14 Best Modern Cover Songs for a Wedding Playlist

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Are you looking for cover songs for your wedding? Popular songs get everyone to sing along and have fun.

My list of fun sing-along songs includes Perri, Legend, Elvis, Prince, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, and more.

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We’ve compiled our favorite cover songs that everyone will know and sing along to at your wedding or party. Heck, even you can sing to them alone in your bedroom and this doubles as a great starter list for karaoke. If you have a favorite cover song on YouTube, be sure to leave a comment on it below so we can add it to the list!

Fields of Gold – Boyce Avenue

(Sting cover)

A beautiful song for the wedding party to walk down the aisle to.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

See the west wind move like a lover so
Upon the fields of barley
Feel her body rise when you kiss her mouth
Among the fields of gold

song on Amazon

You’re Still The One – Teddy Swims

(Shania Twain cover)

A beautiful anniversary song for long-married couples.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You’re still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You’re still the one I want for life

song on Amazon

A Thousand Years – Boyce Avenue

(Christina Perri acoustic cover)

“A Thousand Years” was released for the hugely popular series Twilight. A wedding classic. Everyone will love the acoustic cover.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

song on Amazon

Photograph – Boyce Avenue feat. Bea Miller

(Ed Sheeran acoustic cover)

Not one of Sheeran’s most popular wedding songs but “perfect” for weddings.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts are never broken
And time’s forever frozen still

song on Amazon

Stand By Me – Music Travel Love

(Ben E. King cover)

A classic R&B love song covered in acoustic harmonies that everyone will be tapping their toes to.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

No I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

song on Amazon

Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

(Leonard Cohen cover)

One of the most coveted religious songs of all time in popular music. Buckley covers “Hallelujah” with guitar riffs and raw emotion.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

But remember, when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath, we drew was Hallelujah

song on Amazon

Say Something – Pentatonix

(A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera cover)

We could not create a list of covers without Pentatonix – the most well-known cappella group of today.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’ll be the one if you want me too

song on Amazon

Shape Of You – J.Fla

(Ed Sheeran cover)

Sheeran’s song was a dance floor filler. J.Fla’s cover is a great background song for the recessional to the cutting of the cake.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Girl, you know I want your love
Your love was handmade for somebody like me
Come on now, follow my lead

song on Amazon

No Diggity – Chet Faker

(BLACKstreet cover)

Chet covers “No Diggity” into a pop-rock song but creates his own vibe that everyone will love.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I can’t get her out of my mind
I think about the girl all the time
East side to the west side

song on Amazon

Nothing Compares 2 U – Chris Cornell

(Prince and Sinead O’Connor cover)

A classic song was written by a legend and made popular by the eccentric Sinead. The world will miss Cornell’s soulful sound. A rock cover that should be on everyone’s wedding playlist.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I know that living with you baby was sometimes hard
But I’m willing to give it another try

song on Amazon

Halo – LP [Live]

(Beyoncé cover)
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A seven-minute cover by an indie artist that will have everyone singing along and remembering this chart-topping single.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’m surrounded by your embrace
Baby, I can see your halo
You know you’re my saving grace

song on Amazon

Next, read a list of acoustic wedding songs.

When You Say Nothing At All – Music Travel Love

(Allison Krauss, Keith Whitley, and Ronan Keating cover)

A wedding song classic cover in an acoustic version that could highlight any wedding micro-moment.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

A touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
Now you say it best when you say nothing at all

song on Amazon

Africa – Weezer

(Toto cover)

Whether or not the rain is coming down in Africa or not, this rock cover will be a sing-along for the parents of the wedding couple that experienced the 80s.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do

song on Amazon

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Kina Grannis

(Elvis Presley cover)

Elvis’s song is a classic that will live in wedding infamy. However, Kina’s version is one of the best covers that everyone will recognize and love just as much.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Take my hand
Take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you

song on Amazon


What is a cover song?

Cover songs are a lot like karaoke in the way that the popularity of an old song can be revived by another artist’s interpretation of the song. With online video songs streaming services like Amazon and Spotify, sometimes even a cover version can become popular again. Did you hear Weezer’s “Africa” and wonder why your parents sang along? That’s because it was originally released in 1982 by Toto. Weezer’s version is a cover song.

Are instrumental songs cover songs?

Yes, instrumental songs are cover songs. However, you can’t sing along (unless it’s meant to be a vocal track; so we purposely left off covers of the Piano Guys and 2Cellos.

This list is for sing-along songs and it is difficult to sing along to a song without words. If you want, visit our list of instrumental versions of hit songs.

If you have a favorite cover song on YouTube, be sure to comment on it below so we can add it to the list!

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