The Beatles wrote some of the most beloved songs of the 20th century so it’s no surprise that many of their songs have become popular modern wedding songs.
The Beatles’ music transcends generations and resonates with so many people. Their songs, which are often about love, friendship and life in general, are usually accompanied by beautiful melodies and exquisite harmonies, making them perfect songs for your big day.
If you want to make The Beatles music a part of your wedding, here are some of the best Beatles wedding songs for each important moment of your ceremony and reception:
The Beatles Prelude Songs:
Across the Universe
Across the Universe was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was released on a 1969 charity compilation album, No One’s Gonna Change Our World. The song was not a big hit for the band but has since become a classic. It features an unconventional chord progression and floaty, psychedelic vocals.
If I Fell
If I Fell was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was released on The Beatles 1964 album, A Hard Day’s Night. In a 1980 interview with Playboy Magazine, Lennon said of the song, “That’s my first attempt at a ballad proper….It shows that I wrote sentimental love ballads way back when.” This track comes from mop-top era Beatles and features a beautiful two-part vocal harmony between Lennon and McCartney.
The Beatles Processional Songs:
In My Life
In My Life was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was released on The Beatles 1965 album, Rubber Soul. The song is listed on Rolling Stone magazine’s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” In My Life has been covered by numerous artists such as Johnny Cash, Ozzy Osbourne, Judy Collins, Boyz II Men, and Crosby Stills and Nash. The song’s wistful lyrical content is interrupted only briefly for George Martin, the secret “fifth Beatle,” to play baroque-esque piano solo. The piano solo was actually sped up to sound more like a harpsichord.
Something was written by The Beatles guitarist George Harrison, who is also the lead vocalist on the song. It was released on The Beatles 1969 album, Abbey Road. Something topped the charts in the United States and made it to the top five in the United Kingdom. The song showcases the brilliant musicianship of the late George Harrison with a tasteful guitar solo over the chords of the verse and the chorus.
The Beatles Recessional Songs:
All You Need is Love
All You Need is Love is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was released in 1967 as a single. The song was commissioned by the BBC to be performed at the first global live telecast, Our World. Since the telecast was airing at the height of the Vietnam War, The Beatles used the opportunity to write a song with a message of love. This track features a small orchestra playing with along with the Beatles. In addition to the triumphant trumpet fanfare that opens this track, there is also a lovely descending horn riff in the chorus, as well as some wonderful string arrangements for violin, cello, and double bass. The song concludes with a number of raucous horn solos that give way to a calm, peaceful outro accompanied by a flourish of harp strings.
Here Comes the Sun
Here Comes the Sun was written by George Harrison. It was released on The Beatles 1969 album, Abbey Road. The song was never released as a single but has since become a classic. Here Comes The Sun features the brilliant guitar work of George Harrison. The guitar manages to fit both the melody of the song and the accompanying chords all on one guitar, which is no easy task. The song also features some odd metrics, switching from 11/8 to 4/4 to 7/8 in the bridge.
All My Loving
All My Loving was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. It was released on The Beatles 1963 album, With The Beatles. The song became a number one hit in Canada but was never released as a single in the United States or the United Kingdom, yet it still received considerable radio airplay in those countries. This upbeat track starts off with fast tempo triplet strumming on the guitar and also features a beautiful two-part vocal harmony in the chorus.
Eight Days a Week
Eight Days a Week was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was released on The Beatles 1964 album, Beatles for Sale. The song became the band’s seventh number one hit in the United States in the span of a year. Eight Days A Week starts with a short, slow guitar intro that is abruptly ended by the fast tempo of the first verse. This song also features the signature two-part vocal harmonies of Lennon and McCartney.
Love Me Do
Love Me Do was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was released as a single in 1962. The song became a number one hit and remained in the Top 100 for 14 weeks. It was the band’s fourth number one hit in the span of a year. This song is a great example of The Beatles’ early work and features harmonica over the lovely two-part vocal harmony between Lennon and McCartney.
First Dance Songs:
When I’m Sixty-Four
When I’m Sixty-Four was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was released on the band’s 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was never released as a single but has since become a fan favorite. This tune’s sentimental lyrics are accented by a beautiful arrangement for clarinets on top of a bass line thumping on the first and third beats of the measure.
And I Love Her
And I Love Her was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was released on The Beatles 1964 album, A Hard Day’s Night. The song reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. And I Love Her opens with its signature acoustic guitar riff courtesy of George Harrison. This song also has a strong Latin influence thanks to Ringo playing bongos and claves on the drum track.
Here, There and Everywhere
Here, There and Everywhere was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was released on The Beatles 1966 album, Revolver. The tight three-part harmonies performed on this song by John, Paul, and George showcase what The Beatles were capable of vocally.