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Did any of your favorites make the list?

written by Kristi Kellogg Updated Jan 16, 2020

Wedding after wedding, there are some tunes that always make the final cut. From party anthems to rock ballads, oldies to country classics, these perennial favorites are guaranteed to get people out on the dance floor. Whether you’re making your own playlist or working with a DJ, there are certain songs that are essential for your reception.

Seattle-based wedding planner Julia Pavlovski suggests giving guests an option to jot down a song they’d like to hear when they RSVP. “That’s really helpful for the DJ as he’s structuring his song list because he already knows these are the songs that guests want to hear so he can work them into his playlist where they make sense,” she says. Alternatively, you can set up a station with a sign that says “DJ Put Your Record On” with a bowl and slips of paper where guests can make requests. Again, this will allow the DJ to work the requests into his playlist in a way that feels natural.

These are our picks for the 100 most requested wedding reception songs of all time.

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“I Gotta Feeling,” by The Black Eyed Peas

Lyrics of Love: “‘Cause I got a feelin’ (Wooh-ooh)/That tonight’s gonna be a good night”

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“Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars

Lyrics of Love: “Come on, dance/Jump on it/If you sexy then flaunt it”

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“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake

Lyrics of Love: “But you dance, dance, dance/And ain’t nobody leavin’ soon, so keep dancin’/I can’t stop the feelin’”

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“Crazy in Love,” by Beyoncé and Jay Z

Lyrics of Love: “I look and stare so deep in your eyes/I touch on you more and more every time”

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“I’ll Be,” by Edwin McCain

Lyrics of Love: “I’ll be your cryin’ shoulder/I’ll be love suicide/I’ll be better when I’m older/I’ll be the greatest fan of your life”

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“Cha Cha Slide,” by Mr. C The Slide Man

Lyrics of Love: “Right foot let’s stomp/Left foot let’s stomp/Cha cha now y’all/Now it’s time to get funky”

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“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” by Whitney Houston

Lyrics of Love: “Oh, I wanna dance with somebody/I wanna feel the heat with somebody”

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“Happy,” by Pharrell Williams

Lyrics of Love: “Because I’m happy/Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth”

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“SexyBack,” by Justin Timberlake

Lyrics of Love: “Dirty babe/You see these shackles, baby/I’m your slave/I’ll let you whip me if I misbehave” 

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“Party Rock Anthem,” by LMFAO and Lauren Bennett

Lyrics of Love: “Party rock is in the house tonight/Everybody just have a good time/And we gon’ make you lose your mind”

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“Shake It Off,” by Taylor Swift

Lyrics of Love: “But I keep cruising, can’t stop, won’t stop moving/It’s like I got this music in my mind, sayin’ gonna be alright”

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“Moves Like Jagger,” by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera

Lyrics of Love: “Take me by the tongue and I’ll know you/Kiss me ’til you’re drunk and I’ll show you all the moves like Jagger”

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“Jump Around,” by House of Pain

Lyrics of Love: “I came to get down, I came to get down/So get out your seat and jump around!”

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“Yeah,” by Usher

Lyrics of Love: “She’s saying, come get me/So I got up and followed her to the floor/She said, baby let’s go”

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“Mambo No. 5,” by Lou Bega

Lyrics of Love: “I do all to fall in love with a girl like you/’Cause you can’t run and you can’t hide/You and me gonna touch the sky”

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“Marry You,” by Bruno Mars

Lyrics of Love: “It’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do/Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you”

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“I Do,” by Colbie Caillat

Lyrics of Love: “You make we wanna say/I do, I do, I do, do do do do do do doo”

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“This is What you Came For,” by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna

Lyrics of Love: “Baby, this is what you came for/Lightning strikes every time she moves”

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“24K Magic,” by Bruno Mars

Lyrics of Love: “Tonight/I just want to take you higher/Throw your hands up in the sky/Let’s set this party off right”

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“OMG,” by Usher featuring will.i.am

Lyrics of Love: “Ooh (ooh) baby, you got it all/Sexy from her head to her toes/And I want it all, n’ all, n’ all”

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“This is How We Do It,” by Montell Jordan

Lyrics of Love: “This is how we do it/It’s Friday night and I feel alright”

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“Raise Your Glass,” by P!nk

Lyrics of Love: “Party crasher/Panty snatcher/Call me up if you a gangsta/Don’t be fancy, just get dancy/Why so serious?”

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“Because You Loved Me,” by Celine Dion

Lyrics of Love: “You gave me faith ’cause you believed/I’m everything I am/Because you loved me”

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“I Will Always Love You,” by Whitney Houston

Lyrics of Love: “And I wish to you joy and happiness/But above all this, I wish you love”

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“Genie in a Bottle,” by Christina Aguilera

Lyrics of Love: “If you wanna be with me/Baby there’s a price to pay/I’m a genie in a bottle/You gotta rub me the right way”

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“Hold My Hand,” by Hootie and the Blowfish

Lyrics of Love: “With a little peace and some harmony/We’ll take the world together/We’ll take them by the hand”

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“Baby One More Time,” by Britney Spears

Lyrics of Love: “When I’m not with you I lose my mind/Give me a sign/Hit me, baby, one more time”

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“The Macarena,” Los del Rio

Lyrics of Love: “Move with me/Chant with me/And if you’re good, I’ll take you home with me”

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“I’ll Make Love To You,” Boyz II Men

Lyrics of Love: “I’ll make love to you/Like you want me to/And I’ll hold you tight/Baby all through the night”

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“I Swear,” by All-4-One

Lyrics of Love: “I swear by the moon and the stars in the sky/And I swear like the shadow that’s by your side”

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“I Can Love You Like That by All-4-One

Lyrics of Love: “I can love you like that/I would make you my world/Move Heaven and Earth if you were my girl”

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“Fantasy,” by Mariah Carey

Lyrics of Love: “Mmm, baby, I’m so into you/Darlin’, if you only knew/All the things that flow through my mind”

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“I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden

Lyrics of Love: “I knew I loved you before I met you/I think I dreamed you into life”

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“As Long as You Love Me by Backstreet Boys

Lyrics of Love: “Don’t care what is written in your history/As long as you’re here with me”

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“Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” by Will Smith

Lyrics of Love: “You trying to flex on me/Don’t be silly/Gettin jiggy wit it/Na na na na na na na nana”

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“I Want It That Way,” by Backstreet Boys

Lyrics of Love: “But we are two worlds apart/Can’t reach to your heart/When you say/That I want it that way”

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“Always Be My Baby,” by Mariah Carey

Lyrics of Love: “You’ll always be a part of me/I’m part of you indefinitely/Boy don’t you know you can’t escape me?”

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“Baby Got Back,” by Sir Mix-A-Lot

Lyrics of Love: “I like big butts and I can not lie/You other brothers can’t deny”

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“What a Girl Wants,” by Christina Aguilera

Lyrics of Love: “What a girl wants, what a girl needs/Whatever makes me happy and sets you free.”

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“Shout,” by Otis Day and the Knights

Lyrics of Love: “Shout/Let it all out/These are the things I can do without”

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“Footloose,” by Kenny Loggins

Lyrics of Love: “You’re playing so cool, obeying every rule/Deep way down in your heart”

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“You Really Got Me,” by The Kinks

Lyrics of Love: “Girl, you really got me goin’/You got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’ now”

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“Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder

Lyrics of Love: “I never thought through love/We’d be making one as lovely as she”

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“YMCA,” by Village People

Lyrics of Love: “They have everything for you men to enjoy/You can hang out with all the boys”

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“Celebration,” by Kool & The Gang

Lyrics of Love: “It’s time to come together/It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure/Everyone around the world/Come on!”

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“Dancing Queen,” by ABBA

Lyrics of Love: “Ooh, see that girl/Watch that scene/Digging the dancing queen”

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“Brick House,” by Commodores

Lyrics of Love: “Ow, she’s a brick house/She’s mighty-mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out”

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“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” by Elton John and Kiki Dee

Lyrics of Love: “Don’t go breaking my heart/I couldn’t if I tried/Honey, if I get restless/Baby, you’re not that kind”

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“September,” by Earth, Wind & Fire

Lyrics of Love: “Remember how we knew love was here to stay/Now December found the love that we shared in September”

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“Stayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees

Lyrics of Love: “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk/I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk”

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“Get Down Tonight,” KC & The Sunshine Band

Lyrics of Love: “Oh, do a little dance, make a little love/Get down tonight, get down tonight”

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“Africa,” by Toto

Lyrics of Love: “It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you/There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do”

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“In Your Eyes,” by Peter Gabriel

Lyrics of Love: “When I want to run away/I drive off in my car/But whichever way I go/I come back to the place you are”

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“Sugar, Sugar,” by The Archies

Lyrics of Love: “Honey, ah sugar sugar/You are my candy girl/And you’ve got me wanting you”

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“Stand by Me,” by Ben E. King

Lyrics of Love: “I won’t cry, I won’t cry, no I won’t shed a tear/Just as long as you stand, stand by me”

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“Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours),” Stevie Wonder

Lyrics of Love: “Like a fool I went and stayed too long/Now I’m wondering if your love’s still strong”

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“Gimme Some Lovin’,” The Spencer Davis Group

Lyrics of Love: “And I’m so glad we made it/So glad we made it/I want, gimme some-a lovin’”

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“Forever Young, by Rod Stewart

Lyrics of Love: “Be courageous and be brave./And in my heart you’ll always stay”

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“Uptown Girl,” by Billy Joel

Lyrics of Love: “Uptown girl/She’s been living in her uptown world/I bet she’s never had a backstreet guy”

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“L-O-V-E,” by Nat King Cole

Lyrics of Love: “Take my heart and please don’t break it/Love was made for me and you”

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“Here Comes the Sun,” by The Beatles

Lyrics of Love: “Here comes the sun/Here comes the sun, and I say/It’s all right”

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“God Only Knows,” by The Beach Boys

Lyrics of Love: “God only knows what I’d be without you/If you should ever leave me”

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“How Will I Know,” by Whitney Houston

Lyrics of Love: “How will I know if he really loves me?/I say a prayer with every heartbeat/I fall in love whenever we meet”

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“My Prerogative,” by Bobby Brown

Lyrics of Love: “They say I’m crazy/I really don’t care/That’s my prerogative”

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“Dancing Queen,” by ABBA

Lyrics of Love: “You are the dancing queen/Young and sweet/Only seventeen”

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“You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” by Aretha Franklin

Lyrics of Love: “‘Cause you make me feel/You make me feel/You make me feel like/A natural woman”

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“The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra

Lyrics of Love: “There is nothing for me but to love you/And the way you look tonight”

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“Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” by Dean Martin

Lyrics of Love: “How lucky can one guy be?/I kissed her and she kissed me/Like the fella once said/’Ain’t that a kick in the head?’”

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“Come Fly with Me,” by Frank Sinatra

Lyrics of Love: “It is perfect for a flying honeymoon, they say/Come on fly with me, we’ll fly, we’ll fly away, we’ll fly”

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“The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra

Lyrics of Love: “I will feel a glow just thinking of you/And the way you look tonight”

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“That’s Amore,” by Dean Martin

Lyrics of Love: “When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine/That’s amore”

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“Volare,” by Dean Martin

Lyrics of Love: “No wonder my happy heart sings/Your love has given me wings”

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“I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” by Frank Sinatra

Lyrics of Love: “I’ve got you under my skin/I have got you, deep in the heart of me/So deep in my heart that you’re really a part of me”

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“Pour Some Sugar On Me,” by Def Leppard

Lyrics of Love: “Pour some sugar on me/Ooh, in the name of love”

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“Livin’ On A Prayer,” by Bon Jovi

Lyrics of Love: “Woah, we’re half way there/Woah, livin’ on a prayer/Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear”

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“Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lyrics of Love: “Sweet home Alabama/Where the skies are so blue/Sweet home Alabama/Lord, I’m coming home to you”

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“Sweet Child O’ Mine,” by Guns N’ Roses

Lyrics of Love: “She’s got a smile it seems to me/Reminds me of childhood memories”

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“Don’t Stop Believin’,” by Journey

Lyrics of Love: “Just a small town girl/Living in a lonely world/She took the midnight train/Going anywhere”

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“Jessie’s Girl,” by Rick Springfield

Lyrics of Love: “Like Jessie’s girl/I wish that I had Jessie’s girl/Where can I find a woman/Where can I find a woman like that”

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“I Want to Know What Love Is,” by Foreigner

Lyrics of Love: “I want to know what love is, I want you to show me/I want to feel what love is, I know you can show me”

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“Free Fallin’,” by Tom Petty

Lyrics of Love: “She’s a good girl, crazy ’bout Elvis/Loves horses and her boyfriend too”

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“Friends in Low Places,” by Garth Brooks

Lyrics of Love: “‘Cause I got friends in low places/Where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases my blues away”

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“You’re Still the One,” by Shania Twain

Lyrics of Love: “When I first saw you, I saw love/And the first time you touched me, I felt love”

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“The Rest Of Our Life,” by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Lyrics of Love: “So I take your hand and ask you/Have you made plans for the rest of your life?”

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“Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” by Luke Bryan

Lyrics of Love: “Shake it for the young bucks sittin’ in the honky-tonks/For the rednecks rockin’ ’til the break of dawn”

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“Wagon Wheel,” by Darius Rucker

Lyrics of Love: “So rock me momma like a wagon wheel/Rock me momma any way you feel”

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“It’s Your Love,” by Tim McGraw with Faith Hill

Lyrics of Love: “It’s your love/It just does something to me/It sends a shock right through me”

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“Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” by Brooks & Dunn

Lyrics of Love: “They got whiskey women music and smoke/It’s where all the cowboy folk/Go to boot scootin’ boogie”

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“When You Say Nothing At All,” by Alison Krauss

Lyrics of Love: “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”

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“From this Moment On,” by Shania Twain

Lyrics of Love: “From this moment as long as I live/I will love you, I promise you this”

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“Forever and Ever, Amen,” by Randy Travis

Lyrics of Love: “Oh, baby, I’m gonna love you forever/Forever and ever, amen”

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“Chicken Fried,” by the Zac Brown Band

Lyrics of Love: “See the love in my woman’s eyes/Feel the touch of a precious child/And know a mother’s love”

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“I Need You,” by Leann Rimes

Lyrics of Love: “But I’ve got all I want/When it comes to loving you/You’re my only reason/You’re my only truth”

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“Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” by Elton John

Lyrics of Love: “And can you feel the love tonight?/It is where we are/It’s enough for this wide-eyed wanderer/That we’ve got this far”

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“Daughters,” by John Mayer

Lyrics of Love: “On behalf of every man/Looking out for every girl/You are the God and weight of her world”

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“Truly Madly Deeply,” by Savage Garden

Lyrics of Love: “I’ll be your dream, I’ll be your wish, I’ll be your fantasy./I’ll be your hope, I’ll be your love, be everything that you need.”

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“All of Me by,” John Legend

Lyrics of Love: “‘Cause all of me/Loves all of you/Love your curves and all your edges/All your perfect imperfections”

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“At Last,” by Etta James

Lyrics of Love: “At last my love has come along/My lonely days are over and life is like a song, oh yeah”

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“Unchained Melody,” by The Righteous Brothers

Lyrics of Love: “Oh, my love, my darling/I’ve hungered, for your touch/A long, lonely time/Time goes by so slowly”

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“Stay with Me,” by Sam Smith

Lyrics of Love: “Oh, won’t you stay with me?/’Cause you’re all I need/This ain’t love, it’s clear to see/But darling, stay with me”