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#1 of 40 Old 06-19-2008, 12:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DP and I are just doing a whole bunch of compilation CDs for our reception. We've got about 3 hours of music/53 songs so far. We need another hour or so worth. We've got everything from jazz to reggae to bluegrass to blues. I'm running out of ideas though. The personal music collection is comprised largely of hip-hop and well, just wouldn't really fit the occassion. We both hate pop and country. Any suggestions?
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Our song was Our House by Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Definitely not traditional but I'm not sure if it's cheesy, lol.

In My Life by The Beatles is a good one, too...
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Here's a list of some of what we have:

All About YouArthel Watson & David Grisman
As Time Goes ByBillie Holiday
Baby, I Love Your WayBig Mountain (reggae)
Beloved OneBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Better TogetherJack Johnson
Bring It On Home to Me Sam & Dave
By My Side Ben Harper
Crazy Love Maxi Priest
Dance Me to the End of LoveMadeleine Peyroux
Don't Wait Too LongMadeleine Peyroux
Down Here On the Ground (Ummah Remix)Grant Green featuring Dianne Reeves
Duppy Conqueror (Version 4)Bob Marley & The Wailers
Everything I Own Ken Boothe (reggae)
Falling SlowlyGlen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
ForeverBen Harper
Hello My BabyLadysmith Black Mambazo
Hummin' (Remix By Large Professor) Cannonball Adderley
I Can See Clearly NowJimmy Cliff
I Was Made To Love Her Stevie Wonder
If I Had the WorldDennis Brown
It Had To Be You David Grisman & Martin Taylor (accoustic guitar version)
It's Alright (Alternate Version)Bob Marley & The Wailers
J'Ai Deux Amours Madeleine Peyroux
Lively Up YourselfBob Marley
Makin' WhoopeeMartin Taylor, David Grisman & Acoustic Jazz Quartet
Maybe I'm AmazedLaurence Juber (accoustic guitar version)
Mellow MoodBob Marley & The Wailers
My Baby Just Cares for MeNina Simone
Naked As We CameIron & Wine
Northern SkyNick Drake
PleaseDavid Grisman & Martin Taylor
Sea of Love Cat Power
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Soul Shakedown PartyBob Marley & The Wailers
Stick by Me (And I'll Stick by You)John Holt
Stir It UpBob Marley & The Wailers
They Love Each OtherGrateful Dead
The Three of UsBen Harper
A Time to Remember (Remix)Osunlade
Try MeBob Marley & The Wailers
UnforgettableDavid Grisman & Martin Taylor
Upside DownJack Johnson
When the Night Feels My Song Bedouin Soundclash
Which WillNick Drake
Your Precious LoveD'Angelo & Erykah Badu
Zig ZagBob Marley & The Wailers
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"Be Mine" by REM
"Crazy Love" by Van Morrison
"Power of Two" by Indigo Girls
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I love you for sentimental reasons by nat king cole
Your love is better than ice cream by SArah mclaughlin
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By Your Side by Sade:
Quote:
you think i'd leave your side baby
you know me better than that
you think i'd leave you down when you're down on your knees
i wouldn't do that
i'll tell you you're right when you want
and if only you could see into me
ha ah ah ah ah ah

oh when you're cold
i'll be there
hold you tight to me

when you're on the outside baby and you can`t get in
i will show you you're so much better than you know
when you're lost and you're alone and you cant get back again
i will find you darling and i will bring you home

and if you want to cry
i am here to dry your eyes
and in no time
you'll be fine
...
This was the first dance at my friend's wedding and I still get teary when I hear it. The lyrics look a little sad, but it's a beautiful song.

The other songs from her wedding that were great (and took us back to our highschool days)
were
Push It by Salt n' Pepa
It Takes Two (To make a thing go right) by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
(ok, neither of those are love songs, but It Takes 2 could be a love song, and they are both fun dance songs.)
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You're Still Standing There - Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams
Talk to Me - Oasis
I'm The Man Who Loves You - Wilco
Always On My Mind - Phantom Planet
Indoor Fireworks - Elvis Costello
The Wedding Song - Bob Dylan
Sleepwalk - Ben Lee

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I'm a huge Nat King Cole fan also. How about "Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup"
Cole Porter song: Let's Do it, Let's fall in love. It's De-Lovely, I get a kick out of you.

I love the oldies: 30s, 40s. Bing Crosby is another fav.
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You may these all cheesy, but I'm kinda cheesy so that's ok

Origin of Love from Hedwig & the Angry Inch was our first dance at our wedding.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness (or Dorkness if you prefer )was the 2nd, hehe. It's such a silly fun song!

Reel Big Fish's version of Take on Me, love it! It's ska-riffic!

The Promise by When in Rome (cheese at its finest!)

Just Like Heaven - The Cure (Not a "happy" ending, but the Cure does it in such an upbeat way )

Your Song - Elton John

Such Great Heights - either The Postal Service or Iron & Wine's cover (that's our song)

I Never - Rilo Kiley
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Wanted to say that we also had both of those Nick Drake songs, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

I would have also have some Jack Johnson on there if I were doing it over again. I would have Banana Pancakes on there, I love that song!

Naked as We Came is a great one, too!

I realize on my computer I have a very limited # of anything love song related, and the large collection is on dh's computer.
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I'm a fan of cheesy--The Lion King, Moulin Rouge!, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, you name it. I do have some non-cheesy love songs, but they're all tragic and doomy.

'Such Great Heights' is lovely though, as is the Somewhere Over the Rainbow version by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

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these are some of the songs on my "husband" playlist on our ipods :

like you'll never see me again- alicia keys
I belong to you-lenny kravitz
lay your hands on me-beth hart
I'm yours-jason mraz

I have a ton more but they are all cheesy

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if i could have another wedding i'd learn to waltz and dance to At Last by Etta James. I watched skaters dance to it and have been in love with the song ever since.
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We were introduced to At Last! We'd been together for 9 years by the time we got married.

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong - was our 1st dance song. Still makes me cry every time I hear it!
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The first song that popped into my head was Forever by Ben Harper. And I looooove Such Great Heights (I've only heard the Iron&Wine version).

Some of these may be too pop (or cheesy) for you, but I like them

I'll Back You Up - Dave Matthews
The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson
When I'm 64 - The Beatles
Angel - Jack Johnson
Gotta Have You - The Weepies
Time After Time - Eva Cassidy
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Me & DH's songs...
Radiohead "True Love Waits"... there is an actual album version of it now, but when we got married in 2002 we used a bootleg It is our alltime #1 song... very romantic

Stone Temple Pilots "Beg for You" our #2 song.

Radiohead "All I Need" Sexy and clubby

Fleetwood Mac "Big Love" the live version from the Dance... really sexy and intense.

The B Good Tanyas "Don't You Fall" from Blue Horse... cute, pretty bluegrass waltz

And we had the John Lennon version of "Grow Old Along With Me" as our wedding dance. Nothing that John Lennon sings can be chessy

Oh! And "For the Longest Time" by Billy Joel... maybe too familiar, but I it.

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I am loving these songs! My DH made me a wonderful CD of (mostly) non-cheesy love songs a couple of years back, and I've wanted to return the favor. Lots of ideas here!

Here are some recommendations that come to mind... I wouldn't call any of these cheesy, but, of course, your mileage may vary:
"Such Great Heights" (which, I know, has already been mentioned)
"Soup on a Stick" by Brak (very silly song)
"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol
"Slide" by The Goo Goo Dolls (or "Iris")
"Kingdom Come" by Coldplay
"Yellow" by Coldplay
"Dolphins Cry" by Live
"Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica
"Desperately Wanting" by Better than Ezra
"Extra Ordinary" by Better than Ezra
"All Over You" by Live
"Crystal Baller" by Third Eye Blind (profanity included... but just once!)
"Still Remains" by Stone Temple Pilots (which I think is the "Beg for You" mentioned by a PP?)
"Blood Red Summer" by Coheed and Cambria
"Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5
"Beautiful" by Smashing Pumpkins
"All I Want is You" by Barry Louis Polisar
"Piazza, New York Catcher" by Belle and Sebastian
...maybe if I dig out my CD case I can come up with more. Hope something is helpful!

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Dh sang me a song at our reception

This one

dh sand and his brother played guitar.

Another of my favorite love songs is this one

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Oh, and banana pancakes as well as better together

And more

popcicle toes(ignore the video images, just listen)
Ice cream

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In the Colors - Ben Harper
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Beautiful - G. Love & Special Sauce
Last Request - Paolo Nutini
Two of Us - The Beatles

Pretty much anything by Pink Martini, but I highly recommend Amado Mio.

I'm sure I could come up with a lot more, except our computer crashed and we've only started to rebuild our iTunes collection.

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"Open Window" by Sarah Harmer was our wedding song.
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I'll Back You Up - Dave Matthews
Just coming to post this one! It's a fabulous wedding song.

Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
I'll Be That Girl - Bare Naked Ladies
Oh l'Amour - Erasure
How Soon Is Now - Morrissey
When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating
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Oh l'Amour - Erasure
I love this song - reminds me of college years. But for a wedding? Isn't it "broke my heart, now I'm aching for you"?
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Thanks for all of the fantastic suggestions! I've added quite a few of these to our play list.
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My parents had "You're My Home" by Billy Joel at their wedding as their special song. If DH and I had had a traditional wedding, I might have wanted to follow in their footsteps. It is probably my favorite love song.
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dh and i danced to as by stevie wonder.

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Extraordinary - Suicide Machines
The Luckiest - Ben Folds

Also, the Mr. T Experience has some cute punky songs, if you're into that. I just can't think of titles off of the top of my head.

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This makes me teary-eyed every time. It's so touching!

Someone moved my effing cheese.
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These were the songs on our wedding CD..

Never My Love - The Association (our song)
Love Is All Around - The Troggs
At Last - Etta James
Air That I BReathe - The Hollies
Always See Your Face - Love
As - Stevie Wonder
Do Ya - ELO
Ladies & Gentlemen We are Floating In Space - Spiritulized
Today I Met THe Boy I'm Gonna Marry - Darlene Love
May This Be Love - Jimi Hendrix
Tell Him - The Exciters
How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
Crimson & Clover - Tommy James
Inspiration Information - Shuggie Otis
SOmething - THe Beatles
Anyway that You Want Me - The Troggs
Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
This Will Be AN everlasting Love - Natalie COle
Concrete & Clay - Unit 4 +2
Baby I lOve you - THe Ronettes
You Got It - Roy ORbison

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One of my favorite musicians EVER, Jonathan Coulton, does a wonderful acoustic version of Baby Got Back

http://www.jonathancoulton.com/primer/listen/

It's the 4th one down.
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