate for everyone if you really do listen to the lyrics and know the meaning of the song, but a lot of couples do choose this for their cake cutting.
Also in 2015 is “Sugar” by Maroon 5 with the lyrics…Yeah, you show me good loving, make it all right. Need a little sweetness in my life. Sugar. Yes, please. In 2014, Ed Sheeran released “Thinking Outloud” with the lyrics…Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars. Place your head on my beating heart. I’m thinking out loud. In 2011, Christina Perry released “A Thousand Years” and in 2010, “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars with the lyrics…the whole world stops and stares for a while. Cuz girl, you’re amazing just the way you are. The second Taylor Swift song on our list is “Today Was A Fairytale” released in 2010 with the lyrics…fell in love when I saw you standing there, It must have been the way today was a fairy tale. In 2009, Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat teamed up for “Lucky” with lucky I’m in love with my best friend. Lucky to have been where I have been.
In 2008, Plain White T’s released “1, 2, 3, 4 (I Love You) with the lyrics…There’s only one way (one) to say (two), Those three words (three) and that’s what I’ll do… (four), I love you (I love you). In 2007, Michael Buble released a mid-tempo song “Everything” with the lyrics…It’s you, it’s you, you make me sing. You’re every line. You’re every word. You’re everything. In 2006, Gwen Stefani released “The Sweet Escape” with the lyrics…And I could be your favorite girl forever, perfectly together. And tell me, boy now wouldn’t that be sweet. Michael Buble second song released in 2005 is ‘How Sweet It Is” with the lyrics…I just want to stop and thank you baby. Whoa. Yeah. How sweet it is to be loved by you. In 2002, Kelly Clarkson released “A Moment Like This” with the lyrics…Can’t we make this dream last forever and I’ll cherish us all the love we share. In1980 Hall & Oates released “You Make My Dreams” that one’s a little bit out of order because in 1998, Stephen Lynch released grow old with you. This is a song that was also done by Adam Sandler from the wedding singer.
In 1997, Sixpence None The Richer released “Kiss Me” with the lyrics…strike up the band and make the fireflies dance. Silver moon sparkling. So kiss me. In 1993, “Ice Cream” by Sarah McLaughlin (if you happen to have an ice cream wedding cake) with the lyrics…Your love is better than ice cream, better than anything else that I’ve tried. In 1969, The Archies released “Sugar, Sugar” with the lyrics…Aah, sugar, ah, honey, honey, you are my candy girl. And you got me wanting you. In 1968 the Disco song “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” by Ohio Express. That’s pretty self-explanatory and hopefully, your cake is yummy. Just like Justin Bieber said earlier. And in 1967, “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, if you’re looking for a classic jazz song. In 1964, The Dixie Cups released “Chapel Of Love” with the lyrics …Gee I really love you and we’re gonna get married, going to the chapel of love. In 1961, Elvis Presley with “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and all of the covers that have been done of this song. In 1958, “Lollipop” by The Chordettes with the lyrics sweeter than candy on a stick, huckleberry cherry or lime. If you had a choice he’d be your pick, but lollipop is mine. So if you happen to have cake pops as your wedding cake, this could be the perfect song for you.
In 1953, Dean Martin released “That’s Amore” with the lyrics…When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that’s Amore. And finally, in 1951, Louis Armstrong released “A Kiss To Build A Dream On” with the lyrics…Imagination will make that moment live. Give me what you alone can give a kiss to build a dream on.
Next up we have R & B cake cutting songs. The first one was released in 2021 “Wedding Cake” by DVSN and Ty Dolla $ign with the lyrics…We gonna play some Marvin Gay, then go and throw on Maxwell Mary J, then burn that jagged edge like it’s our wedding day. In 2020, if you’re looking for a mid-tempo song, “Love Somebody” by Rotimi (hopefully I said that correctly) with the lyrics…until you love somebody like 1, 2, 3, trust me, you haven’t lived until you love somebody. In 2019, Robin Thick released “When You Love Somebody” with the lyrics…Cuz when you love somebody and need somebody, no need to fight it. So help me, help you love somebody, and need somebody, will be somebody. So help me help you love. Snoh Aalegra released “Find Somebody Like You” with the lyrics…I’ve been waiting my whole life to find someone like you, find someone like you. In 2018. One of my favorite R&B wedding songs is “Beyond” by Leon Bridges, and in 2018 Tamia released “Today I Do” with the lyrics…Crowded room, but my eyes are only on you, can’t take them off cuz I’m watching my dreams come true. In 2017, Arika Kane and. Kmelz released “Wonderful” with the lyrics…If I could show you how much I love you, I would.
In 2017, “I’m Blessed” by Charlie Wilson, featuring T.I. with the lyrics…Ask me how I’m doing, I’m blessed. Yes. Living every moment. No regrets. In 2017, H.E.R. released “Every Kind Of Way” with the lyrics…I’ll never give up. Stay here forever, babe. It don’t get no better than this. Your kiss. In 2016 MAJOR released “Why I Love You” with the lyrics…I found love in you. And I learned to love me too. Never have. I felt that I could be all that you see. It’s like our hearts have intertwined into the perfect harmony. In 2013, John Legend released “All of Me” and Beyonce released “Love On Top” in 2011. Another very popular cake theme song is “Birthday Cake” by Rihanna in 2011 with the lyrics…I know you want it in the worst way. Can’t wait to blow my candles out. You want that cake cake cake. So the theme may not be appropriate for weddings, but if you love this song, a lot of couples have selected that for their cake-cutting song.
In 2011, “Because Of You” by Ne-Yo with the lyrics…I’m so strung out on you. I can barely move, but I like it. And it’s all because of you. In 2000 Sade released “By Your Side” with the lyrics…Oh, when you’re low, I’ll be there by your side, baby. The classic love song from the nineties, “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo in 1998 with the lyrics…all my life I prayed for someone like you and I thank God that I, that I finally found you. One of my favorite R&B cake-cutting songs is “The Sweetest Thing” by Lauren Hill in 1997 with the lyrics…Ooo baby, just to hear you speak makes me argue just to see how much you’re in love with me. See like a queen, a queen upon her throne
In 1989 Surface released “Shower Me With Your Love” with the lyrics…Like the stars that shine way up in the sky. Our love will live forever. “Cut The Cake” by Average White Band in 1975 really describes the process of cutting the wedding cake. And “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole in 1975. In 1972, Bil Withers released “Lean On Me” with the lyrics…lean on me when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend. I’ll help you carry on. This is a very popular wedding song that you could play throughout your wedding day. In 1970, Stevie wonder released “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”. And in 1968, The Foundations released “Build Me Up Buttercup” with the lyrics…I need you. I need you more than anyone darling. You know that I have from the start.
In 1965, The Four Tops released “I Can’t Help Myself (SugarPie, Honey Bunch)”. And in 1964, “L O V E” by Nat King Cole with the lyrics…L is for the only way you look, you looking at me O is the only one I see V is very, very extraordinary. E is even more than anyone that you adore. “Stand By Me” by Ben E King in 1961. In 1960 “At Last” by Etta James with the lyrics…At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over and life is like a song.
Next up we have Country cake-cutting songs, starting off with one of my favorite songs on the whole list for Country fans is “Make It Sweet” by Old Dominion released in 2018 with the lyrics…don’t waste another mile or another minute not kissing me. Life is short, make it sweet. In 2016, LANCo released “Greatest Love Story” with the lyrics…Cuz I’m what you wanted and you’re what I need. So let’s meet in between. We’re gonna be the greatest love story this town has ever seen.
“Honeybee” by Blake Shelton in 2011, with the lyrics…I’ll be your shade tree. You’ll be my honeysuckle. I’ll be your honeybee. “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland in 2010 for an upbeat song. “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett in 2015. In 2010, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” by Thompson Square with the lyrics…I think, you know, I love you a lot. I think we’ve got a real good shot. Are you gonna kiss me or not? “Sweet Thing” by Keith Urban was released in 2009 with the lyrics…And there’s no way I’ll be leaving till we’re kissing on the port swing. Oh my little sweet thing. “Love Story” in 2008 by Taylor Swift with the lyrics…don’t be afraid. We’ll make it out of this mess. It’s a love story, baby. Just say yes.
In 2004, “Lost In This Moment” by Big & Rich with the lyrics…waiting my whole life for this, watching all my dreams come true. Lost in this moment with you. “Little Moments” by Brad Paisley in 2003 with the lyrics…when she steals my heart again and doesn’t even know it. Yeah, I live for little moments like this. Like your cake cutting at your wedding. In 1999, “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw with the lyrics…I don’t know where I’d be without you here with me. Life with you makes perfect sense. You’re my best friend. Another very popular first dance song. Next up is “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain in 1998. And “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill in 1997 with the lyrics…It’s your love. It just does something to me. It sends a shock right through me. I can’t get enough.
And there you have our Country songs. Next up is our Folk cake, cutting songs, starting off in 2012 with “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers with the lyrics…I belong with you. You belong with me. You’re my sweetheart. “I Do” by Colbie Caillat in 2011 with the lyrics…you make me wanna say I do. I do I do. I do. I do… love you. In 2010, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros released “Home” with the lyrics…I’ll follow you into the park, through the jungle, through the dark girl. I never love one like you. In 2008, Ray Lamontagne with “You Are The Best Thing” with the lyrics…It’s like you see right through me and make it easier. You please me and don’t even have to try. Oh, because you are the best thing. In 2006, Ingrid Michaelson released “The Way I Am” with the lyrics,…cuz I love the way you call me baby. And you take me the way I am. And finally, in 1975, James Taylor released “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” with the lyrics…how sweet it is to be loved by you. It’s like sugar sometimes how sweet it is to be loved by you, and just for R&B fans make sure you check out the Marvin gay version of this song as well.
Next up we have Jazz songs, which we could have put Lou Armstrong in this, and also Michael Buble, just depends on how you wanna categorize those songs. In 2011, “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera with the lyrics,..he’s a one-stop shop makes my cherry pop. He’s a sweet-talking sugar-coated Candyman. In 1993, Harry Connick Jr. with “Recipe For Love” with the lyrics,..just a dash of kisses to make it all complete. And that’s the recipe for making love. He returns in 1991 with “It Had To Be You” with the lyrics…for nobody else gave me a thrill with all your faults. I love you still. It had to be you, wonderful you.
In 1964, Frank Sinatra & Count Basie with “Fly Me To The Moon ( In other words)”, with the lyrics…you are all I long for all I worship and adore. In other words, please be true. In other words, I love you. Frank Sinatra has the two next songs as well “The Way You Look Tonight” in 1964, and also in 1955, “Love And Marriage” with the lyrics…love and marriage, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. And last up we have other cake-cutting songs with a mishmash of genres with the first one being in the K-Pop genre.
In 2020 “Ice Cream” by Blackpink with Selena Gomez with the lyrics…looking so good. Yeah, looking so sweet. Hey looking good enough to eat. In 2016 “Cake” by Flo Rida & 99 Percent, in the Hip Hop genre, with the lyrics…I didn’t come here to stay. I came to leave with somebody. I only came for the cake. “Over the Rainbow” in 1990 by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole with the lyrics…somewhere over the rainbow, way up high and the dreams that you dream of once in a lullaby. In1982, under New Wave, “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow with the lyrics…You’re my guy. Just with the doctor ordered so sweet. You make my mouth water. So if you have a candy display for your wedding reception, this could be a great song to play for that. And finally, if you’re gonna have a smashing of the cake, then the “Jaws” theme by John Williams, released in 1977, is a great instrumental song to play.
So there you have it, 100 cake-cutting songs to play during your wedding reception. If you prefer to read the list or listen to the list you can do so on our website, my wedding songs.com, just go to song ideas in the main menu, and the link’s right there. And while you’re there, make sure you sign up for our monthly newsletter of song suggestions. We give you all the new wedding songs released in the prior month. And this is our second episode of May. So this concludes our two episodes of May. Next up I’m gonna have two new episodes in June with the first one being Anniversary songs. So these are songs that you could wish somebody, a happy anniversary with, or a song that you could play as your anniversary dance song at your reception. Thanks for listening and have a great day.
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