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Over 100 Recessional Songs To Close Your Ceremony With A Bang!

Last Updated: 14th February 2022

The song you walk back up the aisle to might not be your first thought when planning a wedding, but once you’ve chosen a first dance and which song you’ll walk down the aisle to, it tends to be where your mind wanders to next and certainly shouldn’t be overlooked.

You’ve just tied the knot and this needs to be celebrated immediately! As you and your new spouse take your first steps together as a married couple, the music you hear should be happy, a little upbeat but most importantly, reflect you as a couple. Your friends and family will be cheering, clapping and smiling, and the song you choose should emulate their joy as you’re walking out together.

Also known as wedding recessional songs, the tracks on this list have a more celebratory feel to them than the tracks we chose for our list of processional songs. We’ve included modern tracks, timeless classics, fun songs and beautiful classical pieces. Whatever type of music you’re into, there will be something to tickle your fancy and help you exit your wedding ceremony in style!

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Pop Recessional Songs

To really get that party feeling as you walk back up the aisle, choose one of these fun pop songs, which all all upbeat, singalong classics. Your guests will be dancing in the aisles before the party’s even begun!

A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay

Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead

Greatest Day – Take That

Higher Love – Steve Winwood

Love On Top – Beyoncé

Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie and the Blowfish

Two Hearts – Phil Collins

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

You Give Me Something – James Morrison

You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall And Oates

You’re the One That I Want – John Travolta and Olivia Newton John

Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

I Really Like You – Carly Rae Jepson

Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake

I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

Came Here For Love – Sigala ft. Ella Eyre

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Today Was A Fairytale – Taylor Swift

Save The Last Dance For Me – Michael Bublé

We Go Together – John Travolta & Olivia Newton John

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do – Abba

After All – Michael Bublé ft. Bryan Adams

Classical Recessional Songs

If you’d like a more elegant and sophisticated feel to your recessional walk, you’ll love these traditional classical pieces that are favoured by royalty. Whether you’re tying the knot in a church or not, these timeless masterpieces will never go out of style and will add a sense of occasion to your ceremony.

Toccata From Organ Symphony No. 5 – Widor

Prelude From Cello Suite No. 1 – J.S Bach

Crown Imperial: A Coronation March – William Walton

Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn

Allegro Maestoso – G. F. Handel

“Allegro” from Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 in G – J.S. Bach

Trumpet Tune and Air – Henry Purcell

Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah – G. F. Handel

Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks – G. F. Handel

Rock Recessional Songs

These classic tunes will inject a dose of energy into your guests and get them ready to rock! Never underestimate the power of a good rock song to elevate any part of your day, so a rock recessional song is a must for rock n roll couples.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police

Heroes – David Bowie

I’m A Believer – The Monkees

It Must Be Love – Madness

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

Starlight – Muse

Thank You – Led Zeppelin

You Make Loving Fun – Fleetwood Mac

You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

Got To Get You Into My Life – The Beatles

Beautiful Day – U2

You’re My Best Friend – Queen

The Power Of Love – Huey Lewis And The News

Thunderstruck – AC/DC

My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

Woman – John Lennon

Mr Blue Sky – ELO

All My Loving – The Beatles

Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys

Soul And Motown Recessional Songs

It’s hard to find a soul and Motown song that isn’t about love and these recessional songs are no exception. Their uplifting melodies and powerful messages will bring a joyous atmosphere to your first walk as a married couple.

You’re The First, My Last, My Everything – Barry White

Just The Two Of Us – Bill Withers

Everlasting Love – Love Affair

For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye

Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Frank Wilson

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – Four Tops

Higher And Higher – Jackie Wilson

It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead

This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole

Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder

For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

Celebration – Kool & The Gang

Indie Recessional Songs

Tuneful, cheerful and exciting, these indie tracks might be just what you’re looking for if you want to dance back up the aisle. Your guests’ toes will be tapping before they’ve even had their first glass of bubbly!

Best Day Of My Life – American Authors

Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Walking on a Dream – Empire of the Sun

You And Me Song – The Wannadies

You’ve Got The Love – Florence And The Machine

Paradise – George Ezra

Electric Feel – MGMT

On Top Of the World – Imagine Dragons

The Universal – Blur

Riptide – Vance Joy

Remember, any song will sound more intimate, personalised and unique when played by a live musician. Why not hire a string quartet, pianist, guitarist, acoustic singer or harpist to add some sparkle to your ceremony?

From all of us here at Entertainment Nation, we wish you the very best for your big day and hope you’ve found your dream recessional song!

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