In the last six months leading up to the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, tabloids and social media have buzzed with speculation about every matrimonial detail. What flowers will they choose? Which tiara will she wear? Will the cake really be banana flavored? Who will design the dress? Where will they honeymoon? All pressing questions, surely, but we’re mostly concerned with one detail: the music.

Research tells us that music significantly impacts couples, increasing affectionate displays and feelings of intimacy. As relationship expert and Project Love co-founder Vicki Pavitt explains, “Sharing music with a significant other can strengthen a sense of togetherness. A clash in music tastes with a partner can even cause some relationships to end.”

According to a new survey we conducted, Brits agree. Almost 80 percent said that music plays a significant role in their relationship—so significant, in fact, that a third confessed that if they were forced to choose between music and sex, they would forgo the latter. A majority of the participants also agreed that couples who listen to music together are more likely to stay together.

So pressure is on for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle to pick the perfect song for the first dance. Ms. Markle’s rumored go-to happy song, Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” is a longshot even for the reception playlist, but it could still have a role on the big day. According to our research, over half of married people listen to their favorite song to settle their nerves before walking down the aisle.

When considering a song for the first dance, more than half the couples we polled revealed that they were influenced by the music they listened to when they first began dating. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle first met in the summer of 2016, when songs at the top of the chart included “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” by Adele and “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots, both of which are assuredly not contenders.

Research also revealed that the most popular song for first dances at British weddings is “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” by none other than the King (Elvis Presley, that is.) This classic might seem an unlikely choice for the couple but would nonetheless be fitting for the marriage of a British royal to an American.

Dying to know which songs will make the cut? So are we. Like the rest of the wedding details, this one will have to wait for the weekend to be revealed. In the meantime, we took our own stab at the ideal soundtrack for the special day.

See the 20 most popular songs chosen by Brits for their first dances below, and find a few on our Royal Wedding 2018 Spotify playlist, which we made in honor of the Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s love story.  


  1. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley
  2. “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams
  3. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  4. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
  5. “All of Me” by John Legend
  6. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Andy Williams
  7. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
  8. “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
  9. “Your Song” by Elton John
  10. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
  11. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perry
  12. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  13. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
  14. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  15. “At Last” by Etta James
  16. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
  17. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
  18. “The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  19. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  20. “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran