When it comes to wedding song lists, Ed Sheeran often tops the list. His songs are among the most popular for first dances at weddings according to a Spotify survey.
It’s easy to say Sheeran has mastered the love song and knows how to tug at your heartstrings with meaningful lyrics and memorable melodies. But for couples who want something other than a love ballad, Sheeran can also step it up with upbeat songs that make you move along.
We’ve combed through Sheeran’s extensive range of songs and picked out the top 10 best Ed Sheeran wedding songs. We’re sure there’s at least one in this list that you’re bound to love.
Here’s a look at the best Ed Sheeran wedding songs for you to choose from.
- 1- Thinking Out Loud (Album: X Multiply)
- 2- Perfect (Album: ÷ Divide)
- 3- Firefly (Album: Loose Change)
- 4- Photograph (Album: X Multiply)
- 5- Lego House (Album: + Plus)
- 6- Castle on the Hill (Album: ÷ Divide)
- 7- Shape of You (Album: X Multiply)
- 8- Lay It All on Me – Rudimental feat. Ed Sheeran (Album: We the Generation)
- 9- Tenerife Sea (Album: X Multiply)
- 10- Everything Has Changed – Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift (Album: Red)
1- Thinking Out Loud (Album: X Multiply)
Since it first came out, Thinking Out Loud became an instant favorite for first dances and wedding playlists, frequently topping best wedding song lists. It’s a romantic song of undying love, with everything you need in a song – meaningful lyrics, dramatic moments and a stunning melody. This song is ideal for a classic couple and a traditional feel.
Best Lyrics: Take me into your loving arms/ Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars/Place your head on my beating heart/I’m thinking out loud/Maybe we found love right where we are
2- Perfect (Album: ÷ Divide)
The second most played Ed Sheeran song at weddings, Perfect is a romantic ballad that talks about the realisation and growth of love. It’s the perfect song for a romantic first dance. The lyrics are simple and heartfelt, making it oh so relatable!
Best Lyrics: Baby, I’m dancing in the dark with you between my arms/Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song
3- Firefly (Album: Loose Change)
Not one of Sheeran’s most famous songs, but definitely one of his most heartfelt, Firefly is a slow tempo song that will make you feel like you’re the only two dancing in the room. The lyrics are enigmatic and take some decoding, but the overall meaning is of two people discovering their love and passion for each other.
Best Lyrics: I fell in love next to you/Burning fires in
this room/It just fits, light and smooth/
Like my feet in my shoes
4- Photograph (Album: X Multiply)
This is one of Sheeran’s most beautiful songs that’ll surely pull at your heartstrings. It’s a simple acoustic song that starts out slow and builds up emotionally, full of Ed’s trademark guitar techniques.
Best Lyrics: We keep this love in a photograph/We made these memories for ourselves/Where our eyes are never closing/Hearts are never broken/And time’s forever frozen still
5- Lego House (Album: + Plus)
One of Sheeran’s best-known songs, Lego House has a distinctive melody and heartfelt lyrics. Interspersed with some rap, it’s a cool song that’s great to dance to. It’s a love song that picks you up and makes you want to move.
Best Lyrics: And if it’s dark in a cold December, but I’ve got ya to keep me warm/And if you’re broken I’ll mend ya/And keep you sheltered from the storm that’s raging on now
6- Castle on the Hill (Album: ÷ Divide)
Castle on the Hill is an upbeat folk-rock song that makes you tap your feet, nod your head and just want to get up and dance. It’s perfect for a couple who want something a little more up tempo. The lyrics are nostalgic and evoke images of going home to your true love.
Best Lyrics: I’m
on my way/Driving at ninety down those country lanes/Singing to “Tiny
And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real/We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
7- Shape of You (Album: X Multiply)
Ideal if you’re after an up-tempo song for a choreographed dance sequence or just want to have some fun, Shape of You is insanely catchy and one of those songs that you just can’t get out of your head. If you’re not into ballads and think they’re too sentimental, this might be the song for you. If, however, you’re after more meaningful lyrics, then Shape of You might not be the best choice.
Best Lyrics: Girl, you know I want your love/Your love was
handmade for somebody like me
Come on now, follow my lead/I may be crazy, don’t mind me
8- Lay It All on Me – Rudimental feat. Ed Sheeran (Album: We the Generation)
Another upbeat song, this collaboration between Rudimental and Ed Sheeran is ideal if you want a meaningful Ed song that isn’t a ballad. Lay It All on Me is all about being there for each other, supporting each other through hard times and loving and being loved.
Best Lyrics: Let my love in, let my love in/Lay your heart
on me/If you’re hurting, if you’re hurting
Lay it all on me/You can lay it all on me
9- Tenerife Sea (Album: X Multiply)
Another trademark Ed-sounding song, Tenerife Sea is a love song about two people ignoring everyone else and basking in each other’s love. He starts by admiring how she looks and then goes into the chorus… I’m so in love. Can it get more perfect than that for a first dance song?
Best Lyrics: Should
this be the last thing I see/I want you to know it’s enough for me/
‘Cause all that you are is all that I’ll ever need/ I’m so in love
10- Everything Has Changed – Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift (Album: Red)
This guitar ballad with a combination of folk and pop styles is all about getting to know your new partner better. How appropriate are the lines All I know since yesterday is… everything has changed”. True that.
Best Lyrics: All I know since yesterday, yeah/Is everything has changed