Weddings are stressful. From the flowers, to the dress, to the location, it’s a lot of seemingly dire decisions at hand. So to alleviate some of the pressure, we’ve rounded up some of the best, most modern picks to put on the playlist for your big day. Whether it’s a smooth, non-traditional cut for your first dance, or simply an unexpected bop to get the after-party going, here’s what 2019 has to offer.
“I Want You Around” by Snoh Aalegra
Snoh Aalegra’s “I Want You Around” is a layered confession of love, with honest testimonials of feeling overwhelmed by the intensity of it all. It includes some of the real levels of frantic emotions that come with any big-time relationship, the kind of emotions that are likely glossed over in some more traditional wedding day picks. “It’s something about the way you stare into my eyes / I know I don’t make things clear,” Aalegrah confesses sweetly on this perfect R&B gem.
“Planet U” by Mereba
Even with its quick rap bridge that finds Mereba spitting some unexpectedly airtight bars, “Planet U” is a breezy and fun offering fit for your nuptials. With lyrics like “Love, where did you come from / I wanna go to the planet from where you landed,” Mereba effortlessly crafts an otherworldly ode to her lover on this track from her debut project The Jungle Is the Only Way Out.
“Church” by Samm Henshaw ft. EARTHGANG
With a chorus that calls out “wake up and get yourself to church,” the lyrics alone make this track an obvious inclusion to a wedding day playlist. Add the infectious energy of the Samm Henshaw and Earthgang pairing and “Church” is sure to get everybody going.
“I’ll Come Too” by James Blake
“I don’t wanna go home / Shall we drive from zone to zone?” James Blake offers on “I’ll Come Too,” the hauntingly gorgeous track that celebrates nothing more than spending as much time as possible with the one you love.
“Don’t Let Me Down” by Joy Crookes
With a sweet rasp and a soft guitar twang à la the legendary Amy Winehouse, Joy Crooke’s “Don’t Let Me Down” is the perfect track to slow things down, and also serve as a timely reminder to your significant other.
“Footsteps” by Kehlani ft. Musiq Soulchild
As the opener to Kehlani’s latest project, “Footsteps” is a bop that calls on all of the best aspects of early 2000s R&B. “And when I walked away, I left footsteps in the mud for you,” Kehlani calls out on the song’s chorus before detailing her commitment to making it all work.
Watch this space for more updates throughout the year.
Tune into our picks in the playlist below, and follow Harper's BAZAAR on Spotify. Follow
('You Might Also Like',)