It’s been a while since a country song jumped out and screamed, “Wedding song!” But then when Lee Brice released “I Don’t Dance” recently, brides everywhere checked “find perfect wedding song” off their to-do lists.
And now, the Knot — the website that claims to eat, sleep and breathe weddings — has made it official. Brice’s song is included in their list of the “12 Hottest Wedding Songs for 2014.” They have other good non-country tracks, too, like “Treasure” by Bruno Mars, “Who You Love” by John Mayer and Katy Perry and “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake. They also have Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” but that’s less of a wedding love song and more of an end-of-the-reception group dance song.
Brice’s song made the Knot’s list because the writers and editors fell in love with the story.
“The lyrics are actually about a shy groom’s first dance (sound familiar?). Despite what the title might suggest, it’s actually perfect for dancing,” they write.
Country has been churning out wedding songs for decades, whether it meant to or not. I wasn’t a country fan when I got married, but if I was getting hitched now? I would have country songs playing non-stop. Among them would be “I Love the Way You Love Me” by John Michael Montgomery, “When I Said I Do” by Clint Black, “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis, “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait and “Meet in the Middle” by Diamond Rio.
But there’s one lesser-known song I think should be a must-have on any country fan’s wedding playlist — the Pistol Annies’ “I Hope You’re the End of My Story.” When Ashley Monroe married John Danks, Miranda Lambert sang her down the aisle with that one.
It was a return favor because Monroe previously sang “Makin’ Plans” when Lambert married Blake Shelton.