Inspired by Kim Forrest
No matter where you are or what you’re listening to, music plays a big role in setting the mood. There’s many ways you could go when making your “marry me” playlist. When asking for your beloved’s hand in marriage, you could play something totally lovey-dovey and romantic, upbeat and fun, or maybe even a little silly. Your proposal song all depends on your personality and the ambiance you’re trying to create. You’ll also have to think about where you want you proposal to take place. If you’re interested in including a marriage proposal song in the big moment, you’ll want to choose a location where you and your partner will actually be able to hear the music (either at home or another private location would work far better than a loud restaurant or other public places).
Here are some of the top proposal songs to play as you pop the question. 🎶
Yes, we know—this is probably the most-played engagement song of the moment, but don’t hate. This upbeat, happy tune has all of the ingredients for a perfect proposal song—it’s a classic and even has the line “Just say I do…” What could be more perfect for the moment when you get down on one knee?
This song skews toward the more overtly romantic of the marriage proposal songs on this list, and with the line “I’ve got my heart set on our wedding day” it’s clear to see why. The lyrics are particularly emotional, so if you’re okay with tears flowing, have a mini pack of tissues in your pocket ready for when you hit “play” on this song. It’s a bit of an older tune, but if you’ve never heard of it, we recommend you take a listen.
A marriage proposal does not have to be an over-the-top event to be amazing. For those quieter, more relaxed proposals, this song is among our favourites. If you like, you can also include it in your wedding as a first dance song.
We love the sweet and lighthearted feel of this tune by Sara Bareilles, which totally reflects the happiness of this special moment. We also appreciate how this song expresses the ups and downs of a relationship with the lyrics: “We are not perfect/we learn from our mistakes/And as long as it takes/I will prove my love to you.” It’s one of the most “real” of the marry me songs on this list.
If your partner is into old-school R&B, this classic ‘90s tune is totally romantic (may be a little cheesy, but in the best possible way). The lyrics are absolutely perfect for a proposal song, including “For better or worse, ‘til death do us part/I’ll love you with every beat of my heart/And I swear.” Awww!
One of the most popular love songs in recent years, who could be a better embodiment of pure, adorable romance than John Legend and Chrissy Teigen? This marry me song truly sums up how it feels to be in love—the “I’m so dizzy, I don’t know what hit me” feeling, the idea of whole-heartedly loving someone for exactly who they are—imperfections and all.
This song was pretty much written to be one of the most-used engagement songs of the decade (just watch the video). If you’re not the type who’s comfortable giving a long speech during your marriage proposal, this song will do the work for you!
For many couples, the road to engagement has many twists and turns—and maybe even a break or two. If you and your partner reunited after some time apart, this is a marriage proposal song worth considering, it enables you to propose with ‘open arms’.
Couples who have been through tough times together will appreciate the lyrics of this beautiful song, originally written by Bob Dylan but more recently covered by Adele. This song is definitely a tear-jerker, so it’s best for more private proposals as things could get a bit emotional.
This is one of many well-loved songs of this generation. In essence, a proposal is asking someone to be your partner for the rest of your life—and this song expresses that sentiment beautifully. With lyrics like, “I will be loving you ‘til we’re 70/And baby, my heart could still fall as hard at 23,” it clearly delivers the message that you want to be with this person for many years to come.
This proposal song is an ideal choice whether you’re a Swiftie or not. We love the description of young love in the lyrics—ideal if you and your partner met when you were in school, or are just young at heart.
It couldn’t be clearer than telling your partner “just say yes!” This song has a great beat, and if you are creating a proposal video – it makes a great background song!
If your relationship is more silly than sappy, this song is one of the funniest proposal songs we’ve heard. From the classic romantic comedy movie The Wedding Singer, it includes lines like “I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad/Carry you around when your arthritis is bad/All I wanna do is grow old with you.” It’s a tune with humour, but also a lot of heart—perfect if you want your beloved to laugh and cry at the same time.
This is one of the best country proposal songs, as the lyrics truly express the idea of settling down as a married couple after a lifetime of searching. Consider this a more updated version of the classic country love song “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts (another nice proposal song).
Okay, so maybe Blake and Miranda didn’t work out—but this is still a pretty awesome proposal song, especially for all those country music fans out there.
Another song that pretty much says everything you need to say. If you’re a bit anxious about popping the question, this R&B song has a smooth, confident feel to help you build up the nerve to get down on one knee.
Yes, we love the original by Beyonce (and we have to give her full credit for those amazing lyrics), but there’s something about John Mayer’s cover that makes it a pretty perfect proposal song. It’s low-key yet oh-so-romantic—ideal for an at-home proposal on a quiet evening. Pro tip: Time your proposal to the instrumental break at the middle of the song.
There’s no reason why your proposal has to be serious or emotional—don’t be afraid to have a little fun with this milestone moment. This classic song is cheeky, yes, but is still totally romantic. Your partner ideally should have a good sense of humour if you’re planning on playing this song, but if he/she does, it’s a winner!
If you’re looking for a more upbeat marriage proposal song, this Stevie Wonder classic is a definite contender. Not only does it have a joyful feel, lyrics like “I feel like this is the beginning/Though I’ve loved you for a million years” are perfect for your proposal.
There’s nothing like an old-school Motown classic to get you in the mood for love. This Al Green favourite is popular at weddings, but it also makes one of the more upbeat proposal songs, with lyrics like “Cause you make me feel so brand new/And I want to spend my life with you.”
No matter how much you love your partner, you might not always find the right words to tell them exactly how you feel. This oldie-but-a-goodie proposal song is ideal for the proposer who would be the first to admit they’re not always vocal about their feelings.
Tom Odell mostly creates indie pop music, and though that may not appeal to some, this song has a perfect combination of sweet romance and hope for the future which will set the mood for your engagement. It may be good for background music or make a great addition to your dance playlist. Check out his other songs, you may be surprised and find something even better!
If you would like to let your partner know that they bring out the best in you, and that they are the best part of you, this song is the perfect tune to set the romantic mood. With the duo singing, it’s easy for both of you to relate to the song and enjoy it together.
…and if none of these are perfect for that proposal, you can always add them to your dance playlist instead. You can never have too many songs. You don’t want to bore your guests with the same 30 songs on repeat, right?