Van Morrison is one of the most iconic Irish singers and has written some of the best loved songs of the 60s, 70s and 80s. As a result, many of his big hits have become popular modern wedding songs.
Known as “Van the Man” by his fans, Van Morrison also earned the nickname “The Belfast Cowboy” for his love of American music, particularly jazz, blues, R&B and country. Morrison’s music itself is a unique blend of these types of music as well as Celtic folk music.
Morrison’s songs have become popular at weddings because they are often fun, upbeat tunes punctuated with beautifully sentimental lyrics about love and romance.
Morrison’s vocal delivery runs the gamut of human emotion—from the aggressive growl in songs like “Here Comes the Night” to the tender, laid back delivery on tracks like “Have I Told You I Love You Lately.” His timing is impeccable. On songs like “Into the Mystic” Van Morrison plays with the musical space that has been allotted to him, often not coming in on the downbeat, but rather somewhere else less expected but nonetheless perfect.
Since Van Morrison collaborated with the Chieftains on the album Irish Heartbeat, during which they covered many traditional Irish songs, some of these covers would also be a great choice for couples looking to play Irish music at their wedding. Some traditional Irish wedding songs Morrison and the Chieftains covered include I’ll Tell Me Ma, Star of the County Down and My Lagan Love.
The following is a list of popular Van Morrison wedding songs:
Van Morrison Processional Songs:
Into the Mystic
Into the Mystic is a ballad written by Van Morrison. The song was released on Morrison’s 1970 album titled “Moondance.” The song is ranked at number 474 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Its soothing, medium-paced tempo and romantic lyrics about being one with the universe makes it one of Van Morrison’s most requested wedding songs.
Crazy Love is a ballad written by Van Morrison. The song was released on Morrison’s 1970 album titled “Moondance.” It was released as a single in May of 1970. The song has been covered by numerous artists including Michael Bublé. With its medium-paced tempo and romantic lyrics about being in love, it’s a great song to walk down the aisle to.
Have I Told You Lately
Have I Told You Lately is a ballad written by Van Morrison. The song was released on Morrison’s 1989 album titled Avalon Sunset. It was released as a single on June 5, 1989 and reached number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 12 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. Morrison recorded a version of the song with The Chieftains in 1995 which won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The song was famously covered by Rod Stewart in 1991. With its heartfelt lyrics and slow tempo, it is no wonder is has become one of Morrison’s most played songs at weddings.
Van Morrison Recessional Songs:
Brown Eyed Girl
Brown Eyed Girl was written by Van Morrison. The song was released on Morrison’s 1967 album titled “Blowin’ Your Mind” and has since become his most well-known song. The song was released as a single in June of 1967 and reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The success of this song was a turning point in Morrison’s career because it led to his relocation to the United States and won him a contract with Warner Bros. Records. In 2011, “Brown Eyed Girl” became one of only ten songs to have received 10 million US radio air plays and the song remains the most downloaded and most played song of the entire 1960s decade. Although the song is about a past love, its instantly recognizably guitar intro, upbeat tempo and sentimental lyrics make it a great choice for a recessional song.
Moondance is a song written by Van Morrison. It is the title track of Morrison’s 1970 album “Moondance.” The song was not released as a single until November of 1977. It reached number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is ranked at number 231 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. This swinging, jazzy song with celebratory lyrics about love and romance makes for a great recessional song.
The Way Young Lovers Do
The Way Young Lovers Do is a song written by Van Morrison. The song was released on Morrison’s 1968 album titled Astral Weeks. The swinging drums, upright bass, horn arrangements, and uptempo feel on this track compliment Van Morrison’s emotional vocal delivery. All of these elements make this tune perfect for the recessional.
Into the Mystic
Have I Told You Lately
These Are the Days
For other modern Irish songs, check out my article on U2 wedding songs.